Kevin GarrettĀ 

The scoop on island lodging, dining, and sightseeing

For everything from Barbuda's ancient history to the latestlocal gossip by DJ "Jicky," visit barbudaful.net. Barbuda'scurrency is the East Caribbean dollar, but U.S. dollars and majorcredit cards are accepted. Barbudans speak English laced with aunique patois. (For example, tour guide Lynton Thomas explains, "Ifyou hear something that sounds like minago, it means 'I'm not going.'")

Lodging: The Beach House 2007 rates range from $750 to$1,264 per room, including a full breakfast and dinner;888/776-0333 or thebeachhousebarbuda.com.Coco Point Lodge; 212/986-1416. K Club; kclubbarbuda.com.

Transportation: The Beach House books the approximately20-minute flights to and from Antigua on Caribe Aviation andprovides van transport to and from the airport. Airfare totalsapproximately $45 each way, per person. Barbuda Express Limitedoperates round-trip ferry service between Antigua and Barbuda for$30 each way; 268/560-7989 or antiguaferries.com.

Diversions: Book Barbuda island tours through The BeachHouse, or call Mr. Thomas at Paradise Tours Barbuda; 268/721-2796.Either can arrange a boat excursion to the Frigate Bird Sanctuary,where October to February is the peak time for observing thecolorful mating ritual of the frigate birds. Barbuda Day Tour runssingle-day trips from Antigua. A $135 fee includes ferry transport,a visit to the Frigate Bird Sanctuary, a beach picnic, and a miniisland tour; 268/728-0773.

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