In this post I share a few images from the east side of Aruba near the Andicuri Bay.
On the way to see a natural bridge we could see the rough surf crashing into the shoreline, kicking water some 20 to 30 feet in the air at times. The aqua green water quickly turned to deep blue just a few feet off of the coast, indicating that the water there becomes very deep very quickly.
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I tried to catch one of those towering wave crashes but they would only occur when I pointed the camera elsewhere.
In the background you can see the desert-like setting with sand, rocks and cacti dominating the landscape. Aruba arose from the sea bottom from massive lava flows during the Upper-Cretaceous period. The resulting shoreline rock is very jagged and sharp, making the area above a definite no swimming zone. With water this turbulent, diving in here would amount to a suicide mission.
The landscape here is dotted with these Zen-like rock piles, likely the creation of tourist hoping to bring themselves good luck. Rocks are everywhere, right up to the water's edge and beyond. Not exactly bare-foot country.
As you can see in the image above, people have ventured far beyond what's advisable. Our tour guide mentioned that lives have been lost in this area with rogue waves appearing out of nowhere. Better to have a look from behind the safety of a zoom lens or binoculars.
Lastly, let's have a look at a natural bridge. There were once two in this area but the largest one collapsed in recent years leaving the "Baby Natural Bridge" to carry on the tradition for tourists.
This bridge is also in danger of collapse and is off-limits to visitors. There is a large sign on top (removed here via PS) warning folks to keep off. Nonetheless, the foolhardy are still seen posing for photos, right next to the sign.
With the rough surf in this area nature will surely take it's course. The inevitable collapse of Baby Natural Bridge has been categorized as "any day". Hopefully it remains in place for many years to come but whatever the outcome, I am happy to have seen it during my visit to the island.
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