Barbuda is open for business! Hurricane Irma is behind us now and we are welcoming visitors back to our wonderful island on day tours, on longer stays in our hotels and guest houses and on yachts from all over the world. Sadly there are many of us still waiting for electricity and water even after nearly two years have passed since the hurricane. And some still wait for the repairs to their homes that were promised by international aid donations. But we are strong and we are rebuilding by ourselves and we welcome YOU to Barbuda.
Barbuda is part of a three-island state with Antigua and Redonda in the north-eastern Caribbean. On Barbuda you will find one 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. All our beaches are public and you may walk along any of them. Here is a map of where we are and a satellite image at the bottom of the page where you can see the large lagoon to the west, the salt ponds and flashes to the north and the central location of the only village - Codrington. Barbuda was listed by Conde Nast Traveller as one of the top ten destinations to watch in 2016 and here is a short video from Good Morning America, who featured Barbuda in their Weekend Window slot as long ago as 2009.
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 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 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 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 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. Since Hurricane Irma we have lost some of our hotels and guest houses including the longest established - Coco Point Lodge - but work has started there with the new lease-holders Peace, Love and Happiness. We also lost North Beach cottages, but Barbuda Belle at Cedar Tree Point is open, and so is Barbuda Cottages, and for nature lovers we have a pretty new Glamping site at Frangipani Corner.
Barbuda is truly a natural paradise that was immediately threatened after Hurricane Irma had barely passed by the construction of an international airport as described by the Antiguan government. Predictably, work on this 'Barbuda runway' was abandoned, leaving an ugly and useless scar on the landscape. But the dense Barbudan bush still 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 in the village and 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 endangered bird life, and in the fabulous Codrington Lagoon - a Ramsar site of international importance - live the most spectacular of all the birds, the rare Magnificent Frigate Bird which has a thriving colony of approximately 2500 birds, 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 - known locally as the Christmas Bird and the only one of its kind in the world.
It's difficult to find detailed or accurate information about Barbuda anywhere other than this website which is one of the reasons we started it fifteen years ago. Since then, Hurricane Irma has put us firmly on the map but we are much more than just an island in difficulty. There is very little tourism on the island but this is part of Barbuda's charm - it's undeveloped - and is one of the few remaining original and almost completely natural islands left in the world. As a result is a unique and special destination. To understand more about this you need to read the history of the island and explore the complicated relationship we have with Antigua regarding Barbuda land.
Barbuda is often offered as a day tour from Antigua and many people do visit us for the day - ask at your hotel or call the Barbuda ferry or one of our local taxi and tour operators direct. But as most Antiguans have never been to Barbuda they know very little about our community, although since our evacuation to Antigua after the hurricane many positive new links with local people have been made. We think you will have an even better experience if you stay here for at least one or two nights, 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 on this site, and by contacting the 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 from overseas 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 to find out exactly how to get here.
We write this site for Barbudans all over the world, and for visitors to Barbuda - to promote our news, our current affairs and our businesses. We provide information for travellers hoping to come to Barbuda from Antigua or further afield, so they can all be well informed about the island and find what they need online first. This contributution to our economy improves our lives through the guest houses, bars and tours. Barbudaful is updated once a year, our facebook page more often, and we answer all emails. Usually we charge a small annual fee to cover costs but this year (2018) we have waited until we can recover our economy before we ask for any subscriptions. There is much more going on on the island than can be shown on the website so not everything is listed, but this is a snapshot of life here and we aim to make it affordable for the smallest business to be listed, and as accurate as our emotions allow! All the pictures you see here are taken here in Barbuda by people who live or visit here. Barbudaful reports events under Jicky's Latest News and we have listings of where you can stay, a bit about the history and geography of Barbuda and it can all be translated into any language with the 'translate' button at the bottom of the page. If you can't find what you are looking for we have a 'search' button on the top right-hand corner of every page so eventually you should find it. If you spot any errors please let us know - and we really hope you enjoy your visit.