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Home > Antigua & Barbuda > Barbuda > Things To Do & See

Barbuda - Things To Do & See

Spectacular Beaches!

Barbuda beach kidsBarbuda is one of the best beach destinations in the Caribbean; it has unspoilt beaches on all sides of the island. Usually you will be alone on the beach, except on the hotel beaches. Hotel beaches are open to all visitors as long as non-guests keep to the waterline and keep a reasonable distance from the rich and famous!

Most of the beaches have no facilities so it is important to remember to take water and shade or find a place to keep out of the sun for some of the time. In some places when you have seen one beach you have seen them all, but in Barbuda each one is different, better than the last and interesting enough to keep even the most cynical holidaymaker happy for hours.

The beaches can have dangerous currents at certain times of the year but there are also areas which are perfect for children or non-swimmers, with shallow water and rock pools filled with tiny fish and crabs. There are aerial displays provided by pelicans diving close to the beach and everywhere you swim you will see fish darting about in the water.

On holiday weekends the beaches fill up with Barbudans who take picnics very seriously and bring loud music, food and truck loads of people to spend the day in the sea. In some of the cave areas people camp for several nights, catching and cooking fish, deer and land turtle which is often shared by everyone.

Exploring Barbuda

At Two Foot Bay and in other areas of the island there are huge caves to explore. In some there are ancient cave drawings and in others it is possible to climb right through to the top of the Highland and see for miles. Others go underground and underwater and require expert knowledge of how to explore them.

A few miles from Highland there is the Darby Cave Sinkhole, after an easy 40 minute trek with a guide through the bush you suddenly come across a huge hole in the ground, with the tops of tall trees at eye level it is an amazing natural sinkhole.

In very dry weather the salt ponds sparkle with crystalline sea salt which is still harvested here and a bush safari will delight bird watchers and nature lovers, stopping for a picnic in the shade and a swim in the sea.


Around the coast of Barbuda there are many wrecks from different periods of the islands history. There are experienced divers on the island who can guide visitors to the wrecks. Wrecks are often in dangerous water and it is important to seek local advice before attempting to explore them.


As there are many fishermen and women on the island it is always possible to go fishing, either out at sea or in the calm lagoon water. Many people have boats and will take fishing trips out in them, bringing home barracuda, shark, tuna and other types of local fish. Catching lobster is also relatively easy as they are a speciality of the island and can be caught by hand or in specially crafted fish pots.

Frigate Bird Sanctuary

One of the main tourist attractions is the Magnificent Frigate Bird Sanctuary, situated in the Codrington Lagoon. It is a forty minute boat ride and is a spectacular sight even for non-bird watchers. In the mating season from September to April this rare bird displays a huge red breast to attract a female mate and they lay one egg on a nest built precariously on the mangrove. These birds cannot walk or swim, they soar high in the clouds and live solely on fish which they often steal from other birds, giving them their local name Man'o'war. They have few predators here and this nesting site is one of the most important in the world for these endangered birds.

Eating Out - Restaurants and Bars

There are two restaurants in Barbuda, several snack shops and five or six bars ranging from rum shops to bars with TV and pool tables. Most of them cater for local peoples needs as few guests from the hotels frequent them, those that do enjoy their lively friendly atmosphere. The best way to buy local food is to go out to a Food Fair or a Fish Fry at the weekend. There are always people barbecuing on the street and the fish is always fresh from the sea. Local specialities at food fairs include deer meat, land turtle, lobster, crab, conch, local beef and lamb or goat, with side dishes of rice, fungi or dumplings. Local drinks include soursop, ginger beer, sea moss and tamarind juices.


There are several shops that sell groceries and fresh food. All supplies come by boat or by plane from various places via Antigua. The best time to look for fruit and vegetables is when the boat comes in on Friday or Saturday. Many people sell their own produce at different times throughout the year and this is when the best organically grown produce is available.

Fish is brought in at the Lagoon wharf nearly every day in good weather. Locally produced meat is often for sale from a table on the street, there are no butchers, it helps to remember those posters in the butchers showing where sirloin steak is on an animal before you buy!

There are several variety stores selling all kinds of essential household items and clothes, many of them have gifts and T-Shirts.

There is one small craft shop by the airport and the ArtCafé where visitors are welcome to read information about the island, buy a map or seek advice. This is the home of the artist, Claire Frank, who specialises in hand painted silk pictures and cards

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We thank Claire Frank of ArtCafé for providing information and images for these pages.

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