Washington-Slagbaai National Park Visitor Center Museum

Washington-Slagbaai National Park Visitor Center Museum

Washington-Slagbaai National Park Visitor Center Museum
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  • Allen B
    Muskegon, Michigan1,146 contributions
    Disappointed in the center because of no interaction with staff. The review is not about the park.
    There is a lit of information available to read on your self guided tour through the facility, but nobody at each building to ask questions of. In short. No personal interaction except to be told the park was closed to vehicles for the day due to rain, but visitors can wander around the visitor center.
    Visited December 2022
    Traveled as a couple
    Written January 2, 2023
  • Sebastian
    Los Angeles, California4 contributions
    Gorgeous Beaches, Flamingos, and Opportunities for Cliff Diving
    This park was a very fun excursion! The sites were closed for diving due to SCTLD but were open for snorkeling and swimming so that's what we did. Some nice spots for cliff diving, and the closest we were able to get to the flamingos. Some deer and donkeys are also seen around the park. The short way around, with stops for some swimming and snorkeling, took us about 3 hours. The long way around may also be worthwhile, but we didn't enter the park with enough time to do that.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written July 10, 2023
  • VaAlleyCat
    Aldie, Virginia1,093 contributions
    Scenic park worth visiting
    The day we visited Washington Slagbaai National Park, there weren't a ton of people there. We also went a bit later in the day, which I would not recommend. We had to rush a bit to make sure we made it out before closing. The park closes promptly at 5pm and I was under the impression you could get locked inside if you weren't careful. :) NOTE: You will need to pay the $40 per person Bonaire nature/water fee (at the guard gate or online before you arrive) to get inside the park - it is valid for 1 year. ALSO, you must present the guard at the entrance gate with your ID - at least if you pay the fee online and bring the QR code with you. That proves the name on the QR code and your ID match. We did stop at a gift shop right inside the gates of the park and picked up a few little souvenirs. The shop owner asked if we needed any water, as you won't find much (if any) services (that we noticed) once you are deep in the park. They also had a restroom, which was nice. The roads inside the park are rough in spots, so make sure you are driving a an appropriate vehicle. We rented a Land Rover from Royal Car rental, which worked great. We decided on the "long" route instead of the "short" route so we could see more during our time at the park. The roads are not necessarily well marked, so you can easily get lost. Especially since the "main" park roads and the side roads are often in the same, rough condition. We are not divers or snorkelers, but it's still a beautiful park. It's an incredible juxtaposition with desert vistas (so many lizards and cactus') right beside ocean cliffs and water (in every color of blue imaginable) as far as the eye can see. Amazing site to see. We stopped at the Suplado (blowhole), Boka Kololishi (gorgeous little cove beach with fairly easy access) and Boca Slagbaai (great little beach and you may also see some flamingo's here too). We barely saw any other people except at Boca Slagbaai - that was the most popular spot the day we visited. NOTE: The day we visited, the park was closed to diving.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 14, 2023
  • Boleslav
    Colorado1,878 contributions
    Well worth it
    We enjoyed the park very much, went there 3 times over the course of couple of weeks. There is quite a bit to do there from several hikes (Subi Brandaris; Kashikunda and Lagadishi trails) to checking out historical buildings to spending time by the ocean. There are 2 trails to follow, a short one and a long one. If short on time, treat yourself to the long one, the stops are well marked and the park ranger provides the visitors with a detailed map. Along the long trail are several stops with views over the wild and rugged east shore; beaches on the west shore, as well as remnants of old buildings. The park rangers will harass you to leave Boka Slaagbaii by 4 pm, try to leave sooner as it can be painful to be stuck in a long line of slowly driving cars.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 21, 2023
  • Melinda B
    2 contributions
    This is a tour not to be missed!
    This, to me, was an experience not to missed. To get into the park you need to be able to show the ranger your ID and STINAPA pass, but after the initial ranger station there were not many people in the park. It is full of wild beauty, and I took what seemed like a lot of pictures, and wish I had taken even more. The tour guide, Don, was very knowledgeable about the many sites in the park, and spoke very good English. There are beautiful views around every turn in the road, and nature of every kind to see. The roads are rough, as many have pointed out, but the driver handled it all with ease. There was an opportunity to go snorkeling, but I chose not to go on this day - a personal decision and not a failing of the tour. Lunch was chicken salad sandwiches, which were quite good, and a variety of drinks was offered through the day. This tour will take most of a day, but the time passed quickly. I asked about a million questions about everything we saw and about the culture and living on Bonaire, and Don was game to talk about all of it, whether it was history of the area, the species of birds we saw, the plants, whatever. I learned an incredibly large amount and saw just about everything that could have possibly been included on the tour. There's no way I could have possibly been more satisfied than I was with this tour company, the tour guide, or the tour.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written October 15, 2023
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Allen B
Muskegon, MI1,146 contributions
Dec 2022 • Couples
There is a lit of information available to read on your self guided tour through the facility, but nobody at each building to ask questions of. In short. No personal interaction except to be told the park was closed to vehicles for the day due to rain, but visitors can wander around the visitor center.
Written January 2, 2023
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Boleslav
Colorado1,878 contributions
Jun 2023 • Couples
We enjoyed the park very much, went there 3 times over the course of couple of weeks.
There is quite a bit to do there from several hikes (Subi Brandaris; Kashikunda and Lagadishi trails) to checking out historical buildings to spending time by the ocean.

