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Barbuda: Explore this Secret Utopia

By HarryTuesday 11th April 2017

We visit a number of idyllic destinations in the Caribbean, including Haiti, St. Kitts and Grand Cayman. One of our most popular Caribbean ports sits in Antigua, and its beautiful, less densely populated sister, Barbuda, just a boat trip away. We have a range of amazing Antiguan activities fit for the whole family, from swimming with stingrays to zipping through the Caribbean Sea on a speedboat. Get ready for paradise, and to make some amazing memories in Barbuda!
The pink fringed beaches and iridescent turquoise waters of Barbuda are an easy 90-minute ferry journey from Antigua. The unique colour of the island’s isolated beaches are the effect of crushed coral and foraminifera shells mixing with the pure white sands. Discover the island’s natural beauty, even if you can only manage a day trip. If you need another reason to visit, then you should know that the range of the average temperature in Barbuda is narrow, meaning that there’s no bad time of year to visit. The climate is dry and warm, with the lowest average daily temperature sitting at a very pleasant 25℃. What weather could be more perfect for exploring a beautiful island?

Things to Do in Barbuda

Indian Cave, Two Foot Bay National Park

Enjoy a stroll up through the Indian Cave of Two Foot Bay to enjoy picturesque views that will render you speechless. Situated on the north-east coast of the island, climb up to the top for the perfect photo opportunity. A warm, relaxing breeze will help you soak up the magical environment. The cave has three chambers, one of which contains Arawak petroglyphs that date back to the Arawak Indians - the first inhabitants of the Caribbean region back in 300BC! Another is known as the ‘Bat Chamber’, at 35ft high, this eerie space is home to a number of bats that hang from the ceiling. Remember to watch your head! TIP: We’d recommend some suitable shoes for moderate hiking – flip-flops won’t cut it.

Discover Frigatebirds at the Frigatebird Sanctuary

Situated on the wild east coast, the Frigate Bird Sanctuary is the largest in the Western Hemisphere. The birds here spend their time migrating between Barbuda and the Galapagos Islands during mating season. There are approximately 100,000 birds in total, which is an incredible spectacle when you’re up close. If you visit the sanctuary during mating season, which is around March and April, you’ll be able to appreciate the beautiful red chests of the male frigatebirds. This is part of their elaborate mating display, when they show their true colours to the ladies! It’s important not to get too close to them, as this can scare them away from the island for good. Make sure you stick to the boundaries in place. TIP: It’s a water taxi to the sanctuary, which can get a little chilly, so remember to bring a jacket. You’ll visit with a knowledgeable tour guide who’ll show you the best parts of the island, so it’s best to have your camera at the ready to capture this magnificent sight.

A Bite to Eat

Uncle Roddy’s Seafood Restaurant

Barbuda is renowned for its delicious lobster. And there’s no better place to indulge in scrumptious seafood than at Uncle Roddy’s Seafood Restaurant. With its welcoming atmosphere, you can sit back in beautiful, dimly-lit surroundings and enjoy the island’s unique ambience. Famous Uncle Roddy’s diners from the past include Princess Diana and Robert De Niro, so you can be happy in the knowledge that you’re enjoying Caribbean cuisine in true VIP style.

ArtCafe

Decorated with eclectic trinkets and offering a delicious selection of cocktails, you’ll be welcomed to Barbuda’s ArtCafe with open arms. This is the perfect place to be introduced to tasty home-cooked versions of Barbuda’s local delicacies, including conch fritters, Antigua-reared pork, and venison red wine casserole with juicy guava. The menu can be limited as the ingredients are sourced from local suppliers, so we recommend calling and booking ahead to get a good idea of what’s on offer. TIP: The island uses the Caribbean Dollar, and ATM machines are understandably scarce. Luckily, credit cards are widely accepted, so if you don’t come prepared with cash, you shouldn’t have any issues!
If you fancy a retreat to paradise, then have a look at which of our ships sail to Antigua.

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