What's open and closed after the hurricanesMAP OF CARIBBEAN ISLANDSLast updated: Dec. 1, 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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The Anguilla Tourist Board launched a special landing page at https://irma.ivisitanguilla.com for official updates on the island's recovery post-Irma. Stakeholders who have updates they would like to have included on the site should email the tourist board at atbtour@anguilla.net.

Anguilla's room stock totaled 2,600 rooms pre-Irma. The tourist board reports that 30% of room stock will be available for the upcoming season in a product mix of villas, Charming Escapes Collection properties and apartment rentals and that 70% of rooms on the island will be available by April.

"Some of our smaller properties and villas are open or will be open for business by Christmas, close to 500 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."

Chief minister Victor Banks estimated that recovery on Anguilla will take 18 months. "I believe that beyond 18 months we should already be well past the recovery stage and restored to a level of stability."

Connor predicted that "we will have a tourist season by the end of 2017, and the news is out that the season for 2018 will start earlier than initially predicted."

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. Other ferry services in operation between Anguilla and St. Maarten are Funtime Charters and Gotcha Sea Tours.

The ferry from Anguilla to Marigot, St. Marten, reopened Nov. 4. Passengers are processed through customs and immigration at the police station at Blowing Point. The new Blowing Point ferry terminal will be operational by Christmas of 2018, according to Curtis Richardson, minister of infrastructure. "What is to replace the demolished facility will be a structure that will make us proud as Anguillans and make our guests comfortable as they come to a five-star tourist destination."

Air and charter services in operation include Air Sunshine Services, Anguilla Air Service, Calypso Chartrs, Funtime Charters, GB Express Charters, Gotcha Sea Tour, Ocean Charters, Seabourne Airlines, SeaPro Charters, Trans Anguilla Airlines, Little Bay Charters.

Flights into San Juan, where travelers can transfer to regional carriers to Anguilla: from JFK, Delta, United, JetBlue; from Atlanta, Delta; from Miami, American; from Charlotte, American, United, Delta; from Philadelphia, American; from Boston, JetBlue.

Flights between Anguilla and San Juan on Air Sunshine: four daily from San Juan, two daily from Anguilla; flights on Seaborne: five times a week, except Tuesdays and Wednesdays, up from three times a week. Seaborne has codeshare agreements with Delta, JetBlue and American for seamless connections from San Juan's Luis Munoz Marin Airport into Anguilla's Clayton J. Lloyd Airport.

Anguilla's largest properties, the Four Seasons Malliouhana and Zemi Beach House, hope to reopen in the first quarter of 2018. CuisinArt Golf Resort and Spa plans to reopen in November 2018, according to Stephane Zaharia, vice president and general manager. The Reef by CuisinArt is accepting reservations after April 10. The golf course at CuisinArt will reopen in December. 

Phone and internet communications have been restored to most parts of the island. Many local restaurants have reopened; grocery stores are provisioned. Cardigan Connor, minister of tourism, estimated that up to 95% of the island will have electricity by Christmas.

Water has been restored to households and businesses in Anguilla. All lines of access to public water are open.

Schools and pharmacies are open. The major inconvenience remains the lack of power, but generators are gradually filling the gap.

Restaurants now open: Falcon's Nest, Island Harbour; Gwen's Reggae Grill, Ocean Echo, Johnno's Beach Bar, Roy's Bayside Grill, English Rose, Andy's, MacDonna's, Tasty's, South Hill; Flavours, B&D Barbecue, Ferryboat Inn, Blowing Point,  Hibernia, Island Harbour, Elvis Beach Bar, Breezes, Dads, E's Oven, Coconuts Bar, Corner Bar, Falcon's Nest, Hall's, Island Crave Ice Cream & Deserts, Jah May Kan Flavaz, Roti Hut.

Restaurants opening in December; The Place, Rendezvous Bay; Dolce Vita, Sandy Ground; DaVida's, Crocus Bay; Scilly Cay, Island Harbour; Straw Hat, Meads Bay; Trattoria Tramonto, West End; Sandy Island.

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. Covecastles was badly damaged; builders said that rebuilding will take months. Altamer Resort will not reopen until sometime in 2018.

Charming Escapes Collection properties opening in November: Shoal Bay Villas, Shoal Bay; Allamanda Beach Club, Shoal Bay; Caribella Beach Resort, Barnes Bay; Quixotic Villas, Island Harbor.

Charming Escapes Collection properties opening in December: Carimaar Beach Club, Meads Bay; La Vue Boutique Inn, South Hill; Masaara Resort, Katouche Bay; Rendezvous Bay Hotel, Rendezvous Bay.

Villas, hotels and apartment rentals now open: Allamanda Beach Club, Manoah Boutique Hotel, Shoal Bay; Fountain Residences, Cerulean, West End; Arushi, Rendezvous Bay; Little Butterfly, Little Harbour; Nature Gardens, Rendezvous Bay; Sydans Apartments, Sandy Ground, Nature Gardens, Rendezvous Bay; Sydans Apartments, Villa Amarilla, Villa Black Pearl, Patsy's Seaside, Paradise Cove, Oceana Villa, Manoah Hotel, Kai Villa, Villa Amarilla, Villa Black Pearl.

