Barbuda is part of a three-island state with Antigua and Redonda in the north-eastern Caribbean. On Barbuda you will find a small village community on a large island that is virtually untouched by tourism. It is world renowned for its beaches which are natural, many miles long and often sprinkled with pink sand. Here is a clear satellite photo of the island, showing the large lagoon to the west, the salt ponds and flashes to the north and the location of Codrington village. There is a short video from Good Morning America, who featured Barbuda in their Weekend Window slot in 2009, it features Calvin Gore, Mackenzie Frank, and Jackie Beazer-Joseph talking about Barbuda. All the pictures you see here on barbudaful are taken here in Barbuda.
Barbuda has the deep blue Atlantic on one side with wild beaches full of driftwood and shells, and the Caribbean Sea on the other, perfect for swimming and snorkelling, and with plenty of opportunities to see turtles, rays, sharks, barracuda and many other varieties of tropical fish undisturbed in the turquoise water. The beauty of Barbuda is in its natural and peaceful way of life. It's definitely not for visitors who are looking for sophisticated nightlife or lots of imported tourist attractions - it's a place where you can relax, slow down, meet local people and make your own entertainment.
The population of 1 800 live in the only village of Codrington, but Barbudans have family all over the world, especially in the UK, the USA and Canada. If you are a visitor here you will soon be part of the social life of local people as Barbudans welcome you to their island. Barbuda is 15 miles long and 8 miles wide, and is rocky and very flat. Much of the island is covered in impenetrable bush and there are unmarked roads and tracks to most of the beaches, with one main road going from River to Two Foot Bay. There are two hotels on the island; the membership only, private Coco Point Lodge, and Lighthouse Bay Resort at Low Bay. There are several guest houses in the village, ranging from single rooms to self-catering cottages, and three others that are on the beach - North Beach, the Barbuda Cottages at Coral Group and Pink Sand at River.
Barbuda is truly a natural paradise. The dense Barbudan bush hides all kinds of wildlife not seen on other Caribbean islands, including deer and wild boar, land turtles and guinea fowl. There are cattle, horses, and donkeys often wandering about, and in the village sheep and goats return to their pens at night. There are several salt ponds where it is possible to collect sea salt and see a great variety of bird life, and in the fabulous Codrington Lagoon, a Ramsar site of national importance, live the most spectacular of all the birds - the rare Magnificent Frigate Bird has a thriving colony of approximately 2000 birds which is one of the largest in the world.
Barbuda is a haven for birdwatchers who come to see the Frigate birds and many other rare species including Ospreys, Whistling Ducks, Tropicbirds and the yellow Barbuda Warbler. It's known locally as the Christmas Bird and is the only one of its kind in the world.
It's difficult to find detailed information about staying on Barbuda anywhere other than this website - which is one of the reasons we started it eleven years ago. This is because there is very little tourism on the island, but this is part of Barbuda's charm - it is undeveloped - and as a result is a unique and special destination in the world. Barbuda will not be offered as part of a package except as a day tour from Antigua, and many people visit us for the day - ask at your hotel or call one of the tour operators directly here. But we think you will have an even better experience if you stay on Barbuda for at least one night, because the day-return plane and ferry services do not allow much time here. If you want to stay you will find most of the information you need right here, and by contacting taxi drivers, guest houses and hotels direct you will be making an important and welcome contribution to the local economy. You can book your flights to Antigua and Barbuda as an independent traveller; there are several flights a week from the US, UK, and Canada that go to Antigua, and from there you can get the two-hour ferry ride or a short 15-minute flight to Barbuda. If you need more advice contact us and we will be happy to help you plan your stay or just go to our how to get here page page to find out how to get here!
As we often have to stay at least one night in Antigua before we can get to Barbuda on the local flight or the ferry, those of us without family or friends in Antigua recommend these places below.
Ocean Point Residence & Spa is an ocean front property located at Hodges Bay, just a 10 minute drive from both the capital St Johns and the airport. It has a large outdoor swimming pool and a massage centre overlooking the sea. The air conditioned studios are decorated in Mediterranean style and have cable TV and free wi-fi. Each room has a private balcony from which you can enjoy the view, and a small kitchen. The bar and restaurant are close by and are in a beach-side setting for cocktails at sunset. The rates are US$140 per room per night, or US$160 with continental breakfast included. There is no minimum stay but note that children under the age of 16 are not permitted to stay here. Contact (+1268) 562-8330 or (+1268) 720-0134 or visit their website to book.
There are many books and apps about the Caribbean in general and about Antigua in particular that you can read beforehand, but only a few of them include detailed information about Barbuda. This site is written for local people, Barbudans who live overseas, and for visitors to Barbuda. It is regularly updated, we answer all emails, and we're more reliable and up to date than any of the books, some of them don't come to Barbuda but still write about it as if they have. There are more businesses on Barbuda than choose to be on the website, so not everything is listed. Some people do not have internet access. The descriptions of guest houses are the owners description not ours - we do not review or rate them unless you ask us in an email - and we don't follow Trip Advisor feedback much either; some travellers just don't like to travel! Sometimes people on Barbuda change their contact details or other site information and forget to tell us, but ask us and we can pass on a message to anyone - we live here.
This site has information on everyday events, the people who live here, the history and geography of Barbuda, and, if you can't find what you are looking for, we have a 'search' button on the very top right-hand corner of every page.