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Washington Slagbaai National Park - Bonaire - Netherlands Antilles
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member franketmuriel
N 12° 16.182 W 068° 20.733
19P E 571172 N 1356463
Quick Description: Washington Slagbaai National Park is a 5,643 hectares nature sanctuary located in the northwest part of the island.
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Date Posted: 4/13/2018 3:28:15 AM
Waymark Code: WMY3FZ
Published By: Groundspeak Regular Member Mark1962
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Long Description:
Washington Slagbaai National Park (full history here) is a 5,643 hectares nature sanctuary located in the northwest part of the island. It was the first nature sanctuary of the Netherlands Antilles and was established in 1969. It is a safe habitat for the terrestrial endemic and endangered species of Bonaire. Parrots, flamingos, parakeets, iguanas and many other species of birds and reptiles can be found in this protected area. The beaches inside the park are an important nesting ground for all four species of sea turtles found in the Caribbean.

Originally inhabited by native South Americans, and comprised of two of the largest plantations on the island during colonial period, the park is rich in historical and cultural heritage. The visitor center at the park entrance, with its museum and hiking trails offers visitors an enjoyable learning experience.

Opening hours:
The park can be accessed every day from
08.00 – 17.00 (entry up to 14.30)
Phone +599 788 9015
Cell +599 786 5229
E-mail: washingtonpark@stinapa.org

Entrance fee:
Non-residents $25 per calendar year or $15 with proof-of-payment of the $10 “Other users Nature Fee”. Residents $15 per calendar year or $3 day pass. (Nature Fee)

We strongly advise you to take note of the following recommendations:

* Only enter the park with a four wheeled motor vehicle with a spare tire.

* Be sure to have plenty of drinking water for your trip into the Park. You’ll be grateful for snacks, too, especially fruit, and ice – but water is a necessity.

* Be sure to apply sunscreen. Don’t forget the back of your neck, your lips, nose, and ears, and the top of your head if your hair is thin. Even if you don’t leave your car, put sunscreen on your arms and any other parts of you that are in the sun.
Park Name: Washington Slagbaai National Park

Historic/Cultural Park: yes

Natural Park: yes

Recreation Area: yes

Park Website: [Web Link]

Type of Listing: Visitor Center

Fees in Local Currency: 25.00 (listed in local currency)

Dates of Access: From: 1/1/2018 To: 12/31/2018

Hours available: From: 8:00 AM To: 5:00 PM

Hiking: yes

Camping: no

Bicycling: yes

Horseback Riding: no

Off-Roading: yes

Swimming: yes

Snorkling/Scuba: yes

Boating: yes

Rock Climbing: yes

Fishing: no

Other Activities:
Diving and snorkeling


Wildlife Refuge: Not Listed

Other Park Type not listed above: Not listed

Other Type Detail: Not listed

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