Walk the Suspension Bridge in Roatan, Honduras

Annette White at Gumbalimba ParkThere was only one thing standing, or should I say swaggering, between me and my monkeys in Honduras…a 237 foot long semi-stable, suspension bridge.

No bridge, no monkeys…no way!

We were at the Gumbalimba Park in Roatan, Honduras and I wanted to hold a monkey…bad. The tour guide led us around the lush grounds, diverting our attention with colorful foliage and statuesque iguanas. We were then stopped just before the suspension bridge. Yes, crossing over a suspension bridge is on My Bucket List and I do love the spontaneity of a goal, but I was just not mentally prepared. I had monkeys on the mind.

suspension bridge at Gumbalimba ParkAnnette White on suspension bridge How many feet was this suspension bridge? How far above the lake below? How deep was the water and what sort of critters were lurking around in it? Has this bridge ever collapsed leading folks to plummet down in the depths of the sea? Okay, that last one may have been a little dramatic. I peeked down below and saw a large turtle swimming about. At least if I plunged into the water I would have an opportunity to cross off the ‘swim with turtles’ bucket list goal.
Annette White on the suspension bridgeAs I stepped on the platform, I looked to my left and that’s when I noticed the “Chicken Walk” sign out of the corner of my eye. There was a way out. A pleasant, trail walk for the scaredy-cats amongst us.

I decided that I ain’t no chicken (maybe there was just a slight cluck, cluck in me).

There were only five people allowed to crossthe suspension bridge at a time and I patiently waited…at the back of the line. Stepping onto the bridge I was surprised by its prominent sway and grasped for the rail. I had thought I would be able to quickly sprint across, but turns out these things are shaky, hence the name “suspension bridge”. 382 steps later, I was on safe land again.

These monkeys better be worth it…

Have you ever been on a suspension bridge?

Read about the monkeys here…

2018-12-20T21:42:35+00:00May 23rd, 2011|Categories: Central America, Honduras, TRAVEL|Tags: , |


  1. Victoria May 23, 2011 at 1:06 pm - Reply

    Great story. I love suspension bridges .. ever since I crossed my first ones aged five or six. Nice to encounter a fellow adventurer and life enthusiast. Looking forward to getting your latest posts 🙂

    • Annette Renee White May 23, 2011 at 4:45 pm - Reply

      Thanks for reading! I checked out your site too and look forward to your next adventure!

  2. Carola May 24, 2011 at 7:22 am - Reply

    How brave of you! This one I think would give me the creeps.  I am soooo afraid of hights, and walking slowly across a shaky bridge seems like a nightmare.  I love your adventures.  Keep at it 🙂

  3. 101 Things Before You Die May 24, 2011 at 8:58 pm - Reply

    Glad you didn't take the chicken walk! I've always wanted to do something like this, just like in Indiana Jones. The "Mile High Swinging Bridge" at Grandfather Mtn. (NC) used to be like this but they replaced it with a metal one that is much sturdier (and doesn't swing, although they still call it the "Swinging" Bridge). I guess I'll just have to go back to Honduras!

  4. Sosha May 29, 2011 at 10:35 am - Reply

    Ah! Super!
    Good luck with the rest of the items in your list 🙂

  5. Miranda May 30, 2011 at 9:44 pm - Reply

    I love that you counted your footsteps. I've never done a swinging bridge, but once when I was going to a lighthouse I was on a creepy one person at a time metal bridge that I swear shook as thought it was a suspension bridge. I definitely want to try the real thing!

  6. Jennifer Nixon (@jenniferbnixon) June 16, 2011 at 3:22 am - Reply

    I love this idea! I've stolen it for my own list
    I love the fact they've called is Pirates Bridge too, I'll have to add Honduras to my list of destinations to save up for xx

    • Annette Renee White June 16, 2011 at 9:43 am - Reply

      It was a really cool experience, worthy of adding to your bucket list 😉

  7. Steven@hundredgoals August 10, 2011 at 8:59 pm - Reply

    My time in Roatan was a little different. We rented a car and drove around the island. I was shocked at how the people lived. It's a stark contrast to the perfection of the port of call. I'm really glad that I explored away from the touristy places because it's the reason why I decided to sponsor a child from Honduras.
    I've been to a lot of places, but it was the first time I saw real poverty, and it changed me. I didn't get back on the cruise ship the same person.

    • Annette Renee White August 10, 2011 at 10:03 pm - Reply

      Wow, what a touching story! I love the way exploration & travel can change your life.

  8. Emma's Bucket List August 16, 2011 at 7:46 am - Reply

    That looks so cool. Did you do the suspension bridge in Costa Rica too?  I want to try that one

    • Annette Renee White August 16, 2011 at 12:19 pm - Reply

      No, we didn’t do one in Costa Rica. But, we did go zip-lining there!

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  12. theweekendcook March 23, 2012 at 5:18 pm - Reply

    Kudos for having crossed out 2 items on your bucket list!
    I have traipsed –very shakily– on suspension bridges several times, but not on one that long!  And one so flimsy it cannot accommodate more than 5 people at a time.
    As to  monkeys,  I have touched one somewhere in my childhood.  A neighbor's pet, if I recall correctly.   Not the adventurous kind, I have tamer things on my bucket list.

    • Annette White March 23, 2012 at 10:55 pm - Reply

      Thanks! That’s what is so great about having a bucket list…it is completely yours and can contain anything that is a personal goal 🙂

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