Devil's Bridge a Natural Attraction


Reed Travel Features

INDIAN TOWN POINT -- It seems that every Caribbean island has a naturally created bridge, and Antigua is no exception.

This one, called the Devil's Bridge, is a limestone arch, made by pounding waves doing their best to make coral into sand.

If your clients find themselves in the neighborhood of Long Bay, it is worth a quick stop for a few photos.

The bridge is on the island's northeastern point, facing the wild Atlantic coast.

The surrounding area is nearly bone dry, and low-lying cactus abound; immediately around the bridge is a mostly flat ridge of bright-white limestone that resembles the lunar landscape.

If your clients are hoping for an educational moment, look elsewhere.

There is absolutely no informative signage on the site.

Nonetheless, here are a few unofficial tips for bridge visitors:

* Yell at the Devil. No Caribbean island's naturally formed bridge should be without a myth, so here's the one that goes with Devil's Bridge:

If you shout at the surf, the Devil makes the waves surge higher. I found yodeling to be particularly effective.

* Look for blowholes. This is fun, due to the great potential for practical jokes.

The limestone surrounding the bridge has a few of these, and, occasionally, water spouts up through them when a waves hits just right.

To get a friend soggy, visitors can try this line: "Oh, look -- a crab went down that hole. Wonder where he went? Let's look for him."

* Wear rubber-soled shoes. It's slippery out there, and if you wind up in the drink, it's bye-bye life.

* Don't climb. Surrounding the bridge is a low ridge of bright-white limestone that has been there longer than you or me.

It's tempting to scramble up the side, but advise your clients to leave erosion to Mother Nature and stay on the flat stuff. Same goes for those who might be inclined to climb the bridge itself.

* Beware of soggy camera. All that water splashing around looks really pretty until it gets in your camera.

* Timing is everything. If your clients are photography buffs, let them know that early morning and late afternoon light works best.

Taken at any other time, the resulting photos will resemble a snowfield.

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