Washington Slagbaai National Park is a 13,500-acre nature sanctuary located in the northwest part of the island. Established in 1969, it is a safe habitat for parrots, flamingos, parakeets, iguanas and many other species of birds and reptiles. It’s a birder’s paradise, with more than 200-plus bird species identified there. The beaches inside the park are an important nesting ground for all four species of sea turtles found in the Caribbean, and it includes the island’s highest point at 241 meters.
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 (including a kids’ trail) offers visitors an enjoyable learning experience.
8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Non-residents: $25 per calendar year or $15 with proof-of-payment of the $10 “Other users Nature Fee.” Residents: $15 per calendar year or $3 per day pass.