Villa, hotel and apartment rentals opening in December: Villa Paradise, Zenaida, Almond Tree, Brookland Island View Apt., CeBlue, Champagne Sores (formerly Beaches Edge West), Jamies Apartments, Masara Resort, Ocean Terrace, Spyglass Hill Villa, Sunset Beach House, Sweet Return, Villa Paradise, Easy Corner Villas, Upper South Hill; Elodias Beach Resort, Shoal Bay East; Jamie's Apartments, Island Harbour; Ocean Terrace, Long Path; Brooklands Island View, Crocus Hill, Kishti Villas on Meads Bay.

The brand-new Quintessence Boutique Resort opens on Jan. 1. The nine-suite hotel is on the west side of the island and is furnished with Haitian art, a life-size chess board, a wine cellar, an infinity pool, a yoga pavilion, two bars and the Q Restaurant, which will open Dec. 5 for dinner Tuesdays-Sundays and will open for lunch Dec. 15. Only cash and local checks will be accepted due to electricity shortages.

Frangipani Beach Resort will welcome back guests with existing reservations in late December. The resort will start taking new reservations in January and its beachfront four-bedroom villa will be open to guests beginning in February.

The 2nd Annual Anguilla International Tennis Federation championships will take place at the Anguilla Tennis Academy Jan. 15 to 20. Moonsplash will take place at the Dune Reserve on Rendezvous Bay March 15 to 18, timed to coincide with the first full moon before Easter. The concerts will be hosted by Anguilla's Bankie Banx. Festival del Mar will take place on Easter weekend.


On the smaller of the islands that make up the nation of Antigua and Barbuda, 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.

The majority of Barbuda's frigate bird population is still unaccounted for in the wake of Hurricane Irma. The birds' breeding grounds, including the mangroves, were uprooted and filled with debris from the storm. Barbuda is home to the second largest frigate bird colony in the Western Hemisphere. During the peak breeding season in February, there are typically 5,000 nesting pairs.

Antigua and Barbuda's newly appointed minister of tourism Charles Fernandez said that a number of people from Barbuda are still in shelters in Antigua "and we are trying to get them transferred to more permanent quarters. On Barbuda, we are trying to get some of the less-damaged homes operational so that Barbudians can begin to go home."

The secondary school on the island, which was destroyed, is being rebuilt but that will take another six to 12 months, according to Fernandez. The hospital, also completed destroyed, will take about a year to rebuild and reopen.

Fernandez, who spoke during an interview at World Travel Market in London, was cautiously optimistic that electricity and water could be restored in some parts of Barbuda by December.

Actor Robert De Niro is moving ahead with plans to build Paradise Found resort on the site of the long-defunct K Club, although no timeline has been announced. 


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 reopened Nov. 1.

The power is not completely back. On Virgin Gorda it is more than 60% restored; it is 90% restored on Anegada, which was spared major damage. More than 40% of power is back on Tortola and Jost Van Dyke got its power back on Nov. 28, according to The BVI News. The September hurricanes damaged more than 12,000 poles, 400 miles of conductor cable, 2,200 pole-mounted transformers and 3,500 streetlights across the BVI.

"Water has been restored to the main village on Virgin Gorda, all restored on Anegada and is spotty in many places on Tortola. However, banks, ATMs and grocery stores are open. There has been damage to some of our museums, but our beaches are nicer and wider than before. Lots of work is needed to be done on Tortola," she said. 

Flax-Brutus said the BVI began welcoming cruise passengers in November, since there was minimal damage to Tortola Pier Park.

The BVI's Charter Yacht Association hosted 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.

A number of charter companies will resume sailing for the winter 2017/2018 season. Charter yachts will be available from Virgin Motor Yachts, BVI Yacht Charters and Dream Yacht Charter in November. In December, the Moorings, VSV, Marine Max Vacations and Festiva Sailing will have yachts available for charter, followed by Horizon Yacht Charters and TMM Yacht Charters in January.

The BVI Sailing Regatta will be held as scheduled from March 26 to April 1.

Dive operators in the BVI also are resuming some operations. Starting Nov. 1, Dive BVI will operate from the main base at Virgin Gorda Yacht Harbor, while Sunchase Scuba at Bitter End and Sail Caribbean Divers from the Moorings base will begin operations in December.

The destination's annual Lobster Festival took place in Anegada Nov. 25 and 26. "We felt it was important to hold the Anegada Lobster Fest to announce to repeat guests and prospective guests throughout the region and internationally, that the BVI is open for tourism business even as we recover from Hurricane Irma," said Sharon Flax-Brutus, director of tourism.

Daily ferries and charters have resumed service between Tortola and St. Thomas. Speedy's has resumed service between Virgin Gorda and Tortola. New Horizon Ferry resumed service between Tortola and Jost Van Dyke. Ferry companies include Native Son, Road Town Fast Ferry, Speedy's, Smith's Ferry Services, New Horizon Ferry Services, Dolphin Water Taxi, Inter-Island Boat Service and Ocean Dreams Water Taxi.

Foxy's Old Years Night Dec. 31 will take place on Jost Van Dyke. The Painkiller Cup is also set for Jost Van Dyke in January and the BVI Spring Regatta will take place March 26 to April 1.

"We had between 2,500 and 3,000 hotel rooms before the hurricanes, not counting AirBnb accommodations. We have less than half of those numbers now," said Flax-Brutus during an interview at World Travel Market in London in early November.

The BVI's 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.

Oil Nut Bay, a residential and resort community on Virgin Gorda will reopen its beach club, restaurant, resort amenities and marina on Dec. 16. The resort already is open to its home owners and will begin taking reservations for villas and suites in March.

Penn's Landing Marina and the Red Rock Restaurant and Bar at Penn's Landing reopened Nov. 15.

