What's open and closed after the hurricanesMAP OF CARIBBEAN ISLANDSLast updated: Oct. 19, 2017

With the Caribbean taking a one-two punch from hurricanes Irma and Maria, the obvious question from travel advisers and their clients is: What's next?

What's open, and what can we expect for travel to the region?

The good news: Many islands were untouched by either storm, and many that took a glancing blow or sustained minimal damage are open and welcoming visitors with open arms.

The bad news, of course, is that islands that sustained heavy damage are in the midst of recovery operations and may not be realistically open to visitors for a while -- though if history is a guide, it's possible that places will reopen to tourism faster than you'd expect.

Travel Weekly has undertaken the mission of providing as much updated information as we can here about what's open and closed in the region. News changes rapidly, and just like the region, this page is a work in progress and will be updated as often as we get news from properties and destinations. (Click here for an enlarged PDF option of the map at right.)

You may also check the websites of the Caribbean Tourism Organization and Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association for additional info.


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Anguilla's room stock totaled 2,600 rooms pre-Irma.

"Some of our smaller properties and villas are open or will be open for business by Christmas, close to 300 rooms," said Cardigan Connor,  parliamentary secretary for tourism. "Our main challenge is to get our people through the next six months. Our annual budget is $200 million. The damage from Irma is more than that."

Anguilla's airport is open with flights from St. Kitts, Antigua and San Juan. The runway will be expanded in the near future to accommodate 737s. The Blowing Point Ferry Terminal was demolished by Irma, but a temporary facility is now in place for transit to and from St. Maarten. Construction will begin soon on a new ferry terminal. GB Express and Calypso charters are running boats to/from Anguilla and St. Maarten.

Anguilla's largest properties, the Four Seasons Malliouhana and Zemi Beach House, hope to reopen in the first quarter of 2018, followed by soft openings of CuisinArt and The Reef at CuisinArt in the second quarter, according to Connor. 

Phone and internet communications have been restored to most parts of the island. Many local restaurants have reopened; grocery stores are provisioned.

A number of restaurants are in recovery and rebuilding mode and have not announced a tentative opening date.

Others, such as Hibernia, plan to open by Nov. 1.

Garvey's Sunshine Shack is being rebuilt. Jacala, Geraud's Patisserie and GrandVins survived; Picante is standing but requires repairs. Blanchards had moderate damage and Blanchards Beach Shack had minimal damage. They plan to reopen as soon as the major resorts reopen. Straw Hat restaurant is rebuilding and repairs are underway at Davida Crocus-Bay.

The following restaurants have reopened: B&D, Coconuts, Comer Bar and Pizza, English Rose, Ferryboat Inn, Flavours, Hall's Bakery, Johnno's, Karla's Bar and Grill, Mary's Bakery, Pit Stop by Ben, Roy's Bayside Grill, Tasty's, Dad's Bar & Grill.

Moondance Villa, Paradise Cove Boutique Hotel, Sandy Hill Club, Villa Kai and West End Bay Apartments are open.

Many hotels and villas are still in cleanup and recovery mode and plan to welcome guests for the high season. Anacaona Boutique Hotel is closed until further notice. Belmond Cap Juluca was previously closed for planned renovations and still plans to reopen in late 2018 as scheduled. Carimar Beach Club will reopen on Dec. 21.

CeBlue Villas & Beach Resort plans to welcome guests for the high season. Covecastles was badly damaged; builders said that rebuilding will take months.

Fountain Anguilla is expected to open for the high season.

Frangipani Beach Resort and Villa Alegria plan to reopen in December. Anguilla Great House Beach Resort expects to have a partial opening in December and full operation in March.

Shoal Bay Villas is expected to welcome guests again Nov. 1. Quintessence Boutique Resort, a new resort, will delay its proposed Nov. 1 opening date.

Almond Tree Villa and La Vue Boutique Inn plan to reopen Dec. 1.

Carimar Beach Club will reopen in November for current reservations and Dec. 21 for new guests.

Fountain Resort Residences plans to reopen Jan. 8.


On the smaller of the islands that make up the nation of Antigua and Barbuda, prime minister Gaston Browne said 95% of properties suffered significant damage. 

Repairs to Codrington airport have been hampered by the presence of feral donkeys. The Donkey Sanctuary, a British charity organization, has flown in an emergency team to help locals deal with the animals.


