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What’s inside… 18 Antigua and Barbuda 2016 calendar of Events 22 Barbuda’s Caribana 24 Fast Facts and Tips 28 Brief History of Barbuda 29 Our People 30 Getting Here 32 Where to Stay


Message from Minister of Tourism


Message from Tourism CEO

10 Message from the Editor 12 10 Reasons to visit Barbuda 14 Barbuda, a leader in the Caribbean for Ocean Conservation

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36 ‘Tying the Knot’ in Barbuda


38 Rejuvenate and Unwind 40 Getting Around 42 Discover Barbuda in a Day 44 Explore Barbuda

60 Where to Eat

46 Bird Watching

62 Cruise Tourism

48 Turquoise Beaches

64 Investing in Barbuda

52 Activities and Adventures

66 Barbuda, After Sunset

56 Sail Away to Barbuda 58 Shopping


Welcome and enjoy our beautiful paradise islands! On behalf of the Government and People of Antigua & Barbuda, I would like to extend a warm Wadadli-style welcome to our beautiful shores. Thank you for making the ‘Gem of the Caribbean’ your next vacation experience. You will soon find out that there is much in store for you in Antigua & Barbuda and I encourage you to explore both of our islands, as they each offer two distinctly unique vacation experiences. Whether a romantic resort or a charming escape to a villa or inn, we can help you create that “home away from home” experience with our wide range of accommodations from the ultra-exclusive to the all-inclusive. In Antigua, take advantage of the many land and sea tours available in order to become personally acquainted with the beauty of our island. You can swim with the stingrays, snorkel, kayak, kite surf, or zip through the air amongst lush rainforest. Let your imagination run free, as the sky is truly the limit here! Hon. Asot A. Michael Minister of Tourism, Economic Development Investment & Energy 

Dining in Antigua and Barbuda is certain to be an unforgettable pleasure. Sample our delectable cuisine, ranging from the spiny lobster to a succulent snapper or a few slices of our naturally- sweet, Antigua black pineapple. For secluded relaxation, take a trip over to Barbuda our beautiful sister isle, where our 17 miles of unbroken beach and beautiful pink sand beckon you to tranquility and provides the perfect antidote to stress. The quiet warmth of the people will make you feel right at home. While there, don’t forget to sample the delicious Barbudan lobster that is truly second to none.

Whatever your desire in a vacation, I can guarantee that there is something to satisfy you in Antigua and Barbuda. Our sumptuous cuisine, rich heritage and culture are all waiting to be explored by you. Slow down and savour them, for an unforgettable vacation experience. We hope you have an incredible visit to Antigua & Barbuda and that you leave with only warm memories of you stay with us.

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Experience the charm and warmth of the Caribbean! Welcome to the beautiful twin-islands of Antigua and Barbuda! Here you will find a country of stunning beaches, lush scenery and friendly, hospitable people. We invite you to experience our unique Antiguan and Barbudan charm and hospitality. From the moment you step into our new airport terminal until that final swim before leaving our sunkissed shores, you will experience warm memories that will last a lifetime.   We really do boast 365 of the best beaches anywhere in the world, and yet, there is still much more to see and do. If excitement is what you seek, take a zip through the rainforest, go kite surfing or simply kayak through a South Coast mangrove for an unforgettable experience. You can also take a step back in time by visiting one of our many historical sites. Popular among visitors and locals is Nelson’s Dockyard, the world’s best-preserved Georgian Naval dockyard which is still in operation today, with some of the best sailing in the Caribbean. Colin C. James CEO, Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Authority

Be sure to sample the delicious, local cuisine which is a great way to interact with us during your visit. If your stay is around the end of July to the beginning of August, you will experience the Caribbean’s ‘Greatest Summer Festival’ – Antigua and Barbuda’s Carnival! You will be mesmerized by all the colourful bands, bangles and beads and stand in awe at the kaleidoscope of vivid costumes and the pulsating rhythms of the bands parading through St. John’s city in a cultural celebration of our heritage.

If total relaxation is your aim, you won’t be disappointed. Wile away your days at any of our spectacular beaches enjoying the cool ocean breezes, brilliant tourquoisecoloured water and soft, powdery white sand. Your visit would not be complete without a trip over to our sister island Barbuda, known for its 17 miles of unbroken pink-sand beach and the largest Frigate Bird sanctuary in the western hemisphere with over 5,000 frigate birds inhabiting the Codrington Lagoon. So you see, everything has been carefully planned for your comfort and enjoyment, designed to create warm and lasting memories of your wonderful time in Antigua and Barbuda. You have heard it all, now it is time to experience true paradise. We invite you to experience one of the most charming and memorable Caribbean destinations for a truly unforgetable vacation experience.    Do enjoy your stay here with us in Antigua and Barbuda and we look forward to seeing you again very soon.

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Message from the Editor Welcome to Antigua’s sister island, Barbuda! We are sure you had many other options available, yet you choose Barbuda for that special holiday home away from home. For that, we are so honored to have you here with us. Barbuda is the home to the largest Frigate bird sanctuary in the Western Hemisphere, miles of untouched pink and white sand beaches, exotic flora and fauna, stunningly beautiful reefs with an underwater world of many shipwrecks around its coastline coupled with friendly islanders making it a must visit Caribbean island. Our editorial and production teams have worked hard to create this pocket size publication with you in mind. We have provided you with a wealth of information to better assist you in having fun and allowing you to know what Barbuda has to offer. Our advertisers make the publishing of this magazine possible, so we ask that you support their endeavours. David A. Joseph Jr. Managing Editor-Publisher

Feel free to visit our online edition at and like us on facebook and twitter. We would be happy to hear about your holiday experience. So, whether you enjoy fishing, sunbathing, hiking, sailing or relaxation on one of the islands’ pristine beaches, we wish you a wonderful day and the best holiday ever. Enjoy Barbuda!

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10 reasons to visit Barbuda 01. The Beaches! Barbuda Boasts some of the best beaches in the world! And that’s no exaggeration. Barbuda’s beaches are untouched and usually abandoned for miles with sands of strikingly clean white or light pink hues.

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13 02. Be ‘in the know’ The World’s best kept secret – Everyone loves a secret. So be a part of the exclusive club that enjoys the unimaginable privacy and exclusivity of a very little known paradise. 03. Wonderful Barbudans Barbudans are more than willing to share their magical paradise with you, along with a bit of their humor and hospitality. 04. Diverse Wildlife Go bird watching at the Frigate Bird Sanctuary (the largest in the world) and you might sight some rare species as well as some of the over 5,000 Frigate Birds ( Fregata Magnificens) that call Barbuda home. Sight a European Fallow Deer or a Wild Boar, not forgetting the lazy donkeys that graze in the pastures. 05. Take a breath of Fresh Air It’s True! Barbuda is still largely undeveloped and the small number of automobiles on the island, Barbuda boasts some of the cleanest air you’ll ever breathe. 06. Remarkable Land Formations See Darby’s Cave, a sinkhole 10 metres deep resembling a tropical rainforest or the Limestone Highlands, Barbuda’s highest point rising to a modest 125 feet above sea level.

07. Fascinating Snorkelling Barbuda’s many historical ship wrecks and its pristine coral reefs are home to a wonderful assortment of tropical fish and turtles. The diving sites remain untouched and flourish with life and colour. 08. Go Fishing and Hunting Barbuda’s abundance of seafood is no secret. Try your hand at “spin fishing”, target fishing or even deep sea fishing. Locally caught deer meat is a delicacy, so you can even experience the thrill of the catch! 09. Savour the Lobster! You’ve never had lobster until you’ve had Barbudan Spiny Lobster! Seafood in Barbuda is amazing and is usually in abundance. Enjoy lobster, conch, or fish, all with an ice cold Wadadli Beer. 10. Camp under the clear starry sky Camping is a favourite amongst locals and is a great reason to visit the island. Return to nature and see the sky light up like you’ve never seen before.


Barbuda, a leader in the Caribbean for Ocean Conservation By Ayana Elizabeth Johnson Ph.D., Executive Director Waitt Institute

In August 2014, Barbuda signed into law an unprecedented, comprehensive set of new ocean management regulations. With these new policies, the small island of Barbuda has become a Caribbean ocean conservation leader and global role model. The coastal waters have been zoned, fisheries management is strengthened, and a network of marine sanctuaries has been established. This came after seventeen months of extensive community consultation and scientific research, supported by the Waitt Institute.

“This will definitely benefit the people of Barbuda, and Antigua as well, ensuring that they have a livelihood that will last in perpetuity” Hon. Arthur Nibbs, Antigua and Barbuda’s Minister of Agriculture, Lands, Fisheries and Barbuda Affairs

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The Waitt Institute partners with Caribbean governments and communities to envision, create, and implement sustainable ocean policy through the Blue Halo Initiative. The five new marine sanctuaries collectively protect one-third of the coastal area as a refuge for local fish populations. The rest of the waters within 3.45 miles of shore are open to fishing for most species. Other protective measures include prohibiting the catch of parrotfish and sea urchins – the first prohibition of its kind on a Caribbean island. Parrotfish and urchins eat algae, and because there aren’t enough of them, Barbuda’s reefs are overgrown with algae. In the words of Josiah Deazle, Barbuda’s oldest fisherman, “Parrotfish clean the reef. People were taking so much of them the reef is going to die.”

