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Barbuda

Barbuda has been left largely undeveloped, open to be enjoyed in its pristine natural state. The island is renowned for its long empty beaches where it is still possible to leave footprints in virgin sand. The breathtaking pink sand beaches of the south-western shore stretch as far as 10 miles (16km) without interruption and are lapped by the gentle Caribbean waters, while those on the island's eastern shore, facing the Atlantic, are somewhat rougher, although still outstanding for beachcombing.

Most of the island is surrounded by a coral barrier reef that provides a rich and colourful marine life and is excellent for snorkelling. There are a number of small resorts on the island that offer watersports facilities, golf and tennis. Nature lovers will find an abundance of wildlife on the island. The wooded interior is home to fallow deer, wild pig and over 170 species of bird while in the island's north-western lagoon is the Bird Sanctuary. Here you will find over 5,000 frigate birds, the most aerial of waterbirds, possessing a massive five-foot (2m) wingspan; sometimes known as the 'man o' war bird', the frigate bird harasses less agile flyers like pelicans, egrets, and cormorants until they drop their catch. Barbuda can be reached easily from Antigua, either by air (a 20-minute flight, twice daily) or by boat (in three hours).

Information & Facts

Climate

January and February are the coolest months with average daytime highs reaching 81°F (27°C). July and August are typically the warmest months with average daily highs reaching is 86°F (30°C).Barbuda is relatively dry throughout most of the year except during the rainy season (mid-September to November) when daily showers can be expected. Hurricane season runs from June to November and visitors are advised to keep an eye on the weather forecast during this period.

Language

English is the official language, but most locals speak English patois (jargon or dialect).

Money

The Eastern Caribbean Dollar (XCD) is the main form of currency in Antigua and Barbuda, and it is tied to the US Dollar, with US$1 equal to EC$2.65 (long-standing, pegged rate). US currency can be used nearly everywhere. Major currencies and travellers cheques can be exchanged at the international banks in St John's and at many hotels. Credit and debit cards are widely accepted but there are not many ATMs in the area, so it is best to make arrangements around this.

Time

Local time in Antigua and Barbuda is GMT -4.

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