Sharon Flax-Brutus, the BVI's director of tourism, estimated the damage from Irma at $3 billion. "We were poised to have a record year, but we are recovering and taking a phased approach," she said. "The BVI is not open for tourism this month. We are continuing our cleanup in terms of repairs to our electric and power grids. 

"Airports and seaports are open and we will be ready to welcome guests on Nov. 1."

The British Virgin Islands Electricity Corporation (BVIEC)'s said that 20% of the electric grid  is restored throughout the islands, with 60% expected by January, according to the  BVI Beacon. 

The BVI's Charter Yacht Association will host its annual show Nov. 27 at Nanny Cay, an event at which yacht brokers review the yachts available for charter. "The charter yacht market is an important niche market for us, and it will be revived," the director said. The BVI Sailing Regatta will take place in March.

The destination's annual Lobster Fest will take place Nov. 25 through 28.

The BVIs luxury properties, including Little Dix Bay and several high-end villas, had major damage and could take up to two years to return "to their former glory," she said.

However, some smaller properties, including Treasure Isle and Sebastian's, will be open this winter. Anegada Reef Hotel will open in mid-November.

"We want to build to a higher standard," Flex-Brutus said. "We must maintain our brand integrity. We are down but not out. We suffered heavy damage but we can promise our guests that they will receive the type of vacation experience they are used to."

No reopening dates have been set for the Bitter End Yacht Club, Heritage Inn & BananaKeet Cafe, Long Bay Beach Resort & Villas and Nanny Cay Resort & Marina.

Scrub Island Resort, Spa & Marina had extensive damage and is currently closed, but will announce a reopening date as soon as a full damage assessment of facilities is completed.

The restaurant at the Sugar Mill Hotel on Tortola will be closed until Thanksgiving; the hotel plans to reopen in mid-December.

Several charter companies will operate during the 2017/2018 season. Opening in December: The Moorings, Marine Max Vacations, Festiva Sailing. Opening in January: Horizon Yacht Charters.

BVI ferry companies (Road Town Fast Ferry and Native Son) have resumed operations between BVI and St. Thomas.

The Terrence B. Lettsome airport at Beef Island on Tortola resumed daily flights from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, according to Denniston Fraser, BVI Airports Authority managing director. Cape Air is offering three daily flights to and from Tortola to San Juan. Liat is running flights to and from the eastern Caribbean, and Seaborne relaunched flights on Oct. 11, according to its website. A curfew remains in effect from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m.


Light shades of green vegetation are beginning to appear on the island's hillsides, which were stripped bare by Hurricane Irma.

Robert Tonge, minister of tourism, reported that two of the island's famous indigenous parrots, the Sisserou and the Jaco, have been spotted in the north of the island.

Tonge admitted that "we were not prepared. We now know we need to take weather announcements more seriously. We need to build  hospitals and shelters able to withstand Category 5 wind and have backup supplies stockpiled. We need to rebuild with much stricter building codes and not to build structures in flood plains."

Many areas are moving from the relief phase to recovery, according to the Discover Dominica Authority. All banks, businesses and government offices are open in Roseau. Throughout the island, main roadways have been cleared. More than 275 tons of food and 45,000 gallons of water have been distributed to more than 93 communities.

Up to 23 of the 67 state primary and secondary schools were set to reopen on Oct. 17. Many were to reopen in their original buildings while others were to operate in alternate locations.

Islanders are in dire need of water, electricity, food and supplies, according to the UN International Organization for Migration (UNIOM). An estimated 23% of homes have been flattened. "Those houses do not exist anymore. They have either been blown into the sea or totally scattered in pieces across the island," said Jean Philippe Antolin, head of UNIOM in a report to Caribbean 360 News. More than 2,000 Dominicans are living in shelters while the rest are staying with relatives and friends.

The agency has responded with supply deliveries, coordination of shelter management, and pipelining international donations. IOM released $100,000 to scale up shelter response, and an additional $350,000 was secured from the UN Central Emergency Response Fund.

The drinking water supply has been restored to 55% of the network, according to the Dominica Water and Sewage Co.

Electricity has been restored to the capital city of Roseau as well as to Portsmouth. Work is ongoing for the rest of the island.

Mobile phone service providers FLOW and Digicel have restored access to a number of communities. FLOW restored service to 21 of its 49 mobile sites and land line service is back in operation to parts of Roseau, Canefield, St. Joseph, Portsmouth, Morne Daniel, Mahaut and Pond Cassee. Digicel has restored service to communities in the north, south and west as well as to Roseau, Portsmouth and their environs.

