Barbuda is one of the least visited islands in the Eastern Caribbean. It offers excellent white and pink sand beaches, solitude, peace, and quiet. Caves and ruins beckon the adventurous. Herd of wild donkeys and goats roam peacefully about the island.
Martello Tower at River Fort on Barbuda
Barbuda is low lying and was formed from marine limestone deposits, like the Bahamas, and unlike the other, higher islands of the Caribbean. Barbuda boasts miles of spectacular beaches. It is famous for its stretches of “pink sand” (which is really finely ground up seashells). The only village on the island is Codrington, which contains a few guesthouses and restaurants. While the adjective “charming” could never be applied to Codrington, this represents the only lodging option other than the extremely expensive resorts on the far ends of the island (which are often not even open). The only paved roads are in and near Codrington, and a series of poorly signed gravel roads fan out to the north and south. Barbuda is truly an adventurous destination, not for everyone.
Wild donkeys roam Barbuda
While white sand beaches can be found all around the island; the most accessible are to the north and south. Drive up the Highland Road to Two Foot Bay in the North for truly deserted beaches. Take the River Road to the South point of the island to access White Bay Beach between the exclusive K Club and Coco Point Resorts. Palm Beach, between the west coast and lagoon, is also very nice, but requires a boat. It can be reached from the lagoon side, in combination with a trip to the frigate bird colony. Be aware that some maps depict many roads around the island, although some are little more than abandoned tracks that are difficult to follow on foot.
Palm Beach on Barbuda
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Interactive map of Barbuda