A testament to the power of the elements, the Natural Bridge of Aruba was created from the strength of the ocean carving through thick coral limestone. Thousands of years of water and wind pushing at the coral had created an opening in it that allowed the ocean waves to get through while leaving a layer on top that people could walk across. The location also boasted excellent views of nearby and ruggedly handsome Andicuri Beach. Sadly, on September 2, 2005, the power of nature and erosion finally won out and the bridge that thousands had marveled at collapsed in the early morning hours. Before its demise, the Natural Bridge was the largest nature created bridge in the Caribbean, stretching across more than 100 feet and rising 23 feet above the sea.
The rocky remains of the bridge can still be seen and are located a short distance from the popular Natural Pool in Aruba, another nature-made wonder that is a large swimming hole located amongst huge rocks right next to the sea. The iconic Natural Bridge may not be standing anymore, but it’s still worth a visit as it’s impressive to stand in front of the ruins and marvel at how the earth changes slowly over centuries – plus it’s a remote and gorgeous piece of coastline. Turn your visit there into an off-roading adventure with the Natural Pool Jeep Adventure that makes a visit to the Natural Bridge location.
For those who still want the experience of seeing a still intact nature-made bridge, visitors to Aruba are in luck. The collapsed Natural Bridge is close to a smaller bridge – often referred to as “Baby Bridge”. Though Baby Bridge doesn’t have the scale the acclaimed Natural Bridge had, it is still another natural arch marvel to behold. Take a peek through the underside of the bridge and see the teal waters of the sea on the other side.
The drive to the site of the Natural Bridge is rough and rocky, which is why many travelers to this area of the island prefer visiting it on a tour or with a private driver so they don’t risk damaging their rental car. Along the way you’ll see the vast landscape of the north end of the island which mixes in elements of tropical and desert locales, and you can also make a pit stop at the north tip of the island to see the California Lighthouse and California Sand Dunes.