Prior to Hurricane Maria, Dominica had a total of 73 properties with 909 guest rooms. As of Oct. 17, 64 properties had been reassessed for hurricane damage. The assessments revealed that 32 properties totaling 467 rooms are moderately damaged and able to operate now or in the near future and 27 are severely damaged or destroyed with severe damage to roofs, electrical and plumbing systems.

More than 35% of reefs at dive sites were damaged, particularly sponges and softer corals above 45 feet. All nine dive operators are closed and most will not be operational before January 2018. When operations resume, the number of dives per day will be reduced to ease the strain on the reefs.

Seaborne began daily commercial flights to/from Dominica on Oct. 11.

Liat operates 4 flights a week from Antigua and three flights a week from Barbados through Nov.7 when the schedule will be updated.

L'Express des Iles ferry is operating to Guadeloupe, Martinique and St. Lucia from the Roseau Ferry Terminal. The ferry travels the Martinique/St. Lucia route four days a week. Service to Guadeloupe also is four days a week.


Three weeks after the passing of Hurricane Maria, Puerto Rico's tourism industry has come together to move forward on a path to recovery. With a full industry assessment almost complete, the island's airports and cruise ports are fully operational and major hotels are expected to take new reservations beginning this week.

"We expect to welcome visitors to the Island in the weeks ahead, especially those looking to travel with a purpose as we're working to finalize compelling voluntourism activities for those who want to head out beyond San Juan and help the communities in greater need," said Jose Izquierdo, executive director of the Puerto Rico Tourism Company (PRTC).

The Luis Muoz Marin International Airport is fully operational, with scheduled domestic and international flights. Airports in Aguadilla, Ponce, Ceiba, Isla Grande and Vieques are operational and offering limited service.

The PRTC is in direct communication with the Florida-Caribbean Cruise Association partners. San Juan Harbor is open and resumed homeport operations with the departure of Royal Caribbean International's Adventure of the Seas on Oct. 7. The schedule now is weekly.

Viking will resume its homeport schedule from San Juan on Oct. 27.

Carnival Cruise Line's Fascination canceled its four-month schedule of cruises from San Juan. The ship has been chartered by FEMA for use in St. Croix to house relief workers and will resume year-round cruising from San Juan on Feb. 15.

Beyond San Juan, the following ports are open with restrictions (daylight transit only): Guayanilla, Tallaboa, Salinas, Fajardo, Culebra, Vieques and Guayama.

More than 80 hotel properties are open and most taking new reservations for the upcoming months. Following are the dates that hotels are expected to reopen:

AC Hotel San Juan Condado (Oct. 22)

Aquaris Club Boquern (TBD)

At Wind Chimes Boutique Hotel (Oct. 22)

Best Western Condado Palm Inn & Suites (started taking reservations Oct. 2)

Canario Boutique Hotel (Oct. 22)

Caribe Hilton (Nov. 1)

Cielo Mar Hotel (Oct. 2)

Cofres Beach Hotel (Oct. 2)

Combate Beach Hotel (Oct. 2)

Copamarina Beach Resort & Spa (Oct. 18)

Comfort Inn San Juan (Oct. 22)

Condado Vanderbilt Hotel (Oct. 2)

Coral by the Sea Hotel (TBD)

Coral Princess Hotel (Oct. 22)

Courtyard by Marriott Aguadilla (Dec. 3)

Courtyard by Marriott Isla Verde Beach (Oct. 2)

Dorado Beach, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve (Jan. 8)

DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel San Juan (Oct. 2)

El Canario by the Lagoon, closed until further notice

El Conquistador, a Waldorf Astoria Resort (Jan. 1)

El San Juan Hotel, Curio Collection, closed until further notice

Embassy Suites Dorado del Mar Beach Resort (Oct. 31)

Embassy Suites San Juan Hotel & Casino (Oct. 31)

ESJ Azul (Oct. 15)

Estancia La Jamaica (Oct. 2)

Four Points by Sheraton Caguas Real, (Jan. 1)

Gran Melia (TBD)

Hampton Inn & Suites San Juan (Oct. 31)

Hilton Condado Lagoon Villa, (Nov. 1)

Hilton Ponce Golf & Casino Resort (Oct. 31)

