Taxi and Car
Hire on Barbuda
and four wheel drive vehicles are available for hire on the island. It is
essential to have transport to the beach as Codrington village is several
miles from the sea. It is also possible to hire bikes from
Tours or horses and there are many Barbudans who run taxi services.
Accommodation on Barbuda
- Extremely expensive, very quiet with few wealthy or famous guests, film
stars or supermodels. Fantastic location right on the beach next to Coco
Point Lodge. Owned by Krizia, Italian fashion designer. Tel: (268) 4600300
Fax: (268) 4600305. From US $750 per night, low season.
Coco Point Lodge - Expensive and very
private. Members only, they often return year after year. No casual
visitors. Tel : (NY) 212 986 1416. From US $545 per night, low season.
- Spectacular deserted beach location, large rooms, the only affordable
hotel in Barbuda. Very friendly, Italian owned.
North Beach - Privately situated on
the North coast, North Beach is only accessible by boat. Two Caribbean
style cottages in total seclusion it is ideal for couples or families.
Carol, the cook will look after you day and night. From US $250 per night,
this includes the boat ride or transport to North Beach, food and drink
are not included.
There are several guest houses
and cottages available to rent in the village of Codrington.
Right on the beach at Palmetto, the stunningly beautiful natural beach
that runs nearly the length of the island, a comfortable three bed roomed
family cottage. A few minutes walk from Palmetto Hotel. From US $150 per
For a list of houses, helpful and impartial information contact:
ArtCafé - Tel: (268) 4600434 e mail -
History: Barbuda's history has been intimately tied to that of Antigua for
centuries. The first early attempts to settle Barbuda (by both the British
and French) were failures, and it wasn't until 1666 that the British
established a colony strong enough to survive the ravages of both nature
and the Caribs. In 1680, four years before he began cultivating sugar on
Antigua, Christopher Codrington was granted (with his brother John) a
lease to land in Barbuda. With subsequent leases that granted them
additional rights to the substantial wreckage along Barbuda's reefs, they
became the island's pre-eminent family. For much of the eighteenth century
the Codrington land on Barbuda was used to produce food and to supply
additional slave labour for the Codrington sugar plantations on Antigua,
and so the Barbuda's fortunes rose and fell with those of its larger
neighbour. Testament to the influence 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 House, and on the island's south coast still sits the 56-foot
high Martello castle and tower, a fortress that was used both for defence
and as a vantage from which to spot valuable shipwrecks on the outlying
Details of Antigua's History and events pages
are courtesy of the
Antigua and Barbuda department of tourism