Across the Caribbean, communities are seeing declines in the health of coastal ecosystems and fish populations. This is hurting local economies, food security, and island cultures. By taking this step, Barbuda is establishing itself as a global leader in the defense of its essential ocean ecosystem and defining sustainable practices going forward. But the new regulations were only the first step. The Waitt Institute will continue to work closely with the government and people of Barbuda over the next two years to get implementation up and running. This will include setting up a long-term scientific monitoring program, training local staff in marine ecology and field research techniques, sponsoring enforcement training workshops, and providing muchneeded equipment.

16 Blue Halo Barbuda began in 2012 with a rigorous scientific assessment of Barbuda’s coral reefs and fish populations. Barbudan fishers and fisheries staff collaborated with visiting scientists and studied over 234 sites around the island in only 12 days. The data that was collected provided the scientific foundation for the new regulations. To build upon that first assessment, longterm scientific monitoring is beginning in Codrington lagoon and around the island to track health of ecosystems, valuable species, and water quality. Barbuda is taking care of its waters and reefs in other ways as well. Barbudan fishers have participated in two tournaments sponsored by the Waitt Institute to remove the invasive lionfish from reefs. There have also been several beach cleanups over the last few months. Kids across Barbuda are learning to love -and conserve -- their ocean heritage too, thanks to classroom programs and weeklong summer camps. Activities include boat trips to see the mangroves and the Magnificent Frigatebird Sanctuary in Codrington Lagoon, as well as the start of a Blue Halo Barbuda snorkel club.

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“The Blue Halo Initiative promises to reap great rewards not only for us now, but the future generations to come” Doug Beazer Barbuda Senior Fisheries Officer Building on the successes of Blue Halo Barbuda, new Blue Halo initiatives were launched in February 2015 on Montserrat and Curaçao. Both islands will look to Barbuda as a model for how to develop comprehensive, sustainable ocean policies on their own islands, and to ultimately find ways to use the ocean without using it up. For additional information, please visit: For updates on Barbuda Blue Halo Initiatives follow facebook: /Barbuda Blue Halo and @WaittInstitute on Twitter & Instagram


Antigua and Barbuda

2016 Calendar of Events January 01 ‘Minival’ New Year’s Day Cultural Parade 16 Antigua Yacht Club: Round the Island Race 28 – 31 Super Yacht Challenge

February 05 Wobbly Boat Club Race 12 – 16 Jolly Harbour Valentine’s Regatta 22 Royal Ocean Racing Club Caribbean 600 28 Windies Legends Charity Cricket Challenge

March 12 Soothe – A night of neo-soul: jazz rhythms and spoken words 12 - 13 Antigua Yacht Club Annual Laser Open 19 Antigua Barbuda Horticultural Society Flower and Garden Show 28 Antigua and Barbuda International Kite Festival, Devil’s Bridge

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April 13 –19 Antigua Classic Yacht Regatta 09 AUA Tinman Triathlon 21 Guadeloupe to Antigua Race 23 Round Antigua Race 27 Nonsuch Bay RS Elite Challenge 23-29 49th Antigua Sailing Week 30 Dockyard Day 28 - 30 Nautical Music Festival

20 August 01 Carnival Monday 02 Carnival Tuesday

September May April 30 – May 07 Antigua Tennis Week at Curtain Bluff 06 Showcase Antigua Barbuda 13 - 16 Barbuda Caribana Celebrations: 13 Antigua and Barbuda Marlin Classic 14 - 15 Antigua and Barbuda Sport Fishing Tournament 29 Antigua & Barbuda Half Marathon ‘Run in Paradise

June 06 – 24 RIDE Antigua - Kitesurfing Camp by 40 Knots at Nonsuch Bay Resort 10 - 19 Grown & Sexy Party Holiday

July 23 Antigua and Barbuda 60th Carnival: The Caribbean’s Greatest Summer Festival: Opening July – September Turtle Watching season 15 Antigua and Barbuda Mango Festival

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23 - 24 Francis Nunes Jr. Fishing Tournament

October 23 Independence celebrations begin

November 01 35th Antigua and Barbuda’s Independence 04 - 05 Best in the West Fishing Tournament: 19 - 20 Jolly Harbour Yacht Club Annual Regatta 20 Nonsuch Bay Winestock 26 - 27 Moods of Pan Festival

December 03 Antigua Barbuda Horticultural Society Annual Tea Party 55th Antigua Charter Yacht Show 25 Nelson’s Dockyard Christmas Day Champagne Party 31 Nelson’s Pursuit Race: 31 Nelson’s Dockyard Old Year’s Night Party


Barbuda’s Caribana:

An enthralling and unique festival for you! by Netisha Allie Visiting Barbuda, one part of twin-isle paradise at any time of the year is sure to be an amazing experience; but even more breathtaking at the height of its blissful Caribana festival season. Its pink and white sandy beaches are just the beginning of an absolutely thrilling journey into the tantalising haven. This at first view makes Barbuda appear to be the perfect place for a quick peaceful getaway. But dig a little deeper, and discover that the island actually has a rich, dynamic culture that bursts into euphoria with its main festival ‘Caribana’.

Caribana is a magnificent spectacle that no visitor or local should dare to miss. It blossoms as the pinnacle of Barbuda’s cultural expression. It showcases a range of foods, music, pageantry, parties, and merriment. With

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its pulsating music and incomparable energies, Barbuda’s Caribana is perfect for setting the frenzied; yet, ecstatic pace for the Caribbean’s most uniquely enthralling carnival celebrations. This weekend-long festivity, beginning on a Thursday is punctuated with a colourful ‘T-shirt Mas’. The ensemble includes all contestants participating in the various competitions, coalescing to highlight a kaleidoscope of colour and excitement. This appealing celebration is then quickly followed by the Mr. and Miss Teen Barbuda in the evening. There the talented teens put on splendid displays of passion, and aptitude for artistic creativity. For the Soca lovers, the Barbuda Caribana delves into the sweet soca music that deluges the Caribbean with rhythmic beats. The music, with its own unique flair embellishes the ‘Soca Monarch’ show on the events calendar. The sheer excitement and rhythms sounding from sweet musical


beats seem to lift you off your feet almost instantly. Living up the life of the party! International Night held on the Friday evening is massive! Featuring artists from across the Caribbean region, the atmosphere becomes so electrifying that it leaves revellers sapped from the extreme fun and exhilaration, but needing more. By Saturday morning, one wakes up revitalised but hungry and ready to consume the finely prepared and wide assortment of seafood delicacies! This is the ‘Seafood Fest’, which was a complete success in 2015! Even on that count, it offers prospective banqueting enhancement. Commonly held at the island’s fisheries complex, patrons are expected to live up the fun and close down the delightful festival in groovy style. They ‘take the streets’ jamming to the season’s hit songs, as revellers move from the fisheries complex straight to ‘Caribana City’. Following Seafood Fest is the Miss Harney Motors Barbuda Pageant. This is another admirable display of beauty, creativity, and spectacle for all enthusiasts. The stages of Caribana City become enchantingly graced with poise, intelligence and Barbudan beauty! Give the shorts and tees a mini break and, deck down in your classy, exquisite attire for a captivating evening.

and jovial banter spring from the multiplicity of spectators, all showing delighted content despite their varying passions. Next is the vivaciously dramatic ‘Calypso Show’. Patrons once again, converge at Caribana City for a night of expression through sweet Calypso music featuring talented artistes. Dynamic and aweinspiring! One becomes even more connected with the island-paradise; this enchantment grows deeper through the mischievous yet enlightening lyrics and most creative presentations. Entertainment personified! Curtains fall on the Monday. Almost in reluctant anticipation, the partying is driven to a higher level. Fussy play and animation along with encouraged self-expression, compliment the attire for the day. Barbuda’s Caribana on that last day is a time for release. It is an open invitation to all. Start making your plans for Barbuda Caribana 2016. It shall be another remarkable spectacle; it will be more engrossingly entertaining than the successful 2015 edition.

Caribana is punctuated with diversity and fertile imagination. Into Sunday, the keen attention runs on course to Barbuda’s most competitive and well-loved spectacle horse racing. Jockeys, both the young and the seasoned compete in exciting races while patrons bask in local cuisines. The local delights - succulent lobsters, mouthwatering chicken, fish, and ‘veggie’ dishes, - entice taste buds. Barbuda’s Caribana provides unique and full courses of entertainment and enjoyment. Smiling faces,


Fast Facts and Tips Airport Codrington Airport is located in the heart of the capital, which is less than 5 minutes from shopping, guest houses and business offices.


Calling Barbuda and Antigua

Antigua Commercial Bank is the only financial institution in Barbuda. An Auto Teller Machine (ATM) is available on site.

When calling, dial: 1 + 268 + Telephone Number

Business Hours Government business hours are generally 8:30am to 4pm Monday to Thursday and 8:30am to 3pm on Fridays.

Calling Home Most visitors stay in touch with friends and family back home. If you are calling to the USA, Canada and the English speaking Caribbean islands; dial 1; then the area code and then the phone number, calling the United Kingdom and Europe dial 011; area code (44 for the UK) and then the phone number. Please check with your service provider as to whether your mobile phone can work in Barbuda before you travel. There are three major service providers on island, LIME (formerly Cable and Wireless), APUA Imobile and Digicel. They all provide mobile phones or you purchase a temporary sim card and use it in your mobile or you can make local or international calls from your hotel room.

Because the islands are part of the North American Numbering Plan - NANP, it is not necessary to dial the 011 exit code required for international calls.

