Like many of you, I had plans in the Caribbean this fall and like many of you, I am anxiously awaiting new news regarding the post hurricane island situations.  My heart goes out to the people in the midst of the devastation!!! Not only are their homes damaged or destroyed, many also have to face the prospect of their livelihood destroyed as well.

Here is the most recent Caribbean Island Update after this crazy, crazy hurricane season (which is not quite over, yet)….

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.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to the people of the Caribbean.  To those of you planning a fall or winter getaway, give me a jingle and we can discuss alternatives.