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Visit the small island of Barbuda on your Antigua Yacht Charter. You will find it in the Leeward Islands of the West Indies. Barbuda, together with Antigua, forms the commonwealth nation of Antigua and Barbuda. A charter destination of dozens of islands.

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Most of Barbuda’s residents, now only about 1000, live in Codrington. The island is famous for its world-class pristine white-sand beaches. Even though it offers so much natural beauty, the island remains virtually untouched by tourism. Barrier reefs protect the island and keep the sea tranquil.

On the southwestern shore, you can walk freely and undisturbed on the soft sand for almost 10 miles. Beaches on the Atlantic shore are wilder but they are ideal for collecting driftwood and seashells. If you are a diehard nature lover, this island is for you.

September 2017 Hurricane Season

Hurricane Irma was a category 5 storm when its eye passed directly over Barbuda, on September 6, 2017. In an instant, it demolished the 62-square miles island.

Then on September 18, 2017 hurricane Maria, another category 5 storm hit the small island. It damaged 95% of the island, like buildings, landscape, and infrastructure. Barbuda was unlivable.

The entire population moved to neighboring Antigua. As a result, Barbuda became a deserted island. However, by the beginning of 2019, about 900 residents had returned.

Now, even more, this charming island nation relies on tourism to regain its delightful and alluring attraction.

Barbuda, beautiful white-sand beaches, seasonally pink, and crystal clear sea
Barbuda has beautiful white-sand beaches, seasonally pink, and crystal clear sea

Weather in Antigua and Barbuda

The best time to visit Barbuda is from December to April. Expect high temperature around 82°F in January and February. While around 86°F from June to September. The climate in Barbuda is tropical, all year round.

Most parts have a cooler, relatively dry season from January to the end of April. The water temperature is warm enough for swimming all year round. It seldom falls below the average of 75°F.

Places to See

  • Princess Diana Beach and Pink Sand Beach – Stunningly beautiful beaches. Walk on white sand that is seasonal pink in appearance from October through January. Pinkest beaches appear after groundswells churn pink shells, depositing them on west/south coasts. Both beaches offer ultra seclusion and a feeling of being close to nature.
  • Frigate Bird Sanctuary – Codrington Lagoon. This is in fact home to one of the largest frigate bird colonies in the world and a must-see while in Barbuda. Ideally, visit the sanctuary during mating season from September through April.
  • Codrington Dividing Wall – Slavery was central to the island’s economy for a long time. Sir Christopher Codrington, during colonial times, leased the entire island of Barbuda from England. During that time he built a huge “Dividing Wall” that separated the Codrington family from the slaves who worked for them. Remnants of this wall are still of the darkest chapters in Caribbean sea history.

Things to Do in Antigua and Barbuda

  • Birding – Barbuda boasts some 170 avian species, including one of the largest frigate bird colonies in the world. More than 5000 of these black-feathered birds roost here in the mangroves. Also look for pelicans, herons, and tropical mockingbirds. The Frigate Bird Sanctuary is a nature reserve; which you can only enter with a local guide.
  • Look for wildlife – You can find deer, land turtles, and guinea fowl as well as wild roaming donkeys. Horses or sheep freely roam but most have owners.
  • Shop local art – ArtCafe Gallery and Crafts, located about one mile from Codrington. This small café and craft shop is home to artist Claire Frank. She paints on silk and makes hand-painted t-shirts and other crafts. You can also find cards and extensive information about Barbuda here.
  • Walk on pink sand beaches – Altogether, the pink sand beaches are the biggest attraction in Barbuda. On this quiet island, you have a good chance of walking on the beaches without seeing another soul. Step on the silky sand on Pink Sand Beach, Princess Diana Beach, or 17-mile Beach. Bring plenty of water to drink and wear sunscreen.

More Things to Do

Hiking

To Indian Cave often referred to as “The Caves at Two Foot Bay”. We recommend hiring a local guide. At about 143 feet above sea level, you will find nature at its best.

This gorgeous cave winds its way underground for about a mile. It has three chambers, and one is the Bat Chamber. Ancient petroglyphs carved by Arawak Indians found among the stalagmites and stalactites.

Then from the top of the cave, you will have a magnificent view of the rougher Atlantic side. You might also enjoy a hike to Darby Cave/Sinkhole, about 100 yards in diameter and 100 feet deep.