Capital Codrington, the island’s capital and only town, is a grid of narrow streets with brightly painted clapboard or concrete buildings.

Climate & Geography Barbuda is a flat coral island with its highest point, The Highland, rising to 125 feet. The total area is 62 square miles (162 sq. Km) with it dimensions being approximately 14 miles long by 8 miles wide. The temperature range from warm to hot; and there are distinct wet and dry seasons, the former coinciding with the Atlantic hurricane season, from June to the end of November. Barbuda is drier than Antigua with annual average rainfall of 750 to 900 mm.

Country Barbuda is a part of the state of Antigua & Redonda.

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25 Driving

Medical Facilities

Driving is on the left hand side of the road; the same as in the United Kingdom. Before you start to drive in Barbuda, it is mandatory to obtain a temporary driver’s license from Antigua & Barbuda Transport Board in Codrington. If you have obtained the six months temporary license in Antigua, there is no need to get one in Barbuda. The cost is a small fee of US$20.00. A driver’s license from your country of origin will be required for approval.

Hannah Thomas Hospital is the only heath care facility on island. Private Doctors, dental and pharmaceutical services are provided. Arrangements can be made to transport persons with serious injuries or illness to Antigua’s modern Mount St. John’s medical Centre or other private health care facilities. For further information call: Tel: (268) 460 0076. No vaccinations are required unless a visitor is arriving from an area plagued with a noted contagious epidemic.



The voltage is 110 or 220. Some hotels have both. UK visitors will need to travel with plug adapter, as sockets are of the two point style.

The Eastern Caribbean (EC) dollar is the official currency in Barbuda. The EC dollar is pegged to the US dollar at a rate of US$1.00 to EC$2.70. U.S currency, travellers’ cheques and major credit cards are also accepted.

Emergency Numbers Police Emergency: 911 or 999 Fire: 460 0354 Air & Sea Rescue 462 3062

Internet Service Most hotels offer wireless internet for their guests and there is an internet cafe’ is located at Madison Square in Codrington, open Monday to Saturday.

Location Barbuda is located in the Leeward Islands of the Caribbean; approximately 30 miles north due of Antigua. 17°35’N and 61°49’W.

Language English is the official language, but time to time you will hear the locals speaking broken English (dialect) which is a fusion of the standard dialect and African languages brought by their ancestors.

Passport & Visa Requirements Visitors to the island must have onward or return tickets with a passport valid for at least six months. You should confirm where you’re staying on- island to immigration officials. Nationals of the following countries do not need a visa for entry: UK, USA, Canada, New Zealand, Japan, EU, Australia and other islands in the Caribbean. Other nationals should check with the nearest Antigua & Barbuda Tourist Office before booking a trip.

Personal Safety Even though Barbuda is relatively crime free, visitors should store valuables in a safe place so as not to attract unnecessary attention.

Population Barbuda is home to approximately 1,810 people (July 2011 EST.)

26 Postal Services A post office is located on Ginnery Street in Codrington, adjacent to the Barbuda Island Council building. It is open for business on Monday to Thursday from 8am to 4pm and Friday 8am to 3pm for stamps and other postal services.

Roads The roads are narrow as in most Caribbean islands. There are no major highways; the main road is the River Road which runs from Martello Tower to Two Foot Bay.

Tap Water It is advisable to drink only bottled water, which can be purchased on island.

Taxes A 10% Government tax and 10.5% service charge is included in your bill for most hotels.

Time Zone The time in Barbuda is Atlantic Standard, four (4) hours behind Greenwich Mean Time (GMT -4) Barbuda does not operate under daylight saving time.

Tipping/ Gratuities A 10-15% tipping is appreciated, depending on the service. Give Porters and bellboys 50c per bag and taxi driver 10-15% of rate. For more information, please contact the nearest tourist office or: Barbuda Department of Tourism Ginnery Street, Codrington Barbuda via Antigua, W.I T 1(268) 562 7065/66 E

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Safety Tips Coconut Trees Be careful when passing under a coconut tree as fully grown fruit can drop off at times.

Jelly Fish Watch out for the disc – shaped, gelatinous sea creatures, especially during the hotter summer months, when breeding is at its peak.

Mosquitoes & sand flies Though they can be bothersome, mosquitoes in Antigua and Barbuda have little chance of infecting their victims, though the rare dengue fever infection has been reported a few times in Antigua. The biggest concern may be the swelling and itching that would result from being bitten, as is the case with the sand fly, which becomes more of an irritation after a dip in the ocean. It is recommended that you bring along some sort of bug repellent, such as those containing DEET, or even citronella candles if you plan on staying overnight.

Antigua & Barbuda Tourist Offices ANTIGUA Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Authority ACB Financial Centre High Street, St. John’s, Antigua. T (268) 562-7600 F (268) 562-7602 E Ministry of Tourism Government Office Complex, Queen Elizabeth Highway St. John’s, Antigua T (268) 462-0480 F (268) 462-2483

CANADA 60 St. Clair Avenue East, Suite 601 Toronto, Ontario M4T 1N5, Canada. T (416) 961-3085 F (416) 961-7218 E

UNITED STATES OF AMERICA 3 Dag Hammarskjold Plaza 305 E 47th Street- 6A New York, NY. 10017 T  (212) 541 4117 F (646) 215-6008 E

UNITED KINGDOM & EUROPE 2nd Floor, 45 Crawford Place London W1H 4LP T (0) 44-203-668-3800 E

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Brief History of Barbuda Barbuda, the low lying island just 30 miles north of Antigua, has a rich, storied past. Indeed, her history is closely entwined with her larger sister. Archaeological evidence suggests that the island was inhabited as early as around 3700 BC, with the Arawaks arriving around 200-300 BC. Around 12001600 AD, the Caribs, who called Barbuda “Wa’omoni”, conducted raids on the Arawaks with some regularity. After failed attempts at colonization by the British and French (the Carib presence made settlement difficult), Barbuda was permanently settled in 1666 by the British. The Codrington brothers, Christopher and John, leased the island for “one fat sheep on demand” in 1685 and founded the principal settlement in their name. It was these Codringtons who established Betty’s Hope plantation on around 850 acres in Antigua around the same time. The island gained importance for restoring slaves after the Middle Passage journey and provisioning Antigua. The family’s wealth and influence made it a powerful political force on both islands. The Codringtons’ land lease was extended a further 99 years in 1705 and 50 more in 1805. Christopher bequeathed a portion of the leased lands to the “Society for the Propagation of the Gospel” at his death in 1710. The first rebellion in Barbuda took place in 1741 due to harsh treatment of slaves by then manager, Thomas Beach. Five years hence, a second uprising claimed the life of Governor MacKnight, who was alleged to have had an affair with a mulatto

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woman. From 1750, there was a period of construction that included buildings at the Highlands, Cordington Castle, what is now Martello Tower, defensive installations along the coast, and the plantations in Meadow and Guava and the Highlands. Further uprisings took place in Barbuda up until emancipation, when planters left their holdings under the care of cruel overseers. The 1834-5 revolted stemmed from Barbuda’s omission from the Emancipation Act and required troops from Antigua. A chapel was used as a school providing elementary education to children when abolition was granted after the uprising. The last of the Codrington clan on island bequeathed possession of the lands in Barbuda to its inhabitants, with the stipulation that it be retained as communal property. This wish is enshrined in the Barbuda Land Act of 2007, which in Section 3(1) outlined that the land “shall be owned in common by the people”. Sale of land is thus prohibited. Barbuda, because of its close linkage with Antigua, was incorporated into the Crown Colony, which later became a state by association in 1967. The Barbuda Local Government Act established the Barbuda Council as the island’s governing body in 1976. After independence in 1981, the sister islands frequently had strained relations, owing to island’s independent spirit. Due to disproportionately small infrastructural development, the island remains one of the best kept vacation secrets in the Caribbean, being a favourite of Princess Diana before she died in 1997.


Our People Barbudans, Guardians and caretakers of 62 square miles of nature’s playground, have made an unwavering effort to conserve their inheritance. A community of expert fishermen and divers have fashioned a delectable sea food cuisine culture fit for royals. The seasonal catch of deer, wild boar, land-turtle and crab makes the traditional Barbudan dishes a pleasurable delicacy. Our big-hearted island people are thrilled to share the experiences of the world’s best known deserted, pink, sandy beaches and the Bird Sanctuary -the Caribbean’s largest frigate bird nesting colony- with the world.

The close knit family atmosphere is evident in the intimate village life. This relaxed disposition and friendliness of the islanders made it a favourite of the world’s most famous princess, Princess Diana Not to be missed is the prevailing warm hospitality that is extended to visitors who are left to explore the imitable island in the solitude they so desire. Keepers of nature’s paradise entreat you to take pleasure in our well preserved heritage- Barbuda.


Getting Here Barbuda is accessible via air and sea, but in getting to this natural, un-spoilt Caribbean island, you are required to travel a few extra miles from Antigua, as there are no international or regional direct flights. All flights will make their first port of call at Antigua’s V. C. Bird International Airport where ABM AIR will hop you across to Barbuda’s Codrington Airport or Caribbean Helicopters can fly you directly to your hotel property. Upon arrival in Antigua, you are required to through immigration and customs then proceed to check-in queue at the ABM Air in the check-in hall for your onward journey to Barbuda. All passengers may experience delays at immigration, customs and baggage claim. If you have checked bags, allow at least two hours between your arriving flight in Antigua and your departure for Barbuda.

