National parks and reserves in Bonaire, Saba and St. Eustatius
Curacao is the largest conservation area (about 4,600 acres) occupies the entire north-western part of the island, surrounded by a small array of ancient eroded mountains Sint-Christoffel (375 m). The main attractions of the park are considered some caves decorated with Native American petroglyphs, unusual shaped rock formations, ruins of the plantation Zorgule, private plantation Savone, which houses the office (tel: (5999) 864-0363) and spectacular main entrance to the park with a small museum natural and cultural history of Savone. From the main gate, you can make a tour of any of the ecological trail designated by multi-colored pointers and get acquainted with the local flora and fauna (the full tour usually takes from 20 minutes to five o’clock), including seeing the rarest white-tailed deer Curacao (is under the protection of the state from 1926 ), as well as iguan, rabbits and several varieties of birds.
North of the main goal of the National Park "Sint-Christophel" The stormy northern coast of the island begins, to get acquainted with whom in the tiny reserve of Shet-Boca (Entrance $ 2) begins, which occupies the territory around coral formations of the North Coast and several limestone grottoes, among which there is a famous boc-chart. But the main sights of the park are sea turtles living in these stormy waters – the park was specially created for the protection and breeding of these animals.
Just a few kilometers north of Sint-Christophele lies a colorful village Westpool with good fish restaurants, and the Landhus-book rises south of the coastal road – the best sample of the restored colonial house built at the beginning of the 1700s and restored after the fire 1830 g (before that the complex was one of the largest and most prosperous plantations of Curaçao, producing wool, indigo, sorghum, legumes and pods "DIVI-DIV", used when taking skin). Nearby, in the Bay of Book, are the islands of the grotto of a book with his calm turquoise waters and a beautiful sandy beach and a small kleine-book (a few kilometers south), also considered a popular holiday destination from local residents. If you move along the coast to the south, towards Willemstad, the road will pass by Landhus-Asstensk – the oldest plantation on the island (1672 g).
Just a few minutes drive from Eastern Ponda, in the Landhus Chobolobo building, Senior District is located & Company Liqueur Distillery (open from 1896) – the birthplace of the famous "Blue Roma Curaçao" and three more varieties of liqueurs, which are boiled here in the amount of more than 20 thousand. Gallons per week. And in the easternmost part of the island, an ostrich farm Curaçao will be interested in (tel: (+5999) 747-2777), where in almost natural conditions it contains about the seven hundred of these huge birds.
Washington-Shopness National Park
Created from the lands of two old plantations on the north-western tip of the island of Bonaire, around Mount Brandaris (241 m), Washington-Shopbai Park is open in 1969 and occupies 13.5 thousand. acres (20% of the territory of the island) coated with shrubs of hills and lakes cut off by numerous footpaths. The park is engaged in the protection of natural complexes of arid lands, thickets of high cacti, known among the locals as "Kadushi" (Main element of many soups), Pink Flamingo nesting places, as well as numerous varieties of parrots, bats, iguan and lizards. From the main gates of the park, two routes diverge: "green" (Tour lasts about 2 hours) passes through the hills of the central part of the park and "yellow" (about 4 hours) who goes the coastal line of the park. Here you can see Salina Mateyak Saline Flamingo Saligue Laguns (the largest number of birds is going here in the period from December to March), Playas Chikitu coast (popular beach, although swimming here is quite risky due to strong currents passing near the coast), Many rocky bays ("Bocas"), as well as those famous for their reefs of the shores of the Playas-Funcha, Playas-Shopkai and Playas Benga. More than 70 types of large plants grow in the park and about 100 varieties of birds live, and its shores are considered one of the best places for snorkeling on the island.
Marine Park Bonaire
Extended coral reef, which surrounds Bonaire Island, since 1979 has the status of the National Marine Park, and under the protection of the entire underwater world from the sea surface to a depth of 60 meters. A huge variety of marine inhabitants makes these waters one of the best places in the caribbean for diving and snorkeling, but the state regulates this process, allowing you to perform immersion only as much as possible for the underwater world. Every diver committing must agree on his plans with the Directorate of the Park and get a special permit (Marine Park Tag, $ 25), but in return it will receive access to one of the relict coral systems of the Western Hemisphere. The successes of the government Bonaire in the protection of marine ecosystems received the broadest international recognition, which collects hundreds of divers from all over the world on Bonaire.