Barbuda (Bar-byew’ da), which lies 27 miles northeast of its sister island Antigua, has a land area of 62-square-miles. A low lying coral island, known for its untouched pink coral and white sand beaches, its highest point is only 125 feet above sea level.
The capital of Barbuda is the village of Codrington.
Sunny and warm all year with soothing trade winds, the average temperature ranges from the mid-seventies in the winter to the mid-eighties in the summer. Annual rainfall averages only 45 inches, making it the sunniest of the eastern Caribbean islands, and the northeast trade winds are nearly constant, flagging only in September.
English is the spoken language.
A majority of Barbuda’s 1,500 inhabitants live in Codrington.
Carib Aviation (www.carib-aviation.com) operates 15-minute flights at 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. daily from Antigua. Passports are not needed, as the point of entry for both islands is Antigua. Visitors may also opt to take a one and a half hour ferry boat ride between the islands. Once on the island, taxis and the Barbuda Express (ferry service) are available.
There are three exclusive resorts on the island including the K-Club (where Princess Diana used to stay) and Coco Point – both seasonally, and The Beach House.
The Palm Tree Restaurant and Wa O’moni’s Best Restaurant offer traditional Barbudan cuisine and seafood specialties.
Swimming, diving, snorkeling, fishing, bird watching, caving and beachcombing are most often the activities of choice on the island. Sights, other than the beautiful pink sand beaches most often visited include:
• Frigate Bird Sanctuary, accessible by boat, is home to 170 species of birds including the Magnificent Frigate Birds.
• Dark Cave, a low, boulder-hung passage that leads 400 feet underground to (almost) fresh-water pools teeming with rare blind shrimp and certain species of crustacean found nowhere else in the world.
• Darby’s Cave featuring a large sinkhole, about 350 feet in diameter and 70 feet deep that contains a small but lush rainforest.
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