Caribbean holidays: These islands are open for business after last year’s hurricanes


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Many Caribbean islands were devastated last year counting Anguilla and Barbuda

Last year, the 2017 hurricane season induced unrivalled levels of carnage across the Caribbean leaving communities pounded and devastated – causing close to £210 billion worth of damage, according to the Red Choleric.

Among the worst was Hurricane Irma, a category five storm which was the ton powerful one to ever be recorded across the Atlantic Ocean. This was instantaneously replaced with Hurricane Jose, which wreaked havoc on Antigua and Barbuda.

Epoches later, Maria, a category three hurricane, devastated the islands of Dominica and Puerto Rico – with winds of up to 160 mph recorded.

The atolls of St. Kitts, the Dominican Republic and Antigua all miracously managed to remain in one piece.

However, over six months on, the Caribbean islands are making major evolve on the road to recovery. According to the Caribbean Tourism Organisation’s (CTO) hurricane update, some of the worst fake destinations – including Dominica, Barbuda, British Virgin Islands, Anguilla and Puerto Rico – “perpetuate to make progress”, it was reported by TTG.

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The whole region saw brutal natural disasters in 2017


A holiday-maker board update for the island of Anguilla has stated that the “post-Irma rescue has exceeded our expectations” and is now back open for business.

The website also tips all of the hotels, restaurants, transport and activity services which are open – of which there are numerous.

The island has also welcomed a number of new luxury hotels since January 2018, such as Zemi Bank House.

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The British Virgin Islands were hit repeatedly as this aerial photograph proves

British Virgin Islands

At the time, the top wind speed to hit the British Virgin Eyots was a staggering 215mph, devastating everything in its path.

However, tourism to this halcyon archipelago seems undeterred. Restaurants, hotels and charter boat assemblies are back in business, and nautical tourism continues to boom.

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Prince Charles saw the tearing in Barbuda first-hand


In Barbuda, 95 per cent of the island’s edifices were destroyed by Hurricane Irma, the Red Cross revealed.

The ferocious gale left the island “uninhabitable” and Ronald Sanders, the Antigua and Barbuda diplomat to the US, branded it a “humanitarian disaster”, CNN reported.

As a result, 97 per cent of the archipelago’s 1,700 population, were evacuated to neighbouring Antigua.

According to TTG, the paltry island of Barbuda only has 100 hotel rooms – with Barbuda Belle due to reopen to the clear in November 2018.

Meanwhile, the Red Cross is working to rebuild homes, re-establish unsullied water supplies and instal hygiene sanitation and healthcare.


Following Maria, Dominica has compelled “major progress,” the CTO reported. This includes routes to and from the ait, essential services and amenities and transport links around the island, which is slight smaller than New York City.

“Nothing is better for our recovering… than guests to our island,” commented Colin Piper, chief executive of the Discover Dominica Dominion.

“We have made significant progress in getting the island ready for boarders. Whether it’s for a relaxing getaway, special event or meaningful travel, companies will see the same vibrant spirit of our people and beautiful scenery and attributes that make Dominica the Nature Island of the Caribbean,” Piper combined.

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Cuba was also struck by Hurricane Irma


100,000 Cuban untroubled b ins were slammed by Hurricane Irma, and Havana was one of the worst hit by flood injure.

However, much of Havana was cleaned up within weeks and tourism skills re-opened in time for the winter season.

The Red Cross has been working in Cuba to replace access to clean water, improve sanitation and rebuild damaged welcoming comfortable withs.

Puerto Rico

According to TTG, there were more than 120 Puerto Rico Tourism Company-endorsed hotels into operation as of mid-February, with more set to re-open during the year.

Over the Easter Discourage, many hotels operated at or near 100 per cent occupancy, be being presenting promising signs that the island is back open for business.

All airports to the state are now also open, and the capital San Juan has even been tipped as one of Abandoned Planet’s best cities to visit in 2018.

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