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Barbuda

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Introduction

Barbuda is an island in the Eastern Caribbean, and forms part of the state of Antigua and Barbuda. It has a population of about 1,600.

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Geography

Barbuda is located north of Antigua, in the middle of the Leeward Islands. To the south are the islands of Montserrat and Guadeloupe, and to the west and north west are Nevis, St. Kitts, St. Barts, and St. Martin.
The total land area is 160.56 km². The island is mostly coral limestone island with little topographical variation. The highest point is only 38 metres above sea level.

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Cities

Codrington - capital and largest town with about 1,250 people

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Sights and Activities

Barbuda is home to the Frigate Bird Sanctuary, which is located in the Codrington Lagoon. Other points of interest include Highland House (the 18th century home of the Codrington family) and the Indian Cave, which contains ancient Amerindian petroglyphs.

Activities include swimming, snorkeling, fishing, scuba diving, hiking, bird watching, and golfing.

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Weather

Barbuda has a pleasantly warm and tropical climate with generally hot and humid weather. From June to October is both the hot and wet season with temperatures around or above 30 °C during the day and still above 25 °C at night. The cooler but drier period of December to May averages around 27 °C during the day and just above 20 °C at night. Most rain falls from July onwards, but even in the dry season showers are possible. Hurricanes can strike from August onwards.

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Getting There

By Plane

ABM Air flies to/from Antigua.

By Boat

The Antigua to Barbuda Ferry takes 1hr 30mins and the ferry departs at 8.30am on Wednesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays from Saint John's, arriving at River Dock, Barbuda. The return service from Barbuda departs at 3.15pm on the same days. On Tuesdays and Fridays the service departs Antigua at 4.45pm and returns the following day from Barbuda at 6.30pm. Reservations can be made by phone (001 268 464 9453). Or check the Antigua Ferries website.

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Getting Around

By Car

Outside of Codrington, there is one road on the island, plus several unmarked tracks. You can rent a car from a few places.

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