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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. Until recently the streets were unpaved and unnamed, but that may be changing. Herds of goats wander the environs, rounding themselves up and returning home at night. Tourist amenities are modest and tourists are few, but those who venture here will be met with hospitality and will leave with an affection for this little island.

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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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Events and Festivals

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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

Outside of Codrington, there is one road on the island, plus several unmarked tracks. Paving of roads and streets has begun. A number of residents offer transportation by car or boat. Tours may be booked directly or as part of an excurion package from Antigua. Visitors staying in Codrington may want to rent a car, a process involving no paperwork, as there are no beaches within walking distance. Lynton Thomas, 268 720 9957, 721 2796, has 4WDs for rent. A temporary drivers license may be had for a few dollars and traffic is extremely light except when workers are being driven to and from the sand mine and resorts. Watch for trucks on the southern end of the island between Martello Tour and River Wharf. Bicycles may or may not be available for rent.

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Eat

  • Martello Bar and Grill, ☎ +1 268 460-0137, +1 268 783-8624. On the beach not far from the ferry wharf, Can provide food if you call ahead. edit
  • It's a Bit Fishy (On River Road between Codrington and Martello Fort, near gas station). Beach-style restaurant/bar with fresh seafood. Local fish, local owners, everything but the beach

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Drink

It's a Bit Fishy is a good place to hang out and drink as well.

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Sleep

  • Coco Point Lodge, ☎ +1 268 562-5598 - The most American accommodation on the island with single rooms, suites and two to four bedroom cottages. This all-inclusive resort is absolutely amazing.
  • North Beach - Barbuda, ☎ +1 268 721-3317 - This tiny, secluded place consists of four cottages and far from the nearest house and accessible only by boat. Guests may go a week without seeing another person besides the owner or helper (both Barbudan). Expensive but memorable.
  • Lighthouse Bay, toll-free: +1-888-836-5427 - The newest resort on Barbuda, it opened in April 2008. Luxurious facility on the narrow strip of beach between the lagoon and the ocean.
  • Barbuda Cottages, ☎ +1 268-722-3050 - The first self contained 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom solar powered beach house, located only steps from the ocean on the South West coast of Barbuda.
  • In Codrington, there are several modest guest houses.

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