Holiday Inn Express San Juan Condado Hotel (Oct. 22)

Holiday Inn Mayagez (Oct. 2)

Hotel El Convento (Oct. 2)

Hotel Miramar (Oct. 22)

Hotel Villa Montaa & Spa (Oct. 22)

Howard Johnson Mayagez (Oct. 2)

Hyatt Hacienda del Mar, Dorado (Oct. 22)

Hyatt House San Juan (Oct. 15)

Hyatt Place San Juan (Oct. 23)

Hyatt Residence Club Dorado, closed until further notice

InterContinental San Juan, Isla Verde (Oct. 22)

La Concha Resort (Dec. 1)

Las Casitas Village at El Conquistador (TBD)

Mayagez Resort & Casino (Oct. 2)

Parador Boquemar (Oct. 2)

Parador Gunica 1929 (Oct. 8)

Parador Turtle Bay (TBD)

Parador Villa Parguera (Oct. 2)

Parador Villas del Mar Hau (TBD)

Rincon of the Seas y Villa Antonio, closed until further notice

Rincon Beach Resort (TBD)

Ritz-Carlton, San Juan Hotel & Casino, (Jan. 1)

Royal Isabela (TBD)

San Juan Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino (Nov. 1)

San Juan Water Beach Club (Oct. 31)

Sheraton Old San Juan Hotel & Casino (Dec. 1)

Sheraton Puerto Rico Hotel & Casino (Jan. 9)

St. Regis Bahia Beach Resort (Dec. 1)

The Condado Plaza Hilton (Jan. 1)

The Lazy Parrot Inn, Rincon (Oct. 22)

The Wave Hotel (Oct. 22)

Verdanza Hotel (Oct. 15)

Villa Cofres (TBD)

Villa Montaa Beach Resort (Dec. 15)

W Retreat & Spa in Vieques (Jan. 1)

Wyndham Garden at Palmas Del Mar, closed until further notice

Wyndham Grand Rio Mar Beach Resort & Spa (Dec. 1)

The 12-room Dreamcatcher bed and breakfast hotel in San Juan's Ocean Park neighborhood reopened with limited service Oct. 6.

For a full list of the status of hotels, visit http://puertoriconow.seepuertorico.com/hotels.

While an island-wide assessment of historic and other tourist attractions is still underway, a number of key attractions have already opened, including  the Puerto Rico Museum of Art in Santurce and the Ponce Museum of Art. Bacardi tours will open to the public on Nov. 1. El Morro and other San Juan historic sites are expected to open in the coming weeks.

Main transportation companies, as well, as taxi drivers, are fully operating and providing ongoing service to visitors. Local travel agencies are operating and also providing service to travelers. The Mall of San Juan and Plaza las Americas are open for shoppers.


The island was damaged in Hurricane Irma. 

Electricity has been restored in Gustavia, St. Jen, Lorient, Pointe Milou, Marigot and many other areas of the island. Internet service is widely available; Wifi hot spots have been installed. Cell phone service is available in Gustavia and by the airport.

Oetker Collection's Eden Rock will reopen next summer, following repairs from Hurricane Irma. The resort will undergo extensive rebuilding, will renovate its 34 rooms, suites and houses. The Eden Rock Villa Rental program, which includes 80 properties, will be available next month. Most of the villas escaped major damage.

Hotel Christoper St.  Barth plans to reopen in March.

Isle de France has not announced its reopening date.

Le Guanahani will reopen in summer 2018.

Le Toiny plans to reopen in November.

Hotels that will open by Thanksgiving: The Sunset, Ti Morne, Auberge de Terre Neuve, Le Village St. Barth, Saline Garden, Le Nid d'Aigle.

Hotels that will open for the Christmas holidays: Tom Beach, Les Ilets de la Plage, Baie des Anges, Petit Morne.

Restaurants that will be open for the holidays: Shellona, La Plage, Le Ti, Mayas, Isola.

Gustav III airport is open for commercial operations. St. Barth Commuter has scheduled flights daily to Guadeloupe and to St. Martin Grand Case. Tradewind Aviation resumed flights from San Juan to St. Barts and from Antigua to St. Barts. Winair will fly three to four daily flights from St. Maarten to St. Barts by mid-October. Currently the fleet is operating from St. Kitts. Flights on Seabourne from San Juan to St. Barts resumed on Oct. 1; flights from St. Martin to St. Barts resume Oct. 10. Air Antilles is operating flights between St. Barts and Guadeloupe.