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. Ferries are operating on reduced schedules, which often change, and travelers are advised to check websites for up-to-date information.

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. Night flights are expected to resume by mid-December. 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. More than 100,000 seeds have been planted at four strategic sites in Dominica, in Roseau, the Northeast area, the Southeast area and Portsmouth, with the first harvest expected in the coming weeks.

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.

The following properties are open, most operating under generator power: Atlantique View Resort, Caribbean Seaview Apartments, Classique International Guest House, Coffeeriver Cottages, Hibiscus Valley Inn, Picard Family Guest House, Pointe Baptiste Guest House, Portsmouth Beach Hotel, Rejens Hotel, Rosalie Forest Eco Lodge, St. James Guest House, Suite Pepper Cottage, Sunset Bay Club and Tamarind Tree Hotel.

Rosalie Bay Resort hopes to reopen in September 2018.

Fort Young Hotel, Dominica's largest property, plans to partially reopen Jan.15 with 41 of its 72 rooms available for booking. The hotel is located in Roseau, the capital city, and is currently open in a limited capacity and at reduced rates to support relief efforts and aid workers. Power, water and Wifi have been restored at the hotel. The hotel plans to be fully remodeled and reopened to the public in October. Nightly rates for the January partial opening start at $277 per room, double. Call (767) 448-5000 or visit www.fortyounghotel.com to book.

Picard Beach Cottages, Calibishie Cove and Secret Bay Dominica are closed until further notice.

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.

Air Antilles, Air Sunshine, Liat, WINAIR and Trans Island Air have resumed services to Douglas Charles Airport. Costal Air Transport and Express Carrier also have resumed regular services to Canefield Airport.

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.

The cruise pier in Roseau is still being assessed for damages. The Discover Dominica Authority wants the pier back in operation when cruise calls begin in January.

Tonge warned that Dominica cannot reopen to cruise passengers "until we can offer them experiences, such as our nature attractions for which the island is known." He said assessments are ongoing to ensure safe access to the attractions, such as the Boiling Lake, Ti Tou Gorge and Cabrits National Park.

All 14 segments of the Waitukubuli National Trail remain closed. Assessments are underway to assess damage to the trail. 

Mas Domnik-The Real Mas, a pre-Lenten festival, is still on the schedule of events to take place March 12 and 13.

More than 1,400 faculty, students and staff from the Ross University School of Medicine will temporarily relocate to Knoxville, Tenn., this winter following Hurricane Maria's destruction. They will begin their winter semester at Lincoln Memorial University, according to Ross University. Faculty, staff and students were temporarily relocated to St. Kitts after the storm.


Nearly two months after the passing of Hurricane Maria, Puerto Rico's tourism industry is moving forward. The island's airports and cruise ports are operational and several hotels are open and taking reservations, although most still operate on generator power. As of Nov. 29, 68% of the 3.4 million Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority customers have power, although intermittent  power failures frequently occur in San Juan. More than 9% of people still do not have water to drink or bathe in and thousands still do not have roofs on their homes, according to the Army Corps of Engineers which is charged with installing blue tarps.

Gov. Ricardo Rossello announced on Nov. 27 a new entity called the Central Recovery and Reconstruction Office (CRRO) that will undertake the island's recovery with full transparency. Rossello said that CRRO will have state and federal controls to ensure there is transparency in the recovery process.

At a press conference in Washington on Nov. 13, the governor said that Hurricanes Irma and Maria left behind $94 billion of damage in Puerto Rico. "We're not only looking to rebuild but we want to make it much stronger, more resilient and a model for the rest of the Caribbean," he said.

"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).

ASTA president and CEO Zane Kerby traveled to Camuy Cave Park on Puerto Rico's north coast Nov. 16 to 18 to help kick off the Puerto Rico Tourism Co.'s "Rebuild Days" initiative, which is designed to focus efforts by volunteers to clean up several attractions impacted by Hurricane Maria in September. Volunteers have already worked at Camuy River Cave Park in northwestern Puerto Rico and at Seven Seas Beach at Fajardo on the east coast. Coming up on Dec. 7 is the Tibes Indigenous Ceremonial Center near Ponce, Crash Boat Beach near Aguadilla on Dec. 9 and a return visit to Camuy River Cave Park on Dec. 16. Volunteers are advised to wear a long sleeve shirt, a hat, sneakers, sunblock and bug repellant when participating in Rebuild Days, according to the PRTC.

"Tourism continues to be vital to Puerto Rico's road to recovery, and we look forward to welcoming visitors soon, especially those who want to give back this holiday season," Izquierdo said. "Continuing to visit us, staying at our hotels, eating at our restaurants, buying from local businesses and giving back through rebuilding efforts is the best way to support us right now."

Izquierdo hopes that tourism will reopen in San Juan by Dec. 20, in time for the December-May high season, according to USA Today. However, travelers are advised to check with their hotels regarding power sources.

Meet Puerto Rico (MPR), the Destination Marketing Organization for attracting meetings to Puerto Rico, launched the Experience Puerto Rico promotion with the message that Puerto Rico's meetings industry has moved from a period of assessment to engagement. "We were hit hard, that's for sure, but we are still standing," said Milton Segarra, president and CEO, MPR.

The promotion aims to drive meetings and conventions to the Puerto Rico Convention Center in San Juan as well as meetings sites throughout the country, once they are open. The convention center currently is being used as the headquarters for government officials during San Juan's recovery.

