Becky Luigart-Stayner

On the Eastern Caribbean island of Barbuda, this gifted guide passionately shows off the land of his birth.

When Lynton Thomas named his company Paradise Tours, it camefrom the heart. "There is no place on Earth like Barbuda," he saysof his native island. For nearly three decades, he tried life inthe United States, where he and his wife raised five children. Buthe returned home often, keeping vigil on Barbuda's move toindependence in 1981 after centuries of British rule. Back for goodin 1997, he's been ushering visitors around this 68-square-miletropical destination ever since.

Place of pride: "We are a coral reef island. We have thebest sand―fine, silky, white, sometimes pink."

Homecoming: "I came back and felt I should participate fullyin Barbuda. I was in the [Antigua-Barbuda] senate for two and ahalf years."

Patriotism: "I love to recite something the British taughtus as schoolchildren: 'To all the world, I give my hand; My heart,I give my native land; ... [I] love the land that bore me.'"

Heritage: "Because of slavery times, there are a lot of pureAfricans here. But we are color-blind. In Barbuda, you're just ahuman being."

To book a tour, call 268/721-2796. For island info, visit barbudaful.net.

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