Barbuda Bike Tours: Take a ride on Barbuda Island
With only a fifteen minute flight away from Antigua, island trekers can be cruising on Barbudas' Pink Sand Beach, a Conde Nast Traveler top 10 beach.
Barbuda Bike Tours offers bicycle, tent & canopy rentals on the gourgous beaches of Barbuda. They also offer guided mountain bike tours.
Twenty-eight miles north of Antigua lies Barbuda, an island of sixty-two square miles of unexplored beaches and wilderness. The terrain is completely flat and the elevation is close to or at sea level. This makes for easy yet exciting beach exploring and bird watching throughout the island. Barbuda is host to one of the largest frigate bird sanctuaries in the world. Barbuda is known for it's lobster its number one export. Visitors to Barbuda can enjoy the biggest, freshest & inexpensive lobster in the Caribbean.
Barbuda is a very dry island and presents an entirely opposite picture of Antigua. You will find a more flat landscape and scruby/shruby vegetation. The population adds up to less than a couple thousand people and Barbudas main attraction are the wonderful sand beaches and the colourful underwater world. Around Barbuda you will find more than 150 ship wrecks under water!
The island is best known for its seemingly endless beaches. Pink Sand beach, so named for the powdery pink sand found on the beaches, is seventeen miles of still undeveloped beach front with crystal clear water. In their November 1996 issue, Conde Nast Traveler named Pink Sand beach one of the ten best beaches in the Caribbean.
There is plenty to explore on a bike excursion; from the caves of Two Foot Bay, which provide shelter while wrapping around the north side of the island to exploring the interior finding the Coco Point Well to fill water bottles during a break.
Visitors can rent a Trek 7000 bike with or without suspension. There are also guided tours that can take you anywhere on the island. When you arrive at your secluded beach destination, sleep under the stars in a large or small Eastern Mountain tent. If camping is not your style, make a reservation with one of the hotels or guest houses on the island.
Tents and bikes can be rented at Barbuda Bike Tours between December 1st and March 1st. All prices include campsites and tent set up. For more general information on Barbuda Bike Tours drop in on them at - http://www.barbudabiketours.com
Accommodations on Barbuda include:
Nedd's Guest House
Mcarthur and Natalie Nedd offer four double rooms, each with a shower bathroom and access to an upstairs balcony. The rooms are very reasonable and very basic with a bed, a full bath, and a floor fan. Mcarthur and Natalie Nedd can be contacted at home on 268 460 0059 or by cell phone within Antigua and Barbuda on 724 7490
Palm Tree Guest House
Cerene Deazle's Palm Tree Guest House is located outside of Codrington Village. The guest house has eight en-suite double rooms, each with a shower, bathroom, fridge and kettle. One suite has two bedrooms, shower bathroom, kitchen and living room. All rooms have ceiling fans and satellite TV. Prices range from US$80 to US$120 per night including government tax. Contact Cerene and Tilly Deazle on 268 560 2723, at the guest house on 268 562 5058, or from within Antigua and Barbuda on 460 0517.
Coco Point Lodge - http://www.cocopoint.com
Coco Point Lodge is an all-inclusive resort, secluded on its own 164-acre peninsula on Barbuda, bordered by miles of pristine pink/white sand beaches. Guests are met at Antigua's airport for the 12-minute flight to Coco Point's on-property runway. Each of Coco Point's 34 rooms are in beach side cottages and buildings, each with a lushly planted beachfront verandas, which looks directly out at the Caribbean's vast expanse of blue. Rates range from $685 to $1,185 per night.
North Beach - http://www.northbeachbarbuda.com
Accessible only by small boat, North Beach is the ultimate secluded get-a-way. North Beach gives travelers the feeling of having their own private Caribbean hideaway. The all-inclusive resort is set on a spectacular slice of land located at the northern tip of Barbuda. Rates start at US$450 per day. For additional information or reservations call, in the USA, 212 689 9688 and 212 986 1416
The Beach House - http://www.thebeachhousebarbuda.com
The Beach House, located in Palmetto Point, is the hottest new addition to Barbuda's exclusive luxury resort scene. A chic, European-designed hotel of 21 rooms, The Beach House caters to those who are seeking luxury and highly personalized, pampered service that is provided by the hotel's Service Ambassadors. These specially designated staff members are on hand to assist in planning guests' every need, including a complimentary welcome massage and a variety of island excursions such as snorkeling, diving, fishing, and horseback riding. Rates range from $565 - $1,092. Phone 268.725.4042
Barbuda visitors have no choice but to live as the locals do; no buses, a few taxis, a couple of rental cars and one small town. Need something to do while on Barbuda ... try walking to the local beach or reading, biking or relaxing and conversing with the locals.
HOW TO GET THERE:
The best way to reach Barbuda is flying from Antigua on a Carib Aviation plane (268 481 2403 or http://www.candoo.com/carib/). The duration of the flight is about 15 minutes. There are two daily flights leaving Antigua: in the morning and in the late afternoon. So visitors can comfortably leave Antigua in the morning, have an enjoyable day mountain biking in Barbuda and have the choice to spend the night in Barbuda or return to Antigua the same afternoon.
Another option is to take the helicopter (there are four and six seaters). Prices are from US($880 per helicopter, one way). This service is operated by Caribbean Helicopters. Please note that the The Beach House hotel has a helicopter pad.
BARBUDA BIKE TOURS RECOMMENDS VISITORS TO BRING:
Because of the small size of the cargo hole of the airplane that takes you from Antigua to Barbuda, we recommend that you do not bring your own bike. Barbuda Bike Tours rents TREK 7000's; with or without front suspension. All bikes include a water bottle and pump and are equipped with SHIMANO components and rapid-fire shifters. Bike frames range from 15" to 22". We suggest that you bring your own helmet, lights, patches, clip-less pedals and clip-less shoes. You do not need to bring a lock!! Barbuda is one of the few places left in the world where you do not have to leave your bike locked in the daytime hours. You should bring US currency or travelers checks as no ATM machines are available.
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