The island of Barbuda, Antigua’s smaller twin, reveals its hidden wonders inviting all visitors to experience a unique adventure among nature, history and culture. This pearl of the Caribbean, reachable by a 20-minute flight or about an hour and a half by sea from its big sister Antigua retains a pristine beauty waiting to be discovered.
Sink your feet into the pink sand
Not to be missed is a visit to the Barbuda’s pink beaches , whose color is due to micro shells that, depending on the sea current, are deposited on the shoreline. Among these natural wonders the most famous are Low Bay and Palmetto Point.
Discovering havens for wildlife and birdwatchers
Among the destination’s major natural attractions, wildlife certainly stands out. On the island it is possible to visit “the sanctuary” of the frigate birds located within the Nature Reserve of the Frigate Bird, a bird sanctuary among the mangrove forests of Codrington Lagoon, where the elegant seabirds that nest on the mangroves have a protected area for the delicate breeding phase.
Accessible only by boat, it is home to 170 species of birds, including the magnificent frigate birds, birds characterized by a shiny red goiter that make Barbuda their home.
Taste authentic Barbudan cuisine
Uncle Roddy’s Restaurant , with its seaside location, offers breathtaking views of the Caribbean Sea. On its menu you can find a selection of fresh seafood dishes, including delicacies such as lobster, shrimp, and catch of the day. Local specialties not to be missed include the irresistible conch fritters, minced meatballs or croquettes made from the conch, a large shellfish, or the delicious johnny cakes, very thin cornbread baked on a griddle. A true paradise for lovers of good food.
Rediscovering the historical legacy of the island
Martello Tower , a 19th-century watchtower built by the British to protect the island from enemy attacks. From the top of the tower there is a breathtaking panoramic view that embraces the wild beauty of the surrounding landscape. Barbuda’s history comes alive in this fascinating blend of past and present.
Admiring the prehistoric beauty of the island
Explore the caves of Barbuda is a breathtaking experience, a journey that reveals the hidden wonders of nature and history. The Dark Cave, with its passage suspended on boulders, plunges 120 meters underground into a secret world waiting to be discovered. Here, pools of (almost) fresh water are home to rare sightless shrimp and unique crustaceans, creatures that find a home only in this subterranean environment.
Darby’s Cave, with its vast groove about 100 meters in diameter and 20 meters deep, conceals a small but lush rainforest inside, giving explorers an enchanting and evocative view. Not far from the latter is Indian Cave, located in Two Foot Bay, a treasure trove of ancient history for its chambers etched with the indelible marks of the Arawaks, the first inhabitants of the Caribbean encountered by Christopher Columbus upon arrival in the Americas.
Dive into the wonderful marine world of Barbuda
The exploration of the enchanting Palaster Reef is an unparalleled snorkeling experience to discover the beautiful coral reef. Located just off the coast of the island, the reef is composed of limestone with a distinctive white color, creating a striking contrast with the surrounding turquoise waters.
Snorkeling and diving enthusiasts can venture into this underwater wonder and discover a world of corals, brightly colored tropical fish and other fascinating sea creatures.
Enjoying the excellence of hospitality on the island
Staying at the Barbuda Belle Luxury Beach Hotel means immersing yourself in an atmosphere of pure sophistication and comfort as your worries melt away with the gentle sound of the waves. Located on a beautiful secluded beach, the property boasts rooms and suites distinguished by unique elegance and exclusive amenities that ensure an unforgettable stay. The pride of the hotel is the restaurant where all dishes are prepared with care and passion, using only fresh ingredients from the nearby local community. The Barbuda Belle Luxury Beach offers a perfect retreat for discerning travelers who wish to live in this earthly paradise in total serenity.
Embrace adventure with the buggy tours
This experience will guide the bravest souls to discover the natural wonders of the island through an off-road excursion. They will explore pristine places and breathtaking landscapes while the sea breeze caresses the participants’ faces.
Antigua and Barbuda
Antigua (pronounced An-tee’ga) and Barbuda (Bar-byew’da) are located in the heart of the Caribbean Sea. The paradisiacal twin islands offer visitors two unique and distinct experiences, ideal year-round temperatures, rich history, vibrant culture, exhilarating excursions, award-winning resorts, mouthwatering cuisine, and 365 beautiful pink and white sand beaches-one for every day of the year.
The largest of the English-speaking Leeward Islands, Antigua is a ca.280-square-kilometer island with a rich history and spectacular topography that can offer a wide variety of popular tourist opportunities. Nelson’s Dockyard, the only remaining example of a Georgian fort, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is perhaps the island’s most famous monument.
Antigua’s calendar of tourist events includes the prestigious Antigua Sailing Week, the Antigua Classic Yacht Regatta and the annual Carnival of Antigua; known as the largest summer festival in the Caribbean.
Barbuda, Antigua’s younger sister island, is the latest celebrity haven. The island is located approx.43 km northeast of Antigua and only 15 minutes by plane. Barbuda is known for its pristine stretch of approx. 18 km of pink sand beach and for being home to the largest frigate sanctuary in the Western Hemisphere.
All the information about Antigua & Barbuda: www.visitantguabarbuda.com