The Caribbean Hotel & Tourism Association will host its annual Marketplace event in San Juan Jan. 31 to Feb. 3.

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 has resumed its homeport schedule from San Juan.

Carnival will also resume sailings from San Juan on Feb. 18 once the Carnival Fascination completes its charter by FEMA to provide housing and meals to relief workers in St. Croix.

Carnival Cruise Line will resume calls in San Juan on Nov. 30, according to a message posted by Christine Duffy, president, Carnival Cruise Line on Oct. 21. The Nov. 30 call will be made by the Carnival Conquest.

Royal Caribbean's first call in San Juan is Nov. 30 with the Freedom of the Seas.

On Nov. 12, Norwegian Cruise Line's Norwegian Dawn will resume sailings from San Juan on a revised seven-day itinerary

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

PRTC reported that more than 450 restaurants, including franchises, are open, including restaurants in the Condado, Old San Juan and Santurce areas. However, most of them are operating on generator power.

In addition, 27 ground tour operators and 16 car rental companies with 61 dealers throughout the island, are open for business.

PRTC also reported that 66% of the island's casinos are open, with 38% open 24 hours a day.

More than 100 hotel properties are open and most taking new reservations for the upcoming months. The PRTC advises that visitors should contact the hotels directly for property-specific information. Many properties that are listed as open are operating on generator power only. Following are the dates that hotels are expected to reopen; if no date is listed, the hotel has reopened and is taking reservations:

Acacia Seaside Inn

AC Hotel San Juan Condado (Dec. 1)

Aquarius Club Boqueron

Aquarius Vacation Club Golden Sand Villas

At Wind Chimes Boutique Hotel

Azul ESJ Collection

Beside the Pointe on the Beach

Best Western Condado Palm Inn & Suites (Nov. 15)

Boquemar Beach Hotel

Borinquen Beach Inn

Canario Boutique Hotel

Caribe Hilton (Dec. 31)

Casa Amistad

Casa Blanca Hotel

Casa Condado Hotel

Casa Flamboyant, closed until further notice

Casa Isabel Bed and Breakfast, closed until further notice

Casa Islena Inn, closed until further notice

Casa Sol Bed and Breakfast

Casa Verde Hotel, closed until further notice

Cielo Mar Hotel

Ciqala Luxury Home Suites

Coconut Palms Inn, closed until further notice

Cofresi Beach Hotel

Combate Beach Hotel

Comfort Inn & Suites, Campomar

Comfort Inn San Juan

Condado Lagoon Villas at Caribe Hilton (Dec. 31)

Condado Plaza (Dec. 31)

Condado Vanderbilt Hotel

Copamarina Beach Resort & Spa

Coral by the Sea Hotel, closed until further notice

Coral Princess Hotel (March 1)

Costa Bahia Hotel & Convention Center

Courtyard by Marriott Aguadilla (Dec. 3)

Courtyard by Marriott Isla Verde Beach

Courtyard by Marriott San Juan Miramar (Dec. 2)

Da' House Hotel, closed until further notice

Dorado Beach, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve, closed, pending assessments

Dorado Beach Hotel, Plantation Village

Dos Angeles del Mar Guest House, closed until further notice

DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel San Juan

Dream Inn Puerto Rico

Dreams Hotel

El Canario by the Lagoon 

El Canario Inn

El Conquistador, a Waldorf Astoria Resort (April 1)

El Convento

El San Juan Hotel, Curio Collection (Jan. 31)

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

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

Estancia La Jamaca

Four Points by Sheraton Caguas Real

Gallery Inn

Gran Melia (TBD)

Hacienda El Jibarito

Hacienda Tamarindo

Hampton Inn & Suites San Juan (Dec. 31)

Hilton Condado Lagoon Villa, (Nov. 1)

Hilton Ponce Golf & Casino Resort (Dec. 31)

Hix Island House (Vieques), closed until further notice

Holiday Inn Express San Juan Condado Hotel

Holiday Inn Mayagez

Holiday Inn Ponce & Tropical Casino

Hosteria Del Mar

Hotel Belgica

Hotel Colonia

Hotel Decanter, closed until further notice

Hotel El Convento

Hotel El Guajataca

Hotel Fajardo Inn

Hotel Gran Melia Coco Beach, closed until further notice

Hotel Iberia, closed until further notice

Hotel InterContinental San Juan (Dec. 31)

Hotel Milano, closed until further notice

Hotel Miramar

Hotel Ocean Front, closed until further notice

Hotel Olimpo Court, closed until further notice

Hotel St. Regis at Bahia Beach Resort

Hotel Villa Forin

Hotel Villa Herencia, closed until further notice

Hotel Villa Montana & Spa

Howard Johnson Hotel Ponce (Feb. 1)

Howard Johnson Mayagez

Hyatt Hacienda del Mar, Dorado

Hyatt House San Juan

Hyatt Place Manati Hotel

Hyatt House San Juan

Hyatt Residence Club Dorado, closed until further notice

InterContinental San Juan, Isla Verde

La Concha, a Renaissance Resort (Nov. 1)

Las Casitas Village at El Conquistador (April 1)

