We are delighted to have visitors coming in ever increasing numbers to our very special island after Hurricane Irma caused such devastation in 2017, and since Covid has affected us all. Many people come to see Barbuda on a day tour from their hotel in Antigua, but if you really want to experience Barbuda you should come for a few days, and stay in one of our great value, friendly village guest houses or our delightful and luxurious beach-front rooms. Barbuda is much more than just a pink sand beach, and is firmly in the future of independent Caribbean tourism so we warmly welcome you to our strong and independent community. And if you have time search all 130+ pages, or just get in touch directly with us, or come to Barbuda – we will be very pleased to meet you.
Barbuda is part of a three-island state with Antigua and uninhabited Redonda in the north-eastern Caribbean; and is often described as Antigua’s ‘sister’ island, although years of conflict with successive Antiguan governments have threatened this relationship. On Barbuda you will find one small village community on a large island that until recently had been virtually untouched by unecessary large-scale development. It is renowned for its beaches which are natural, many miles long and often sprinkled with pink sand. But now these beaches are being built on – especially on the south coast where relentless construction work continues. Although our sustainable development was long overdue, this disregard for the environment threatens our rural way of life and risks damaging the coastline of Barbuda for ever.
Here is a map of where we are with a Google maps image at the bottom of the page, where you can see the large lagoon to the west, the salt ponds and flashes to the west and north, and the central location of the only village – Codrington. Barbuda was frequently listed by the travel industry as one of the top destinations to watch, and it continues to be of interest to independent travellers from all over the world.
Barbuda has the deep blue Atlantic on one side with wild beaches full of driftwood and shells, and the Caribbean Sea on the other, with pink sand beaches perfect for swimming and snorkelling, and with plenty of opportunities to see animals, fish and birds in their natural habitat, undisturbed by the local population.The beauty of Barbuda is still in its natural and peaceful way of life. It’s definitely not for visitors who are looking for nightlife or lots of tourist attractions – it’s a place where you can relax, slow down, meet local people and make your own entertainment.
The population of approximately 1500 Barbudans live in the only village of Codrington, although the large influx of construction workers for Barbuda Ocean Club and other projects has increased our population in recent years. Barbudans are well-travelled and 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 lives 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 only one main road in various states of disrepair going from River in the south, to Two Foot Bay in the north of the island.
Although the trauma of Hurricane Irma has taken it’s toll, we now have one of the most beautiful Nobu’s in the world on Princess Diana beach. You will find Enoch’s Shaka Kai there too, and Harry’s bar and rooms is closer to the village at River and close by is Historic Dulcina apartments. Barbuda Belle hotel is a boat ride through the lagoon at Cedar Tree Point and also welcomes local guests to their pink sand beach for lunch or as a day pass, and so are Barbuda Cottages with Uncle Roddy’s restaurant right next door, and a mooring nearby if you are coming on your yacht. For nature lovers we have a popular beach-side glamping site with a new stylish guest house at Frangipani Corner. We also have Emerald Sands a locally owned guest house on the South coast, and many other types of accommodation in the village. For more information on how to get to Barbuda, where to stay, and for transport, taxi’s or tours this website offers a direct contact with the people who own these businesses and who are the best people to help you and give you an insight into our community.