Three hundred sixty five distinct beaches for each day of the year continue to be among the several qualities of the island of Barbuda in the Caribbean. Elaborate coral reefs unspoiled by human development and long winding coasts along the Barbuda beaches tend to attract visitors to this Caribbean island neighbored by Antigua to the north.
Barbuda belongs to the Commonwealth of Nations and also makes up the state commonly known as Antigua and Barbuda. Similar to the other islands in the Caribbean, Barbuda’s history involves the Arawak and Carib tribes and the eventual discovery by Christopher Columbus. The town of Codrington, which remains on Barbuda to this day, was founded by siblings John and Christopher Codrington and is considered integral towards the production of food on the island.
In comparison to neighboring isles, Barbuda can seem a little sparse since it doesn’t have the natural scenery of Saba and Dominica nor the abundant nightlife found in Saint Maarten or the Bahamas. As a result, Barbuda shares more in common with Caribbean islands like Barbados which are more about the beaches and going snorkeling. Even then, Barbados has nowhere the amount of distinct beaches found in Barbuda.
Barbuda residents have a lot in common with their Antigua neighbors and these traits extend to their demeanor. Barbuda locals are very cordial provided visitors “mind their Ps and Qs” and approach them with the same respect and geniality. Many locals frequently sell their own produce in the markets and the Art Café is a great spot to buy handmade items or view original silk art created by the shop’s owner Claire Frank. Each piece she creates is unique.
Mingling with local Barbudans is only a small facet of what there is available to do in Barbuda. Since the Caribbean was once popular with pirates, several shipwrecks can be found below the waters of Barbuda. Lots of historic sites also remain like the eighteenth century Highland House which was once the home of the Codrington siblings and the Indian Caves where visitors can view ancient petroglyphs carved by the Arawak and Carib tribes that once dwelled on the island before Barbuda’s Spanish, French, and English occupation.
Several other cave systems exist, some of which go below the ground or underwater. Visitors can usually go spelunking with cave experts if they wish to explore these more elaborate systems. Additional structures (some of which are still actively used today) include the Holy Trinity Church.
Barbuda heavily promotes its large variety of beaches which means that Barbuda real estate is heavily comprised of—and favors--beachfront properties, similar to neighboring Antigua. Rooms can vary from two bedrooms to over five bedrooms and standard features usually includes pools, large terraces, full kitchens and patios, all overlooking the Caribbean Sea as one would expect.
Barbuda beach homes are each unique since they’re all located in one of the island’s numerous yet distinct coasts. Thus the variety of which property to choose from is quite varied and becomes even larger if one considers the amount of Antigua real estate next door.
Several communities exist in and around Barbuda, each offering a selection villas, condos and single family homes with a varying number of bedrooms. Most Barbuda communities tend to be flexible in how these properties are used so the option to rent them out to Caribbean vacationers is always there if the owner chooses. The larger villas offer lots of square footage and often include additional features on top of the ones found in Barbuda’s beach homes. These features are often guesthouses that are in many cases homes themselves since they usually have an entire kitchen, bathroom and small living areas.
Barbuda isn’t as dense as other Caribbean islands so there are ample amounts of empty land and vacant lots available near the beach or in a slightly more secluded location. They may not necessarily offer the privacy of a property encircled by trees and nature but the relative sparseness allows for a higher degree of choice in terms of location.
Club St. Lucia
Antigua Yacht Club Marina
The official currency of Barbuda is the East Caribbean dollar (EC$) which is at the exchange rate of US$1= EC$2.70.
Barbuda's telephone, cable and telex services are provided by Cable & Wiring Ltd.
Calling Code: 1 (268)
Top Level Domain: (.ag)
Cable providers: East Caribbean Fiber System (ECFS).
Barbuda is a constitutional monarchy with parliamentary system of government. The government is headed by an appointed Governor General and has three branches: legislative, executive and judicial.
Valid Travel Documents: Required upon exit and entry
Government Issued Photo ID: Required
Barbuda has a typical 80 degree temperature tropical marine climate that has very little seasonal change.
Language: Standard English
Tips when you get there:
The preferred and most dominant method of transportation in Barbuda is taxis since there are very few if any buses on the island. Barbuda has many sights to explore should you decide to explore on your own upon arriving although many of the Barbuda hotels and resorts each have their own regularly scheduled daily activities as well.
Visit the Art Café to acquaint yourself with the Barbuda lifestyle and receive all the necessary information to get around the island, like a very convenient map for example. It’s also a good spot to get a feel for the locals and the culture.
What to do
The Frigate Bird Sanctuary is located in Barbuda and is definitely worth a visit if you appreciate viewing wildlife. Barbuda also has a wealth of historical sites, some of which were erected in the eighteenth century and still exist in some form or another today, like the home of the Codringtons and the Holy Trinity Church which is still used by the people of Barbuda to this day.
Barbuda’s biggest appeal continues to be the many and highly varied beaches it shares with its neighbor Antigua: Fort James on the northwestern coast, family friendly Long Bay on the eastern side and Darkwood Beach are some of the many beaches to choose from.