Exploring Barbuda

The Island of Barbuda

Barbuda is one of those extremely couple of islands in the Caribbean that remains– and most likely will stay for some time– so undeveloped as to appear favorably deserted at times. With the exception of the visitors of the island’s small number of accommodations, the population appears mostly to consist of the elegant Fregata magnificens, or frigate bird. As the birds have a marked choice for the northwest lagoon, Barbuda’s relatively endless white and pink sand coastlines are left to the peaceful wanderings of those lucky enough to sojourn here.

Activities on Barbuda are appropriately relaxed, including beachcombing (on the northeastern Atlantic coast), fishing and hunting and, at the island’s resorts, golf, tennis, snorkeling, diving, or just absorbing the sun and the calm. Sights consist of the Frigate Bird Haven, the genuinely noteworthy pink and white sand beaches, and an abundance of shipwrecks and beautiful reefs. Barbuda can be reached easily from Antigua, either by air (a 20-minute air travel, twice day-to-day) or by watercraft (in 3 hours). The island is the home of the luxurious K-Club, Coco Point Lodge and Hotel Palmetto resorts, in addition to to a number of other hotels and resorts and comfortable guest homes.

Barbuda’s history has been thoroughly tied to that of Antigua for centuries. The first very early efforts to settle Barbuda (by both the British and French) were failures, and it wasn’t until 1666 that the British established a nest strong enough to endure the devastations of both nature and the Caribs. In 1680, 4 years before he began growing sugar on Antigua, Christopher Codrington was provided (with his brother John) a lease to land in Barbuda. With subsequent leases that provided them added rights to the considerable wreckage along Barbuda’s reefs, they ended up being the island’s preeminent household.

For much of the eighteenth century the Codrington land on Barbuda was utilized to produce food and to supply extra servant labor for the Codrington sugar plantations on Antigua, and so the Barbuda’s fortunes fluctuated with those of its larger neighbor. Testament to the impact of the Codringtons remains today, both in the island’s place names and in its architectural remains. On Barbuda’s highest point (124 feet) are the ruins of the Codrington estate, Highland Home, and on the island’s south coastline still sits the 56-foot high Martello castle and tower, a fortress that was utilized both for defense and as a vantage from which to find important shipwrecks on the outlying reefs.

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Barbuda’s Frigate Bird Shelter
Barbuda’s Frigate Bird Shelter is located in the island’s northwestern shallows and is available just by watercraft. The sanctuary includes over 170 species of birds and is house to over 5,000 frigate birds. Fregata magnificens, the most aerial of waterbirds, has the biggest wingspan (four to five feet) in percentage to its body size of any bird on the planet. It is also referred to as the guy o’ war bird, and the comparison to warships is a specifically apt one– with its exceptional size and air travel capabilities, the frigate bird harasses less agile leaflets like pelicans, egrets, and cormorants up until they drop their catch. The male frigate is marked by its red throat pouch, which it can inflates as part of its courtship habits and as a defensive display. Courting takes location in the fall, and chicks hatch out late in the year.

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