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Explore Barbuda

September 5, 2013

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Barbuda is an island in the Caribbean Sea lying due north of Antigua, an island with which it has been intimately linked for centuries. It has absolutely beautiful and completely deserted beaches, and remains so unspoiled that there are only a handful of tourist resorts and a native population of about 1,500, most of whom occupy the only town, Codrington.

There is a beautiful lagoon in the north-western area of the island, home to a fine colony of Frigatebirds – Fregata magnificens – and sometimes known as ‘Man of War’ due to their piratical behavior.

Discovering the beauty of Barbuda

US Airways flights to Antigua land at the VC Bird International Airport, which is a 15-minute drive from the capital, St. John’s. It’s possible to fly to Barbuda from Antigua but an approach by sea makes for a much more interesting journey. Although there is a ferry, which docks at River Wharf, sailing a chartered yacht across the crystal clear blue water until the pink and white sands of one of Barbuda’s beaches comes into view is a truly memorable experience.

Spending a little time on Barbuda is rewarding because it is so peaceful and relaxed. The island is home to luxurious resorts including Coco Point Lodge, K-Club, Lighthouse Bay and Hotel Palmetto, as well as to a number of other guest house accommodations and hotels. North Beach has four cottages and a pavilion and is accessible by boat only; Barbuda Cottage is on the south-western coast – a three bedroom, two bathroom cottage built in 2009, which is solar powered, and with a marvelous ocean view from every room. The town of Codrington also has a few guest houses.

What to do and see

Top favorites for the laid back lifestyle include sunbathing, beachcombing, fishing or simply strolling along the strand. The resorts also provide golf, tennis, diving and snorkeling.

There are a few sites related to Barbuda’s slave-trade history. Codrington is named for one of the principal families, who for much of the 18th century produced food and supplied additional slave labor for their sugar plantations on Antigua. At the highest point in Barbuda (124 feet above sea level) is Highland House, the ruins of the former Codrington estate.

On the south coast of the island the 56-feet high Martello castle and tower is a fine example of a fortress that was used both for defense and as the perfect vantage point from which to spot valuable shipwrecks, of which there were many, on the outlying reefs.

The Frigatebird Sanctuary can only be reached by boat and as well as Frigatebirds has more than 170 species of other birds, so well worth a visit to get a good view close up.

Eating out

Caribbean cuisine is delectable and fish plays a major role in many of the dishes served up in Barbudan restaurants and diners. Right on the beach is Uncle Roddy’s casual restaurant, dishing up good, fresh, simple food including grilled lobster, hogfish and BBQ chicken often served with salad, rice or grilled bananas. Barbuda Outback is also on the beach at Low Bay and It’s a Bit Fishy is in Codrington. Both have chicken, fish and lobster on the menu. Street food is plentiful, including homemade bread, patties and meatballs.

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Dream of an Unspoilt Paradise?

October 31, 2012

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Enter our competition to win a 7 night vacation cruising Antigua & Barbuda in the Leeward Islands. 

Antigua & Barbuda sit in the heart of the Caribbean like a pair of gems sparkling in the blue ocean.  For sailors who enjoy their own corner of paradise, this cruising area offers a heady mix of history, sailing, exploring and relaxing. 

The island of Antigua offers a mix of coves and bays from the deserted offshore islands in the North Sound to the bustling harbours of English and Falmouth to the south.    From casual lobster lunches on white sand beaches to some of the finest International cuisine; there’s something for everyone. 

Barbuda is just a 4 hour sail from Antigua and offers an unrivalled Robinson Crusoe experience; frigate birds, whale watching and snorkeling combine with 11 miles of unbroken pink sand beach to deliver a breathtaking memory for years to come. 

For those blue water sailors amongst you, head further south to the island of Guadeloupe and Iles des Saintes, or sail west across to Nevis and St Kitts.  All just a day sail away.

Competition rules:

  • One entry per person
  • The 7 night/8 day charter will be aboard a Bavaria 40*
  • Block out dates include; Christmas, New Year, Thanksgiving, Presidents Week, Antigua Sailing Week or Easter
  • Prize does not include; flights, transfers to and from the airport, provisioning, mooring fees, cruising permits, national park permits, fuel/water, Hull damage waiver.