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ARRIVING BY AIR There are several airlines that operate in Antigua from the United States, Canada, Europe and the Caribbean, making Barbuda easily accessible. If you depart your destination at sunrise you are sure to get here by sunset. FROM THE UNITED STATES AMERICAN AIRLINES Non-stop from Miami and New York’s JFK DELTA AIRLINES Non-stop from New York and Atlanta, GA JETBLUE Non-stop from JFK UNITED AIRLINES Daily non-stop from Newark, New Jersey US AIRWAYS Weekly non-stop from Charlotte (Saturdays)

FROM CANADA AIR CANADA Weekly flights from Toronto and Montreal AIR TRANSAT – charter service from Montreal and Toronto CAN JET- non-stop from Toronto and Montreal WESTJET – non-stop from Toronto FROM EUROPE ALITALIA – weekly non-stop service from Milan, Italy BRITISH AIRWAYS- daily flights from London Gatwick CONDOR- non-stop weekly from Frankfurt, Germany VIRGIN ATLANTIC- from London Gatwick THOMAS COOK – from Manchester

31 FROM THE CARIBBEAN AIR ANTILLES – charter service from Guadeloupe and Martinique CARIBBEAN AIRLINES - nonstop from Jamaica and Trinidad via Barbados LIAT, the Caribbean Airline – daily flights from twenty-One Caribbean islands SEABOURNE AIRLINE – four weekly flights San Juan, Puerto Rico TRADEWINDS – daily nonstop from Saint Barthelemy WINAIR – daily flight from St. Maarten DOMESTIC FLIGHTS FROM ANTIGUA

seat planes. It is equipped for night landings. The terminal has a unique arrival and departure lounge however, car rental booths, small boutiques restaurant and bar is not available on-site. Less than five minutes walk is a bank, shops, bars and restaurants.

ARRIVING BY SEA Cruise Ships anchor downtown St. John’s, Antigua on a regular basis making it easier for you to get to Barbuda, contact your tour representative for availability in order to ‘Day trip” in Barbuda and return just in time for your ship.

BARBUDA EXPRESS FERRY offers daily trips weekly excluding Wednesdays and the EXCELLENCE provides tours on Tuesdays and Saturdays. This high speed catamaran departs Redcliffe Quay and Dickenson Bay in Antigua at 9am and returns at 4pm. The tour includes: lunch, unlimited drinks and a visit to the Magnificent Frigate Bird Sanctuary, which is the largest nesting colony in the western hemisphere. Booking should be made in advance. For details contact your tour rep or call Tropical Adventures at Tel: 268 480 1225. Chartered boats and yachts are available also.

For domestic travel arrangements to Barbuda, please contact your hotel or tour representative who will be able to assist you with bookings. A valid photo ID is requires upon checking-in to Barbuda. For Travel Documents to Antigua and Barbuda, see requirements in our island facts and tips section on page 24.

ABM AIR Daily flights two times per day from Antigua. FLYMONTSERRAT Charter services to Barbuda’s Coco Point Airfield CARIBBEAN HELICOPTERS Charter service from any island in the eastern Caribbean There are other air carriers who operate charter flights from various Caribbean islands to Barbuda. It would be wise to contact your travel agent or the nearest Antigua and Barbuda Tourist Office. Flights from Antigua, takes a short 15 minutes to Barbuda. Barbuda airport (BBQ) is in the heart of the capital and only village; Codrington and accepts nothing larger than 19-


Where to stay Barbuda’s accommodations range from small unique guesthouses to luxury world-class resorts. Whichever you choose you will appreciate the ambiance of the property, the hospitality of the staffs and feel of your room.



Coco Point Lodge Coco Point, Barbuda

Barbuda Cottages Coral Group Bay, Barbuda

Coco Point Lodge is a unique all-inclusive resort, secluded on a 164-acre peninsula, bordered by miles of pristine pink and white sand beaches. Coco Point Lodge has 35 tastefully appointed bedrooms which are located on the beach-side, each with a lushly planted veranda, which looks directly out at the Caribbean’s vast expanse of blue sea. Lobster and local seafood, fresh West Indian fruit and vegetables, and an enticing array of fine wines, meats, and cheeses, are expertly served in the restaurant’s tropical garden setting. The guests enjoy a variety of activities. Also available are a variety of excursions to points of interest Barbuda.

Barbuda Cottages is a beachfront property, opened its doors in November 2009. This cottage is situated on Coral Group Bay adjacent to Uncle Roddy’s Beach Bar & Grill. There are three ocean view rooms with two bathrooms, a living room, a mini kitchenette and a laundry. Each room is fully furnished and has either a king-size or double bed along with an open veranda that is shared amongst the rooms.

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Barbuda Cottages will be an ideal place to stay for families and couples who are planning a getaway vacation. 268.722.3050

Barbuda Belle Hotel Barbuda Belle, a luxury hotel, sits on one of the most breathtaking stretch of beaches you will see anywhere in the world. Our remote setting which is powered by sustainable energy from our solar system, guarantees peacefulness allowing you to embrace nature without altering your eco-luxury.

The resort recently opened its doors in June 2015, and is located on Cedar Tree Point on the northwestern coast of Barbuda. The hotel’s operates on seasonal basis - November to August annually. The family-owned hotel spread along the beach with six bungalows, each with a private balcony for outdoor living space, dining area and outdoor shower. The bungalows are furnished to high standard, with wooden flooring throughout and furniture, featuring a four-poster King sized bed with built in Air Conditioning over the bed giving the guest a perfect nights rest. The ensuite bathroom has L’Occitane bathing and skin care products and louvre windows and patio doors that can be opened to take in the fresh air breeze and magnificent beachfront view.

In additional to the resort amenities, the Mangrove Restaurant is where French Cuisine is being served with a delicate Caribbean twist. The Clubhouse, Bar and Deck allows you to relax, take in the breathtaking views and sip on a range of cocktails and wines before dinner. So come stay at the latest ecofriendly hotel, The Barbuda Belle Hotel, and discover the island’s unique history, natural beauty or just kick back and enjoy the scenery. Barbuda Belle’s friendly staff will reach beyond expectation to deliver the comfort and privacy in a Luxury Hotel. For information on room rates or to make a booking, contact us at: or call +1 268 783 4779


North Beach Cottage North Beach, Barbuda

Palm Tree Guest House Codrington Village, Barbuda

The exclusive 4 bungalow beachfront hideaway combines exquisite natural beauty with the ultimate in privacy in the most undisturbed natural settings. The accommodations are tastefully-appointed beach bungalows, decorated with local and ‘found’ beach art and are naturally cooled by the constant trade winds. Just steps beyond your accommodations, the pink sand beach merges with the Caribbean Sea and one of the most famous coral reefs in seafaring history. Seeing other people is truly optional at North Beach. With a maximum of 9 guests at any one time, North Beach - Barbuda is a true escape you will ever know.

Nestled outside the heart of Codrington Village, amid the green shrubs that surround

268.721.3317 Blue Light Cottage River Road, Codrington, Barbuda Blue Light Cottage is fully equipped with a kitchen, living room, cable TV, two double bedrooms; each has its own bathroom. The cottage is located just on the outskirts of Codrington with a spectacular view of the airport. Evans Thomas, the cottage owner, also offers a taxi, car rental and tour service for your convenience. For more information, call: 268.460 0047 or 726 0408

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Barbuda is the Palm Tree Guest House. Here, one can relax in utmost quietness and hear only the cooing of wild doves. The Guest house offers eight beautifully decorated rooms to suit every taste; each room has a private bathroom, airconditioning, ceiling fan, a mini refrigerator and cable TV. Island tours and dinning can be arranged with the owner; Cerene Deazle. 268.560 0517 or 784 4331 Island Chalet Madison Square, Codrington, Barbuda Overlooking the busiest street in Codrington known as Madison Square, you will be sure to find this popular inn where most visitors to the island prefer to stay because of location, atmosphere and service. Island Chalet has the best in accommodations on the island at an affordable rate. They are four rooms, fully equipped with the necessary amenities to make your enjoyable and special. Dive Barbuda and the popular Green Door Tavern are operated by the same owners which is located in the same vicinity. 268. 460.0065

35 Bus Stop Guest House River Road, Codrington Planning your vacation? Then why not stay us at Bus Stop Guest House. Situated on river road, which is accessible to and from the airport, shops and the bank. We offer three rooms which include air conditioning and fans, a refrigerator, Wi-Fi internet and flat-screen television. Each guest room has its own private bathroom with hot and cold water. Call us today to make a reservation. 268.720.9957 or 721.2796 The Carriage House Ginnery Street, Codrington If you’re looking for a place to stay and don’t mind being in the centre of attraction, then the Carriage House is an ideal vacation spot, with just a short walking distance from the famous Madison Square. The Carriage House has tastefully decorated rooms, all with air-conditioning and private bathroom. A living and dining room along with a kitchenette are available. 268.460 0586 or 771 4510 Island Guest House Codrington Village, Barbuda The island Guest house has two locations. Each of them has single and double rooms which will definitely suite your budget and taste. They are self-contained with a private shower, air conditioned, and cable TV. There is a pharmacy on site at the river road location where you can pick up essential items. A reservation is required in advance. 268.561.4294 or 720.2629


