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Washington Slagbaai National Park

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Natural Wonders, Parks and Gardens, Hiking Type
Half Day to Full Day Time to Spend

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  • 3.5Facilities
  • 5.0Atmosphere

A veritable bird-watcher's paradise, Washington Slagbaai National Park's nearly 14,000-acre desert oasis plays host to more than 200 different types of birds. Several beaches, outdoor exhibits, and snorkeling and diving spots are also available. 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, according to travelers. 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 45-minute Subí Brandaris Trail.

Most recent visitors enjoyed the national park, noting it was a great place to swim and snorkel. Many recommended starting your hike in the morning to avoid the afternoon heat and packing plenty of water, sunscreen and food to keep you energized. You will not have an opportunity to purchase essentials once there. Boca Slaagbai is a favorite beach spot within the park, according to reviewers. 

You'll find Washington Slagbaai National Park on the northwestern tip of the island. The park is open to visitors every day from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., with the last admission at 2:30 p.m. Park entrance fees vary. If you have purchased the island's $25 nature tag, entry costs $20. Entrance fees are waived if you purchased the $45 nature tag. If you did not purchase a nature tag, you will pay $45 to enter the park for a single day. For more information, visit the Washington Slagbaai National Park’s official website.

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If you've ever wanted to know what it's like to live on a deserted island, hop on the next water taxi to Klein Bonaire. A small, uninhabited island about half a mile west of Bonaire's mainland, Klein Bonaire is an unblemished oasis protected from development as part of the Bonaire National Marine Park. This isolated paradise boasts pristine white sands and some of the island's best diving and snorkeling opportunities, thanks to excellent water visibility. Just keep in mind that there are no refreshment stands, changing areas or beach umbrellas on the island, so you will need to pack your own water, food, sunscreen, towels and any other supplies. Still, Klein Bonaire earns rave reviews from visitors of all ages and diving levels. 

Caribe Watersport's water taxi departs from Karel's Beach Bar at 10:15 a.m., 12:15 p.m. and 2:15 p.m. every day, and from the Eden Beach Resort at 10:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. On Saturdays and Sundays, there is also a 9 a.m. departure time from Eden Beach. You can hop on the taxi back to Bonaire's mainland at 12:45 p.m., 2:45 p.m. or 4:45 p.m. Adult passengers will pay $20 round trip, while children 11 and younger can hop aboard for $10. For more information on Klein Bonaire, head to the Bonaire tourism website.

If you've ever wanted to know what it's like to live on a deserted island, hop on the next water taxi to Klein Bonaire. A small, uninhabited island about half a mile west of Bonaire's mainland, Klein Bonaire is an unblemished oasis protected from development as part of the Bonaire National Marine Park. This isolated paradise boasts pristine white sands and some of the island's best diving and snorkeling opportunities, thanks to excellent water visibility. Just keep in mind that there are no refreshment stands, changing areas or beach umbrellas on the island, so you will need to pack your own water, food, sunscreen, towels and any other supplies. Still, Klein Bonaire earns rave reviews from visitors of all ages and diving levels. 

Caribe Watersport's water taxi departs from Karel's Beach Bar at 10:15 a.m., 12:15 p.m. and 2:15 p.m. every day, and from the Eden Beach Resort at 10:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. On Saturdays and Sundays, there is also a 9 a.m. departure time from Eden Beach. You can hop on the taxi back to Bonaire's mainland at 12:45 p.m., 2:45 p.m. or 4:45 p.m. Adult passengers will pay $20 round trip, while children 11 and younger can hop aboard for $10. For more information on Klein Bonaire, head to the Bonaire tourism website.

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