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
There is absolutely no informative signage on the site.
Nonetheless, here are a few unofficial tips for bridge
* Yell at the Devil. No Caribbean island's naturally formed
bridge should be without a myth, so here's the one that goes with
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
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
* 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
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
* 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
Taken at any other time, the resulting photos will resemble a