‘Tying the Knot’ in Barbuda Barbuda’s pink sand beaches, clear blue sea and warm friendly people, are the backdrop for one of the most romantic wedding and honeymoon destinations the world over. Where else can you find such natural beauty in which to exchange sacred vows and embark on life’s journey together? Getting married or even honeymooning on an island is the best thing you can ever think of, especially when you choose a getaway destination like Barbuda. The smaller of the twin island state of Antigua & Barbuda; Barbuda is sure to offer you a memorable wedding and a romantic honeymoon. With choice picturesque and exclusive locations, it is impossible to find a true rival location to exchange your vows. Barbuda Belle Hotel and Coco Point Lodge will be able to assist with your planning or even providing you with a special honeymoon package. By following the simple guide set out for you below, obtaining a marriage licence in Antigua & Barbuda, is a breeze. Visit the Ministry of Legal Affairs with proof of identification A valid passport or birth certificate or a valid driver licence with a photograph

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Proof of Status Single: A declaration signed in Antigua & Barbuda Divorce: The original Decree absolute stamped with the seal of the court where it was issued or a certificate copy of the Decree Absolute which includes the seal of the court where it was issued. Widow/ Widower: Marriage Certificate and Death certificate of husband or wife. Application To be obtained from, completed and signed at the Ministry of Justice and Legal Affairs, St. John’s. Both parties should be present at the time of application. Age Limit Both parties must be 18 years old, if under that age, they must submit parental consent in writing. Fees: Licence: EC$405 to be paid on application. Registration Fee: EC$100 to be paid on application. Marriage Officer: EC$270 depending on location selected for ceremony. Marriage Certificate: EC$25.00 For additional information contact the Ministry of Legal Affairs at: 268.462.0017 from Monday to Thursday between 8:00am to 4:30pm and on Fridays between 8:00am to 3:00pm.


Rejuvenate and Unwind Rejuvenate your body, mind and soul while enjoying a perfect holiday in Barbuda, through a splendid spa treatment. Did you know by lying on one of our deserted beaches, taking in nothing but the continuous rhythm of the waves, the sea salt in the air and feeling the powdery white and pink sand on your bare feet is enough to sooth your senses? The island, with its secluded setting is a natural spa in its own right, designed to soothe, caress, and heal. Additionally, as soon as you step onto your hotel or cottage, you will experience an overwhelming sense of calm and tranquility, which is a unique feature of visiting this island. The stresses and pressures of modern life instantly become a distant memory enabling you to totally relax, rejuvenate and unwind like no other place. A Barbuda holiday is the perfect paradise escape. The types of treatments may vary from spa to spa; however, you can get almost any world-class treatment from the hands of a Barbudan expert. Treatments are also offered at the listed spas below. Appointments can be arranged through your hotel representative for a private treatment. So come rejuvenate and unwind yourself in the therapeutic ambiance and exotic pleasures that await you on this tropical island.

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Simply Classy (Massage, Facial, Pedicure and Manicure) – by appointment only 268.721.2882 Shona’s Nail Care (Manicure and Pedicure, Sculpting, Nail art and Acrylic nails) 268.785.0073 or 723.7121 Circle of Ancestor Duck Pond Road 268.562.1933 Raymond House of Beauty 268.724.8041 Exquisite Beauty Salon 268.721.3443

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Whether renting a vehicle or hiring a taxi, visitors always enjoy exploring Barbuda. For some places,like the Capital, Condringnton, you will need transportation. Codrington is a few miles from the beaches, historical sites and the great adventurous spots. Most taxi operators have organised tours that take you to some of the island’s finest attractions and historical sites, but exploring Barbuda on your own might just be something you may want to try. So come along and have fun with us in the sun and don’t forget to walk with your Beautiful Barbuda Map located on page 49!

CAR RENTAL For a whole new experience with friends and families, renting a vehicle is a great idea. Cars and four wheel drive vehicles are available. Andrea’s Rentals River Road 268.775.0168 or 560.2826 Evans Thomas Rent-A-Car River Road 268.460 0408 or 726.0408

BIKE, KAYAK & QUAD RENTAL Jonathon Pereira Bike Rental 268.784.4517 Dive Barbuda Kayak Rental 268.783.7243 or 460.0065 Leon Jeffrey Quad Rental 268.460 0237

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If you enjoy guided tours or are just in the mood to sit back, relax and experience Barbuda while a driver takes you around, then hiring a taxi is your best bet. Barbuda’s drivers are some of the friendliest islanders in the world; they all make sure that service is a major priority and your tour is as great as you imagined it.

Most water taxi services operate from Codrington Wharf taking you on some of the most spectacular tours around the island making it easy for one to appreciate Barbuda’s breathtaking shoreline. Services are also available to and from Low Bay, North Beach, Rabbit Island, and the Magnificent Frigate Bird Sanctuary.

Fabian Jones 268.727 0240 or 772.5028

Foster Water Service 268.460.0212 or 785.2742

Lynton Thomas 268.460 0081 or 721.2796

King Goldie Locks Sea Taxi Service 268.722.5474

George Burton 268.772 1209 or 788.8387

Jet “Pat” Gore 268.779.4651

Evans Thomas 268.460.0408 or 726.0408

George Jeffrey 268.460.0143 or 778.7067

Devon Taxi Service 268.771 9444 or 773.6132

Vernon Glass 268.722.5474

Hilroy Thomas 268.460 0015

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Nedd’s Taxi/Tour Service 268.460.0059

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Levi’s Taxi/Tour Service 268.788.5378 or 460.0581

before hiring rentals and taxis. For driving requirement, see fast facts and tips on page 24.


Discover Barbuda in a Day A visit to Antigua’s exotic sister island for a day will be remembered forever! Explore the amazing Frigate Bird sanctuary located on the northwestern section of the lagoon and is accessible only by boat. The Frigate Bird sanctuary is home to over 5,000 of these magnificent birds. Discover the caves at Two Foot Bay where historic drawings can be seen; the Highlands and Martello Tower. Return for a delicious lunch before spending the rest of your day swimming, relaxing or sun bathing on one of the island’s remote beaches. Here are a few recommended day trip operators.

Barbuda Leisure Tours by air P.O. Box 3422, St. John’s, Antigua 268.720.4753 Discover our unspoiled Caribbean paradise for the day with Barbuda Leisure Day Tours. No visit to Antigua would complete without a day trip to the gorgeous island of sun, sea and sand - Barbuda. An exciting 15 minutes by plane aboard ABM AIR will hop you across to Barbuda, where a tour guide will meet you at Codrington Airport to start your fulfil day trip. This tour includes sightseeing excursions to Martello Tower, The Two Foot Bay National Parks; where one can find amazing caves and a breathtaking beach, The Frigate Bird Sanctuary; The Largest Nestling Colony in the Caribbean. A delicious, mouth watering lunch will be served on the beach; you have the option of lobster, fish or Barbeque chicken. After lunch, ample time is left for many activities which include: snorkelling, sun bathing, swimming or just taking a stroll on our remote beach. Call us today to make your reservation. Barbuda Leisure: Imagine – Discover - Enjoy!

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V. C Bird International Airport, Coolidge 268.562.TOUR 268.460.5600

Destination Antigua, Lower Radcliffe Street, St. John’s, Antigua 268.480.1225

A Visit to Barbuda is just 18 minutes away. Fly to the exclusive Light House Bay Resort for lunch, spend a few hours on a deserted pink sandy beach or explore the island either on your own or with a local guide. A truly wonderful place, see the Lagoon and the famous Frigate birds (the largest Frigate Bird nesting gathering in the world); Martello Tower, the capital Codrington, Indian Cave, Two Foot Bay and Spanish Point before arriving on one of Barbuda’s stunning pink sand beaches for a beach barbeque lunch and a refreshing drink before departing back to Antigua.

Barbuda Excursion by sea P.O. Box 958, St. John’s, Antigua 268.560.7989 The Barbuda Express leaves Antigua early in the morning for a 90 minutes trip to Barbuda. Upon arriving in Barbuda, there is a short taxi ride to Codrington Wharf. A 15 minutes boat ride will take you to the world’s famous Frigate Bird Sanctuary. You will then return to Codrington Wharf, where the taxi is waiting to take you on a short tour which includes: caves used by the Arawak Indians and the ruins of the Codrington family home before delivering you to a beach for an “al fresco” lobster lunch under the trees. Plenty of time to relax, swim or snorkel until the taxi returns you to the ferry for the trip back to Antigua.

Cruise with us to the secluded sister island, Barbuda. It takes about an hour and fifteen minutes to cross to Barbuda from Antigua, aboard the “Excellence”. Seeing Barbuda by boat is one of the best ways to enjoy this nature island and its beaches. We cruise up the 17-mile beach of Low Bay, where inseason, turtle tracks will be visible as some species may return every two weeks. At Low Bay, the “Excellence” will anchor on the beach. At this point, you are free to bask in the water or come with the group across to the “Codrington Lagoon” where the Barbudan guides will be waiting with their small boats. With about 10 people in each boat, we whisk across the lagoon and into the heart of the mangroves to the world’s largest Frigate bird colony. Something you don’t want to miss! After seeing the Frigate Birds, we return to the “Excellence” and choices of lunch featuring barbeque chicken breast, and steamed Snapper fillet will be served onboard. Come and enjoy this beautiful beach for a swim and work on your golden tan or play a game or take a romantic stroll and let your feet sink in this amazing sand. RESERVE YOUR BARBUDA DAY TRIP WELL IN ADVANCE TO AVOID DISAPPOINTMENTS.