There are 2 trails to follow, a short one and a long one. If short on time, treat yourself to the long one, the stops are well marked and the park ranger provides the visitors with a detailed map.

Along the long trail are several stops with views over the wild and rugged east shore; beaches on the west shore, as well as remnants of old buildings.

The park rangers will harass you to leave Boka Slaagbaii by 4 pm, try to leave sooner as it can be painful to be stuck in a long line of slowly driving cars.
Written July 21, 2023
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Susan
Bangor, ME93 contributions
Feb 2020 • Solo
This tour left earlier than most with a complimentary pickup at 7:45 prompt with just four jeep occupants.The ride to the Forest was 15 minutes and our guide Nick was eager to answer our questions as we made the drive Northward.
I titled this review a bit of everything because the tour included a little history (lighthouse, island inhabitants. native as well as introduced plants and animal information. We viewed pelicans as well as lizards and iguanas.
At the blowhole, we were able to take pictures and on the opposite shoreline, we were able to snorkle in calmer seas. The combo of ocean plus the arid desert conditions made for an amazing day. Our tour served sandwiches for lunch and it was a great 6 hour day!
Written February 18, 2020
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zigzagg
Seattle, WA51 contributions
Nov 2023 • Couples
We bought the park passes online yesterday morning, drove up there, arrived about two minutes after 12 noon. They would not let us in. Darn place was closed at noon. In fact most of the park was closed, totally. Just the south road was open, one way before noon, the coming back the other way, after noon. The guy said the drive wasn't very interesting anyway.

Ya think they might have mentioned this BEFORE we spent the $80 on the park passes? We saw a bunch of local guides even get surprised. Their customers did not look happy at all.
Written November 22, 2023
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abhurley
Cincinnati, OH46 contributions
Jan 2020 • Couples
Diving, beaches, jumping cliffs better here. We were swimming when a manta passed by. This place is an aquarium for divers or snorkeling and the famous cliff jump is easily accessible. Tons of birds! Wildlife. Only problem, cruise shippers are now being taken to the park that makes for a crowd in a once solitude place.
Written January 7, 2020
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Joan H
Sutter, CA29 contributions
Jan 2020
We drove our truck thru the park ( short route ) .... wow what a road full of pot holes and alot of the same scenery. Yes, we saw the lizards, flamingos , the beach but really we see all that outside of the park. Fix the roads and we might come back to your dive site... otherwise skip this place to visit.
Written January 19, 2020
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Sebastian
Los Angeles, CA4 contributions
Jun 2023 • Family
This park was a very fun excursion! The sites were closed for diving due to SCTLD but were open for snorkeling and swimming so that's what we did. Some nice spots for cliff diving, and the closest we were able to get to the flamingos. Some deer and donkeys are also seen around the park. The short way around, with stops for some swimming and snorkeling, took us about 3 hours. The long way around may also be worthwhile, but we didn't enter the park with enough time to do that.
Written July 11, 2023
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Carolyn S
New York City, NY19 contributions
Dec 2019 • Family
Unbelievably beautiful national park at the north end of Bonaire. Make sure you rent a 4x4 as most of the road is unpaved and quite rocky. Take at least 3/4 if not a full day to explore this beautiful place. Bring a picnic lunch, snorkel gear and good shoes for hiking. The topography is stunning in the park and unlike anywhere else on the island. Snorkeling spots are beautiful - saw lots of healthy corals, schools of fish and huge barracuda. There is also a fun close jumping spot - be sure to ask the park ranger at the entrance for the location.
Written February 9, 2020
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Peter J
Venray, The Netherlands413 contributions
Sep 2020 • Couples
Been there before. Road improved. Absolute worth a visite. Need a sturdy car, 4x4 not necessary. Bring a lot of water and some extra. Good camera advisable. Come early, take your time
Written September 19, 2020
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Debbie J
San Angelo, TX360 contributions
Jul 2014 • Family
This is a good attraction to visit on your last day in Bonaire after your diving, before you head home. The long drive is approximately two and a half hours through this park. It has some amazing views over the ocean, flamingos, iguanas, and a very impressive cactus fence. This is a must see when visiting Bonaire.
Written August 5, 2014
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