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Barbuda Island is located in the Eastern Caribbean, and forms part of the twin-island country Antigua and Barbuda. The island covers a total area of approx 161 km2 (62 ml2) and has population under 2,000. Most of the inhabitants (around 1,000) live in the capital (largest) city of Codrington.
- Barbuda lies north of Antigua, in the middle of Leeward Islands. To the south are Montserrat and Guadeloupe islands, and to the west and north-west are St Kitts, St Barts, St Martin and Nevis.
- Barbuda Island is mostly coral limestone with very little topographical variation. Its "highlands" area (on the eastern side) consisyes of hills rising up to 38 m (125 ft). Still, most of the island's territory is very flat, with a lot of lagoons found in the northwestern corner.
- The island is home to Frigate Bird Sanctuary, located in Codrington Lagoon. Other notable points of interest include the Indian Cave (containing ancient Amerindian petroglyphs) and Highland House (18th-century home of Codrington family).
- The climate and geography of Barbuda Island is conducive to tourism. Many travellers are attracted by the beaches of the island. Major activities include snorkeling, swimming, fishing, caving and a bird sanctuary. Just a couple of operating resorts are situated on Barbuda, and the rest are abandoned due to difficult infrastructure, poor management and hurricane damage.
- The Antiguan racer is among the world's rarest snakes. The Lesser Antilles home 4 species of racers, of which all have undergone range reductions: at least 2 subspecies are extinct and another one, A.antiguae, currently occupies only 0,1% of its historical range.
- Ameiva griswoldi (griswold's ameiva) is a species of lizard in Ameiva genus, endemic to Antigua and Barbuda and found on both islands.
Barbuda Island cruise terminal
Cruise ships to Barbuda Island dock (anchor) at Codrington - port town (only settlement) on the western coast. However, for many ships this port of call is mostly a "beach day" stop over, that includes anchoring near the coast and passengers tendered ashore and back via the ship's tender boats.