*Subject to availability – model and size may vary. If you require a skipper, the fee is extra and is $150 per day for the duration of your charter, (not including food/beverages/optional gratuity).   Please remember that the skipper needs his/her own cabin. Alternatively an instructor is US$165 per day.

The winner will picked at random on December 31, 2012.

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The Vision of the Future

October 1, 2012

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The highly anticipated Vision Series from Bavaria has finally hit the US shores and will proudly be on display at this year’s Annapolis Sail Boat Show, taking place later this week (October 4-8).

The latest from Farr for Bavaria is the new design for the Vision Series. The Vision 46, is an owners layout with 2 double cabins and 2 heads and showers. Other layouts are available. An asymmetric cockpit layout allows the port side to be a generous sun lounger at anchor, and in keeping with what you would expect from Farr, and what we have witnessed already in the Cruiser range, the new Vision 46 promises to be a capable shorthanded passage maker with a good turn of speed and close winded.  For the full spec, please click here.

Recently nominated by SAIL magazine in their prestigious annual ‘Best Boat’s competition, The Vision 46 is a worthy contender and a hot favourite to take home the coveted prize.

Already available to charter for day sails, weekends or week long charters on the Chesapeake, we are also taking bookings for the Vision 46 from our BVI base.  Available from November 1, 2012, early charter bookings are looking strong and we anticipate a busy season ahead.  Check out our rates here for further information and to book!

And if you are attending the Annapolis Boat Show and would like to book an appointment to meet with our Sales Team, to discuss purchasing a yacht for either private use or to put into our charter fleet,  please email info@horizonyachtcharters.com and we will ensure to schedule in some time for you.

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Catamaran sailing at its best…. in Antigua & Barbuda

January 31, 2011

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See our lateest movie – OK it won’t win as many awards as The King’s Speech, but let me know what you think!  It’s a perfect boat for your next yacht charter cruising the islands of Antigua and Barbuda.  I also have availability in March on this boat…  What are you waiting for?!

Horizon Antigua Lavezzi 40.

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44th Antigua Sailing Week – spectate, party, relax!

December 15, 2010

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Just because you are not racing in Sailing Week next April, doesn’t mean that you need to miss out on the great spectacle.  Why not charter your own boat to watch the racing and enjoy sailing the glorious Caribbean waters around Antigua and Barbuda?  Take part in all of the shore side activity; parties, beach days, prize giving… be part of it.  The dates are April 24 – 29 2011.  You can even watch the Royal Wedding in the Caribbean!  Come and have some serious fun in Antigua next April.  Here’s a snapshot to get you in the mood.

Horizon Antigua Sailing Week.

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Aricia of Liverpool – our Beneteau 473 in our Antigua fleet

November 22, 2010

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Horizon Antigua Beneteau 473.
Stylish, spacious and an excellent sailing yacht – now it’s your turn to take a look…. for the great monohull sailors out there, you’ll love sailing Aricia.  Whether it’s passage making around the Leeward Islands, or shorter hops around Antigua and Barbuda, Aricia is the perfect sailing companion.

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Sail Barbuda, it’s simply stunning

November 14, 2010

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For sailors who are looking at a real getaway sailing vacation – sail Barbuda, just 25 miles to the north of Antigua.  If you are thinking about a charter in Antigua, take a look at our latest mini movie – the best sailing the Caribbean has to offer.

Horizon Antigua “Barbuda”.

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Meet “Raindrops” Lavezzi 40 at home in Antigua

November 6, 2010

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For all those Cat fans out there, here’s a movie dedicated to our Lavezzi 40 “Raindrops”.  Available to charter for your next sailing vacation in Antigua & Barbuda.  Enjoy!

Click on the link below…

Horizon Antigua Lavezzi 40.

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Barbuda Cruising – article in Cruising World magazine

November 5, 2010

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Barbuda is a stunning island located 25 miles north of Antigua – takes around 4.5 hours to sail there on a broad reach up there.  Great local guides to show you the frigate bird sanctuary.  Have fresh lobster delivered directly to your boat from our experienced fisherman!  What could be better?

Here’s the link:

Cruising World | See Inside Page 38 | Aug-10 | Zinio Digital Magazines & Books.

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