Explore BARBUDA A visit to Barbuda would not be complete without discovering these natural treasures, hiring a vehicle or hopping on a water taxi if you have to, but make sure you explore Barbuda...

Two Foot Bay National Park This National Park was used for shelter by the Amerindians who used the caves. The presence of the old stone ruins and the well indicates that it was used in the colonial period. It was also used during the Codrington tenure for the mining of phosphate as evidenced by the phosphate caves. Today, most Barbudans use this national park as a camp site. It is also where you can find Gun Shop Cliff and Barbuda’s remarkable caves.

The Frigate Bird Sanctuary Experience one of the greatest natural wonders of the world – the frigate bird sanctuary which is home to approximately 5000 spectacular seabirds. Frigate Birds are an endangered species. These

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Birds are located in the Codrington Lagoon on the northwest coast of Barbuda which is only accessible by water taxi. Since the lagoon is a fantastic place to observe and photograph the frigate birds, be respectful – don’t pressure your guide to go closer than the boundary marker. If you go too close to a nest and an adult leaves, its nest could be destroyed. Enjoy your visit to the sanctuary and help us keep it a safe place for frigate birds to breed.

Martello Tower Martello Tower (also referred to as River Fort) is 32 feet above sea level. It’s the most impressive and complete historical site on Barbuda, constructed around 1745. Martello Tower was used as part of a protective security system to prevent invasion by aggressive foreign powers which includes the Spanish and French naval vessels. Martello tower was also used as a signal station to the village of Codrington.

Highland House Situated in the northeastern area of Barbuda is Highland House Ruin. Now in ruins, the house was built around 1720 and was used as a retreat for the Codrington family whenever they were on island. It was a large complex of buildings, including slave quarters, stables, offices and cisterns offering a beautiful view.

Spanish Point Situated on a hilltop in the south-eastern area of Barbuda is Spanish Point. This limestone outcrop provides a clear view in all directions and is an ideal observation point. The area was used as a defence point during the colonial period whereby a structure was in place to store all weapons to fight its enemies.

Palaster Reef Palaster reef is a marine reserve in pristine waters with old shipwrecks as well as reefs. Palaster reef is a well known tourist attraction on Barbuda, which is located near to Spanish Point; it is illegal to shoot fish there but snorkelling, scuba and deep sea diving is allowed.

45 Coconut Plantation Take a trip to Barbuda’s Coconut Plantation. The 250 acres of endless coconut trees can be seen on your way out of Codrington to River Wharf, but the best way to appreciate the naturalness of it, is by a helicopter tour of Barbuda.

Holy Trinity Anglican Church It is the oldest church to be established in Barbuda and was built in 1844 during the days of slavery. The Anglican Church is open daily for sightseeing and you are invited to the Sunday Holy Eucharist at 9:30am with Sunday school at 3pm.

The Ginnery This is where salt and cotton was stored from the days of slavery into the 1900’s. The salt was coated on the walls 10 years ago and one could see dates and quantities stencilled on the beams. Today, the ginnery is used as the local government’s council hall. The Ginnery is located on Ginnery Street in the Capital, Codrington.

The Caves Indian cave

Dark Cave

Situated in the Two Foot Bay National Park is the one of the most interesting prehistoric sites in Barbuda. Indian Cave is where the two small Amerindian rock carvings (pertroglyphs) can be seen. Indian cave is small and compact, giving a mysterious feeling; it is not difficult to imagine the Amerindians who lived there long ago. The cave overlooks the north-eastern windward coast which was a lookout site for the Amerindians.

Dark Cave is two miles to the south of Darby Cave. The cave has a narrow entrance leading to a vast cavern containing pools of water, which were probably a water source for Amerindian inhabitants as a variety of artefacts have been found nearby. Dark Cave is the habitat for several rare species of crustaceans, including the blind shrimp.

Darby Cave

Take a stroll in the exhibit and learn about Barbuda’s past; amazing artefacts and skeletal material representing Barbuda’s legacy over the last 3000 years. A photo exhibit with work from the local high school students features modern concerns about climate change. In the children’s space young visitors can have a great time with lots of hands on activities that help them explore the environment, ethnography and archaeology of Barbuda. The space features an observation beehive, a solar system, an archaeology exploration corner, travel and fishing in a mangrove and “living from the land” where youngsters can pretend cook and play in a cave site.

A 45 minutes hike from the Highlands ruin also known as “Willy Bob” will take you to one of the most exciting and adventurous caves in Barbuda. On your way you might just happen to run into land turtles, deer, guinea hens and other birds. Darby Cave, better known as “The Sink Hole” is a great wonder of the Caribbean, located on the northern side of the island. Some 400ft long and 85ft deep, it is known for its lush vegetation and self contained eco-system. As you climb down, you will discover the water falling from above called “The Silaga” and a variety of birds and fauna, enjoying this undisturbed paradise.

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Bird Watching by Sarah Trefry

Another splendid reason to visit Barbuda is to see the birds. Taking a stroll around Codrington Village, look for the Zenaida Dove, American Kestrel, Grey Kingbird, and the yellow-bellied and squeakyvoiced Bananaquit. Just outside of the village, you can easily spot the silky black Carib Grackle, White-crowned Pigeon, and two hummingbird species; the smaller Antillen Crested Hummingbird, and the Green-throated Carib with a down-curved bill. In the summer, black-headed Laughing Gulls are common. Wandering the many paths through the vegetation on Barbuda with binoculars, it is also possible to see Yellow Warblers and the famous Barbuda Warbler, with a grey back and yellow belly, found nowhere else in the world.

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Any visitor to Barbuda would be remiss in not taking a short boat trip with a tour guide to Codrington Lagoon National Park, which harbours’ the largest Caribbean colony of Magnificent Frigate birds. Here, in the fall and winter, hundreds of frigate birds (also known as Man-O-War) can be viewed going about their breeding cycle: the glossy black males with inflated red throat pouches perch on a mangrove and clack their bills, which resonates through the inflated balloon and makes a drum-like sound, in an attempt to attract a choosy female to be his mate for the season. The females, larger than the males and dark brown with white bellies, fly overhead to assess potential mates. Once paired, males will collect sticks, which females use to carefully fashion into nests. Sticks are highly contested, and many aerial chases involving multiple males take place between September and December. Because breeding in the colony is very asynchronous, throughout the year

47 nests in all stages can be seen – from nest construction to downy chicks. Alongside the frigate birds, one can also see another seabird, the Brown Booby, perched on dead snags amongst the mangroves. Also keep an eye out for bright Yellow Warblers darting between the mangroves, Common Moorhen, and Black-necked Stilts – elegant black and white birds with long red legs. Codrington Lagoon has been declared a Ramsar site and an important bird area. Therefore, it is important to maintain a respectful distance from frigate birds and other species you observe in the lagoon. Another National Park that is home to many bird species is Two-Foot Bay. Here, limestone cliffs perched between the Atlantic and the Caribbean provide nesting sites for the stunning Red-billed

Tropicbirds, which stream from the cliffs to take courtship flights over the sea. From Darby’s Cave, one may also catch a glimpse of a Scaly-breasted Thrasher. The ponds here and elsewhere on the island are home to Blue-winged Teal and White-cheeked Pintail. Many birders hope to catch a glimpse in the evenings of the Vulnerable West Indian Whistling duck, either on one of Barbuda’s ponds or in Codrington Lagoon. One of the splendors of Barbuda is the beautiful beaches, running the length of the island. These are wonderful swimming spots, but also are a great location to take in the bird life: Brown Pelicans and Caspian Terns plunge into the sea for fish, which may attract Magnificent Frigate birds to investigate and possibly try to steal a meal. Barbuda is a wonderful location to bring your camera and binoculars, and with the island’s rich bird life you are sure to see something new!


Turquoise beaches Barbuda, caressed by sparkling turquoise waters and magnificent stretches of gorgeous creamy-pink and white sand beaches, are known to be amongst the best in the world. The stunning pink sand beach, recognised internationally, has been featured by Conde’ Nast Traveller’s as the world’s best beach and has been singled out as one of the best remote beaches around the world by Travel AOL. The beaches in Barbuda are usually unpopulated making it a romantic or a family getaway setting. All the beaches are simply breathtaking but the best ones to visit are the ones listed for you as they are also great for diving, snorkelling, fishing, bird watching, beach cricket, picnics, and of course, an escape from the everyday life. Most of the beaches have no facilities so it is important to remember to take water and shade or find a place to keep out of the sun for some of the time. In some places when you have seen one beach you have seen them all, but in Barbuda each one is different, better than the last and interesting enough to keep even the most cynical holidaymaker happy for hours. The beaches can have dangerous currents at certain times of the year but there are also areas which are perfect for children or non-swimmers, with shallow water and rock pools filled with tiny fish and crabs. There are aerial displays provided by pelicans diving close to the beach and everywhere you swim you will see fish darting about in the water. On holiday weekends the beaches are crowded by the locals who take picnics very seriously and bring loud music, food and truck loads of people to spend the day.

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This speculator beach is located on Barbuda’s south coast peninsular overlooking the Caribbean Sea. Coco Point is famous for the rich and wealthy visitors who vacation at the nearby hotel. The beach is one of the best in the Caribbean with its smooth, soft sand and turquoise water.

Located in the south adjacent to the popular Uncle Roddy’s Beach Bar & Grill is Coral Group. You can stop for refreshing drinks and delicious seafood here. Coral Group is a favourite with camping families, so come pitch your tent and enjoy the curiosity of a favourite Barbudan pastime.



