- between 17.31° - 17.45°N and 61.44° - 61.53°
- in the middle of the northeastern Caribbean Leeward Islands
- 120 km to the east of the Virgin Islands
- 40 km north of its sister island Antigua
- 725 km north of Trinidad and Tobago
Barbuda is about 175 sq km if the large lagoon on the west side of the island is included in the total area; Codrington Lagoon is one of the biggest natural lagoons in the Caribbean and a protected Ramsar site.
Two-thirds of the island consists of a flat plain raised only a few feet above sea level. The other third, the Highlands, is relatively flat tableland with a maximum height of 42 metres. Unlike most of the islands which form the eastern boundary of the Caribbean Sea, Barbuda is not of volcanic origin. The island is limestone and represents a coral reef which was raised above the sea in two successive stages. In the south the Highlands slope down to meet the plain. On the eastern windward side the Atlantic Ocean washes up on mostly rocky headlands. Much of the coastline is characterised by beach sands and fringed with coral reefs. Throughout its history Barbuda has been an exceptionally dangerous hazard to shipping and continues to be difficult for boats to negotiate to this day.
See the Google Earth view of Barbuda here with some of the pictures posted by Barbuda's many visitors - although be aware that some of the pictures are not of Barbuda!
As far as we know these guest houses are now available. Many were taken up by aid workers and volunteers over the last year, after Hurricane Irma. Some will have lost their numbers so we will be checking these as soon as possible. Others may not be back on electricity or internet yet. Not all of the guest houses on Barbuda are listed here, although all are invited. Be aware that some websites such as Airbnb cannot tell the difference between Antigua and Barbuda, so guest houses come up that are not actually on Barbuda at all.
These entries are not reviews although we try to be honest with the facts. Some owners cannot reply to e mails quickly so a phone call first is best and some numbers change but they forget to update us, so if you can't get through, let us know and we can pass on a message.
Questions you might want to ask - there are three types of water supply in Barbuda: government or 'piped' water only on at certain times, harvested rainwater cisterns, and wells. Some houses have one or both or all three, you may need to know if you can drink it especially if you don't want to buy bottled drinking water.
There are two electrical systems in Barbuda - 220 or 110 - some houses have one or both, or a generator which may be only part-time if you are on the beach although Barbuda Cottages lead the way with self sufficient solar power. Depending where you are coming from, you may need an adaptor or transformer for your equipment.
Some houses do not have hot water and most do not have a/c, but all have friendly helpful owners who will do their best to make your stay comfortable.
Camping on Barbuda
Barbuda has many miles of wonderful natural coastline and one of the best ways to experience it is to spend the night under the stars. At our Atlantic coast campsite - Frangipani Glamping - we have all you need to do this with a 360' view of the island from our Happy Hour hill. We have a new Cabana this year and supply water, compost toilet, solar lights and cooking equipment. We drive you from your hotel or guest house to our campsite which is carefully cleared and one sand dune away from the sea. There's an open fire for cooking and another one just for sitting round late into the night. You might even see deer or a nesting turtle, you will definitely see donkeys! See more details here.
There are currently two hotels open on Barbuda, the five star Barbuda Belle resort will re-open this November after repairing extensive damage from Hurricane Irma. And the delightful and informal Barbuda Cottages on the south side of the island, re-opening in December.
Sadly, we lost Coco Point Lodge which was the first ever hotel on the island and has had generations of the same families as guests, and North Beach was destroyed. The Lighthouse remains closed, as does Palmetto (the Beach House). For other places to stay on Barbuda, see the guest house listings.