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.
Enter with a four wheeled vehicle
Plenty of water, food and snacks
Sunscreen, sunglasses, hat
Proof of identity
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