KRALENDIJK, Bonaire -- Washington Slagbaii National Park is ready
when you are. Under the park's Early Entrance program, groups can
start out as early as 5 a.m., upon special request. Earlybirds are
charged a nominal fee above the $10 per person park admission. (The
regular entrance fee for children under age 15 is $2.) The amount
of the fee depends on the size of the group and the time of
entrance. The park is regularly open for hiking, kayaking and
biking daily from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m, with the last entry at 3 p.m.
In other park news, the hiking trail up Mount Brandaris --
Bonaire's highest peak at 784 feet -- has been re-marked to provide
a clearer route to the top. All trips must begin before 11 a.m.,
and a route plan must be submitted to the park's ticket office
prior to departure. There also are two driving trails through the
park: the 15-mile "short" trail, roughly a two-hour drive, and the
22-mile "long" trail, roughly a three-hour drive.
For information on Washington Slagbaai National Park, call (011)
599 717-8444 or visit www.bonairenature.com/stinapa/washingtonslagbaai.html.