It should come as no surprise that the Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden houses an incredibly diverse display of plants. More than 2,000 species, according to its website. The different shapes, sizes and colors are astonishing. The Persian shield was striking for its brilliant purple color as well as the intricate details on its leaves. The garden is less than 10 miles north of Hilo on Hawaii’s Big Island and is a great alternative to sitting on another beach.