Venture down in the sinkhole and experience a rainforest. See many iguanas, hermit crabs, and land turtles.

snorkeling or swimming
Explore Barbuda’s amazing beauty snorkeling or swimming

Swimming, Snorkeling, Diving

Virtually, coral shelves surround the entire coast of Barbuda, ideal for swimming, snorkeling, and shallow-water diving. Little or no current in most places. Plus, clear and turquoise water teemed with tropical marine life.

The underwater visibility ranges from a spectacular 50 to 140 feet. Have the crew of your chartered yacht provide snorkel and diving equipment for you.

Native Foods and Drinks

  • Fungee – similar to Italian Polenta, made mostly with cornmeal and okra.
  • Pepperpot – Pepperpot is a stewed meat dish. Strongly seasoned, including hot peppers. Beef, pork, as well as mutton are the meat most often used.
  • Ducana – Sweet potato dumplings or pudding; sometimes with pumpkin. Then placed into a banana leaf and boiled in water. 
  • Saltfish – Salted and dried cod.
  • Lobster – Freshly caught, grilled, and broiled.
  • Sugar Cake – Sugar cakes are confections made with grated coconut, sugar, and food coloring.
  • Beverages – Mayby, sea moss, tamarind juice, ginger beer. You can also try Wadadli Beer and rum.

Notable Restaurants in Antigua and Barbuda

  • Uncle Roddy’s Beach Bar and Grill – Ocean Drive Coral Group Bay, next to Barbuda Cottages. Great Caribbean, Seafood, Jamaican food served by a helpful team. You can also enjoy sunsets on this pristine beach.
  • Hillside View Bar and Grill – Nestled within the Two Foot Bay National Park. This beautiful rustic bar and grill opened during the COVID lockdown. Hot and cold drinks during the day. Upon reservation, they can grill fresh lobster for you.
  • The Mangrove – Located at the Barbuda Belle Hotel. The French chef offers locally sourced fresh fish and seafood. An elegant setting with a creative menu. Jelly Tree Bar and Grill is a new addition to the Barbuda Belle Hotel.
  • Wa’Omoni Restaurant – Local food and burgers. Wa’omoni is open from 6 am to 5:30 pm except for Thursdays and Fridays. Try the delicious venison and conch burgers and scrumptious cakes and puddings.
  • Art Café – On Two Foot Bay Road, close to Codrington. A small café and craft shop, home of artist Claire Frank who serves her one-dish lunch on most days. Made with Barbudan produce, including local sea salt.

In addition, enjoy fresh juices, local bush teas, and freshly brewed coffee. You might be lucky and be there for lively rum-tasting evenings. Happy Hour includes cocktails, jazz, soca, and reggae.

  • Nobu Barbuda – Princess Diana Beach, in what used to be the K Club. Open Wednesday to Sunday from 12-6 pm only. It attracts large numbers of visitors as an amazingly beautiful location for lunch.

Marinas and Anchorages in Antigua and Barbuda

Marinas

The island of Antigua, being 25 nautical miles away from Barbuda, has numerous excellent marinas. Barbuda does not have a marina or mooring balls.

Anchorages

All beaches on Barbuda are public. You may use any of them for anchorage, keeping within the high water line. Realize that reefs and many shipwrecks surround this region. The easiest and safest approach is from the west.

  • Cocoa Point – This calm anchorage offers miles of pristine creamy pink beach – a yacht owners’ favorite. Good snorkeling with lots of stingrays. Horses and donkeys roam the wild beach in the evening. A depth for any draft.
  • Gravenor Bay – Sandy seabed. Easy access, especially in the winter months. It protects several beautiful anchorages. Walk on the beach and encounter donkeys, and pigs then swim in the sea and meet rays and dolphins.
  • Spanish Point – Approach only in good light. Snorkeling is wonderful around the coral heads and you might see turtles and dolphins.
  • Boat Harbor – A small harbor about 2 miles east of Palmetto Point.
  • Eleven Mile Beach – On the west side of Barbuda. Palmetto Point to Low Bay. This anchorage has some of the most intense turquoise-blue water you have ever seen.

Other Anchorages

  • Low Bay – A wild anchorage with a particularly pretty beach and sandy seabed. It can be a little rolling in a northerly swell.
  • Low Bay South – Sand and rocks seabed. The anchoring is excellent in the sand here. However, the water is a bit murky and rolly in northerly swells.

Karin Patrick

Yacht Charter Broker

Karin Patrick has been a travel industry professional since 1978. A native of Germany, She has lived in many places worldwide, including Australia, India, and the United Kingdom. In 1983, she moved to the United States, living in Connecticut, then California, and now in Florida. Karin attends the Greek Yacht Charter Shows.

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