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 hotel 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 community.
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. On Barbuda you will find one small village community on a large island that until recently had been virtually untouched by tourism development. It is world renowned for its beaches which are natural, many miles long and often sprinkled with pink sand. 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 is 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 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, but the large influx of construction workers for Barbuda Ocean Club has increased our population in recent years. 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.
Although Hurricane Irma took out some of our well known hotels and guest houses (K Club, Palmetto hotel, North Beach, Coco Point…) our recovery now includes Princess Diana beach hosting one of the most beautiful Nobu’s in the world. We have Enoch’s Shaka Kai there too, and Harry’s at River. Relentless construction work continues transforming Coco Point and Palmetto into the Barbuda Ocean Club private homes-with-golf-course resort and although our development was long overdue, sadly this disregard for the environment – especially at the low-lying wetland at Palmetto Point – risks damaging Barbuda for ever.
This website is about local life and local people; so Barbuda Belle at Cedar Tree Point is open and welcomes local guests for lunch or for the day, and so are Barbuda Cottages with Uncle Roddy’s next door, and for nature lovers we have an exciting beach-side glamping site with a new guest house at Frangipani Corner. We also have Emerald Sands a locally owned guest house on the South coast, and Historic Dulcina Appartments.
For more information on how to get to Barbuda, where to stay, and for transport, taxi’s or tours go to visit us. Enjoy your stay with us!