Barbuda in a nutshell
Most people know about Antigua but few talk of Barbuda, its smaller sister island. Yet there’s plenty to shout about when it comes to this unspoilt little gem; a paradise for bird lovers, true adventurers at heart and naturists.
After all we’re talking about one of the Caribbean’s least developed islands – there’s only two resorts to be found on its 62 square miles! Those seeking the purest, most isolated and pristine sands coupled with a sedated, unrushed way of life, will find in Barbuda the ultimate haven.
Getting to Barbuda
The easiest (and most scenic) way to get to Barbuda is via a short plane flight from Antigua, which I thoroughly enjoyed. During the 15-minute journey I was able to take in magnificent views of the changing blues and emerald greens of the ocean as well as the lush greenery of the isle itself. Quite a striking sight to behold!
Alternatively, you can hop on the “Excellence”, a first-class catamaran cruiser that will sail you there at a more leisure pace. The choice is ultimately yours, each option offers a very special experience.
Its People and Heritage
Barbuda may only have around 1,800 people, but they certainly know how exude charm for a whole continent! During my visit I got to exchange a few words with smiling locals, lively fruit vendors selling their fresh produce right from their porch and walked around the historic town of Codrington, where most of the population lives.
Named after the wealthy British family who settled here for 185 years, this small town still boasts a few historic places of interest that you can visit, such as the Codrington Plantations and Codrington College. If you can’t make it to either, just walking around will give you a feel of this place’s past and present.
Wildlife preservation is an utmost priority for Barbudians, and you can certainly tell by the way everything’s kept pristine with special ongoing efforts to keep it that way for many centuries to come. Wildlife thrives here and rare, endemic species can be spotted.
Barbuda’s most famous natural attraction is its Frigate Bird Sanctuary found near the Codrington Lagoon. It was the highlight of my visit and of most visitors, I’m sure. There’s also a donkey sanctuary near the Two Foot Bay National Park and several magnificent caves to be explored on the island, including the unbelievable Darby Cave with a tropical rain forest inside. Animal lovers can also feast their eyes on a variety of creatures that are indigenous to Barbuda.
Beach of Barbuda Belle
Barbuda Belle is a beautiful, intimate resort at the Cedar Tree Point within the Codrington Lagoon Park. This boutique retreat offers impeccable accommodation and is one of only two resorts to be found on Barbuda.
The pretty bungalows are dotted along fifteen deserted miles of pristine white sands facing the most spectacular stretch of completely secluded coral beach. The sands are a unique shade of pink, where the only foot print you will find is your own...