Where Can you Go in the Caribbean Now? How to Plan a Trip to the Caribbean Post-Hurricanes Note: This information was sourced from Virtuoso, Caribbean Tourism, and hotel press releases/Facebook posts. Updated: September 28, 2017. This post contains affiliate links. Unless you live under a rock, you are aware of the devastating effects of Hurricane Irma and Hurricane Maria on many islands in the Caribbean this September. I hope you have already donated to the various hurricane relief funds. If not, you can do so at TourismCares.org. But another way to help is to plan a trip to those islands most affected this winter or coming spring. And even though some of the islands will take longer to recover, many Caribbean resorts and businesses are teaming together in a “One Caribbean Family” initiative to donate a portion of their revenue to their sister islands. As islands and hotels are struggling to recover, there is a lot of aid in the area, but the only way they are going to truly bounce back will be if tourists return, and quickly. So I encourage you to help by spending some of your vacation dollars in the Caribbean in the next year. If you want some help picking an island and resort that is right for you, just let me know and I’d be happy to help you find and book the right option. And, as a Virtuoso Travel Advisor, I can also offer you additional perks and amenities at many of these properties. Where Can You Travel Now? Keep in mind that the Caribbean is a very large region. Fourteen Caribbean areas were impacted, which is only about 15 percent of all the hotel rooms in the region. For the rest of the region, it is still business as usual. Some of the islands that were not affected are: Aruba, Bahamas, Bermuda, Bonaire, Cayman Islands, Curacao, Granada, Haiti, Jamaica, Martinique, St. Lucia, St. Vincent & The Grenadines, Trinidad and Tobago. Flights to some of these islands may still be challenging until the airports in St. Maarten and San Juan can get back online, but those with direct flights are ready to welcome you. Where to Go in December and Beyond Many affected islands are also quickly coming back online. I’ve put together the following updates on affected islands, along with some recently announced re-opening dates for major resorts on those islands. This information will change rapidly so I encourage you to also check out CaribbeanTravelUpdate.com, although I will try to update this post regularly. Anguilla Many of the hotels sustained damage, which they are still assessing. A few have announced reopening dates including: Four Seasons Resorts & Residences Anguilla will be closed until the end of 2017. A reopening date has not yet been announced. Carimar Beach Club will be reopening for the festive season on December 21, 2017 and many neighboring restaurants will be open as well. CuisinArt Golf Resort & Spa will be closed through summer 2018. Frangipani Beach Resort doesn’t have a firm re-opening date, but they expect to be open by December 2017. Malliouhana suffered structural damage and will be reopening April 1, 2018. Antigua & Barbuda Antigua was spared the brunt of the storm and the airport and businesses are reopening. However, it is unknown if and when Barbuda will be back after the extreme devastation that island sustained. With just 100 hotel rooms, this doesn’t have a major impact on tourism but it is life-changing for the 1,600 residents of Barbuda. Curtain Bluff was closed for a six-month renovation but will be reopening on October 28, 2017. Hermitage Bay was also closed for an annual refresh, but will be reopening on October 10, 2017. Cocobay Resort remains open for business Sugar Ridge Resort didn’t sustain any damage and will reopen on October 6, 2017. British Virgin Islands The British Virgin Islands were spared a direct hit from Hurricane Maria, but still suffered damage. At this time, essential services are coming back online with banks and grocery stores starting to reopen. People’s Hospital on Tortola is open and schools will be reopening in October. The Virgin Gorda airport will soon be open and the resorts will be ready for festive season. Many properties were closed for seasonal closures and hotels, restaurants, and shops will reopen by Thanksgiving, others in February/March, and the rest by early summer 2018. Peter Island Resort & Spa is still assessing damage. Sugar Mill Hotel, Tortola will be opening the restaurant by Thanksgiving and the hotel in mid-December. Those booked in October and November will be contacted soon. Nanny Cay Resort and Marina suffered damage to the property and boats as the eye of Maria passed within 55 miles of Tortola. A reopening date has not yet been set. Dominica They are still working to get humanitarian relief to Dominica so it will be a while before we have a more detailed status update on the resorts on that island. Dominican Republic Fortunately, the Dominican Republic sustained very minimal damage from wind and rain and everything is operational. I was glad to see that the Eden Roc at Cap Cana, where we had such a lovely stay this summer, is undamaged and open for business. Guadeloupe The Guadeloupe Islands suffered no substantial damage. Roads and beaches have already been cleaned and the airport has been reopened. All hotels are currently open and those closed during the off-season or for refurbishment/renovation have reported that they are on schedule to re-open as planned. Nevis Fortunately, Nevis suffered just minor wind and rain damage and many of the resorts were already closed for seasonal refurbishment. Most will be re-opening very soon. Four Seasons Nevis is reopening as scheduled on September 29, 2017. Nisbet Plantation Beach Club sustain minor damage and is reopening on October 4, 2017. The Hermitage Plantation Inn is fully operational. Paradise Beach Nevis is closed due to damage until further notice. Puerto Rico As you are hopefully aware, Hurricane Maria had a devastating impact on Puerto Rico. The storm compromised the electric grid, leaving most residents without power, connectivity, fuel, and water. San Juan’s commercial port has been reopened to receive aid and supplies, but the airport is still restricted. Since San Juan is a major gateway to many islands, travel to some of the smaller islands may still