We are gradually updating the website on a monthly basis since we experienced devastating Hurricane Irma last September. Irma was the most deadly hurricane ever recorded in the Atlantic, making first landfall on Barbuda with winds recorded at 298km/h, but leaving Antigua almost unscathed. Barbudans were evacuated to Antigua adding to the trauma of leaving their damaged homes and loose animals to the army; many of which were lost or killed. Since then the international response has been overwhelming and wonderful (with special thanks to all of you) as repairs are made to homes and we start to try to regain our way of life. Our facebook page has recorded all of this and is updated almost every day but we are still (nearly a year later) mainly without electricity and now into the next hurricane season. The internet is slow and people have limited phone signal.
Visitors to Barbuda are ALWAYS made very welcome and are coming back now in larger numbers, and we have a great regular ferry service (weather permitting) and almost daily flights. The Antigua government announced an on/off brand new ferry service. They also re-announced Barbuda Airways but this has been promoted several times before so we await it's actual arrival. The official Antigua and Barbuda Tourism department is very keen on day tours, but getting here and back in one day is our perennial problem. So we suggest you stay as long as possible in Barbuda and enjoy the beaches and our wonderful community over two or three days - or even longer - you will be so glad you did.
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 map of the island 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 has just been 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, 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 1800 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. We also lost North Beach cottages, but newly opened hotel Barbuda Belle at Cedar Tree Point will be back in November, so will Barbuda Cottages and we have a new Glamping site at Frangipani Corner.
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 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 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 and visitors to Barbuda - to promote our news, current affairs and businesses - for our families living overseas in Canada, the UK and the USA or elsewhere in the world. 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. Barbudaful is updated once a year, our facebook page nearly every day, 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. There are more businesses on the island than choose to be on the website so not everything is listed, but this is a snapshot of life here and we aim to make it affordable for all 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.