on May 31, 2009
The Natural Bridge is one of the most popular attractions that people like to see while in Aruba. Unfortunately, on September 2, 2005 the bridge collapsed early in the morning. The Aruban who described it to us did so as a tragedy to humankind. "Early in the morning of September 2, 2005, the Natural Bridge collapsed. All of Aruba was sad as the news spread in the morning through the island. But, the mother left behind the baby, so now we go to see the baby." Today, the original Natural Bridge stands in the ruins just as it fell. Just before the ruins is a smaller bridge. Both are now opportunities to photograph. You can walk onto the baby bridge if you’d like. I felt a little uncomfortable with that, though, as the wind is terribly strong in Aruba, and the waves were crashing. Not that it wasn’t safe -- my husband walked across just fine. There are also step leading down to the original bridge at the far side of the parking lot. I’m not sure that most people realize that they are there, as they are focused on being closer to the bridges. There is also a store called the Thirst Aid Station that offers snacks, souvenirs, refreshments (including beer) and restrooms. It is important to note that it is 50 cents to use the restroom. It was one of the best 50 cents I ever spent. We got 2 beers here, and it was $10 total. I consider coming to see the Natural Bridge is necessary if you are visiting Aruba. Seeing the waves crashing into the sea is amazing in itself, but to see them crash into these bridges is almost overwhelming. Make this a priority of visiting Aruba.
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