Posts Tagged ‘Washington Park’

Romantic Bonaire

March 3, 2018


Besides the sunshine and warm temps, inspired travelers seek romance when venturing south, to warmer climates. Visions of slushy tropical drinks with toes in the sand beckons those who seek to get away. Magical sunsets, swaying palm trees and island music entice travelers. Bonaire is arguably one of the Caribbean’s unspoiled island. Those in the know head to the island for the slow pace. Others seeking a romantic island getaway are treated with lovely tropical vistas, romantic dining spots and a plethora of exotic villas for the perfect escape.  Here are my top picks for absolute romance.


Delfins Beach Resort – new to the Bonaire scene, this low key low rise beachfront property features stunning European inspired suites with comfortable bedding, sea views and high end amenities. The pool is Bonaire’s largest with romantic sunning beds in the middle of the pool. On the beach, loungers are scattered around the mature palm trees, shaded with massive umbrellas. Bar staff discreetly serve chilled glasses of Savignon Blanc from their impressive wine collection. Wade into the sea, hold hands with your loved one and snorkel the tropical garden, teeming with sea life.  Delfins exemplifies pure romance.


Photo Courtesy of  Delfins Beach Resort


Brass Boer – Located at Delfins Beach Resort, is one of the island’s hottest spots on the dining scene. Not only is the menu expansive and the food sublime, the setting inspires romance. Tables are set discreetly apart, allowing for a private dining experience. All face the sea with stunning views and gentle trade winds.  Service is slow paced to allow the diners time to savor their cuisine. For those seeking something more private, head into the indoor dining area which features alluring lighting and furnishings reminiscent of a Middle Eastern Tent gone modern.  Reservations are a must in this new hot spot




Wayaka II is my pick for one of Bonaire’s most romantic beach. This pretty secluded cove is located in Washington Park. Plan a day, packing a cooler with food and drink and your snorkel gear.  Head into the park taking the short route and meander along the rough terrain, enjoying views of massive cactus and interesting rock formations. Wind along to Wayaka II (not to be mistaken for Wayaka I) and park your vehicle and head down to the cove. There is a sheltered area to leave your belongings while you snorkel amongst the amazing reef.  A house Angel Fish will greet you as you wade out. Massive Parrotfish nibble at the reef, providing lively entertainment.  The romance is the amazing views, the fantastic unspoiled snorkel experience and the solitude. Tip: arrive early to have the place to yourself. After, head over to Slaagbai to jump off the cliff, pure adrenaline and pure fun. There is a fee to enter the park. Enjoy the amazing museum and take time to chat with the park rangers.


Photos Courtesy of Jeanine Clark Bremmer


If you are seeking a romantic getaway, contact Ann at today for your custom designed Bonaire vacation. Ann has a collection of lovely villas and bungalows offering a romantic escape. Concierge services include relaxing massage, Bonaire Salt Scrubs, private yoga classes and sunset cruises. You deserve to be pampered and to experience an escape that soothes the soul and inspires passion. Bon Bini, welcome soon, to Bonaire,


What to Do in Bonaire – an overview

September 28, 2012

What’s there to do on Bonaire?

Bonaire, best known for being the Diver’s Paradise and Windsurf heaven, offers a plethora of other activities to please the outdoor enthusiast. With a myriad of tours and trips, one can be busy day and night.

Bonaire’s waters are protected by the marine park. The mangroves, many located in Lac Bay, are also protected as they are breeding ground for the island’s sea life. Several companies offer kayak tours in and around the mangrove. Slowly glide through the tranquil waters. Later snorkel seeing juvenile barracudas and upside down jellies. Allow yourself time to enjoy this solitary experience in nature’s undersea nursery for a multitude of sea creatures. My favorite snorkel sites include Andrea I and south of Invisibles.

Bird watching is another attraction. Island-based naturalists can take you on guided tours to see the Bonairean Parrot, Flamingos, Trupials, and Ruby Topaz Hummingbird, and the Tropical Mockingbird. Jerry Ligon, our island’s bird expert provides a unique glimpse into the unique habitat on Bonaire.  Birding with Jerry is one of my favorite non water activities on Bonaire. The biggest thrill for me was sighting a Scarlet Tanager July 2008. What a thrill and indeed a late sighting.

Hikers have lots of options to choose trailsHikers will be thrilled with the diverse options.  My favorite hike, Ruta Dos Pos, takes you through the wild countryside of Bonaire on well marked trails.  Every tourist who goes with me loves this late afternoon activity. The trail is for intermediate hikers and takes 1-1.5 hours. The trail takes you past a fruit plantation, Dos Pos–the local water source for neighboring farmers, and a myriad of animal life. If you are quiet, you will catch a glimpse of the wild pigs locally known as porko di mondi. See Watapana trees, a massive Tamarind tree, and some amazing rocks and geological formations. Cactus is plentiful with many varieties seen on this hike. In the distance near the peak you may see Lake Goto. Listen to the songs of the small chuchubi bird or the squawking prikichi. This is by far my favorite activity on Bonaire.