Formally known as Access beach and was renamed on July 1st, 2011 in recognition of the late Princess Diana, Princess of Wales, who vacationed on the island’s famous K-Club Resort. This south coast beach, often deserted, is still a picnicker’s top choice. It is arguably one of the Caribbean’s most stunning beaches. The soft, powdery white sands await your footprints!

This mile-and-a-half long pristine beach freckled with pink coral is a favourite with the yachting community. An eastern extension of Palmetto Point, River Beach is perfect for romantic walks. Pleasant fringing coastal forests accentuate the idyllic amorous setting.

PALMETTO POINT Home to one of the famous and beautiful pink sand beaches is Palmetto Point. The silky sand of deserted oceanfront is a gift created by nature. This beach is an amazing snorkelling spot. The champagne colour of the sand glows rose, thanks to the crushed coral in the mix. And it’s possible to walk the beach for miles without seeing another soul.

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51 TWO FOOT BAY This picturesque hideaway beach is the most popular one on the island. Located on the eastern coast of Barbuda, in the same vicinity as Darby and Gun Shop Cliff, is a beautiful 17 minutes drive from the Capital. Visitors usually make this beach a first choice for excursions because of its historical appeal and the naturalness that surrounds the beach.



Palm Beach stretches from Cedar Tree Point in the North to Palmetto Point in the South. The 14 miles of stunning pink and white sand beach is one of the top beaches in the World.

Just fifteen minutes by water taxi away from the Codrington Wharf via the picturesque lagoon, tucked snugly between the northern entrance to the lagoon and Goat Island, North beach is a favourite with fishing families. Here, the shallow glassy waters are enclosed by a valiant band of reefs that subdue the stealthy Atlantic rollers. The miles long white sandy beach is ideal for a honeymoon retreat.

CEDAR TREE BEACH No Doubt it is one of the most idyllic points on Barbuda. Cedar Tree Beach approximately a 15 minutes boat ride north of the lagoon, and is the only way to get there. The beach is famous for family picnics, camping, fishing, snorkelling and a getaway from it all. Additionally, the beach is home to the newly opened luxury resort – Barbuda Belle.

WHITE BAY White Bay is located on the southern coastline of Barbuda between two prominent points; Coco Point and Spanish Point. This quiet white sandy beach is a visitors’ paradise and is ideal for swimming, bird watching and snorkelling. The shallow reef protected waters provides oceans of fun for the intrepid and novice snorkelers.


Activities and Adventures

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53 If you are a discerning traveller, interested in nature based activities, and for whom the total experience of a destination is top priority, then Barbuda is a must for your next trip. It is the ideal place if you want to sample something new and out of the ordinary.  Barbuda does not offer the ‘big city’, type of activities characteristic of the typical destination.  Instead, everything canters around the natural world and there are quite a number of activities and adventures to choose from. 

SNORKEL Spanish Point is an excellent location for snorkelling because of its proximity to a spectacular reef. The Codrington Lagoon is also a great venue for this adventure. You can find numerous marine species including the famous Caribbean spiny lobster; Barbuda’s signature export. Other great spots can be used for snorkelling but advice should be taken before you explore.

NATURE TOURS & HIKING Barbuda’s landscape offers good terrain for the novice or more experienced hiker. A hike to Darby Cave from the highland House Ruin will take 45 minutes. Trails usually have canopy cover and are quite pleasant to walk. It is not uncommon to see tracks from wild boar, deer and donkeys, but sighting of animals are rare. Ask the locals for trail direction or a guide, they are always too willing to help.

WINDSURF Windsurfing is a blast in the warm tropical sun while catching a wave on either coast of Barbuda. The island is almost completely surrounded by shoals and reefs, so the waves are entirely manageable for those who are sufficiently experienced with the activity. The first rule of safety in all cases is, of course, to inform the relevant persons of the place of the activities you will be engaging in.


DIVING Diving in Barbuda’s water is an experience not to be missed, with colourful fish, spectacular reefs, abundance in sea turtles and, of course, over 200 shipwrecks from different periods in the island’s history, all waiting to be discovered. There are experienced divers who can guide you and it is possible to rent scuba diving equipment.

Fishing and diving in Barbuda waters can be hazardous as the sea can be rough with strong currents. Please ensure that you have the relevant experience and properly maintained equipment before you go. No licence is required when fishing for pleasure; however, it can only be done from a Barbudaowned boat. For diving and fishing trip calls: Dive Barbuda 268.783.7243 George Burton Scuba 268.788.8387 or 460.0103 McArthur Nedd 268.460.0059 or 724.7490


FISHING Fishing is a popular pleasure activity on Barbuda. If not all, most of the island fisherman and woman go fishing at sea or in the lagoon. Traditionally, fishing is done using fish pots which are made from locally gathered wattle sticks and wire. Visitors can do fishing trips in Barbuda since many of the locals have boats and would gladly bring you along. Barracuda, shark, tuna and other types of fish such as Grunt, Old Wife, and Snapper are easy to catch. Lobster is also relatively easy as they are a specialty of the island and can be caught by hand or in uniquely crafted fish pots.

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It is highly unlikely that you can have a day at the beach without the steady trade winds blowing across the island. An activity akin to windsurfing, kite surfing involves the use of a kite steered by two tethers while attempting to surf the waves – almost a marriage between surfing and parasailing. Barbuda is an ideal location to engage in this activity, with surf that is neither too powerful nor too calm. PARA-SAILING With the aid of a powerboat, you can have the opportunity to see the island from a perspective that relatively few ever see it – high above the waves being propelled through the air, looking above the coconut palms and seeing for miles across the island that is nearly completely flat.




Kayaking is best done within the confines of the Codrington Lagoon or on the sheltered western side of the island, though those more adept and experienced in the activity may be better able to manage the surf within landward side of the eastern reefs. Imagine a breathtaking Caribbean sunset while paddling along the deserted coastline.

Horse racing is a bi-monthly sporting event where you will find some of the best and fastest horses on track at Connation Park in Codringtion. The islanders go out to support their favourite horse and place bets. So come and join the action. Admission is only EC$5 or US$2.

BEACH PICNIC Take a trip to one of Barbuda’s secluded beaches and enjoy a day picnic (see beaches on page 42). If you’re looking for the best secluded beach, Billy Point and Palmetto Point are perfect for you or if you’re looking for one with a bar close by then take the trip over to either Low Bay, Coral Group or River Beach.

CAMPING Barbuda is populated by only about fifteen hundred persons, living almost exclusively in Codrington village, so it is rather easy to find a quiet, private location to camp out with friends and family. We suggest camping near to one of our lovely beaches.


To arrange activities and adventures, visit the local tourist office on Ginnery Street in Codringtion or call 268.562.7065

With most of the island being virtually deserted, a horseback ride along the stunning coast might just be the perfect ending to a day in Barbuda. Imagine you riding along a grassy clearing and seeing a deer stag emerging from the thick bush...the only place in the Caribbean where this is possible.


Sail Away to Barbuda

...A Sailors’ Paradise by John F. Duffy

All too often the word ‘paradise’ is used in connection with holiday destinations, not just in the Caribbean but the world over.  It has become one of the most abused words when used to describe palm fringed sandy beaches.  If only there were so many paradises worldwide.  In reality, they are few and far between and ‘paradise’ often comprises what you make of your holiday destination but, just sometimes, the destination itself has a head start. If your idea of ‘paradise’ is an isolated tropical island where civilization is just close enough to supply all your needs but not close enough to be intrusive, together with peaceful, lazy days only interrupted by the soft rustle of the gentle surf on a pink sand beach, a cocktail in hand, then Barbuda is your destination.

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Only really discovered by yachtsmen and a few more knowledgeable travellers, Barbuda is the ultimate ‘get away from it all’ holiday destination. When arriving by yacht, the best place to anchor is outside the lagoon off Codrington, on Barbuda’s west side. There are other places where anchoring is possible but the dozens of wrecks around this island bears testimony to the number of reefs on the south and east sides.  With care and when the sun is high in the sky to avoid reflections off the water, it is possible to navigate through the reefs to find both sound


anchoring and exciting snorkelling.  A good chart and a member of crew on the bow is essential if you are going to venture inside the reefs but the effort could be worth it.  You will probably find you are the only ones there. Ashore there is limited provisioning but quite a large range of restaurants for those not wishing to cater on board. Menus vary from haute cuisine to local fare and, for the more adventurous; the fishermen will sell you part of their daily catch, including lobster, which can be barbecued on the beach.

cannot avoid being fascinated by these magnificent birds and, for those familiar with the south east of England, Barbuda has its own Martello Tower. Barbuda is one of those sailing destinations which need to be visited before everyone finds out that it is there.

There are a few sights on the island for those who wish to intersperse relaxing on the beach with a little activity.  On the north of the island are a number of limestone caves some of which house a unique blind shrimp.  Nearby is a large frigate bird sanctuary which, ornithologist or not, you


Shopping There are several small, cosy shops in and around Codrington where you can hop in and pick up the essential things that you may need to make your vacation a worthwhile one. From sunscreen lotion to locally made hand craft products, you are sure to find in Barbuda. Variety stores selling all kinds of essential household items and clothes, many of them have gifts and t-shirts are available on sale. Most supplies come by boat or by plane from various places via Antigua. The best time to look for fruit and vegetables is when the boat comes in on Friday or Saturday. Many people sell their own produce at different times throughout the year and this is when the best organically grown produce is available. Fish can be purchased at the Codrington Fisheries daily and locally produced meat is often for sale around the village. Some shops in Codrington do not accept credit cards; however, money can be obtained from the Antigua Commercial Bank ATM, located on Mission and Airport Road. Duty-free shopping is not available. If you have intentions of shopping duty free, you can do so on your way to and from the Antigua’s V. C. Bird International Airport or just enjoy a day of shopping at historic Redcliffe Quay and Heritage Quay in downtown St. John’s in our nearby sister island, Antigua.

