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.
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