Gumbalimba Park: Monkeys & More in Roatan, Honduras

In the middle of Roatan’s tropical wonders, there’s a place that transcends the ordinary—a little haven for thrill-seekers, nature enthusiasts, and those craving a little monkeying around. Gumbalimba Park, in the heart of this Caribbean paradise, is not just a park; it’s a peek into the wild with a few touristy, yet fun activities. 

What is Gumbalimba Park in Roatan?

Gumbalimba Park is more than just a park, it’s a tropical paradise that invites mild adventurers to be in the middle of the beauty of the Caribbean. Picture lush greenery, winding trails, and the rhythmic hum of the jungle—a setting where a few capuchin and macaque monkeys roam freely, creating an authentic and unscripted connection between visitors and the wild. You may not see many, but one did jump up on my shoulder!

But Gumbalimba is not limited to its primate inhabitants; it also has fun zip line adventures through the treetops, manicured botanical gardens, and a sandy beach for sun lovers and snorkeling enthusiasts. 

Gumbalimba Park Signs

What is There to Do at Gumbalimba Park?

Monkey Business

First and foremost, let’s talk about the stars of the show—monkeys. These mischievous little creatures, swinging effortlessly from branch to branch, greet you with wide-eyed curiosity. It’s like a scene out of your favorite wildlife documentary, but you’re not just a spectator; you’re part of the narrative.

As you traverse the park’s winding trails, jump-on-your-shoulder capuchins and macaques become your companions. You will undoubtedly appreciate the authenticity of this experience—no zoos, no boundaries, just you and the monkeys, sharing a moment in the heart of the jungle. It’s a bucket list worthy connection with nature.

Monkeys at Gumbalimba Park in Roatan, Honduras

Insider Tip & My Experience: When I went I had visions of monkeys in abundance, jumping onto my head and trying to steal my sunglasses. Unfortunately, we saw only three monkeys, though there were supposedly over a dozen on the grounds. The tour guide had told us that because it was cashew season the primates had no need to bombard tourists to be nourished. My advice? Don’t go to Gumbalimba Park during cashew season.

Zip Line Thrills

Can you see yourself soaring through the treetops on a zip line, the wind in your hair, and the adrenaline coursing through your veins? You can actually do it on multiple lines at the park.

Botanical Garden Bliss

Ever dreamt of wandering through lush gardens adorned with vibrant flowers and exotic plants? Gumbalimba Park in Roatan, Honduras, is known for its lush and diverse botanical offerings. As you stroll through the manicured paths, you might see pretty orchids, palms, ferns, etc. On the path amongst over 200 species of plants and trees you will also see some  pretty man made waterfalls and a cool  hanging bridge that sways over a natural pond fill with turtles.

When we arrived we were actually stunned by the beautiful grounds filled with tempting banana trees, perfect wild flowers and statuesque iguanas.

Beach and Snorkeling

After your animal and plant adventures, you can head over to the sandy beach and relax in a lounge chair. Or snorkel through crystal-clear waters filled with colorful marine life.

Getting to Gumbalimba Park

Many visitors of the park are there on a cruise excursion, booked through their cruise line. But, you could also book your own tour. This is one of the top rated tours:

Gumbalimba Park in Roatan, Honduras is a place where monkeys become friends, where zip lines cut through the air like a daredevil’s daydream, and where sunlovers can hang out with the fish. 

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14 thoughts on “Gumbalimba Park: Monkeys & More in Roatan, Honduras”

  1. We went there on our honeymoon & I loved it!!!! I think there were only 2 or 3 monkeys there while we were there too but all I needed was the one to climb all over me! My least favorite part of that place was that bridge haha

  2. When I was in high school my neighbor had a spider monkey that used to wear a diaper. The monkey had a retractable leash that was tied to the clothes line so he could run around in the yard all day. I never made it over to hold him though!

  3. You are living one incredible life!!! I love you and your blog. I will have to update mine because of you. But, I'd have to add this "share a bucket list experience with Annette – after we meet." :)

  4. I can identify with you on this one.  I always dreamed of having a pet monkey.  Now I know that they are not really good as pets; and it wouldn't be fair to keep them away from their natural habitat.  However, I would love to have a similar experience as you did on this trip.  Love the picture.

  5. We skipped Gumbalina Park on Roatan and opted for the beach (which was gorgeous). When we were in Playa del Carmen, our resort had a pet monkey that they would bring out once a day and people could have their photos taken with it; my husband must love monkeys almost as much as you b/c he was OBSESSED with the monkey and took advantage of holding it everytime they came by (of course, we bought the photo)

  6. We were in Roatan as a cruise port stop at the beginning of January.  We did the monkeys too but at Bodden's Monkey farm near where we zip lined.  This post brought back great memories and a reminder that I need to write that post soon.  I'm glad you at least got to see a couple of monkeys.  =)


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