The Caribbean – Hurricane Damage Update

In recent days, we’ve heard some people make comments that imply the entire Caribbean is destroyed as a result of the hurricane damage. We even saw a local wedding venue trying to capitalize on the situation by offering deals to couples who’s destination wedding plans were surely canceled as a result of the the recent hurricanes. And just this morning, we saw someone comment online that Mexico was destroyed as well.

Sadly, the people making these comments and assumptions have likely never looked at a map. If they had, they would realize that Mexico was not even hit by a Hurricane at all (and the earthquakes that have hit, have been thousands of miles from the most popular tourists spots). They would also realize that the vast majority of the most popular locations in the Caribbean saw little or no damage from the storms.

Of course it is true that there are a number of locations in the Caribbean that got hit hard and are in dire need of help in recovery. However, the amount of mis-information out there is quite concerning. The truth is that these countries rely on tourism as a major part of their economy. They rebuild quickly, and the people hope that instead of shying away from the area because a hurricane went thru recently, you will instead choose to still come to paradise and enjoy yourself. Times like this after all, is when these countries need tourism the most.

In light of the bad information we keep hearing from people, we thought we would share with you the most recent hurricane damage update on the status of things.

The Caribbean & Bermuda Hurricane Damage Update - September 29th, 2018

The Caribbean & Bermuda Hurricane Damage Update – September 29th, 2018

Caribbean Hurricane Damage Update:

Not Impacted: Aruba, Bonaire, Bermuda, Barbados, Curacao, Grand Cayman, Grenada, St. Lucia, St. Kitts and Nevis were not impacted by either Hurricane. All hotels are open for business and all off-site venues are operating normally.

Antigua

  • V.C. Bird International Airport (ANU) is open.
  • Hotels on Antigua are open for business.
  • All activities and off-site venues are operating normally.

Turks & Caicos

  • Providenciales International Airport (PLS) is open.
  • All off-site activities have been suspended at this time.
  • Coral Gardens, Ocean Club, Ocean Club West and Seven Star Resort are open for business.
  • Alexandra Resort, Blue Haven, The Palms, The Sands at Grace Bay and Royal West Indies are currently closed. Exact opening dates are still to be determined, but they are expected to re-open by mid-October.
  • Beaches Turks & Caicos is closed through December 13th, 2017.
  • Additional updates on hotels and off-site activities will be provided in the days ahead.

The Bahamas

  • Lynden Pindling International Airport (NAS) in Nassau is open.
  • Grand Bahama International Airport (FPO) is open.
  • Hotels in Exuma, Nassau, Paradise Island and Grand Bahama Island were not impacted and are open for business.

The US Virgin Islands

St. Thomas

  • Severe damage was sustained across the island.
  • Cyril E. King Airport (STT) remains closed.
  • All off-site activities have been suspended at this time.
  • All hotels are reporting some level of destruction; therefore, hotel inventory has been closed for 2017 and 2018 travel.

St. John

  • All hotels are reporting some level of destruction; therefore, hotel inventory has been closed for 2017 and 2018 travel.

St. Croix

  • Henry E. Rohlsen Airport (STX) is closed.
  • Reopening dates vary by hotel, starting in November 2017 and going into early 2018.

St. Martin

  • Severe damage was sustained across the island.
  • Princess Juliana International Airport (SXM) remains closed. Until further notice, the airport is serving as a dedicated hub for emergency and evacuation flights only.
  • All off-site activities have been suspended at this time.
  • All hotels are reporting some level of destruction; therefore, hotel inventory has been closed for 2017 and 2018 travel.

Puerto Rico

  • Luis Muñoz Marin International Airport (SJU) is open, but operating on a limited schedule from 7:00 AM – 5:00 PM EDT.
  • The island is without power making communication with the island challenging.
  • Hotels in San Juan are reporting varying levels of damage; most hotels will reopen in November.
  • Hotels in Rio Mar and Farjado have extended closures through the end of 2017.

Jamaica

  • All Jamaica airports are open.
  • Hotels in Jamaica are open for business.
  • All activities and off-site venues are operating normally.

Dominican Republic

  • All Dominican Republic airports are open.
  • After some minor issues, hotels in the Dominican Republic are now open for business.
  • All activities and off-site venues are operating normally.