Bartica is a town in Guyana on the left bank of the Essequibo River in Region 7, at the confluence of the Mazaruni and Cuyuni Rivers with the Essequibo. Considered the "Gateway to the Interior", the town has a population of about 15,000 and is the launching point for people who work in the bush mining gold and diamonds.
The region 7 hospital is located in Bartica and is known for having implemented the country’s first Health Information System in 2005, developed by Peace Corps volunteers Geoffrey Thompson and Jason Knueppel.
To reach Bartica one can take a speed boat or a ferry from Parika.
There are several hotels in the town including Platinum Inn, The New Modern Hotel, Balkarran's Guest House (D factor to D interior), and Zen's Plaza. There is also a thriving nightclub located in the Modern Hotel building. Several Brazilians live in Bartica, so one can find Brazilian Restaurants and Bars. There are several restaurants as well as an active nightlife. There are also several resorts around the Bartica area including Baganara, Shanklands, Whitewater and a Guesthouse in Byderabo.
During the Easter weekend every year, Bartica hosts the Bartica Regatta, a growing variety of entertaining holiday activities including water sports (featuring mostly speed boats), cricket, boxing, soccer, talent shows, a street parade, and a Miss Bartica Regatta Pageant. The Regatta attracts people from all parts of Guyana and even from other countries. There is also a summer Regatta, which is held annually in August.
Ivor Mendonca, a West Indian cricketeer was born in Bartica.