In the east of Antigua on the Atlantic coast lays a beautiful and fascinating natural bridge that is surrounded by myths and mystery. Around the bridge there are equally thrilling blow holes that spurt water up through the rocks like a huge whale coming up for air. The tide is particularly fierce due to the lack of a land barrier between this part of the coast and Europe. There is no reef acting to break the waves like in other parts of the coast, so they beat furiously on the rocks. Over millions of years, this has led to the unusual rock formation that you find today.
The Myths and Legends
There are several places around the world whose name mentions the devil, and inevitably they all have a story behind them. Devil’s Bridge is no exception, other than the fact that there is more than one legend surrounding this area. According to the tourist website for Antigua and Barbuda the devil is waiting to show off his culinary skills under the bridge. The legend goes that the devil is under the bridge and if you throw two eggs into the water to boil, he will keep one and return the other.
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While this story may seem somewhat far-fetched, there is an even darker reason cited elsewhere to explain the name. According to the Uncommon Caribbean website the name is associated with the slave trade. Amerindian artefacts have been found in the area, indicating that it is of huge historical significance. Locals will also tell you that people enslaved in the area who could see no way out of their plight would sneak to the bridge and throw themselves off to commit suicide and put an end to their suffering. There is no evidence that this is in fact the case, but it would seem somewhat more likely than the presence of the devil.
Despite the myths and legends of a dark past and an unwelcome resident under the bridge, it remains a tourist attraction and with good reason. The island is a haven for people seeking luxury Antigua holidays all inclusive, provided by companies. Many visitors like to explore the area and see its natural beauty and there is nowhere more beautiful than Devil’s Bridge National Park. The island as a whole is known for its beautiful, golden sandy beaches, coral reefs and everything you would associate with a luxurious holiday destination.
However, the Devil’s Bridge National Park stands apart from this reputation because, while still beautiful, it is notably different from the calm waters elsewhere on the island. The area surrounding the bridge is rugged and barren, much like a lunar landscape. It is only accessible via a rocky track and is so windswept that it makes the ideal location for Antigua’s annual kite festival. For geologists, the erosion of the limestone by the seawater to form this unique landscape is the main attraction. For others, its haunting landscape and the sensation of the waves crashing against the rocks can be both romantic and thought provoking.