Looking to get away from it all? Barbuda is a perfect choice. We found that there is hardly a soul, well, the touristy kind, on this beautiful Caribbean island some 26 miles north of Antigua. If you’re in the area, you must go. Barbuda is part of the independent nation of Antigua and Barbuda. It’s the Caribbean’s last frontier, even though it is home to two of the region’s most expensive and exclusive resorts. Surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean on one side and the Caribbean on the other, Barbuda is renowned for its natural beauty, peaceful way of life, and a friendly population ready to please.
Antigua is a hilly island with a heavily indented coast, while Barbuda is a flat coral island dominated by a large lagoon on its western side. Anglicanism is the predominant religion. And if life on Antigua is a beach, its isolated neighbor Barbuda is a beach. The pair couldn’t be any more different.
Barbuda is part of the nation of Antigua and Barbuda, being joined with Antigua when the islands were granted independence, but the islands have little in common. Internal affairs are largely governed by the elected Barbudan Council.
Barbuda has a colony of frigate birds , avian pirates who steal food from other birds; the males are known for the beauty of their puffed-up red chests. Hawksbill turtles, an endangered species, lay their eggs on the beach at Pasture Bay, Long Island, which lies just off Antigua. The sanctuary contains over 170 species of birds and is home to over 5,000 frigate birds. Fregata magnificens, the most aerial of waterbirds, possesses the largest wingspan (four to five feet) in proportion to its body size of any bird in the world. The sanctuary contains over 170 species of birds and is home to over 5,000 frigate birds. Fregata magnificens, the most aerial of waterbirds, possesses the largest wingspan (four to five feet) in proportion to its body size of any bird in the world.
There is a Frigate bird sanctuary in Barbuda and there are other wonderful and interesting things to see for those who love nature. Barbuda has pink and white sand beaches, happy people and sun and fun.
And the fascinating little island of Barbuda — once a scavenger’s paradise because so many ships wrecked on its reefs — is now home to one of the region’s most significant bird sanctuaries. Enjoy steel band, calypso and reggae music while wriggling your toes in the sand of one of the many beaches surrounding these two islands.
Whether you are yachting in the area, staying at an exclusive resort or exploring the historic sites of English Harbour, Antigua and Barbuda have a lot to offer. Much of the island is covered in bush and there are unmarked roads and tracks to the beaches. It is possible to cycle almost as easily as driving, as speed is of no importance here.Tags: Last Frontier, Anglicanism, Species Of Birds, Frigate Birds, Perfect Choice, Antigua And Barbuda