The commercial port facilities are open. The tourist office announced that the first cruise ships are expected on Oct. 30.

Voyager3 Dreamliner ferry service between St. Martin and St. Barts began Oct. 5.

The St. Barts Music Festival will take place as planned in January, the St. Barths Bucket Regatta is scheduled for March and Les Voiles de St. Barts is on for April.


"More than 50% of power and water was restored within days of the storm," said Rolando Brison, director of tourism. "The Princess Juliana Airport reopened Oct. 10 for limited flights on American, Delta, Insel Air and Seaborne. We expect JetBlue to resume flights from New York and Fort Lauderdale in early November. KLM and Air France will both offer two flights a week from Amsterdam and Paris by the end of October.

"It has been so important to get this airport up and running. We have been operating relief flights, but now we have commercial service again. The flights will operate in daytime only. There are no nighttime operations yet," Brison said.

Passengers will depart from a section near the D gates because not all sections of the airport have air-conditioning. Airport repairs, which are being done in phases, should be completed by next June.

Local carrier Winair resumed service from St. Maarten to Saba, St. Eustatius, St. Barth and St. Kitts on Oct. 6.

Caribbean Airlines resumed scheduled service to St. Maarten, following the reopening of the Princess Juliana Airport for commercial operations. The carrier operates flights in/out of St Maarten from Trinidad and Kingston, Jamaica twice a week.

Hurricane Irma  caused significant damage to the island's nature and environment. Beaches were also significantly damaged, and water quality was strongly diminished. The St. Maarten Nature Foundation conducted initial beach assessments Oct. 3 to 8 to and will continue for some time. 

Large clean-up campaigns will be organized for all beaches, but especially for Simpson Bay Beach and Great Bay Beach to remove hurricane debris such as zinc, wood and building material. 

So far the following beaches are considered safe for swimmers: Mullet Bay Beach, CupeCoy Beach, Maho Beach and the beach in front of the Westin Hotel on Dawn Beach. However, beach visitors need to be cautious for sharp objects and exposed rock formations in the water and on the beach. Wave action, surge and current can still be strong. The Nature Foundation advises wearing protective footwear or water shoes when visiting the beach or going in the water.

Brison reported that St. Maarten "lost 70% of our hotel inventory on the Dutch side from Irma. We had 4,000 guestrooms, including hotels and timeshare units, prior to the hurricane. We expect to be at 50% of inventory by March. We are monitoring airlift so that it remains proportional to room inventory and demand."

"We are open now, but visitors have to realize we have come through an enormous, powerful storm and the island is in the midst of recovery. Those who have been to St. Maarten before will certainly see a difference, but we are well on our way toward full recovery. By February or March, we will have a very nice tourism product to offer to our visitors," said minister of tourism Melissa Arrindell-Doncher.

These hotels are open with limited service: Baker's Suites, Commodore Suites, Travel Inn Hotel, Simpson Bay Suites, Princess Heights Luxury Condo Hotel.

Beachside Villas plans to reopen by Nov. 1.

Sapphire Beach Club posted that guests should not anticipate visiting until the end of November, pending repairs and deliveries of building materials.

Azure Hotel has tentative opening date of Jan. 11.

Bleu Emeraude Residence plans to reopen in March.

Royal Palm Beach and Flamingo Beach canceled all reservations through April 30. 

Divi Little Bay Beach Resort anticipates reopening in May.

Sea Palace Resort and Summit Resort Hotel will be closed for several months.

La Plantation is housing relief workers. No reopening date is set at this time.

Coral Beach Cloud and Oyster Bay Beach Resort are closed.

Westin Dawn Beach Resort & Spa will be rebuilt, according to owners Babitbay Beach Development Corp. in St. Maarten. Timeline for reopening is summer 2019, depending upon insurance payouts, construction negotiations and costs.

The Sonesta Maho Beach Resort, Sonesta Ocean Point and Sonesta Great Bay were devastated and are closed. Sonesta has begun a refunding process for 2017 reservations and will continue to issue refunds until March 31. However, Rolando Brison, director of tourism, reported that one of the Sonesta properties may have a partial reopening by the end of year. "The Westin is looking at later in 2018," he said.

The Royal Islander Club La Plage & La Terrasse will be closed through 2017.

