A STUNNING, NATURAL RARITY
Devil’s Bridge, located outside the village of Willikies, offers a stunning glimpse into Antigua’s natural formation. Composed of limestone rock, the rugged terrain of Devil’s Bridge is the result of millions of years of ancient reef formation. For hundreds of thousands of years, the Atlantic’s waves have crashed into the east coast of Antigua creating a natural arch, or bridge. Numerous geysers and blowholes surround the arch as waves continually break against the coastal rocks.
In addition to being a natural phenomenon, Devil’s Bridge also holds cultural importance in Antiguan history. A prehistoric, Amerindian site is located within its vicinity and suggests that prehistoric peoples may have used the area for fishing and settlement. Though popular belief suggests slaves leapt to their death off of the natural arch during the period of slavery in Antigua, these stories have no historical evidence to support them. Still, Devil’s Bridge gets its name from these myths as the stories contend the devil claimed those who leapt off the bridge.
Visitors to Devil’s Bridge do so at their own risk. The limestone formation is often slippery because of the waves and it is advised people do not walk across the bridge. Swimming at Devil’s Bridge is not allowed.