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Flamingo Sanctuary

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Ranked #15 of 37 Attractions in Bonaire
Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Zoos & Aquariums
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Owner description: Home to one of the largest flamingo breeding grounds in the western hemisphere--over 10,000 birds. This area is not open to visitors.
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Little Rock, Arkansas
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43 reviews 43 reviews
28 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014

Wow, so many... Just a cool experience in between dives... Everything is close so not long to get as close as you can since it's protected without direct access, but you can see them flying and some areas.

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Montreal, Canada
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8 reviews 8 reviews
6 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

When you are in Bonaire take a drive around the Island. To see the flamingos go at sunset time. Magical!!

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Montreal, Canada
12 reviews 12 reviews
4 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2014

So many pink birds to stare at-its quite remarkable and they are very close up. A good attraction especially for kids.

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Potter Bar, Herts (near London), England
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286 reviews 286 reviews
125 attraction reviews
240 helpful votes 240 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2014

We visited this as part of a tour of Bonaire taking in all the main attractions. we were told a lot could be seen but I think you really need binoculars if you want a closer view. Whilst many could be seen in the distance from the viewing points they were in reality just a lot of pink dots as... More

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Fort Worth, Texas
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58 reviews 58 reviews
34 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2014

You cannot actually go into the sanctuary, but the waters are visible from the road. The flamingos are not in residence on Bonaire. We were told that they have gone to Venezuela and Aruba since the water has become too brackish for the shrimp they eat. We could see 5 flamingos from the road, but not the flocks we had... More

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Leander, Texas
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22 reviews 22 reviews
16 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2014

I've never seen so many flamingos in the wild. It was great to drive through & see them - very colorful from all the brine shrimp in the salt mines. All sizes, colors & shapes!

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Winnipeg, Canada
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53 reviews 53 reviews
37 attraction reviews
110 helpful votes 110 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2014

This is a protected area on the southern part of the island near the salt flats. There is no access anywhere near the flamingos so don’t expect to see them unless you have binoculars. The drive around the southern tip of the island is nice in itself, but don’t count on seeing any flamingos. We DID see flamingos near Lac... More

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Joplin, Missouri
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125 reviews 125 reviews
71 attraction reviews
67 helpful votes 67 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2013

This really isn't an attraction, and the only way you know you are there is a bunch of rocks painted with the message 'Do Not Enter' in several different languages. But it is a nice drive and you usually do see flamingoes.

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Olympia, Washington
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40 reviews 40 reviews
10 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2013

Take the short route (1.5 hours) through Washington Slagbai park and you will encounter a cluster of buildings about 90 minutes in. A big flock of maybe 30 flamingoes can be seen feeding and having quiet conversations on a brackish body of water. You can't get too close, but a good lense will earn you some nice pictures. Also watch... More

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Top Contributor
91 reviews 91 reviews
35 attraction reviews
73 helpful votes 73 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2013

You have to drive all the way through the national park to get there, but it's worth it. The park is beautiful and the sanctuary is home to tons of flamingos. You can't get too close, but close enough to observe them and get a few photos. They are amazing birds to see in flight. Give yourself at least 4... More

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