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Address: Willemstad, Curacao
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Swings wide many times daily to allow access to one of the busiest ports in...

Swings wide many times daily to allow access to one of the busiest ports in the world. It also separates the two halves of the city.

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An interesting and convenient bridge to visit as it connects two areas of Willemstad. My favourite info about this bridge is that it used to charge a fee to cross. Only if you... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 March 2016
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Peterborough, Canada
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Peterborough, Canada
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39 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 March 2016 via mobile

An interesting and convenient bridge to visit as it connects two areas of Willemstad. My favourite info about this bridge is that it used to charge a fee to cross. Only if you were wearing shoes. If you went across in bare feet it was free! If the bridge is open you can take the free ferry to cross.

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Greensboro, North Carolina
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 March 2016

The idea of using pontoons for boat docks has been around for years. But using multiple pontoons to build a floating bridge is an awesome idea. Plus, the ability to unlock the bridge, fire up the motors hooked to a prop and swing the bridge to the side is amazing.

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Ormond Beach, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 March 2016

Ever walk across a bridge and suddenly you can't get to the other side? What a hoot!! It's also known as "The Swinging Old Lady." It opens in order to allow boats to go up and down the harbor - around every 30 minutes - and gives you lots of time to take in the gorgeous buildings along the main... More 

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Bonita Springs, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 385 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 February 2016

Super Bridge that crosses the harbor. It opens approximately 30 times per day to let boat traffic pass. When it is going to open a horn sound and either a blue or red flag is raised. If it is a red flag, the bridge will only open part way to allow a small boat to pass. This usually takes 5... More 

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Bournemouth, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 109 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 February 2016

No other bridge like it. Watched as people crossing didnt get there before it opened. We caught the ferry but walked back over. Opened to let boat through, nice day in town.

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Bloomington, Illinois
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 February 2016

The 'floating' bridge is a the mouth of the harbor, and allows ships to pass by 'swinging' open and close through the use of a propelled float at the end that is powered by a diesel engine. The bridge will open to allow ships to pass into the harbor and then close to allow pedestrians to cross again between the... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 February 2016

This is a unique bridge but is also pretty essential for getting around Willamstad as it much more convenient for getting from Otrobanda to Punda. One inconvience is that It does open almost without warning or schedule and can remain open for quite a while, however there is also a free ferry. A short walk away there is a free,... More 

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Rockland, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 February 2016

While in town we had the opportunity of seeing the floating bridge open and close twice for ships entering and leaving the harbor. A great piece of engineering.

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Hawthorn,Co.Durham
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 February 2016 via mobile

This bridge is quite unique and doesn't open as you would imagine hence some tourists almost getting caught out when the bridge is due to open. There is a horn which sounds giving people a few minutes to get off the bridge. Amazing sight as it opens to let very large ships through. A great time to bridge watch (or... More 

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Sarsfield, Ontario
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 February 2016

This bridge that allows you access to the Handelstak side of Willemstad, is so cool to be on AND to watch open and close! It's over 500' long and sits on floating pontoon boats. When it is due to open, to allow boat traffic through St. Anna Bay, a siren goes off and you are expected to clear off the... More 

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