I appreciate the input, even though it's a dash of cold water on my plans. I am certainly taking your advice seriously but I would like to get a little more perspective if possible.
I understand the we will not get the same experience as compared to staying in a resort. Our vacations are never of the resort variety. We are accustomed to living out of our backpacks for days at a time. Most of our trips are into the mountains but we have camped at the beach on the Gulf Coast of Florida for a couple nights without resupplying in a fairly remote location. A lot of my ideas about beach camping are based on that trip.
Are the mosquitoes worse than what you would typically experience in the woods at northern latitudes? I've done a lot of camping in a lot of places and dealt with a lot of mosquitoes. The only place I've ever been where the mosquitoes were just so bad that it ruined the experience was Denali National Park in Alaska. Could you compare the Barbuda mosquitoes to other locations? Here's a good view of Alaska mosquitoes: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UbuQOi-crmQ
Mark - would you elaborate on your "culture shock" comment? Part of the appeal of this trip for me is to get an entirely different experience from the US. I've been to countires like Bulgaria where the culture was quite different and loved the experience. But then what I know about Barbuda is far out-weighed by what I don't know.
One thing I read about Barbuda is how the locals have camping outings, but never really seen them described. I imagine theirs are something different that what I am thinking about, but could you describe what they do?