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A veritable bird-watchers paradise, Washington Slagbaai National Park's 13,500-acre desert oasis plays host to about 203 different types of birds. The park also offers ample hiking trails suited for both amateur and expert trekkers. Hikers can choose between three routes. The 45-minute Kasikunda Climbing Trail—which begins at the park's Visitor Center—is a steep trek up a volcanic hill, but the views of North Bonaire are worth the effort. The Lagadishi Walking Trail, which also begins at the park's Visitor Center, is a less intense two-hour walk that provides a complete snapshot of Bonaire's native flora and fauna. Lastly, for a hike that offers unparalleled views of neighboring Curaçao—and on clear days, the Santa Ana Hill on Venezuela's Paraguaná Peninsula—take the Subí Brandaris Trail.
You'll find Washington Slagbaai National Park on the northwest tip of the island. Plan to start your hike in the morning to avoid the afternoon heat, and pack plenty of water, sunscreen, and food to keep you energized. The park welcomes visitors every day from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., with the last admission at 2:45 p.m. Park entrance costs $25, but you can enter for free or at a discounted rate if you have already purchased a diving or a nature pass. For more information, visit the Washington Slagbaai National Park’s official website.