barbudaful.net is celebrating this year - we are still the only web site that features just the island of Barbuda. We have been online since we realised that Barbuda must have its own web site where visitors and Barbudans living overseas - especially those from younger generations who have never been to Barbuda - could go to find accurate information about the island.
It's a voluntary website for the community that has a small and very limited income from about 25 local businesses. All this income goes back into improving the site (well, that and the odd ice-cold beer...) and here we say a very big thank you to those who have supported it up to now. If you have been to Barbuda and would like to make a donation you can do so here.
We hope that Barbudan small businesses will prosper as they get more visitors to the island through the site, we are always at the top on Google and well known in the international travel press. If you are a Barbudan business who is not sure about the value of being on here and would like to see the analytics of the site - just ask.
And we also know that those visitors who come here always love Barbuda, hope it won't get too developed like some other Caribbean islands have become, and are satisfied that the money they spend while they are here has directly benefitted local people.
This is a site where any Barbudan or anyone who is in business on Barbuda can be represented online at an affordable rate. We also know that Barbudans around the world regularly visit www.barbudaful.net to catch up on news from home, as the web site describes Barbuda as the lively and enterprising place that it is. We include information on the history and geography of the island, facts and figures about Barbuda, and places of interest and we encourage and support nature tourism so we have much-needed pages for visitors who are seeking local accommodation and transport here. We reply to all e-mails we get through the site if you need more help with this.
There are charges for entries on the site to cover the increasingly expensive costs of maintaining the web site on the internet. The lowest rates are for Barbudans who have very small businesses to make it easily accessible to them. For guest houses and hotels it's more expensive, but as we are a primary source of information about hotels and guesthouses on Barbuda, it makes sense to be on here and the rate is only the equivalent of one nights guest stay at your accommodation. We are number one on the internet, we are regularly listed in published guides to the Caribbean including Conde Naste Traveller, Footprint, Lonely Planet, Superyachts and many others. We are usually quoted in the international press when they write about Antigua and Barbuda and we relentlessly pursue them if they miss us out. You can view our subscription rates in detail below.
We invite anyone in Barbuda to add their details to the site and contributions from Barbudans overseas are especially welcome - details of upcoming events or activities, for example family reunions anywhere in the world, can be mentioned on Jicky's Latest News, the community news page. For those on Barbuda (and Antigua) making a living from tourism this website is an excellent way to advertise to the world and to have customers come directly to you by phone or by email.
The information you provide will be included under the most suitable heading and we like to get your information right. We will help with the text and take photos to show your business in the most professional way. Payment for business entries can be made in Barbuda or by Paypal, but news is free. If you would like to be included on the web site, renew your subscription or update your information please contact us by e mail.
As soon as your entry appears on barbudaful.net you need to check the details are right. The charges apply once a year only and payment should be made in January for the full year until December. Each January you will be asked if you wish to be included again and your listing can be removed if you don't wish to continue. If you are on it you can then give the barbudaful website cards that we print for you to your relatives, friends and customers.
We do not have any other advertising on our site but if you have a link to Barbuda, you are welcome to put your business on here. The cost of keeping this site active, updated and virus-free is ongoing and there are only a few businesses who can contribute on Barbuda, so please help us keep it going by supporting those businesses while you are here. Subscriptions run from January to December each year and we try to collect it in January or in the early part of the year.
EC$50 - this is intended to give Barbudans living on the island access to the internet even if their business is very small. Most will not need the link as they do not have a website, but if they have one, we can link to it. They can also list more than one business and link them together on the site. We can take pictures and help with the text.
EC$100 - this is for Barbudans living in Antigua or overseas further afield. This reflects the access those people have to things that Barbudans who live on Barbuda don't have - without going to Antigua.
From US$100 - $250 this option is for non-Barbudan small businesses on or off the island. If your business is a large business the rate will be raised accordingly.
This rate will reflect the room rate of the individual hotel or guest house for one night at your low season rate i.e. if your room is US$150 per night, you will pay that rate for your entry on the site for one year. You are guaranteed to make that back from bookings which come through or as a result of the website.
We wish to thank the following people.
This web site was hosted (and supported) by Graham Talbot at Turquoise Net; a travel site for the Caribbean, Central America, and beyond. Graham featured Barbuda on www.turq.com for many years. we are now with Flying Pixel who designed the new template and are based in the UK.
Andrew Brewster helps with the complicated technical behind-the-scenes administration of the web site and publishes the new material. Without him we would be in big trouble.
We are proud of the photographs on barbudaful.net as they are all taken on the island by amateurs and professionals who have visited Barbuda or who live here, including Mohammid Walbrook, Chris Doyle, Fiona Jack, Fabio Pettinari, Mark Williams, Malte, Jerry Cindric and many others. We welcome your photographs if you have some good ones. These are typically resized at 800 x 600 pixels maximum width. We appreciate a little information about what a photograph is showing and who took it; we use this to supply alternative text for images to enhance accessibility for our visitors. Pass your mouse over an image if your browser supports this to see it.
Mohammed Walbrook is a Barbudan photographer. He became interested in photography while a student at the Holy Trinity School. He is working on a book of photographs of Barbuda and compiling a photographic archive of the island.
Chris Doyle is an international yachtsman and writer. Chris is a resident of Grenada and has been sailing in the Caribbean for over 30 years. He is the author of The Cruising Guide to the Leeward Islands, which features information about Barbuda for sailors. Chris contributes articles to Caribbean Compass, the Caribbean's on-line monthly marine magazine, while he has his own web site at www.doylecaribbean.com.
Fiona Jack is an artist and photographer, who visited Barbuda and has published her beautiful photos in many international magazines and travel guides.
Fabio Pettinari is a fashion photographer from Milan. He covers the haute couture shows in Paris, London, and Milan. Fabio came to Barbuda several years ago to photograph the Palmetto Hotel. He has contributed to the lifestyle magazine Condé Nast Traveller.
Mark Williams and his family came to Barbuda for a week in 2002. They stayed at the Carriage House, hired a vehicle, and took many interesting photos.
…who send us their pictures all the time - thankyou xx
Claire is an artist and writer and regularly updates the site. She has contributed articles about Barbuda to other Caribbean websites and in the international press. Claire has taken many of the photographs for barbudaful.net and writes content.
Lesley wrote and took many photographs for the site over several years and without her input, it wouldn't have started at all. After Lesley gained a Masters degree from London University, she worked in publishing in England and was also a teacher in Barbuda for many years.
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