Washington-Slagbaai National Park

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Washington-Slagbaai National Park Bonaire Reviews

Suusj Suusj
198 reviews
Washington Slagbaai National Park Mar 29, 2017
Washington Slagbaai National Park is located a couple of kilometres from Rincon on the west side of the island an covers over 5000 acres. That means it is the biggest national park in all of the Caribbean. Since 1969 the whole park has been protected. You can only snorkel or dive in designated area's. They are all marked on the map (you know those free maps you can get everywhere ;) ). The rough terrain consists of sand, rocks, a 241 meter mountain, called "de brandaris", sand dunes, blowholes, salt water lakes, limestones caves and a variety of wildlife I think this place is a must visit. You can actually climb the Brandaris by foot.

Upon entering you pay $25, this gives you access to the park as well as it's waters. However if you bought the permit for $25 you can enter free. If you bought the $15 permit you have to pay an additional $10 to enter. There are 2 tours (24 and 35 kilometres) you can drive by car (maximum speed is 25 kilometres per hour). You can also opt for the hike trail but this wound take you around the whole park. The park is hilly and the road is unhardened, a 4x4 is a must!

There are several stops along the one. One of the first being Playa Chikitu, it is the only place in Bonaire where they have the white sand beach, however you can not enter the waters as the waves are way to high and the tide is way to strong. It is however wonderful to stop and enter the beach to look over the ocean. The beach is also used by seaturtle's to lay their eggs. After Playa Chikitu we followd allong the trail visiting the blowhole and

Boka Slagbaai is a lovely place. On one side you have a lake with flamingo's on the other side you have the sea. Slagbaai is degradation of "Slachtbaai" which means something like slaughter bay. Back in the day this place was used to slaughter goats, and ship salt to Curacao. Nowadays the building is empty and unused. But you can still eat your brought lunch and watch nature.

Do bring water, food, sun cream and anything else you might need. The trip, especially the longer trip, can take several hours and there are no shops, restaurants or other facilities in the park.

I don't know if I would recommend visiting wiht a toddler. Ye she liked the driving up and down, but getting in and out of the car may have been a bit to much :).
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gimpel gimpel
67 reviews
a real natural park Jan 22, 2012
The Bonaire Washington slagbaai national park is located in the north of the island of Bonaire is if you compare it with the south side of the island very hilly and green.

Washington Slagbaai National Park is the first nature sanctuary of the Netherland Antilles. It was established in 1969 and covers an area of 5.643 hectares.

If you planned a visit to the park, you had to make a plan for yourself what to see or to do.

You can go for a walk starting from the visitor center, take the long drive, the short drive, here you have the opportunity to climb the highest point of the island, the Brandaris ( 241m/784ft height).

The ranger of the park will explain you if you want to see some parts of the park how long it will take to reach it and if you want to do things, how late the latest time is to start that activity.

To climb the Bradaris the latest time to start the climb is 12.00am. The walk will take about three hours return, and the drive to the exit of the park with a stop for a meal or / and drink at wayak√° will take about two hours.

Washington Slagbaai National Park opens daily (except Christmas and New Year) at 8 am, and closes at 5 pm. They recommend you arrive early .The latest you are allowed to enter the Park is at 2:45 pm.

The fee is $25 for SCUBA divers or $10 for non-SCUBA divers for one calendar year.

It's recommended if you visit the park to wear a had, take enough water and strong shoes, especially if you climb the Brandaris. Also a four wheel drive car with a good spare tire is recommended because the roads are also natural.

At the entrance of the park you find a small museum that tell you the history of the park and the wildlife that lives in the park.

For more info of the natural park visit the website WWW.washingtonparkbonaire.org
the entrance of the park
the entrance of the park
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gimpel says:
dank je, het is zeker waard
Posted on: Feb 07, 2012
westwind57 says:
goede review! ik ben wel op de antillen geweest maar niet op bonaire nog, dat staat nog op de lijst. als het zover is ga ik zeker dit nationale park bezoeken. nuttige tips trouwens!
Posted on: Feb 07, 2012

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