October 2, 2017
This Hurricane season the beautiful and diverse islands’ of the Caribbean were put to the ultimate test; facing two category 5 storms well beyond their imagination. With destruction and total chaos left in their wake the islanders are forced now to pick up the respective pieces and start afresh!
While some islands are and will be suffering from the effects of the destruction for an indefinite period of time, others are already well on the road to recovery, aiming to be fully backup and running in time for the beginning of the 2017 winter season.
For travelers concerned about future holiday travel plans, here is a status update on each of the resilient though affected islands!
ISLANDS NOT AFFECTED
The island and its people have been very fortunate over the years, having not suffered severely from a major storm since 1955. As such the hotels, villas and restaurants are equipped and prepared to welcome the start of the busy winter season and its travellers.
The Bahamas’ major tourism centers such as Nassau and Eleuthera were not affected and are operating as usual. The southern less developed islands did sustain some damage ranging from minor in places such as Crooked Island, Inaugua and Mayaguana, to more severe damage on Ragged Island and Acklins Island.
Though Antigua’s sister Island suffered mainly from the damages caused in the storms, the mainland of Antigua was hardly touched. As such the villas at Jumby Bay and Jolly Harbour have reported no structural damage.
The island was luckily not affected by either of the storms and is open for business as usual.
The island sustained no lasting damage and as such is ready for the arrival of the winter season.
St. Kitts and Nevis
St. Kitts is open for tourism. The tourism authority said shortly after Irma that St. Kitts was essentially unharmed. Its Robert L. Bradshaw International Airport, as well as hotels and tourism providers are ready to receive guests.
Ready and open for business. Travellers will have the option of different hotels and villas to escape in for the season.
Punta Cana and Cap Cana, Dominican Republic
Though parts of the Dominican Republic were affected by the Hurricane, Punta Cana and Cap Cana were not affected by either storm and as such villas and hotels in both areas are ready for the winter season’s guests and upcoming travellers. The Punta Cana International Airport has been reopened.
St. Barts was one of the Islands which has suffered the most severe effects of 2017’s hurricane season. Though the airport is open, it is only receiving limited flights and many of our favorite spots such as Nicki Beach and Eden Rock Hotel will not be reopening until 2018.
Electricity and internet has been restored too much of the islands’ business districts in addition to regular flights being also resumed. Additionally all roads are now passable! Many of the islands’ private vacation villas however will not be open for guest arrival until Mid-November with some hotels looking to be open by December 2017 at the very latest. Most restaurants on the island are open and ready to receive reservations, while others will be back in action by November (please see list below!)
- These restaurants are now open – Au Regal, L’Ardoise, Galawa Restaurant, Island Flavors, Fresh West Indies, Bar L’Oubli, Le Select, 25 Quarter, Bistro Josephine and Les Bananiers. Local bakeries open include La Petite Colombe and Boulangerie Choisy bakery. The following restaurants report that they will be open in November – Le Ti St Barth, Mayas, Tamarin, Black Ginger, Orega, Isola, Bonito and Eddy’s.
Turks & Caicos
After facing the brutal and battering winds of the storms, the islands of Turks & Caicos are getting back on their feet. Private vacation villas are to resume business by early November while many restaurants and hotels have already reopened their doors! Additionally the airport is accepting commercial flights and the port is completely back up and running.
- These restaurants are now open – Coco Bistro, Coco Van, Ricky’s Beach Bar, Big Al’s Burgers, Mango Reef, SharkBites Bar and Grille, Baci Ristorante, Garam Masala, The Pork Shack, Chopsticks, Thai Orchid, Sand Bar, Lemon 2go, Danny Buoys, Seven Cocktail Bar, The Deck, Yoshi Sushi Bar, and Turkberry. Shay Café is offering breakfast and brunch, Crust Bakery and Cafe in Providenciales, and Retreat Restaurant. Da Conch Shack will be undergoing repairs and plan to reopen for the winter season.
Almost three weeks later, the Princess Juliana International Airport remains closed to commercial air traffic. The villas and hotels are left with unknown statuses. The island itself will not be equipped to welcome guests until 2018.
The island has high hopes of being ready for the winter season, with many restaurants having resumed business. However many villas are still under survey though they are likely to be ready to welcome guests by the winter period. Some hotels are back-up and running while others unfortunately won’t be open till 2018.
- These restaurants are now open – Roys Bayside Grill, Johnno’s Beach Stop, Corner Bar and Pizza, Bamp; D’s BBQ, Hall’s Bakery, Coconuts Beach Bar, Flavours for lunch and dinner, Tasty’s, and MacDonna’s QFC. Blanchards restaurant and Blanchards Beach Shack – Received moderate damage and just needs a little clean-up. Jacala, Geraud’s Patisserie, and Grands Vins de France are cleaning up and will reopen soon.
With a heavy heart, we are sad to report that Barbuda reported some of the most severe damage of all of the Islands hit this season resulting in the complete evacuation of all residents
British and US Virgin Islands
The condition in these Islands remains critical with every single Island reporting complete devastation. The Islands are currently suffering from food and fuel shortages. The most optimistic of hotels has reported reopening dates of October 2017 but many of our favorite restaurants and bars have reported severe damage and we await updates about reopening.
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