The Antiguan/Tourist Board

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Barbuda is a coral-fringed island just 62sqm in size. It rises low on the sea only 27 miles to the north of Antigua. So why not escape to this mini-paradise and take a leisurely stroll along its 17-mile stretch of beach? Here you’ll discover soft pink sands, crystal turquoise waters and as much peace and quiet as you can handle...

Barbuda is easy to get to from Antigua. There are daily flights, a regular 90-minute ferry service, and you can even charter a helicopter. For organised tours, ‘Tropical Adventures’ will whisk you there by power catamaran and treat you to an alfresco lunch on board – Excellence anchors at two beaches, as well as a visit to the Frigate Bird Sanctuary. For back-to-nature activities like beach-combing, bird watching and cave exploration, get in touch with ‘Adventure Antigua’. Both include snorkelling. Much to the delight of passengers on any of these boat trips, the journey is regularly accompanied by dolphins and even humpback whales between February and May. Prefer to linger in paradise a little longer? Barbuda Belle is a rustic yet ritzy boutique hotel with eight bungalows, a seafood restaurant and a spectacular beach. Or maybe you’re happy with simpler lodgings like Gerald’s Guest House in the capital Codrington? You can even spend a night under the stars at the Frangipani Glamping & Guest House, the accommodation ranging from 1-person pop-ups to 8-person tents. The new Barbuda Ocean Club is a spectacular private resort community at Coco Point and Palmetto Point. Restaurants include Nobu, Timbuk One, Wanda Grill, ArtCafé and Uncle Roddy’s Beach Bar and Grill. The speciality of the house tends to be fresh-from-the-reef seafood, including grilled lobster. Venison and wild boar are also available in season.


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