I mentioned before that it's a bit off the beaten path, and this combined with the fact that we are currently traveling during "low" season, meant that we seemed to have the island all to ourselves. We explored the windward side of Gravenor Bay, hiking around the dramatic Spanish Point and checking out all the treasures in the tide pools. We took an island tour (at at ridiculously embarrassing price - yes, even after haggling - with a tour guide who I can only describe as "uninspiring") to small the village of Codrington and then hiked inside some nearby caves where we learned a bit about some medicinal plants and local flora and fauna, and were treated to some fantastic views from the islands "highlands". We anchored for a day along eleven mile beach, home of the famous pink sand, and strolled along seeing nary a soul on the whole stretch - once again punctuating the fact that it seemed we had this place all to ourselves.
If you want to know more about the amenities, activities and services offered on this beautiful, sleepy island, check out the BARBUDAFUL site run by the lovely Claire of the ArtCafe.
|Ancient coral is all underfoot on Barbuda.|
|Beautiful beaches and a harsh, reefy shoreline made this island a menace to ships in the 1700's.|
|Family photo in a cave.|
|A plant whose medicine is a natural antibacterial salve. (No, do not remember the name)|
|A view from the "highlands"|
|24 weeks pregnant with twins and spelunking!|
|They play a local game called Wari (same as Mancala) with the seeds of this plant.|
|...so naturally we took one as a souveneir.|
|We found a dead blue crab while exploring a nearby salt pond. (Isla is REALLY into crabs at the moment).|
|We had the entire Gravenor bay all to ourselves.|
|Beautiful pink sand lined all of eleven mile beach.|
|Air Isla! This child is a bit of an adrenaline junkie.|
|I finally found my very own completely in-tact conch shell! (not an easy feat)|