BAR­BUDA

Sav­aged by wind and waves that forced its en­tire pop­u­la­tion to evac­u­ate, life re­turns to this is­land of pink- and white-sand beaches

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Among the is­lands most deeply af­fected by hur­ri­canes Irma and Maria, Bar­buda’s dev­as­ta­tion was shock­ingly thor­ough. In the wake of 185-mile-per-hour winds and 15-foot waves, res­i­dents found more than two-thirds of the build­ings on their is­land were de­stroyed. The en­tire pop­u­la­tion—about 1,600 res­i­dents—was evac­u­ated to sis­ter is­land An­tigua while Bar­buda be­gan the painstak­ing path to­ward re­cov­ery.

The good news: More than half of Bar­buda’s dis­placed res­i­dents have been able to re­turn to their homes, and the first of the is­land’s beach re­sorts to re­cover—the charm­ing Bar­buda Belle—is sched­uled to re­open in Novem­ber; bar­bud­abelle.com.

Also good news: Bar­buda’s pop­u­la­tion of 10,000 frigate­birds dis­ap­peared en­tirely af­ter the storm. Now, the birds have be­gun re­turn­ing to nest and breed at the nearly wiped-out man­groves of Co­dring­ton La­goon; a project is un­der­way to re­store this cru­cial habi­tat.

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