Barbuda, Caribbean: where it is, when to go and what to see

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Lluis Enric Mayans

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Here is one of the most beautiful oases in the Caribbean, which has remained almost completely unspoiled and place where nature is the absolute protagonist: we are talking about Barbuda, one of the islands that make up the nation of Antigua and Barbuda. In addition to being one of the ideal destinations for fans of Caribbean and deserted beaches (Barbuda Pink Sand Beach is among the most famous in the world), this island offers a unique wildlife, including the famous "frigate Bird Sanctuary" , its huge bird population typical of this land area.

Here is the Barbuda guide: where it is, when to go and what you shouldn't miss!


  1. Travel informed: useful information
  2. Where it is
  3. When to go? Info on climate and best time
  4. 9 things to see: best beaches and places of interest
  5. What to do in Barbuda: excursions and tours
  6. How much does a Barbuda holiday cost? Prices, offers and advice
  7. User questions and comments

Travel informed: useful information

  • Inhabitants: 1.638
  • Residential city: Codrington
  • Languages: English
  • Local currency: East Caribbean dollar (€ 1,00 = $ 2,97)
  • Time zone: GMT-4 (-4 hours compared to Italy, -5 hours when daylight saving time is here)
  • Weather: tropical climate, on average 29 °
  • vaccinations: no vaccinations are required
  • Entry requirements: valid passport (at least 3 months after expiry), confirmed stay and return ticket. For Italian tourists, in particular, a visa is not required
  • Travel / health insurance: recommended.

    Where it is

    Barbuda is one of the islands, second in importance, that are part of the small nation of Antigua and Barbuda; these are in fact both politically independent. The central government is based in Antigua, but Barbuda controls its affairs through a locally elected council. Since 1981, the year in which the independence of these islands was proclaimed, Queen Elizabeth II has remained as head of state (given the historical past of British belonging), however the state is represented by a governor general.

    How to reach us

    • From Milan: there are no direct flights to St. John's airport in Antigua and Barbuda, so you can make a stopover in London, then from there in about 8 hours you arrive in Antigua; from here the flight to Barbuda lasts 1 hour and 15 minutes. Antigua is also connected to Barbuda by a catamaran: Barbuda Express, departs Port of Saint Johns, 5 times a week and takes about 90 minutes, € 45,50
      Compare flights from Milan starting from € 510,00 -
    • From the main European capitals: there are several companies that connect the main European capitals to Barbuda, such as Virgin Atlantic or British Airways

    When to go? Info on climate and best time

    • Weather: tropical, there is a cooler and drier season between January and April, and a hot, rainy and sultry season between June and November; however, the climate is hot and humid most of the year. They are recorded on average 25 ° in January and February, and around 28 ° from June to September. Precipitation is rather limited due to the trade winds. The sea is quite warm all year round: from 26 ° C from January to April to 29 ° C in September.
    • Best time: between December and April, when the climate is less rainy and muggy.
    • Period to avoid: August and September are the wettest months, slightly less June and July, during which hurricanes could also occur.
    • Advice: if you decide to leave between December and April, bring light clothes and a sweatshirt for the evening. For those leaving from May to November, opt for lightweight clothing and a raincoat for storms. For lovers of water sports, don't forget aquatic or rubber-soled shoes for the coral reef.

    9 things to see: best beaches and places of interest

    1. Barbuda Pink Sand Beach: it is the most important beach, ideal if you love deserted, uncontaminated places where tourist attractions are almost completely scarce; perfect place for snorkeling and to admire the famous coral reefs.
    2. Princess Diana Beach: formerly known as Coco Point Beach, in recent years it has been renamed in honor of Princess Diana.
    3. Caves of Barbuda: they run along the cliff on the sea and it is possible to see different species of animals that inhabit Barbuda; then there is a cave with petroglyphs that were left by the Arawak people.
    4. Frigate Bird Sanctuary: the island is home to the largest frigate bird colony in the western hemisphere; in particular it is located in the Codrington lagoon, and is only accessible by a short boat trip with an expert guide.
    5. Martello Tower: it is located on the southern coast and was built in the early 1800s as a defense base for the British, to guard the landing on the river and the original quay of the island.
    6. Low Bay: it is a paradisiacal and picturesque coast that extends along the north-west side of the island; great for long swims or snorkeling.
    7. Gravenor Bay: this is another large bay on the southern side of the island, also perfect for snorkeling.
    8. Coco Point: this is the beach of the Coco Point Lodge resort, characterized by white and pink sand, crystal clear water full of starfish and many tall coconut palms.
    9. 17 Mile Beach: pink sand beach and clear sky blue waters, this is an isolated area with no establishments, which may or may not be an advantage depending on your preferences.

    What to do in Barbuda: excursions and tours

    How much does a Barbuda holiday cost? Prices, offers and advice

    It is certainly not a cheap trip! If you have to choose when to go, April is the perfect time since you will find very little rain and the climate will not be too sultry; and maybe some more offers.

    Generally most of the people who decide to visit Antigua and Barbuda choose to stay in Antigua (just 90 minutes by fast catamaran) because it is full of services and resorts for all tastes.
    However, in Barbuda you could stay overnight at one of the resorts located on the north coast of the island.

    For a 7-night all-inclusive stay, starting from Milan Malpensa airport, there are various packages on offer starting from € 3.456 per couple; the rest, then sports activities or car rentals to get around the island, will raise the cost up to about € 3.800.

    • Hotel and b & b starting from € 150,00 per room -
    • starting from € 510,00 -
    • Return flight + 10 days / 8 nights from € 1.850,00 per person -

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