be challenging until this is restored. Rebuilding and recovery is underway but there are still major challenges. Hotels are currently being used for first responders and a curfew has been issued from 6pm to 7am. Even hotels that didn’t suffer much damage are remaining closed until the area is suitable for visitors. Dorado Beach, A Ritz-Carlton Reserve didn’t sustain structural damage, but it is not taking reservations at this time. St. Regis Bahia Beach is still assessing damage and is not taking reservations at this time. We will know more about its reopening in a few days. W Retreat, Vieques is not taking reservations at this time. El Conquistador is closed through December 31, 2017. The Caribe Hilton, Condado Plaza, Embassy Suites, Hilton Ponce, Hampton Inn & Suites San Juan, El San Juan Hotel, and DoubleTree San Juan are not accepting existing or new reservations through October 31, 2017. St. Barth’s St. Barth’s sustained major damage, but primarily from Hurricane Irma, so they have been able to recover a bit faster. Electricity and running water has been almost fully resorted and the airport is open. However, St. Maarten is still closed so getting there from international destinations is still challenging. The ports are reopened and cruises will be back online by the end of October. Hotel Le Toiny, Le Sereno, Eden Rock sustained damage and are closed. They have not yet disclosed their plans to reopen. Le Guanahani will reopen in summer 2018. St. Martin/Sint Maarten St. Martin was one of the worst hit islands and nearly 90% of the buildings on the Dutch side of the partitioned island were damaged. The French side wasn’t hit as hard, but they are still without electricity and clean water. Belmond La Samanna was already closed for the season and has estimated a reopening in April 2018. Royal Islander Club is still assessing damages and will be closed until the end of 2017. Coral Beach Club & Oyster Bay Beach Resort is closed and will reopen after repairs have been made. Sonesta Resorts will be closed until March 31, 2018. Westin St. Maarten Dawn Beach is closed and a reopen date has not been announced. Alamanda Resort is closed until Autumn 2018. La Playa, Orient Bay is currently closed. Turks & Caicos Turks and Caicos is composed of 40 different islands. Grand Turk and South Caicos sustained significant damage, but the area near Providenciales and Parrot Cay felt less of an impact. The Providenciales airport has reopened, and normal operations across the island are expected to resume by the end of September and early October, with some exceptions (see below.) Since many of the newer resorts have been built to new standards, they therefore didn’t suffer as much damage. The tourism board expects that 90 percent of their resorts will be back online by late-October and all restaurants will be open by mid-October. Amanyara weathered both storms with minimal impact and is reopening November 1, 2017 (note that a 10-night minimum stay is required over the festive season.) COMO Parrot Cay was not badly damaged and will be opening November 19, 2017. Gansevoort Turks and Caicos is expected to reopen on October 5, 2017. (Note there is an 8-night minimum stay over the festive season.) Grace Bay is reopening in October. The Palms and The Shore Club will be reopening on September 30, 2017. Beaches Turks and Caicos and the Sailrock Resort will be re-opening in mid-December. (Bummer since I was scheduled to go to Beaches in mid-October but that will now be pushed back until next year!) U.S. Virgin Islands The U.S. Virgin Islands were very hard hit by Irma and Maria. St. Croix, which was largely spared by Irma was hit by Maria at its strongest as a Category 5 hurricane. Club Comanche, St. Croix and Hotel Caravelle are currently accommodating First Responders and does not have a date for reopening for guests. Divi Carina Bay Beach Resort & Casino, St. Croix is currently closed until the end of the year. Sand Castle on the Beach, Renaissance St. Croix Carambola Beach Resort & Spa, and The Buccaneer on St. Croix are all open. Caneel Bay, St. John will be closed for the remainder of 2017. The Westin, St. John will remained closed through 2017 and they are still assessing damage. Frenchman’s Reef & Morning Star Marriott Beach Resort, The Ritz-Carlton, St. Thomas, and Sugar Bay Resort will be closed until further notice. Margaritaville St. Thomas and Elysian Beach Resort, St. Thomas will be closed until October 10, 2017. Bolongo Bay Beach Resort is currently housing people in need and works. They are looking to reopening in mid-December. Kari Loya, the head of Good Hope Country Day School on St. Croix has an important message to send and made sure it was large enough for the world to see. Please contact me if I can help you plan a trip to the Caribbean! SaveSaveSaveSave SaveSave SaveSave Find this useful? Share it!PinShareTweetFlipboardEmail Written by We3Travel and was last updated on December 31, 2017. Read more about Destinations, Americas, Caribbean Related Posts Club Med Martinique: Affordable All-inclusive Resort in the Caribbean Beaches Turks and Caicos Reviews: Who will Love it and Who May Not Why You Should Plan a Trip to Punta Cana this Winter Comments are closed. 6 Comments on “Where Can you Go in the Caribbean Now? How to Plan a Trip to the Caribbean Post-Hurricanes” This is a great reference. I’m saving it to share for when people ask me about any guidance on their hotel plans. Do you know anything about the Nickelodeon Hotel in the DR? Yes, they didn’t suffer any major damage and reopened on September 23rd. This is helpful, thank you! We are currently planning a winter trip down there! I hope it all works out for your trip! Great post. Living in the Caribbean last year we got to visit some of these islands before the hurricanes hit and can only imagine how it is now. Dominica was one of our favourites – such lovely people and such an amazing island. Let’s hope things return to ‘normal’ as soon as possible! Me too! From what I have heard, some of the ones that were affected are back online but still have significant damage and are trying to work around those areas with what resources they have. I’ve heard great things about Dominica too. I’m heading back to the Caribbean a couple of times this fall.