Belair Beach Hotel is closed through December, with hopes of reopening in January.

Belmond La Samanna will reopen in April. Alamanda Resort will open in the fall of 2018.

GB Ferries will resume operations on Oct. 21 to Anguilla and St. Barts. Check schedules at www.gbferries.com.

Regarding cruise tourism, Brison said, "The harbor fared well and Royal Caribbean wants to start on Nov. 11. There will be one or two ships calling on a daily basis after that."

Various estimates from the Red Cross and insurance adjusters put St. Maarten's hurricane damage at over $1 billion.

Rainforest Adventures will open the new St. Maarten Rockland Estate eco-park in November. The park will launch with the Flying Dutchman zip line and the Soualiga Sky Explorer chairlift, followed by the Sentry Hill zip line and the Schooner Ride in early 2018. Engineering and construction teams worked hard to reduce the damage from Hurricane Irma, according to Shaydar Edelmann, general manager of Rockland Estate.

Port St. Maarten commercial cruise operations will reopen Nov. 5 with Royal Caribbean's Grandeur of the Seas.


Valerie Damaseau, president of the tourist office, described via Skype Hurricane Irma as "the worst national disaster in our history."

"Our tourist industry has been shaken, but one month later, there are clear signs of recovery," she said. "Roads and beaches are clear and 88% of households have had electricity restored."

Grocery stores have provisions and gas stations have fuel. Many restaurants and bars in parts of the island are operating, although in Grand Case, the island's culinary capital, many of the restaurants will not reopen until the beginning of 2018.

Grand Case-Esperance Airport has reopened and Seaborne is operating flights from San Juan.

"The hotel industry will have some soft openings in some guesthouses before the end of the year, but hotel inventory will not be back to normal until the 2018-2019 season," Damaseau said. More than 95% of St. Martin's economy is based on tourism. Damage is estimated at $3.5 billion.

Alamanda Resort will reopen in autumn 2018.

Belmond La Samanna will not reopen until at least April 28, according to its Facebook post.

Grand Case Beach Club may take up to a year to repair, rebuild and get back to normal.

La Playa Orient Bay, Esmeralda Resort, Hotel Mercur and Riu Palace St. Martin are closed and have not announced reopening dates.


Gov. Kenneth Mapp announced that 60 linemen have begun orientation on St. Thomas to assist the Water and Power Authority with repairing and installing power lines. An additional 100 restoration professionals  arrived on St. Croix Oct. 14. The goal is to have power restored to more than 90% of the homes and businesses in the USVI before Christmas.

The governor also announced that Nov. 11 is the official date on which the territory will reopen for cruise traffic. St. Croix expects to receive at least 90 calls for the cruise season, more than double the number of calls scheduled before Hurricanes Irma and Maria struck. 

St. Croix curfew is 7 a.m. to 8 a.m.

Airports on St. Croix and St. Thomas are now open to commercial flights.

The Buccaneer on St. Croix is accepting reservations for leisure guests arriving on or after Nov. 1. Key facilities and amenities, including Mermaid Beach, the golf course, tennis courts, pool, the spa and Mermaid Restaurant will be available for guests.

The resort will host the annual St. Croix Coral Reef Swim on Nov. 5. Now in its 22nd year, the race attracts fitness swimmers and world-class athletes who compete in various swim courses, culminating at The Buccaneer's Mermaid Beach.

As discussions with transportation partners continue, the Department of Tourism reported that JetBlue resumed commercial service to the USVI. This service is in addition to American Airlines' operations on St. Thomas and on St. Croix, as well as Delta and Spirit Airlines' service to/ from St. Thomas. Interisland flights by Air Sunshine, Cape Air and Seaborne Airlines are operational.

As conditions improve, airline schedules are likely to normalize. In the interim, passengers are encouraged to check with their airlines for flight times.

To assess overall readiness to welcome visitors, the Department of Tourism met with business leaders in the St. Croix and St. Thomas/St. John districts, and is conducting an assessment of hotels, attractions and other visitor-related businesses to determine the extent of damage, availability of power and water, and anticipated reopening dates.

The storms' impact to the Territory's hotel inventory was not as extensive in St. Croix as it was in St. Thomas and St. John. In addition to The Buccaneer, Caravelle Hotel & Casino and Tamarind Reef Resort in St. Croix are housing relief workers.

Seaport facilities are open, and businesses and attractions are looking forward to welcoming cruise visitors in November.

