Friday, July 27, 2012

Antigua's Devil's Bridge

Antigua's Devil's Bridge is a natural limestone arch carved out over the centuries by the enormous breakers of the Atlantic ocean. It's located on the north-eastern point of Antigua near Indian Town Point, which is a National Park.

The winds at the bridge, surf breaking against the rocks, and blow holes are an exhilarating sight.

Devil's Bridge is surrounded by a backdrop of towering rock cliffs and ledges. It's always amazing to stand in the spot where the Caribbean Sea and Atlantic Ocean meet. On a clear day you can view the island of Guadeloupe to the South.

It should be noted that visitor's are at their OWN RISK, and warned NOT to walk across the bridge as the limestone is very slippery.

If you decide to brave the bridge, I would suggest wearing non-slip rubber shoes - my trusty water shoes worked just fine - however I admit I did not walk out too far. If the wind is high, the force of the spray from the blowholes makes this a dangerous venture - the legend of the bridge states no one survives a fall. You can get some great pics without going out onto the bridge.  

Most visitors to Antigua are drawn to the 365 beaches on the Western shoreline, however it's definitely worth a visit to experience the wild side of the island. Antigua's diverse geography reminds me of the East and North coasts of Barbados, another island that borders the calm Caribbean Sea and rugged Atlantic ocean.

Antiguan's say the bridge got its name from so many slaves going there to commit mass suicide, and people started believing the "Devil" had to be there.

Since the waters surrounding the bridge are so rough, anyone who fell over never came out alive. While some discount this being the place of mass suicide, local historians have stated that somehow the slaves knew the direction to the West Coast of Africa, and believed the strong current would deliver their bodies back to their homeland.

After leaving Devil's Bridge, there is a nearby beach where it's safe to take a cooling swim - and you have well over 300 other beaches to enjoy.

Happy Travels,
Travel 2 the Caribbean

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