The Jardin de Balata is a veritable kingdom of trees, flowers and hummingbirds, a magical place where nature is king and where the land itself is sheer poetry. The wide array of plant form a harmonious combination of colors and fragrances.
This park is a real landmark of Fort de France. It is opposite the Fort Saint Louis and the Malecon, enclosed by the Rue de la Liberte, Avenue Des Caraibes and the Boulevard Chevalier de Ste-Marthe. It used to be known as the Jardin du Roy, and covers about 12 hectares. It is a large green space, with lawns, flower beds, and tall palm trees, dotted with several sculptures, among which are the Monument to the Cados, the statue of the Empress Josephine (wife of Napoleon) and the Belain d'Esnambuc monument. It has been somewhat abandoned, and last year the authorities decided to renew it, so when I visited, it was still under construction. When the renovation is complete, there will be a boulevard with terraces for a drink, and a flea market selling crafts. Around the side that faces the Rue de la Liberte, you'll find the Museum of Archaeology and History, and Bibliothque Schlcher.