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 sophisticated nightlife or lots of imported 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. There are two functioning hotels on the island; the longest established Coco Point Lodge and newly opened Barbuda Belle at Cedar Tree Point. There are several guest houses in the village ranging from single rooms to self-catering cottages, and three Barbudan-owned accommodations that are on the beach - North Beach resort, the popular Barbuda Cottages at Coral Group and budget Pink Sand at River.
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 twelve years ago. This is because there is very little tourism on the island but this is part of Barbuda's charm - it's undeveloped - and as a result is a unique and special destination in the world. 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 one of our local taxi and tour operators direct. But as most Antiguans have never been to Barbuda they know very little about us, so we think you will have an even better experience if you stay here for at least one or two nights, because the limited same-day 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, 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 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 how to get here.
We write for Barbudans at home and for their families living overseas in Canada, the UK and the USA and elsewhere in the world; for visitors hoping to come to Barbuda and for the many Antiguans who have never been here, so they can all be well informed about the island and keep up to date with our news. Barbudaful is regularly updated, so is our facebook page and we answer all emails. There are many 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. All the pictures you see here are taken here in Barbuda by people who live or visit here. Barbudaful reports everyday 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. 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 - we hope you enjoy your visit to Barbuda.
Following the report that students are having to be taught outside because of lack of classroom space and resources in Barbuda, the Minister of Education has been quick to respond. In 2014 Arthur Nibbs shared the same opinion. Nibbs even then told OBSERVER Media that '... currently, there are space shortages at McChesney George and not enough teachers.'
Sir McChesney George Secondary School was built following prolonged pressure from the people of Barbuda to improve education on Barbuda. One of their demands was to have a long overdue separate setting for secondary education on Barbuda. Until then, all children - infants and seniors - went to Holy Trinity together, as in other under-developed nations where minimum standards are not met and excellence in education is denied the population. SMGSS was too small when it was built then and there has been an acute shortage of qualified, interested and motivated teachers for thirty years, which is why most Barbudans who are able send their children away from Barbuda to be educated. And then they never want to come back.
But some Barbudan teachers are returning to Barbuda, to improve education here and with their own first hand experiences of it as children. They will be the positive role models of the future and the inspiration for the next generation, not some official from Antigua.