There once was a time when Seroe Colorado was an outpost for oil tycoons. Here on Aruba’s southeastern tip, an oil refinery in the 1950s supported a community of American expats who lived on the rocky cliffs. Today the village is pretty much gone, the oil money moved elsewhere, though people still flock to this section of coast to see the natural bridge. Spanning above the cobalt waves, the bridge was formed by waves eroding the brittle, limestone coast, and now serves as a popular sight for hikers and visiting photographers. Reaching the bridge isn’t easy, however, as it means traversing a bumpy drive to the coastline of Seroe Colorado, and navigating a tangle of unmarked trails that cross the craggy landscape. For the best chance of finding the bridge, follow the arrows, painted in white, emblazoned on some of the rocks.
Insider Tip: For the best chance of finding the bridge, park at the lot adjacent to the lighthouse and follow the trails leading north along the cliffs.
The trail to the Natural Bridge is about .3 miles long over rough, rocky terrain. Sneakers or hiking shoes are definitely needed, and beware of hazards like crumbling cliffs, slippery rocks, and glass. Since the waves can sometimes be very large, be sure to stay away from the edge and avoid any rocks that are wet.