Washington-Slagbaai National Park

Established in 1969, Washington Slagbaai National Park was the first nature sanctuary in the Netherland Antilles. Today, it covers an area of 5.643 hectares and visitors from around the globe come to marvel in the natural beauty of the area on a daily basis.

Visitors have a variety of activities available to them including touring the property by car, mountain biking, hiking, kayaking, scuba diving, snorkeling, swimming, and birding.


Washington-Slagbaai National Park lies on the island of Bonaire, 2.5 miles north-northwest of Rincon.

Nearby Restaurants

There are enough eateries in the neighborhood near the wildlife reservation to keep visitors satisfied. The Pool Bar Restaurant at Buddy Dive, which offers eclectic meals, will be of particular interest to visitors looking for a convenient meal. The Pool Bar Restaurant at Buddy Dive is just around eight miles away from this nature preserve, so grab a table and eat up! Eddy's Restaurant and Patagonia Restaurant are some of the additional nearby lunch and dinner possibilities where visitors will be able to experience the flavors of Caribya, and munch on some tasty cuisine.

Nearby Attractions

Other kinds of nearby attractions include Cadushy Distillery, which is two and a half miles away Rincon. You might also want to think about heading over to Onima Cave, which is another attraction in the vicinity.

Nature preserves are a great attraction to visit, but there's even more to see during your stay. The following table includes other attractions close-by.

Attractions Near Washington-Slagbaai National Park
Attraction Type Distance Direction Location
Cadushy Distillery Other Attraction 2.4 mi. ( km) SSE Rincon
Onima Cave GeoFeature 2.8 mi. ( km) SE Bonaire
Malmok Lighthouse Ruins Other Attraction 4.1 mi. ( km) NW Bonaire
Movieland Other Activities/Excursions 9.4 mi. ( km) SE Downtown Kralendijk

More Information


The park is open daily except for New Years and Christmas Day from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. It takes about two hours to drive around the park, so guests are encouraged to arrive early. The latest guests are allowed to enter the park is 2:45 p.m.


Admission to the park is $25 for adults, and free for children under the age of 12. This gives guests admission for one year.


Reservations: (599) 717-8444




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