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The Jade Seahorse Utilta

A perfect place to get away from it all!

If the diving, the nightlife and the crazy ATV & Golf Cart drivers of Utila are getting to you, wander uphill from the main intersection to find a perfect little oasis.

The Jade Seahorse is something you have never seen or imagined in your wildest dreams! Enter though the colourful gate and prepare to be amazed!


The garden has slowly been transformed from a quiet hilly slope into a feast for the senses, multi coloured glass twinkles from every direction, used on walls, rocks, stairs even bottles! The pathways are explosions of carefully set fractured tile leading you to the next discovery, a stately arch, a wooden stairway ornately shaped and gaily painted. Serpents, dragons and bulbous headed monsters, even Buddha’s are to be found in the most unlikely places.

This place is not to be rushed, like all gardens worth their salt it has “hidden rooms and passages” places to sit and meditate or just to let your gaze travel over the amazing amount of artwork here. It seems that anything and everything has been utilized here, broken tiles, glass beads, marbles, bottles, plates, glasses, bowls, glass floats, plastic Koi, shells, hard drives & ornaments all incorporated into a homogenous yet wildly undisciplined whole with copious amounts of concrete and adhesive.


Throw in the uniquely decorated cabins which are available for rent, the popular Tree Tanic bar, which is of course built in a tree and accessed by several stairs and walkways which lead off to hidden corners of the garden and the wildly decorated bathrooms, yes even they are covered in glass beads and tiles.

The gardens are free to visit, donations are generously accepted (box by front gate) if you visit during the day you get to see the dazzling splendour at its best, the Tree Tanic bar does not open till evenings, maybe to entice you back to see what this wonderland looks like when a twinkle  with another light?


About the author: Born in the UK, with what must be more than a dash of Romany blood in her veins, Yvonne loved to travel even before she met Michael. Yvonne has a varied career history, which includes several laborious years as a laboratory manager, followed by a fun few years as a scuba instructor and crew in the British Virgin Islands, and then many boring years in financial services. Her discontent along with the passing of a dear friend was the prod that led to the realisation that there was a lot more do in life. It has taken almost 40 years to come full circle to realize what Yvonne’s English teacher saw all those years ago……… Yvonne’s true passion (apart from travel) is writing and now finds herself fortunate to have the time to follow her bliss and combine the two as a blogger and travel writer. Yvonne loves to tell stories and talk to lots of strangers (the best way to get the real scoop on the place). Yvonne is a “rainmaker” and makes things happen!

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