Lazy Parrot Inn & Restaurant

La Terraza de San Juan

Le Consultat

Lucia Beach

Luquillo Sunrise Beach Inn

Malecon House, closed until further notice

Mayagez Resort & Casino

Numero 1 on the Beach, closed until further notice

Olive Boutique Hotel

Paradise Guest House, closed until further notice

Parador Boquemar

Parador Costa del Mar, closed until further notice

Parador El Buen Cafe

Parador El Faro

Parador Guanica 1929, closed until further notice

Parador Mauna Caribe

Parador Palmas De Lucia

Parador Turtle Bay

Parador Villa Parguera

Parador Villas del Mar Hau, closed until further notice

Parador Villas Sotomayor

Parador Yunque Mar

Plaza de Armas Hotel, closed until further notice

Ponce Plaza Hotel & Casino

Posada Que Chevere, closed until further notice

Punta Maracayo Resort

Rainforest Inn

Rincon Beach Hotel, closed until further notice

Rincon of the Seas y Villa Antonio

Ritz-Carlton, San Juan Hotel (April 4)

Royal Isabela, closed until further notice

San Juan Airport Hotel

San Juan Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino (Will open bookings on marriott.com as of Dec. 3 for available rooms. Pool, beach, casino and restaurants are open; Red Coral Lounge has music on weekends.)

San Juan Water Beach Club (Oct. 31)

San Miguel Plaza Hotel

San Sebastian Bed & Breakfast

Sandy Beach

Serafina Beach Hotel, a new property in Condado, plans to open in March

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 Wave Hotel

Tres Palmas Inn

Tryp by Wyndham

Verdanza Hotel (TBD)

Villa Cofres (TBD)

Villa Coral Guest House, closed until further notice

Villa Montana Beach Resort (Dec. 15)

W Retreat & Spa in Vieques (April 8)

Western Bay Boqueron Beach Hotel, closed until further notice

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.

The new 96-room Serafina Beach Hotel is slated to open in March along the Ashford Avenue strip in Condado, five minutes from Old San Juan. Nightly rates will start at $345 per room, double, in high season and drop to $225 in low season.

Sheraton Puerto Rico Hotel & Casino will open Jan. 9. Nightly rates will start at $254 per room, double. The hotel will host its eighth annual Illusions celebration on New Year's Eve for an evening of music and dancing, lasting until 5 a.m. with open bar. Tickets can be booked from the hotel at (787) 993-3500. 

Travelers are advised to doublecheck with individual properties and to view http://puertoriconow.seepuertorico.com/hotels for a full list of the status of hotels. 

Attractions update (unless otherwise noted, all are open and operating):
• Amazing Grace, San Juan, will return in mid-November for bay tours 
• Antiguo Casino, San Juan
• Bacardi Visitor Center, Catana
• Bio Bay, Las Croabas, currently closed 
• Boqueron town, Cabo Rojo
• Cabo Rojo Convention Center
• Carabali Rainforest Adventure Park, Luquillo
• Castillo Serralles, Ponce, will reopen Nov. 10 Fridays to Sundays
• El Atelier, Cocina Abierta, open and able to offer the VIP cooking classes
• El Morro and San Cristobal Forts, San Juan, closed, but the grounds outside El Morro are open to the public;
• Explora Multiaventura, San Juan, body rafting in the mountains
• Get Shopped, culinary tours of Old San Juan, currently operating for groups
• Hacienda Carabali, operational, including ATVs and horseback riding tours
• Hacienda Munoz Coffee plantation, San Lorenzo, no power yet
• La Parguera town, Lajas, open, some shops/restaurants on generator power
• Las Cascadas Water Park, Aguadilla
• Mayaguez Boardwalk
• Mosquito Bay, Vieques
• Museo de Arte Contemporaneo, San Juan, currently closed
• Museo de Arte de Ponce, open Sundays, Tuesdays and Saturdays
• Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico, San Juan, expects to reopen in mid-November
• Niuyorican Cafe, Old San Juan, closed
• Old Ponce Firehouse Museum, Ponce
• Plaza Las Americas and the Mall of San Juan
• Ponce Museum of Art
• Rainforest Zip Line, Rio Grande
• Schoenstatt Church, Cabo Rojo
• Serralles Castle, Ponce
• Vieques Boardwalk, damaged
• The Watchman Cross, Ponce

The coliseum in Arecibo is being used as a collection center; the stadium in Bayamon is available for day games only; stadiums in Caguas, Carolina are not available until mid-2018; Ponce's and San Juan's sports facilities are being used by the military as collection centers. 

The Puerto Rico Convention Center will resume its schedule of conventions in January, beginning with CHTA's Caribbean Travel Marketplace Jan. 30 to Feb. 1.

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.

FEMA is finalizing plans to fly 3,000 residents still in shelters to New York and Florida due to unavailability of lodging for them on the island.


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, Saline Garden, Le Nid d'Aigle.

LeVillage Saint-Barth will reopen on Dec. 1, although the two-story spa/fitness center may not be fully operational until the end of December. Summer rates (from $204 for a guestroom, from $245 for a garden cottage suite) will be in effect through Dec. 15. Peak rates, valid Dec. 18 through Jan. 7, start at $321 and $360, respectively. The 12-night minimum stay has been reduced to five nights.

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

Restaurants currently open include Le Grain de Sel by Saline Beach, Bistro Josephine, Eddy's, the bakery in Lorient, Le Repaire, Bar de L'Oubli, Le Vietnam in Gustavia. Restaurants that will be open for the holidays: Shellona Beach, La Plage, Annie's La Langouste, Bar de L'Oubil, Tamarin, Isola, La Guerite, Maya's, Francois Plantation, Eddy's, L'Esprit, Black Ginger, Hideaway, Orega, Le Repaire.

