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Washington Slagbaai National Park
About the park
Washington Slagbaai National Park is a 4,286 ha protected area, located in the northwest part of the island. It was the first nature sanctuary of the Netherlands Antilles and was established in 1969. It provides safe habitat for several endemic and endangered species of Bonaire such as parrots, flamingos, parakeets, iguanas and many other species of birds and reptiles. 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.
Washington Park is Cashless
Washington Slagbaai National Park is thrilled to announce its upcoming transition to a cashless payment system, as part of a strategic plan to enhance visitor experiences and streamline operations. Beginning September 1, 2023, the park will initiate a phased approach toward full cashless implementation by 2024.
The phased transition aims to ensure that visitors have ample time to adapt to the new payment system while enjoying the convenience and efficiency it offers. During this transition period, both cash and electronic payment options will be accepted. This approach aims to facilitate a smooth and hassle-free experience for all park visitors.
“By introducing this phased approach to going completely cashless, we are prioritizing the convenience and satisfaction of our visitors,” explained park manager Albert Crestiaan. “Our goal is to make the transition as seamless as possible, ensuring that visitors can continue to explore the park without interruption while gradually adapting to the cashless system.”
Washington Slagbaai National Park remains committed to its sustainability initiatives. By moving toward a cashless payment system, the park aims to reduce paper usage and contribute to environmental conservation efforts.
Visitors and stakeholders are encouraged to visit the official STINAPA website at www.stinapa.org for updates, detailed information about the transition process, and additional resources.
As the transition unfolds, Washington Slagbaai National Park looks forward to providing an even more convenient and enjoyable experience for visitors, and reaffirms its dedication to preserving the natural beauty and cultural significance of the park for generations to come.
Camping in slagbaai
There’s no better way to explore the park than to fall asleep to the sound of lapping waves and wake up with the flamingos. Camping in the park is possible by renting one of three cabins located at Slagbaai lagoon. Use the button below to find out more information.
Birdwatching and Nature Study
What we do
STINAPA’S ROLE IN WASHINGTON SLAGBAAI NATIONAL PARK
The job duties of a park ranger include protecting unspoiled natural resources from pollution, improving the conservation efforts of large park areas, and managing the day-to-day operations of our national park. Rangers are often unsung heroes who work long hours in extreme conditions. In addition the the roles of the park rangers, STINAPA is also the primary law enforcement entity for the park. Lastly, to ensure the sustainability of the park, STINAPA works to promote education and outreach so that this terrestrial park will be available for many generations to come.
You can read the Washington Slagbaai National Park Management Plan here!
The park is opened Tuesday to Sunday between 8.00 AM – 5.00 PM (last time to enter is 2:30pm).
Washington Slagbaai is closed for all national and local holidays. In addition the park may be fully or partially closed after heavy rainfall due to unsafe road conditions.
Please feel free to contact STINAPA or visit our social media pages for the most up to date information.
Contact the park
Phone +599 788 9015
Alternative: +599 786 5229