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“Not worth it - would rate it a zero if that was an option”
1 of 5 bubbles Review of Boca Slagbaai

Boca Slagbaai
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Owner description: Located on the western coast, this beach features has bright yellow 19th-century buildings and good swimming.
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“Not worth it - would rate it a zero if that was an option”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 March 2014

We had a day on Bonaire where we couldn't dive for 24 hrs before our departure, so decided to see the rest of the island. The National Park was a huge disappointment and regret.

There's nothing to see inside the park that you don't see everywhere around you on the drive (on paved roads) to get there. Once inside the park, you're subjected to the worst maintained dirt road (and I use the word 'road' generously) that you've ever seen. At best, it will rattle your entire skeleton, and at worst, very possibly result in a broken axle, wheel or suspension! No kidding - beware! Also check your rental contract, because many say that the insurance is void if you go off paved roads.) The 'road' in the park is also one-way, so you can't even turn around after 5 minutes, when you realize you've made a huge mistake - which means you're stuck for 90-120 minutes of bone-rattling misery, and that's if you're doing the 'short loop'.

I don't know how much money they collect very year from the $25 park fees per person, but they obviously haven't spent a nickel of it on road maintenance in the park - for years. The condition is shameful, and someone should do something about it. Where's all that fee money going?!?! Perhaps to the barely responsive, rude 'attendant' in the office at the park gate.

Visited February 2014
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Lelystad, The Netherlands
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“Interesting area”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 February 2014

I must have visited this NP at least 10 times in the past 4 years. Not only is this a very interesting geological area, with ancient lava and coral formations and dense vegetation alternated with bare sections and cacti fields but there are also many species of birds to be seen. The park can be toured by 4-wheel drive, but there are also 2 hikes near the entrance that offer very beautiful views. A challenging hike deep in the park is the Brandaris hill: a mere 700 ft but don't underestimate this climb!
Birds routinely seen are caracara, various flycatchers, yellow warbler, tropical mockingbird, bananaquit, troupial, yellow oriole, pearly-eyed thrasher and many more; at the salinas there are various herons, plovers, egrets and, of course, the flamingo.
In addition to the many bird species there are iguanas, a special type of tree-lizard and once I also spotted wild pigs.
A marvel for nature lovers!

Visited February 2014
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The Hague, The Netherlands
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55 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
“Out in the wild”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 January 2014

Organised by Tropical Travel, a six hour trip, picked up fro hotel.
Only two other tourists were in the 'group'. The van was driven by the guide, a charming woman who drove very well, and who could tell us a huge amount of interesting info.
It was very clear that she loved the island, and wanted to share this with her guests.
She showed us awesome coasts, turquoise bays, huge black limestone rocks, old light houses, a variety of trees, flowers, cactuses and some tiny white beaches, with pink flamingos and other birds, such as the white bellied heron.

She explained the function of the plantation... That is what this park actually was.

We drove slowly on the bad roads, full of potholes.
But, man, what beautiful trip.

Visited January 2014
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Oregon
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87 reviews
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“Into the wilds of Bonaire - on bad roads”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 January 2014

The map given at the gate is very helpful, as it says how long the two routes should take driving. Minimum time is stated at 1 1/2 hours (for 24 km.) The long route is 2 1/2 hours, for 34 km. Much of it has be done at a very s-l-o-w speed, as the potholes and rough road will otherwise eat up your vehicle (watch out for the goats and occasional donkey as well!) A highlight of our trip to the park was seeing dozens of flamingos in the wild at all the bodies of water passed on the short route. The museum at the entrance was very worthwhile. There are some dive sites along the western shore, and other side trips off the main road. We didn't go down any of those even-worse roads. So a trip to the park could easily take up a whole day if one wants to really explore. Much of the scenery along the road, however, is the same, so it does get old.

Visited December 2013
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Borrego Springs, California
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371 reviews
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“Impressive”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 January 2014

Natural history lovers, this is for you! Remote. Rugged. Beautiful views. Kitchy little "museum" with history timeline, historical artifacts, geology explanations, etc. Great trails/back roads for running, hiking, bicycling. Views that you won't find anywhere else. Desolate. Awesome. Let the others numb themselves on beach drinks at the resort while you explore the natural world.

Visited December 2013
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