WIMCO Villa Rentals St. Barths' concierge services office is open. The company reports that the following properties will be opening by Thanksgiving: The Sunset, To Morne, Auberge de Terre Neuve, Tom Beach, Le Village St. Barth, Villa Lodge 4 Epices, Baie des Anges, Les Ondines, Saline Garden, Les Sucriers, Les Ilets de la Plage and Le Nid d'Aigle.

St. Barth Properties reports that half of the villas in its portfolio will be ready to welcome visitors by the end of December, according to Peg Walsh, president and founder.

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.

Tradewind Aviation launched an interline agreement with United Airlines. Customers can travel between the carriers' networks with a single reservation to St. Barts, Antigua and Nevis.

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.

Swimming is now allowed at Lorient, Shell Beach and the western part of St. Jean Bay (airport side).

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.


St. Maarten has become the first destination partner of the Florida-Caribbean Cruise Association's (FCCA) "The Caribbean is Open" campaign. Michele Paige, FCCA president said, "St. Maarten has worked around the clock to reopen for tourism, and we look forward to showcasing their actions, along with the products and friendly smiles awaiting visitors to help inject a needed economic boost."

Royal Caribbean's Grandeur of the Seas will call in St. Maarten on Dec. 17, marking the return of cruise ships to the island. The Independence of the Seas will call on Dec. 29, the Jewel of the Seas on Dec. 26, the Freedom of the Seas on Dec. 27 and the Adventure of the Seas on Dec. 31. The Independence of the Seas and the Thomson Celebration will dock on Christmas Day, and an exemption has been granted by the government for all businesses to open that day to cater to passengers. The Oasis of the Seas will return on Jan. 1 during the ship's New Year's cruise. More businesses are up and running and will contribute to more cruise lines adding the destination during the 2017-2018 cruise season.

Carnival Cruise Line will resume calls to St. Maarten at the beginning of January 2018, according to a message posted by Christine Duffy, president, Carnival Cruise Line on Oct. 21. The Carnival Sunshine will call on Jan. 15.

The Nature Foundation and the Dutch Caribbean Nature Alliance have been working together to clean the beaches before the arrival of cruise ships. The groups have also met with government officials and tour operators to discuss preparations for the return of cruise ships to the destination. 

"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.

Airlines serving Princess Juliana Airport:
• JetBlue, from JFK and Boston, twice week, starting Nov. 2; daily service, Jan. 5.
• American, daily, from Miami; from JFK, weekends only, April 7; from Philadelphia, daily except Tuesdays and Thursdays, April 4; from Charlotte, daily, April 3.
• Delta, from Atlanta, daily except Tuesdays and Thursdays, Nov. 2; from JFK, daily, April 3.
• Spirit, from Fort Lauderdale, Saturdays only, Feb. 17.
• Air Canada, from Toronto, Saturdays only, Feb. 17.
• Air Transat, from Toronto, Saturdays only, Dec. 23; from Montreal, Saturdays only, Dec. 23.
• Air France, from Paris, special flights on Dec.23 and Jan. 6; daily flights resume March 25.
• Air Caraibes, from Paris Orly, Saturdays only, Dec. 21.
• KLM, from Amsterdam, twice a week, Nov. 12.

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.

Air charter service between St. Maarten and Anguilla:
• Anguilla Air Services, three daily roundtrip flights through Dec. 20 and again March 12 to Nov. 4, 2018, and four daily flights, Dec. 21 to March 11.
• Air Sunshine, daily roundtrip service.

Ferry service between St. Maarten and Anguilla:
• Calypso, three daily each way. One-way rate, $65 per adult, $35 for child under 12. Book in advance at calypsochartersanguilla.com.
• GB Ferry, two roundtrips a day. Book at www.gbferries.com. The dock at St. Maarten is temporarily located at the Simpson Bay Bridge.
• Funtime Charters, three daily (shared Seashuttle). Reserve 24 hours in advance at www.funtimecharters.com/reservtions.

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, Holland House Beach 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.

The Atrium Beach Resort and Spa will be open to guests as of Dec. 15.

Azure Hotel has tentative opening date of Jan. 11.

Bleu Emeraude Residence plans to reopen in March.

Royal Palm Beach and Flamingo Beach need extensive repairs to repair damage from the hurricanes. Both resorts will be closed until further notice and all reservations are canceled through 2018. 

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. "The Westin is looking at a reopening date later in 2018," said Rolando Brison, director of tourism.

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.

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

Rainforest Adventures opened the new St. Maarten Rockland Estate eco-park Nov. 24. 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.

Sunset Grill at the end of the airport runway has reopened.


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.

No villas will be available before April 1, 2018, according to WIMCO Villa Rentals.

Tijon Parfumerie in Grand Case hopes to reopen in mid-December and plans to be able to fulfill internet orders from the U.S. in January. Owners Cyndi and John Berglund are rebuilding their home and waiting to welcome tourists back to St. Martin.


Gov. Kenneth Mapp lifted the curfew in the U.S. Virgin Islands on Oct. 31, but urged the Territory's residents to exercise caution, especially at night since full power and street lighting are not yet restored on the islands.

As of Nov. 28, more than 20,500 customers in the territory have had power restored, representing 36% on St.Croix, 48% on St. Thomas and 47% on St. John, according to the Virgin Islands Water and Power Authority (WAPA). In addition, 37% on Water Island has been restored. The Army Corps of Engineers has installed 160 industrial generators throughout the islands since the storms.

