Sadly we are not able to regularly update the website since we have been back in Barbuda. Over six months now without electricity, we are still using expensive generators that cost too much to run for more than a few hours and gas is limited and often rationed or runs out.The internet is slow and time consuming and is no longer being provided free at the Fisheries building; often there is no signal. Most people have no phone signal either.
Homes are gradually being repaired but the pace is ridiculously slow. In Antigua it's as if we don't exist - the myth that Antigua was somehow affected by this hurricane is exposed when you are there - it's just the same as it always was.
NODS are not giving any information to anyone about their procedures - if they have any - and the contracted Antiguan builders are not being paid so most have left, the others are running out of materials weekly. We are still waiting (Cat 1 - least damage) patiently for our home's materials, and most of the 500 or so people currently returned to Barbuda are also still waiting. UNDP have just announced they are repairing Cat 1 and 2 homes first with the aid from China but it appears as if all the houses still need work. None appear to have been completed.
The army are still 'in charge' and our ALP Councillors are in Antigua doing everything they are told to do by the Government, and saying nothing while we are called 'imbeciles' and 'squatters' by our so-called leaders. This is a sad state of affairs for our proud and independent island. But they will have to answer for their decisions later and they had better read the constitution of Council because it was supposed to be set up (in Barbuda) in January. But Gaston has them now; they are dispensable - and too dumb to see it.
Visitors are welcome and are coming and we have a great ferry service (weather permitting) and almost daily flights. There is immense love around the world for Barbuda, so Barbudans, try to raise more money for your own families through gofundme or other sites, and for our island. We will be back.
Barbuda is part of a three-island state with Antigua and Redonda in the north-eastern Caribbean. On Barbuda you will find a small village community on a large island that is virtually untouched by tourism. It is world renowned for its beaches which are natural, many miles long and often sprinkled with pink sand. Here is a map of the island and a satellite image at the bottom of the page where you can see the large lagoon to the west, the salt ponds and flashes to the north and the central location of the only village - Codrington. Barbuda has just been listed by Conde Nast Traveller as one of the top ten destinations to watch in 2016 and here is a short video from Good Morning America, who featured Barbuda in their Weekend Window slot as long ago as 2009.
Barbuda has the deep blue Atlantic on one side with wild beaches full of driftwood and shells, and the Caribbean Sea on the other, perfect for swimming and snorkelling, and with plenty of opportunities to see turtles, rays, sharks, barracuda and many other varieties of tropical fish undisturbed in the turquoise water. The beauty of Barbuda is in its natural and peaceful way of life. It's definitely not for visitors who are looking for nightlife or lots of tourist attractions - it's a place where you can relax, slow down, meet local people and make your own entertainment.
The population of approximately 1800 live in the only village of Codrington, but Barbudans have family all over the world, especially in the UK, the USA and Canada. If you are a visitor here you will soon be part of the lives of local people as Barbudans welcome you to their island. Barbuda is 15 miles long and 8 miles wide, and is rocky and very flat. Much of the island is covered in impenetrable bush and there are unmarked roads and tracks to most of the beaches, with only one main road in various states of disrepair going from River in the south to Two Foot Bay in the north of the island. There are two functioning hotels on the island; the longest established Coco Point Lodge and newly opened Barbuda Belle at Cedar Tree Point. There are several guest houses in the village ranging from single rooms to self-catering cottages, and three Barbudan-owned accommodations that are on the beach - North Beach resort, the popular Barbuda Cottages at Coral Group and budget Pink Sand at River.
Barbuda is truly a natural paradise. The dense Barbudan bush hides all kinds of wildlife not seen on other Caribbean islands, including deer and wild boar, land turtles and guinea fowl. There are cattle, horses, and donkeys often wandering about in the village and sheep and goats return to their pens at night. There are several salt ponds where it is possible to collect sea salt and see a great variety of endangered bird life, and in the fabulous Codrington Lagoon - a Ramsar site of international importance - live the most spectacular of all the birds, the rare Magnificent Frigate Bird which has a thriving colony of approximately 2500 birds, one of the largest in the world.
Barbuda is a haven for birdwatchers who come to see the Frigate birds and many other rare species including Ospreys, Whistling Ducks, Tropicbirds and the yellow Barbuda Warbler - known locally as the Christmas Bird and the only one of its kind in the world.
It's difficult to find detailed or accurate information about Barbuda anywhere other than this website which is one of the reasons we started it twelve years ago. This is also because there is very little tourism on the island but this is part of Barbuda's charm - it's undeveloped - and is one of the few remaining original and natural islands left in the world. As a result is a unique and special destination. To understand more about this you need to read the history of the island and explore the complicated relationship we have with Antigua regarding Barbuda land.
Barbuda is only offered as a day tour from Antigua and many people do visit us for the day - ask at your hotel or call the Barbuda ferry or one of our local taxi and tour operators direct. But as most Antiguans have never been to Barbuda they know very little about our community, and we think you will have an even better experience if you stay here for at least one or two nights, because the day return plane and ferry services do not allow much time here. If you want to stay you will find most of the information you need right here, and by contacting the taxi drivers guest houses and hotels direct you will be making an important and welcome contribution to the local economy. You can book your flights from overseas to Antigua and Barbuda as an independent traveller; there are several flights a week from the US, UK, and Canada that go to Antigua, and from there you can get the two-hour ferry ride or a short 15-minute flight to Barbuda. If you need more advice contact us and we will be happy to help you plan your stay or just go to our how to get here page to find out exactly how to get here.
We write this site for Barbudans - to promote our news, current affairs and businesses - and for our families living overseas in Canada, the UK and the USA or elsewhere in the world. We provide information for visitors hoping to come to Barbuda from Antigua or further afield, so they can all be well informed about the island and find what they need online first. Barbudaful is regularly updated, as is our facebook page and we answer all emails. There are many more businesses on the island than choose to be on the website so not everything is listed, but this is a snapshot of life here. All the pictures you see here are taken here in Barbuda by people who live or visit here. Barbudaful reports events under Jicky's Latest News and we have listings of where you can stay, a bit about the history and geography of Barbuda and it can all be translated into any language with the 'translate' button at the bottom of the page. If you can't find what you are looking for we have a 'search' button on the top right-hand corner of every page so eventually you should find it. If you spot any errors please let us know - and we hope you enjoy your visit to Barbuda.