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Mobile Providers Digicel River Road 268 480 2083

Art and Craft The Art Café River Road 268.460.0434

Cable & Wireless Local Agent: Debbie Joseph 268 772 0170

Zabeth Handicraft Centre Ginnery Street 268 460 0603

APUA IMOBILE Lower Mission St. 268 562 2429

Rose’s Souvenir Cnr. Ginnery St & Lagoon Dr 268 724 8493

Boutiques Looking Good Clothing Store Mission St. 268 560 6283 Valarie Variety Store Beazar St. 268 560 2650 D & D Mix-up Store Mission St. 268 723 2085

Internet Café Barbuda Internet & Technology Centre Buffalo Road 268 772 1809

Pharmacy Island Pharmacy River Road 268 460 0498 *For prescribed drugs contact Hanna Thomas Hospital

Grocery Store Fancy way Supermarket Airport Road 268 460 0346 Lil Linc Plus Ginnery Street 268 725 1874 Nedd’s supermarket Beazar Street 268 561 5558 BK Fuel mini-mart River Road 268 562 1700


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Where to eat When looking for places to eat out in Barbuda, you will find menus and choices that suit your budget and appetite. It is an island rich in seafood, and visitors usually enjoy consuming these delicious delicacies that Barbuda is well known for. Sample the local cuisine that will have you wanting more such as the grilled lobster or stewed deer meet served with green salad, black-eye peas and rice or have a bite of our national dish; ducana and saltfish served with chop-up, a mixture of the local vegetables. On the weekends, the popular Wanda Grill is a hot spot for barbeque, fish fry and other fast foods. It’s A Bit Fishy, located on River Road, is Barbuda’s famous grill and bar that you can also dine. Most visitors usually find It’s A Bit Fishy convenient because of its quiet location, a variety of food choices and, of course, after dining party, whether it is karaoke or live music.

Restaurant Guide AJ Restaurant Buffalo Road 268.728.4334 It’s A bit Fishy River Road 268.772.3525 or 772.0262 Out Back Restaurant Low Bay 268.721.3280 Pat’s Grill Teague Street 268.772.1336 Uncle Roddy’s Restaurant Coral Group 268.785.3268 Wanda on the Grill Madison Square 268.725.2571


Cruise Tourism

Cruise Tourism in Antigua & Barbuda continues to be a major economic factor due to the efforts of the Antigua & Barbuda Cruise Tourism Association in partnership with the Ministry of Tourism, and the Antigua & Barbuda Tourism Authority. Antigua as the larger of the twin island state is the major beneficiary of the cruise tourism product with over three hundred cruise ship calls on an annually bias while; Barbuda on the other hand is viewed as one of the untouched, unspoilt jewels of the Caribbean.

There has been a special effort to encourage cruise vessels to call in Barbuda by the cruise tourism officials under the leadership of Mr. Nathan Dundas; President of the ABCTA. According to the ABCTA President, “Barbuda is a very special place and we have to preserve its beauty and its blessed environment, so we do not market or encourage any large cruise vessels to call to Barbuda.” The smaller cruise lines have started to make calls to Barbuda since the early 90’s with the most prominent being the Club Med Cruise. Since then, there has been a steady interest in Barbuda by most of the smaller cruise lines due to the prompting of the cruise officials. At cruise trade shows, cruise officials have been pushing Barbuda as a stopover call for the smaller cruise vessels. Mr. Dundas stated “It is important we keep the numbers of passengers visiting within the 100 – 150

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63 capacity vessels with a maximum of a 200 passenger’s vessel as the most we can allow to call to Barbuda.” The Cruise Association boss has been able to arrange a number of Cruise Lines executives to visit and meet with the tourism interests and council members in Barbuda to visit the various sites. Among the smaller Cruise Lines that have made visits are: Vice President of Windstar Cruises; Mr. Sander Groothuis, former Vice President of Fred Olsen Cruises; Mr. Matt Grimes, and Vice President of Club Med; Miss Anne Surat. Mr. Dundas has just returned from the cruise official’s annual visit to Europe and came back with excited news about new and increase calls to Barbuda. He explained that due to the combined efforts with the ABTA and their relationships with the cruise lines, Barbuda is now set to get additional calls to the destination. He indicates that Barbuda will be getting approximately fifteen calls from five cruise lines for this season. Europa, the German Cruise Line will make three calls, La Ponant & Club Med, the two French Lines will be making a combined total of five calls between them, Sea Dream, a British Line will be making approximately one call and Windstar Cruises, an American based Cruise Line will make approximately six calls. Mr. Nathan Dundas has indicated that he is very happy that the Government of Antigua & Barbuda has also seen the need to ensure that Barbuda benefits from the cruise tourism product and has thanked the Government for including Barbuda in the Cruise Tourism Incentive Package as part of the benefit for the cruise lines, if they make Barbuda the next second port of call on the following day after calling Antigua first. According to Mr. Dundas, this inactive has already started reaping dividends with even

some of the larger cruise lines enquiring about Barbuda based on the promotion and publicity being given to Barbuda by the local cruise officials. Mr. Dundas believes that Barbuda potential is great and is set to take off with even more cruise ships calling to enjoy arguably the best beaches in the Caribbean, he however is of the view that there are some necessary things that need to be done urgently in Barbuda foremost among these is, the building of a ferry or small cruise landing dock. “There are some ships that can land their beach tenders directly on the beach and that is fine, but there are also some ships that would prefer to land their passengers on a dock or a pier and this cannot be done at present due to a lack of facility.”

“I believe there should be a strong will by the Government of Antigua & Barbuda to ensure that Barbuda gets such a dock and there will be even more economic activity for the Island” Mr. Dundas. The Cruise Association president also believes that Barbuda should have a focus group working on strategizing specifically with the Cruise product in mind and creating brochures highlighting the uniqueness of Barbuda with a cruise tourism theme which would include anchorage position for vessels and other relevant information for the crew and passengers of the cruise ships. According to President of the ABCTA; Nathan Dundas, “It is important that we continue to position ourselves to capitalize and benefit from this dynamic Industry.


Investing in

Barbuda by Damian De Silva

Barbuda is among the most exclusive Caribbean getaways - it is barely developed and is generally only visited by Antiguans and high end tourists. A favourite of Diana, Princess of Wales, Barbuda has miles of pink and white sand beaches where you would only rarely encounter another human being. It averages over 300 sunny days per year and is surrounded by turquoise blue waters which are home to stunning coral reefs, making for world class snorkeling and scuba diving. The benefit to the island of being relatively untouched is its immense potential. Barbuda thus presents a compelling investment case for itself. With plans for infrastructural upgrades such as the creation of a port of entry, as well as a modernizing the small airport, Barbuda is on an upward development trajectory.

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Being within 100 miles of Guadeloupe and St. Martin, and Antigua being approximately 30 miles away, accessing international flights is not much of a concern. While being able to own a vacation home seemingly worlds away from the frenetic pace of metro hubs such as London, Hong Kong and Los Angeles is already a tempting proposition for most. The local government has also made the process of owning and investing in property there more hassle free and rewarding. The Citizenship by Investment Program (CIP), introduced in 2014 makes the process more rewarding, and extends to non-residential investments as well. CIP offers the following benefits where US$400,000 (or US$200,000 for the Development Fund) is invested: An Antigua and Barbuda Passport and dual citizenship, allowing for visa-free access to more than 130 countries A minimum stay on island of five-days yearly


No tax on worldwide income, with relatively low local income tax No restriction on repatriation of funds Citizenship in an economically and politically stable country No Estate, Death, Inheritance or Capital Gains Tax Barring any irregularities in after due diligence checks, the program is available to all. Other fees, including government (US$50,000), due diligence and passport fees, are detailed at schedule-of-fees/. The program has already attracted a major tourist development, spearheaded by famed actor Robert De Niro and Australian billionaire James Packer. In addition to CIP, the Tourism and Business Special Incentives Act (2013) provides the following inducements for investments exceeding EC$1 million (approx. US$370,000).

All major developments are first approved by Cabinet and then forwarded to the Barbuda Council for approval. Bear in mind that all Barbuda lands are leasehold only, owing to the provisions of the Barbuda Land Act of 2007. Assistance in obtaining relevant licenses and permits for purchase and construction Providing technical assistance with the setting up of local business infrastructure Income and withholding tax exemptions for investments over EC$1 million Waivers of stamp duties and property tax beginning at 25% Reduced import duties based on investment scale For detail on the Act, go to: http://


Barbuda, AFTER SUNSET For a taste of Barbuda after sunset, party starts at Its A Bit Fishy, a restaurant and nightclub where late-night karaoke standoffs between the locals and visitors are the stuff of legends. The Lyme Bar and Club is another hot spot for weekend partying on where the entertainment continues in the early morning. The Mangrove Restaurant at Barbuda Belle Hotel offers some entertainment during and after dinner.

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