Washington Park Dos Pos Xmas Hike

Washington Slagbaai National Park is the first nature sanctuary of the Netherland Antilles. It was established in 1969 and covers an area of 6.543 hectares. Many activities can be enjoyed including diving, snorkeling, mountain biking, and hiking. There are 3 hiking trails in Washington Park. The Subi Branderis hike must be started early in the day as the temperature grows as the day passes. It is a 45 minute hike to the highest peak which is 784 feet high. On a clear day one can view Curacao and the mountain range south of Puerto Cabello in Venezuela. The other trails are less challenging, but offer uneven terrain making for a challenge.

Another popular activity taking shape in Bonaire is mountain biking. Local guides offer races, tours, and trips along a variety of trails. The sun and wind make for a great challenge for the biking enthusiast. Washington Park offers challenging course. The roads and scenery of the park make it a great ride for mountain bikers. The tour, which is 34 km (21 miles) long, has a great variety of views and terrain. Long stretches of flat roads beside the sea contrast with severe up and down hills between mountains. This tour is for the advanced biker–people used to biking regularly; do not attempt it if you aren’t in good shape. Although the highest altitude on the bike route is only about 100m / 333feet, temperatures get very high and the terrain is rough.

One of the coolest new water sports to hit the mainstream is Stand Up Paddle Boarding. Also called SUP, this new floaty board is all the rage from coast to coast. Now SUP hits the shores of Bonaire when Bonaire  Starboard sponsored me to be a SUP spokesperson on the island . I love my  12’6 SUP. Recently reviewed in the Boards UK Board Test, the 12’6 received stellar reviews. Stand Up Paddle Boarding can be traced back to the old days in Polynesia. In the 1940s, Waikiki Beach Life Guards used to stand on their surf boards paddling around to patrol the beaches. The craze caught on and is big. Recently there was a SUP competition put on by John Hibbard in the UK. Facebook, the popular internet social program, has a SUP group as well. Almost every board company now fabricates and sells a version of the SUP.

Cave tours are availableOther activities to do include caving, parasailing, geocaching, kiting, rappelling down a lighthouse, and, of course, boat tours and trips. Bonaire’s perfect climate for water and nature sports make this island perfect for the outdoor lover. The picture enclosed is Spelunk cave.

Washington Park Open House

May 27, 2012

Press Release from STINAPA

Bon siman tur hende apresiá.

I would like to invite you all to the Open House of the Washington Park this Sunday June 3rd.

At the entrance there will be stalls with local food, art, handicraft and treats.

The roads have been scraped so you can drive through the park with any type of vehicle (which has a spare tire) and enjoy the nature.

It is nice and green after the rain fall of a couple of weeks ago.

Go to Slagbaai and enjoy the beauty of the historical buildings there.

Can back to the entrance and end the day dancing with music of local musicians.

More information is in the attachment.


Forward this invitation to all your friends and collegues at work.

Pasa e invitashon aki pa tur boso amistatnan I koleganan di trabou.

Stuur deze uitnodiging door naar al jullie vrienden, kennisen en collegas op werk.

Danki i te djadumingo na Parke,


Elsmarie Beukenboom



Washington Park Update

August 11, 2011

Blowing Hole

3 weeks ago I took the short route with a friend into the park ending at Slaagbai. This past weekend my visiting boyfriend and I took the long route to Playa Chikitu, Kokolishi and all around. It was simply breathtaking. The entire trip with many stops took 5 hours. I recommend the long route very much.

Check out the website for more details.

For now enjoy photos of a lovely day. If you go have a truck or jeep with high clearance and food and water.

Washington Park – Bonaire

July 18, 2011

Wayaka II

Washington Park is a nature sanctuary located on the northern third of the island. It is over 5000 hectares with hills, sand dunes, mangroves, salinas and lovely beaches. The snorkeling is amazing and there is hiking and mountain biking.

My windsurf buddy Tedrow and I headed up late in the day. It was a lovely drive to Slaagbai for a swim. Sundays is quite busy so I personally recommend another day. Several routes are closed presently so the one way route is now two ways. Aside from this minor inconvenience the views and vistas are breathtaking.

For the bird lover, the park is a dream. I saw amazing Trupial nests all over and lovely water fowl in the salt flats at Slaagabai.

I suggest arriving early and bringing plenty of water, food and sunscreen. It’s pretty hot this time of year in the park but it’s an amazing trip for the nature lover. My favorite snorkeling spot is Wayaka II and to swim, Slaagbai.


Washington Park Fee Structure

December 22, 2010

Washington Park

Washington Slagbaai National Park is the first nature sanctuary of the Netherland Antilles. It was established in 1969 and covers an area of 5.643 hectares. The park is an amazing setting to observe wildlife, flora and fauna as well as dive or snorkel. Mountain bikers will be challenged by the terrain.

Please note the changes in the entrance fee system of the Washington Slagbaai National Park.

Non residents shall pay a $15 fee which entitles them to use the park for one year.

Bonairian residents shall pay a $3 per day fee. They may elect, however, to pay a $15 fee which entitles them to use the park for one year.

Fees will be waived for all children 12 years and younger.

Users who have paid the BNMP users fee for scuba diving and can prove they have done so by showing a receipt as well as a valid ID, may enter the WSNP park free of charge.