Recent hurricanes Irma and Maria have devastated parts of the Caribbean which has in turn led to significant downturn in the number of travelers to the region’s. The Caribbean tourism industry is vital to many of the local economies and so many foreigners are asking how they can best help the locals get back on their feet. The message from the region is loud and clear - the best way to help the Caribbean, is to visit the Caribbean.
Whilst the hurricanes devastated parts of the Caribbean, you may be surprised to know that over 70% of Caribbean destinations were not impacted at all. Even for countries that were impacted, many are operational and ready to welcome tourists back to their stunning countries. Whilst it is true that some destinations are not operating at their full capacity; resorts and restaurants are re-opening every day as most airports and cruise ports are open and ready to accept visitors.
Caribbean Island destinations which were relatively untouched by the storms or only had minor damage include St Kitts and Nevis, St Lucia, Antigua, Barbados, Bonaire, Cayman Islands, Montserrat, Saba, Aruba, the Bahamas, Belize, Curacao, Grenada, Guadeloupe, Jamaica, Martinique, Mexico’s Yucatan region, St Vincent and the Grenadines, and Trindad and Toagabo.
Destinations which were hit badly from the storms include Puerto Rico, Barbuda, St Martin and the US Virgin Islands (St John and St Thomas). However, despite the damage incurred on these islands; resorts and restaurants are re-opening on a daily basis and the islands are operating and welcoming visitors, despite operating at limited capacity.
If you are wanting to visit the Caribbean and want more information as to what exactly is open, including resorts, restaurants and tour operators for each destination, then jump onto the Caribbean Travel Update website. The Caribbean Travel Update website breaks the region down by island and provides specific details as to what resorts and restaurants are open as well as information regarding airports, cruise ports, status of electricity and water.
Frank Comito, CEO of the Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association pleads with tourists not to cancel their plans to visit the Caribbean saying, “if tourists don’t come back, no amount of international aid will be enough to get the economy up and keep it running”. Many Caribbean resorts are luring travelers back to the region by offering fantastic deals. Make the most of these bargain prices and take a vacation in the Caribbean in turn greatly assisting the local economy get back on its feet.