There are two schools in Barbuda.

Jackson cooking ItalRestaurants are very small with limited menu's and are often open at certain times only. They may have to be booked in advance or close out of the tourist season, so please call them (if they have updated their numbers) to see if they are open before you go.

Real Barbudan specialities like land turtle, deer meat, crabs and conchs are only available at certain times and harder to find. Some food can be ordered if you ask a local person to cook, and some people (such as Islyn, Charm, Jackson and Jacgui) cook and sell from their homes. You would have to ask where they live!

Fresh caught fish and lobster depend on good weather and is often sold on the street out of a cool box, or at the Fisheries wharf as the boats come in, at around 2 - 4pm most days. Most Barbudan food is sold early in the day and a cooked breakfast is very popular. Lunch is gone by the early afternoon, so don't miss out by looking too late; or buy it early and save it for later.

Hiring a car on Barbuda can be difficult; repairing vehicles without access to spare parts and bad roads make for an expensive business for Barbudans so things sometimes go wrong that can't be fixed immediately. On an older car check the brakes, windows, a/c and fwd all work before you go out but don't always expect international standards.

You must buy a local licence (EC$50) which can be bought in Barbuda from the Ginnery office Monday to Friday. Your international licence does not cover you to drive here but if the office is closed you may drive, as long as you buy one at the earliest opportunity. On Barbuda we sometimes have delays with the import of petrol/gas/diesel so visit the service station and check their supply to make sure you can fill up early during your stay if you need to.

Taxis are a very good way to find out about the island because you get a friendly guide as well. The taxi hire charges are set by Barbuda Council and drivers are happy to show you the price list. If you arrive at the airport or the wharf there will usually be a taxi there to take you where you need to go, just look for a tx number plate or ask someone local. Our taxi and tours page lists some of the taxi drivers and also lists friendly and expert tour guides who can accompany you on your visit if you hire a car. They are important if you want to see some of the caves and wildlife such as deer, and other off-the-beaten-track parts of Barbuda.

Some of the hotels in Antigua do day tours to Barbuda and the Barbuda Ferry also offers this service if you wish to see part of the island in a day.

Not everyone on Barbuda has instant access to last minute e-mail, so please phone ahead and book where possible. Bikes, kayaks, horses and even donkeys are another option and bike hire is included here.

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Now, it's been too long.
Too long, too long in slavery.
Free the people and let them move in liberty
Now, it's been too long.
Too long, too long in slavery.
So the struggle continue.
But while the struggle continue, I'm going to tell you.
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