Devil's Bridge#6 in Best Things To Do in Antigua
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Millions of years of reef formation amount to this: the Devil's Bridge. The natural limestone arch located in eastern Antigua, near Indian Town, has sustained the crash of ocean waves for hundreds of years to form the distinct shape it is today. At the meeting point of the Atlantic Ocean and Caribbean Sea, this natural wonder leaves an impression on sightseers. According to local lore, Antiguan slaves jumped from the arch to their deaths and the devil would claim their souls, which is where the site gets its name.
The limestone can get very slippery when wet and walking across the bridge is not advised. The bridge is also surrounded by blowholes (natural sea caves that blast sea water and air during certain weather conditions). Experts warn that those blowhole blasts can be dangerous, especially on windy days. This isn't the best outing for young kids. Know, too, that you're not allowed to swim near the bridge.
Regardless, recent travelers were not deterred by the site's safety risks or diabolical name, noting that the view was a breathtaking reminder of the incredible power of the elements. However, a few suggested that if you have limited time on the island you might want to skip it as there is little else to do here but watch the waves crash.
The bridge and its blowholes are free to enjoy all day at any time, and there's also a nearby beach that's great for swimming and snorkeling. Visit the National Parks Antigua website for more information.
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#1 Shirley Heights
Wear some comfortable shoes and make the hike from Galleon Beach in English Harbour to the summit of Shirley Heights. On a clear day, the panorama (located approximately 492 feet above sea level) affords views of the southern island of Guadeloupe and the active volcano Montserrat, which recent visitors called simply breathtaking.
It's a challenging hike up to the lookout and the Antiguan heat makes early morning the best time to make the trek. If you're not up for the task, you can also hop in a taxi – a recommendation from many past visitors. The popular Shirley Heights Lookout Restaurant & Bar rests at the summit. Come prepared to party on Sundays from 4 to 10 p.m., when local bands perform Caribbean music live, the barbecue is fired up and drinks are flowing. Be prepared for crowds, though. Recent travelers warned that, while worth it for the awe-inspiring sunset views, this party gets packed.
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