Getting to North Beach Island

Getting to North Beach Island

Located just off the coast of Antigua, Barbuda really is the hidden jewel in the North East of the Caribbean. Away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life, this lesser known island is surrounded by miles and miles of un-spoilt beaches, making you feel that you are in your own private paradise as soon as you step onto its golden shores.

Barbuda is just a short ride away from the mainland of Antigua. Airlines from around the world offer flights to Antigua’s V.C. Bird International Airport. From Antigua, it’s a short but spectacular trip to Barbuda by air or sea.

By Plane

Antigua Barbuda Montserrat Air (ABM) offer daily flights to Barbuda. Flight schedules can change regularly, but there is normally one flight in the morning and one in the afternoon, each taking 20 minutes. The cost of a return ticket is US$130 per person and $20 for children under two years old.

On arrival in Barbuda, our team will meet you at the airport, where you will begin your journey to North Beach. It’s a short drive through the village by jeep before you will be whisked by boat across the lagoon and onto the open sea, to the headland, where the beauty of North Beach awaits.

By Helicopter

For an entrance of an exclusive kind, Caribbean Helicopters offers a charter service for up to five passengers in a private helicopter, either from Antigua’s Airport or from their own Heliport near the center of St. Johns. Within 20 minutes, you will touch down directly on the golden sands of North Beach. The cost of a one-way charter is approximately US$1000.

By Sea

The Barbuda Express is a local ferry which is a perfect solution for those looking to travel with more luggage. This catamaran departs daily at 9am and returns from Barbuda at 4pm. The ferry departs from the dock in the centre of St. Johns, Antigua and arrives in Barbuda at River Wharf where our team will meet you and accompany you to North Beach. The crossing takes 90 minutes and costs US$90 per person for a return ticket.

Booking your travel

We want to make your journey to North Beach Island as seamless as possible. Our team are on hand to help advise and book your travel to Barbuda, advising on the best way to reach us based on your group size and the time of year you are visiting. If you have any questions about reaching us, then please get in touch.

Staying in Antigua

If you arrive before 3pm then we can help you get a connecting flight that same afternoon to Barbuda.

If your flight arrives in the late afternoon, we recommend staying in a local hotel for the night before travelling onward to North Beach early the following day. We are able to recommend a selection of local hotels in Antigua, which we can provide to you on request.

If you can’t find the information you are looking for, please contact us and we will be happy to advise and help you in any way possible.

“As arrivals go, it was pretty spectacular. The eight-seater plane flew low over water so clear we could easily make out the sandy seabed. Fifteen minutes later we touched down next to the “airport”, a mint green shed with a partition dividing arrivals and departures. We crossed the village by jeep before boarding a motor boat that whisked us across the wide expanse of a lagoon, then headed into the shallows of a mangrove swamp, disturbing flocks of frigate birds. From the mangroves we emerged onto the open sea, rounded a headland and there it was: a mile-long stretch of gorgeous, empty white beach…” Isabel Choat, The Guardian