The territory is making headway in reaching its goal of restoring electricity to 90% of customers with functioning meters by the end of the year, according to WAPA. A 100% power restoration will take longer because many damaged buildings cannot get their power back until structural repairs are completed, according to Beverly Nicholson-Doty, commissioner of tourism.

The WAPA's boil water advisory remains in effect for potable water territory-wide.

The Virgin Islands Next Generation Network (viNGN) has restored some Internet sites on each of the islands to facilitate free temporary connections and free Wifi hot spots. Locations are found at www.viNGN.com.

A delegation from the U.S. Virgin Islands met with cruise executives and industry partners at the recent Florida-Caribbean Cruise Association (FCCA) conference and trade show in Merida, Mexico.

"We know that our cruise product will not be restored to pre-storm conditions when the first ships return Nov. 10., but we are making tremendous progress," said Nicholson-Doty.

The USVI had 50% of its pre-storm business arrive in November and 90% is slated for December, with cruise travel returning to pre-storm levels in January.

The Norwegian Dawn canceled its scheduled call in Frederiksted on Nov. 11, according to Gov. Mapp. He said the reason for the cancellation was not known, although concerns about shore excursions were mentioned. While the government will look into the cause of the cancellation, Mapp said that at this point all future calls for the Norwegian Dawn on St. Croix have been canceled.

The Viking Sea, with a capacity of 930 passengers and 550 crew, is scheduled to arrive on Nov. 15 and 28 and Dec. 8.

The Seabourn Sojourn will call on Dec. 14 and 25 and the Seabourn Odyssey on Dec. 30.

All ports are open for daylight operations except the Port of Christianseted in St. Croix, Cruz Bay in St. John and Red Hook in St. Thomas, according to FEMA. 

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

There are approximately 4,500 traditional hotel room and another 4,000 Airbnb, VRBO and timeshare units throughout the USVI.

The Buccaneer on St. Croix officially reopened to guests on Nov. 1. Since Hurricane Maria struck in late September, the hotel was closed to leisure guests as it operated as a command center for FEMA and the Army Corps of Engineers. The hotel, which celebrates its 70th anniversary in December, has always had its own source of power and never lost electricity.

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.

The Gallows Bay Port on St. Croix has been closed by the U.S. Coast Guard until further notice. Therefore, the QE IV ferry which travels between St. Thomas and St. Croix cannot operate until the Gallows Bay Port is reopened.

Many businesses have been repaired and are reopening. While some are operating normally, some do not yet have working phone lines or credit card machines, and others are operating on generator power or with an alternate schedule due to limited staffing or damage to their facilities.

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.

Caravelle Hotel & Casino in Christiansted will close on April 30 to complete renovations caused by Hurricane Maria. The hotel will continue to house relief workers until then as they repair infrastructure around the island. The hotel hopes to reopen for business on Sept. 1. Online reservations, including OTAs and travel agent bookings, opened Nov. 10 with availability beginning Sept. 1.

Located adjacent to the hotel are the RumRunners restaurant, Big Beards Sailing Charters and the Caravelle Casino, which are open and will remain open while the hotel is being repaired.

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.

The Frederiksted is open and accepting guests.

Divi Carina Bay is closed through May 2018. The casino will open in mid-December.

The Fred 's planned opening date of Dec. 1 has been delayed and will not be prepared to accept regular guests until sometime after Jan. 1.

Hotel on the Cay is without power. Guests with current reservations after Nov. 30 should contact their booking source or the reservations department at info@hotelonthecay.com.

Sand Castle on the Beach is open, as is the Beach Side Cafe.

Palms at Pelican Cove is closed until further notice.

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

Vacation rental companies that are open: Calabash Real Estate Vacation Rentals, Coldwell Vacation Rentals; Champagne Vacation Rentals, Vacation St. Croix, Walt & Robin (REMAX St. Croix), Sugar Beach Condo Resort, Mount Victory Camp, Northside Valley.

Restaurant and food trucks that are operating: Angry Nate's Boathouse and Seafood Emporium, Baked Cafe, The Bombay Cub, Beach Side Cafe, Blues Backyard BBQ & Grill, Cultured Pelican, La Reine Chicken Shack, Love-Croix Helados & Eatz, Mahogany Road Chocolate, Maria's Cantina, No Bones Cafe, Rum Runners Steaks & Seafood, Sai Gon Deli, Shupe's on the Boardwalk, Twin City Coffee House & Gallery, Un Amore, Uptown Eatery, You Are Here Bar & Grille, Zion Modern Kitchen.

Activities available: Big Beard's Adventure Tours, The Boardwalk Parlour, The Buccaneer Hideaway Spa, Buck Island Charters, BushTribe Eco Adventures, Cane Bay Dive Shop West, Captain Cook Charters, Caravelle Casino, Catch 22 Fishing Charters, CoralFire Entertainment, The Courtyard, Pampered VI, Fort Christianvaern tours, St. Croix Ultimate Bluewater Adventures, St. George Village Botanical Garden, Sweeny's Tours, Tamarind Reef Spa, Virgin Island Food Tours, Virgin Kayak Tours.

The annual Crucian Christmas Festival is planned for Dec. 22 through Jan. 6. For the first time, the festivities will include Crucian Christmas Festival nights in St. Thomas as well as St. John and will feature a diverse selection of music each night.


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.

