Barbuda lies 20 minutes by plane or 90 minutes by ferry to the north of Antigua. Its 160 sq. km. is edged with reef-enclosed beaches of pink or white sand.
The interior of the island is mainly scrubland and is practically uninhabited, with the few villages connected mostly by dirt roads. It is not uncommon to meet donkeys or cows wandering placidly along them. The community owns the land and no one can sell or buy it, only rent it for limited periods.
Fences that surround homes, vegetable gardens and orchards are only there to protect against wild animals. Codrington, a little cluster of houses, is the island’s capital. Other points of interest are the 18th-century Martello Tower, and Two Feet Bay where you can see a complex of caves with ancient Arawak drawings. Barbuda is an island of beaches; the most beautiful runs from Palmetto Point to Cedar Tree Point, a 30-km stretch of white sand which glows pink at sunrise thanks to the millions of tiny shells thrown up by the sea. Sand colour varies every day depending on the moods of the wind and the sea.
In this tropical paradise visit the Frigate Bird Sanctuary where you can see these spectacular water birds nesting in the mangroves in one of the world’s biggest lagoons. Terns, petrels, pelicans, fish hawks, wild duck, moorhen and heron can be spotted on the coast, while cows, sheep, horses, donkeys, wild pigs, deer and guinea-fowl roam freely over the island.
Around the island’s reefs is a natural museum created by more than 300 shipwrecks, home to thousands of exotically coloured tropical fish.