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The Natural Bridge Aruba
Sometimes we take nature’s beauty for granted. Like city skylines, nature is constantly changing as well. Natural bridges are formed by erosion, and eventually they are destroyed by erosion. Nearly 10 years ago Aruba lost it’s natural treasure, the Natural Bridge. And just recently Malta lost its own natural bridge as well. The Natural Bridge Aruba was one of the small island’s most popular tourist destination until its collapse in 2005. The bridge, made of coral, was weakened by hurricane Mathew. As a result of the waves of Hurricane Katrina the following year, the bridge collapsed overnight. The Natural Bridge was the largest in the Caribbean. It left behind a handful of smaller natural bridges on Aruba. The largest remaining bridge is located next to the original site of the large Natural Bridge.
Son of a Bridge
While the Natural Bridge has collapsed, tourists still flock to the site to see the remains. Additionally, you can view “Son of a Bridge,” a smaller natural bridge located just a few feet away. You can walk about halfway across this bridge to get a great view of the fallen bridge and the beautiful Aruban coastline.
Other Notable Things to See
Another unique feature of this area are the wishing stones. If you have the time, you can gather seven stones and make a wish like the many tourists before you. This is a ritual started by tourists and has no meaning to significance to the locals. You’ll find these piles of stones all along the North Coast.
It’s a pleasant spot on the Northern Coast of Aruba to sit and watch the waves crash along the coast. Sometimes waves reach 15 feet or taller!
The Scenic Drive
Finally, you should note the drive to the site is also quite scenic. You can see several small inlets and coves created by erosion over the years.
El Tours Aruba makes a stop at the Natural Bridge on its Explore Aruba Bus Tour, or you can visit the site via taxi, rental car, ATV, Jeeps, etc. There is a small gift shop and bathrooms are available for $1 per use.
I highly recommend taking the drive to see this fallen mighty wonder and the smaller bridge still standing. The coastal views you’ll encounter make it well worth the trip.