While the clean-up process is underway in the town of Frederiksted,  St. Croix, many restaurants, stores and activities are up and running in Christiansted.

Club Comanche Hotel St. Croix reopened Sept. 26.

Cottages by the Sea is doing repairs and cleanup and said that all reservations after Oct. 1 were secure.

Frederiksted Hotel is accepting guests.

Divi Carina Bay is closed through the end of the year.

Hotel on the Cay is housing relief workers and is not accepting reservations through Nov. 30.

Sand Castle on the Beach, no reservations being taken until essential services are restored.

Palms at Pelican Cove is closed until further notice.

Renaissance St. Croix Carambola Beach Resort & Spa is closed until further notice.


On St. John, efforts are ongoing to clear debris, restore infrastructure and reopen the Virgin Islands National Park. Many of the Territory's beaches are getting set to reopen in the weeks ahead, pending the completion of water quality testing by the Department of Planning and Natural Resources.

Mapp changed curfew hours on St. John from 7 p.m. to 5 a.m.

Estate Lindholm will reopen on Dec. 1. 

Gallows Point Resort plans to be open for guests by Thanksgiving and fully functional by Christmas Eve. Guests who booked reservations before that time may reschedule or cancel their trip without penalty before Dec. 15.

Westin St. John Resort & Villas is closed through Dec. 31.

Caneel Bay Resort is closed through 2017. Further updates for 2018 will be announced when available.

Concordia Eco Resort is closed through 2018. When communications have resumed, the resort will contact travelers to refund deposits.

Grande Bay Resort is closed through December. Refunds will be processed once the res system is functional.

The Inn at Tamarind Court is closed. Send deposit refund questions to condon@comcast.net.

The St. John Ferry Ticketing Co. offers ferry service from Red Hook, St. Thomas, to Cruz Bay, St. John, at 7:30 a.m., 8:30 a.m., 9:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m., 4 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. From Cruz Bay, the ferry departs hourly from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m., and noon, 3 p.m. and 5 p.m.


Gov. Kenneth Mapp said that 60 linemen have begun orientation on St. Thomas to assist the Water and Power Authority with repairing and installing power lines. An additional 50 restoration professionals  arrived in St. Thomas on Oct. 15. 

St. Thomas will also see an increase in scheduled cruise visits; details will be announced shortly.

Mapp changed curfew hours on St. Thomas from 7 p.m. to 5 a.m.

Cyril King airport on St. Thomas reopened to limited commercial flights on Sept. 28 with American and Delta offering flights to the mainland U.S. Seaborne Airlines has resumed limited seaplane service between downtown areas of St. Thomas and St. Croix with three flights a day and walk-up, one-way fares of $70.

Royal Caribbean International's Adventure of the Seas will resume calls on Nov. 10. Island officials, with an assist from the cruise line, hope to reopen a restored Magens Bay beach at the same time.

Shops, restaurants and attractions are ready to welcome customers in St. Thomas. The downtown Charlotte Amalie shopping area, including businesses on Main Street and at Havensight Mall, is ready to open, with power and water already restored.

Bluebeard's Castle Resort continues to assess major damage. 

Emerald Beach Resort will reopen by the end of 2017.

Iggies Oasis is open poolside at Bolongo Bay Beach Resort while the original Iggies Beach Bar is being rebuilt. Bolongo is housing relief workers and will reopen to guests next May.

Club Wyndham Reservations' four St. Thomas resorts (Margaritaville Vacation Club, Bluebeard's Beach Club, WorldMark St. Thomas and Elysian Beach Resort) are closed through the end of the year.

Frenchman's Reef & Morning Star Marriott Beach Resort are closed until further notice; The Ritz-Carlton, St Thomas, plans to reopen Oct. 1, 2018; Marriott's Frenchman's Cove set a Dec. 31, 2018 reopening date.

Lindbergh Bay Hotel & Villas continues to assess damage.

Point Pleasant Resort canceled all reservations through Dec. 15.

Sugar Bay Beach Resort & Spa, Secret Harbour Beach Resort, Island Beachcomber Hotel and Windward Passage Hotel are all closed until further notice.

Islands with moderate damage or fully reopened


According to the CHTA, "Antigua was impacted minimally by Hurricane Irma with the VC Bird International Airport opening on Sept. 7, and all hotels have reopened by Sept. 13. Some hotels were closed for refurbishment, and all of these have reported that they are still on schedule to reopen as planned."


