Visiting the Caribbean Post Irma and Maria

St Maarten welcomes tourists

St. Maarten Welcomes Tourists/photo: Jennifer Klaussen

Do you have reservations about visiting the Caribbean after last year’s devastating hurricane season? Perhaps you had a favorite resort you’ve visited for years? Hurricanes Irma and Maria certainly left lasting impact on some of the jewels of the Caribbean, but over 70% of the land masses in the region are fine. The Caribbean wants you back!

Turquoise Caribbean Beach

Turquoise Caribbean Beach

Here’s what you need to know…

The hardest hit island in the Caribbean and last to recover is Barbuda. I can tell you from personal experience of having been to Antigua, Barbuda’s sister island earlier this year, Barbuda remains uninhabitable. There are many rebuilding efforts underway. As of right now, it is the only Caribbean island that remains inaccessible.

There are several others that experienced devastating losses but have recovered enough to accept tourists again. These include St. Maarten, USVI, BVI, Puerto Rico, St. Barts and Domenica.  Many large resorts on these islands are still closed indefinitely. However, shops and restaurants have been re-opening as they are able to. You’ll be pleasantly surprised at the progress, but even more-so with the attitude and reception you will receive from the locals!

How can you help?

The best thing that any of us can do to help is to travel! Pumping tourism dollars into their economies helps them rebuild more quickly.  Now more than ever, a yacht charter is the absolute BEST way to see the islands. You don’t need to worry about your favorite hotel or local conditions, yet you can still visit and enjoy the areas you love. Or perhaps it’s a great time to explore and learn about a new place! Let our experts help plan your Caribbean travel as we help this region rebuild from last year’s devastation. Contact us today to find out how to get started!

 

 

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