Remote and sparsely populated, Barbuda has the world's largest frigate-bird population (those large black birds that blow their big red throats up to unbelievable dimensions) and offers solitude and lots of beautiful, powdery white- and pink-sand beaches—but not much else.

Located about 25 mi/40 km north of Antigua, the island is very flat, scrubby and covered with cacti, hibiscus and red flamboyants.

Barbuda's main town, Codrington, is tiny and can be seen in a few minutes. If you're a guest on the island, you will feel as if you're part of this friendly community immediately.

Most people visit Barbuda only on a day trip, but for true solitude and quiet, you might want to stay three or four nights. And consider hiring a local guide or boatman to explore the island: It's not the easiest place to navigate on your own.

In September 2017, Hurricane Irma inflicted catastrophic damage on Barbuda. Following the storm, the island's entire population was evacuated. Recovery is ongoing and expected to take years. Travelers should investigate current conditions prior to planning a visit.

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