Barbuda: Beauty Off the Charts
“Barbuda has the deep blue Atlantic on one side with wild beaches full of driftwood and shells, and the Caribbean Sea on the other, perfect for swimming and snorkelling, and with plenty of opportunities to see turtles, rays, sharks, barracuda and many other varieties of tropical fish undisturbed in the turquoise water. The beauty of Barbuda is in its natural and peaceful way of life. It’s definitely not for visitors who are looking for nightlife or lots of tourist attractions – it’s a place where you can relax, slow down, meet local people and make your own entertainment.” Excerpt from local website: Barbudaful
Barbuda still devastated after last year’s battering by Hurricane Irma in the early morning hours of September 6. Only a third of the population has since returned from the mandatory evacuation to Antigua. Yet resilient islanders are recovering, albeit at a snail’s pace. For anyone visiting this island by yacht, the man-made features may be destroyed, but the natural beauty remains. That has always been the reason to visit. The beautiful beaches, clear turquoise waters, Codrington Lagoon, home to endangered birds like the rare Frigate Bird, are as captivating as ever.
Barbuda has an historical record that stretches back to 2400 BC. Columbus landed here on his second voyage in 1493 and 19th century British “colonized” this 62 square-mile island. Yet this seductive spot has remained well below the radar as a Caribbean destination.
Day sail from Antigua
Barbuda is located about 32nm north of Antigua, in the middle of the Leeward Islands. To the south are the islands of Montserrat and Guadeloupe, and to the west and north west are Nevis, St. Kitts, St. Barts, and St. Martin.
Charter yachts include Barbuda on their itinerary for guests who love nature. The white and pink sand beaches are spectacular for sunning, swimming and snorkeling. Beautiful reefs surrounding the island are the resting places of many shipwrecks and the home to an abundance of fish. The island is one of the few for caving, with Amerindian petroglyphs decorating cave walls.
Barbuda is home to thousands of birds, especially the imposing Frigates. Bring your camera to the Frigate Bird Sanctuary, located in the island’s northwestern Codrington Lagoon and accessible only by boat.
One of the last, undeveloped Caribbean islands, this remote paradise hideaway is still a place of peaceful seclusion. But you should probably charter there soon. The land on Barbuda has been held in common ownership by all Barbudans since the end of slavery in the 1830s. Post-hurricane efforts spearheaded by Barbuda’s Prime Minister Gaston Browne seek to privatize land as the only way to secure financing to rebuild Barbuda. They purport that “collective ownership scares away foreign investors”. Barbudans are in opposition.
Robert De Niro, partnered by casino billionaire James Packer, have been negotiating for over a year to build a US$ 250 million leisure resort on the defunct K Club property, a refuge of Princess Diana and other high profile celebrities during the 1990s. If that happens, things will never be the same.
Antigua and Barbuda: 5-Day Sailing Charter Itinerary
by Captain Piervittorio SC Sagittarius
Day 1: Board your charter yacht at picturesque English Harbour, Antigua.
Day 2: Explore the island’s east side and Green Island.
Day 3: Sail from North Sound to Barbuda.
Day 5: Sail from Deep Bay to Jolly Harbour for drop off.
ENTOURAGE 152 Feet, superb superyacht for the ultimate in cruising luxury. Sleeps 12 guests in one king master, two queens, two doubles with 2 Pullman.
CAP II 76 Feet, beautiful sailing yacht with spacious center cockpit for guests to sun, sightsee and enjoy al fresco meals. Accommodates six guests in three double cabins.
AKKA: 68 Feet, high performance catamaran with professional crew who have made many trips to Barbuda. Accommodates eight guests in four cabins.
SAGITTARIUS 65 Feet, Privilege sailing catamaran designed for charter fun. Sleeps 10 guests in one king and four queens.
MOJEKA: 54 Feet, 2015 Moody performance sailing yacht, one level design, three cabins, six guests.
MAJESTIC SPIRIT 53 Feet, sailing catamaran with an awesome crew. For those wishing to get married or renew vows, Capt Dave is an Ordained Minister who can perform weddings on board. Sleeps eight guests in four cabins.
NEMO SY 50 Feet, elegant sailing yacht with a delightful crew. Sleeps six guests in four queen cabins.
SHEILA T 47 Feet, new sailing catamaran designed for charter and launched in 2017. Sleeps eight guests in four double cabins.
For the insider view: Barbudaful, a site for Barbudans
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