According to the Bahamas Ministry of Tourism and Aviation, southern islands that sustained damage ranged from minor in places such as Crooked Island, Inaugua and Mayaguana, to more severe damage on Ragged Island and Acklins Island. However, it emphasized that the Bahamas' major tourism centers were minimally impacted and are operating as usual.


There was some damage along the Malecon seawall in Havana and flooding in parts of the city, but that situation quickly cleared. Hotels in Havana are open, the airport is operating, the resorts in Varadero are welcoming guests and ports are open in Havana, Cienfuego and Santiago de Cuba.

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There was some damage to resorts in three areas in the Varadero area, which has been repaired.

In Varadero, the Melia Peninsula and Paradisus Varadero are now open.

In Jardines del Rey, the Sol Cayo Coco is open; the Melia Cayo Guillermo reopens Oct. 20, the Melia Cayo Coco on Nov. 4 and Sol Cayo Guillermo on Nov. 15.

The Melia properties in Cayo Santa Maria reopen Nov. 1; the Melia Buenavista and the Sol Cayo Santa Maria will resume operations Nov. 15.

The U.S. State Department issued a Cuba travel warning in September, advising U.S. citizens about the risks of travel to Cuba while the island is recovering from Hurricane Irma.


All hotels and airports open.


Pointe-a-Pitre Airport has resumed all air traffic.

"Hotels are up and running and suffered only minor damage," said Daniel Arnoux, CEO of Des Hotels et Des Iles Group.

La Toubana Hotel & Spa had no damage but is currently closed for renovations and will reopen on Oct. 31 as planned.

BwaChik was closed for the off-season, had no damage, and reopened Oct. 2.

Beaches have been cleared on the nearby island of Marie-Galante and tourism infrastructure is intact.

Les Saintes will be fully operational by mid-November.


Robert L. Bradshaw Airport in St. Kitts is open as is the Vance W. Amory airport in Nevis. 

The new Park Hyatt St. Kitts remains on track to debut in November.

Four Seasons Resort Nevis reopened Sept. 29.

Montpelier Plantation & Beach in Nevis reopened Oct. 8.

Nisbet Plantation Beach Club on Nevis sustained damage to its beach and bar and reopened Oct. 4. There was no damage to the Great House (circa 1778) and guest cottages.


The cruise port in Grand Turk will reopen Nov. 1 with a Carnival cruise call. The port had minimal damage, which has been repaired. Repairs to the acilities on land will be completed in the next week or so, prior to the reopening. Ferry service is again operating between Providenciales and North Caicos.

Southwest will launch daily service between Fort Lauderdale and Providenciales on Nov. 4.

"We had some resort cancellations right before and after Irma, but all our resorts on Provo are in great shape with power, water, electricity. Power will be restored to all residences before Dec. 15, thanks to the power company, which has tripled its manpower resources," said Ralph Higgs, minister of tourism.

Amanyara Resort will reopen on Dec. 15.

Club Med Turquoise will reopen on Nov. 26. The resort is not accepting new bookings for stays from Nov. 26 to Feb. 3, 2018, due to the high number of bookings during the winter months.

Beaches Turks and Caicos is closed until Dec. 14. Guests are being reaccommodated at Beaches resorts in Jamaica or at any available Sandals resort.

The Somerset on Grace Bay welcomes guests with reservations though Oct. 14 and will take new reservations as of Oct. 15.

Seven Stars Resort & Spa had no damage from storms, is open and accepting guests.

Gansevoort Turks & Caicos reopened Oct. 5; Alexandra Resort reopens Nov. 15; Beach Enclave, Oct. 12; Blue Haven Nov. 1; COMO Parrot Cay, Nov. 19; East Bay Resort, Dec. 15.

Grace Bay Club, West Bay Club, The Palms, The Sands and The Shore Club have reopened.

Ocean Club West reopens for the season as scheduled on Oct 12, and Ocean Club will follow shortly thereafter.

Undamaged islands

The following islands were outside the paths of Irma and Maria and suffered little or no damage from the storms:





The Cayman Islands








St. Eustatius

St. Lucia

St. Vincent and the Grenadines


Trinidad and Tobago

Correction: The Sugar Mill Hotel is located on Tortola in the British Virgin Islands, not Virgin Gorda as a previous version of this article stated.