The Virgin Islands National Park announced that Trunk Bay, Honeymoon Beach and Hawksnest Beach are officially open. Virgin Islands Ecotours cleaned up the Honeymoon Beach Hut, which reopened for business Nov. 15. Watersports rentals include beach chairs, pool floats, snorkel gear, kayaks, standup paddleboards and lockers. The flush toilets have running water. All linemen, relief workers and National Park Service employees receive a 20% discount on tours booked at viecotours.com.

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 has cancelled all reservations through 2018. No new reservations are being accepted, although management hopes to reopen the resort by Q3 of 2018.

Caneel Bay will be closed for the 2017/2018 season.

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.

FEMA opened a Disaster Recovery Center in Cruz Bay, making it the seventh center in the territory. The center is open daily to provide support to residents and small business owners to register for hurricane assistance.


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. Although ships are returning one at a time for now, more than 60 ships are expected in December, according to the VIconsortium website.

Cyril King airport is open to commercial flights on American, Delta, JetBlue and Spirit Airlines. Seaborne Airlines has resumed limited seaplane service between the downtown areas of St. Thomas and St. Croix with three flights a day and walk-up, one-way fares of $70.

The Virgin Islands Port Authority projects new dates for full return of airline operations between Nov 15 and Dec. 1. The airport is now open for limited airline flights, military operations, cargo operations (hurricane relief) and medical evacuation flights.

Limited flights operating until further notice: American 943 from Miami, Delta 307 from Atlanta, Spirit 1212 on Wednesday and Saturday from Fort Lauderdale, JetBlue 566 from Fort Lauderdale and San Juan, United 1173 from Newark, Cape Air 8021 from San Juan.

Royal Caribbean has partnered with the Magens Bay Authority to meet a Nov. 10 deadline for restoring Magens Bay to destination status, according to the St. Thomas Source. The cruise line's 3,000-passenger Adventure of the Seas is scheduled to dock that day in St. Thomas.

Magens Bay, the popular beach that was heavily damaged by Hurricanes Irma and Maria, has reopened to cruise passengers. More than 80% of the sea grape trees were uprooted, the coconut palms suffered a 70% loss, shattered concession buildings littered the beach and surging waters carved a deep shelf along what had been a gentle slope of sand, The Source reported.

Carnival Cruise Line will resume calls to St. Thomas at the beginning of January 2018, according to a message posted by Christine Duffy, president, Carnival Cruise Line on Oct. 21. The Carnival Glory will call on Jan. 9.

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. Duffy's Love Shack on Red Hook Rd. has reopened. Shopping areas have reopened in Crown Bay. Mountain Top also has reopened.

Gov. Mapp met recently with representatives of Frenchman's Reef & Morning Star Marriott Beach Resort to discuss the future of the resort, which was heavily damaged. After a full assessment, the owners have determined that the reconstruction costs will exceed $400 million. There is no timeline regarding an opening date.

According to the USVI Hotel & Tourism Association, Sugar Bay Resort and Spa will be closed until 2019 and Bolongo Bay will reopen in June.

Emerald Beach Resort will reopen in January.

Marriott's Frenchman's Cove will reopen Dec. 31, 2018.

Margaritaville Vacation Club, Wyndham is projected to open in February.

Elysian Beach will reopen next spring.

Bluebeard's Beach Club plans to reopen fall 2018.

The Ritz-Carlton, St. Thomas is projected to reopen in October.

Lindbergh Bay Hotel & Villas, Mafolie Hotel and Island View Guesthouse plan to reopen before the end of 2017.

Point Pleasant has canceled all reservations through Dec. 15.

Secret Harbour Beach Resort is currently closed to stayover guests, but is housing first responders and plans to reopen as soon as power and phone services are restored. The restaurant is open daily from noon to 6 p.m. and the dive shop is open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m

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 June.

Island Beachcomber Hotel and Windward Passage are closed until further notice.

Bluebeard's Castle Resort continues to assess damage.

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."

Galley Bay Resort and Spa sustained damage from Irma and Maria and had to close its doors for the first time in years. "We are looking to open on Dec. 23 and are working every day to get ready for that. We had 16 rooms that were affected by the surge and we took the opportunity to expand, rebuild them and outfit all the rooms with new amenities, as well as update the restaurants," said Alex de Brito, general manager.


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. While it is continuing to advise those who were considering travel to Ragged, Acklins and Crooked Islands to postpone travel at this time, 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.

All Iberostar Cuba properties in Havana, Varadero, Trinidad and Santiago de Cuba are again fully operational. The company's hotels in Los Cayos, the region most severely affected by Hurricane Maria, will reopen on Nov. 1. The Iberostar Mojito in Cayo Coco will reopen on 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 Christophe Harbour opened Nov. 1.

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 2018 Nevis Blues Festival has been canceled. "In the wake of hurricanes, priorities lie elsewhere. Fortunately, Nevis was spared the worst effects of the hurricanes, but neighboring islands were devastated," the organizers said in a statement. The festival will return in 2019.


The Grand Turk Cruise Center officially reopened Nov. 1, following damage sustained from Hurricane Maria with a visit from Carnival Cruise Line's Carnival Ecstasy, part of the ship's seven-day voyage from Charleston. During the day-long stop, passengers had a wide range of activities, including shopping, dining, an on-site pool and shore excursions. The 20-acre complex has access to a beach, pool and a FlowRider attraction.

Southwest launched daily service between Fort Lauderdale and Providenciales on Nov. 5.

"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 Turkoise will reopen on Jan. 31, 2018. The resort sustained damage from both hurricanes. After completing the full assessment following the passage of Hurricane Maria, it has been determined that the time needed to get the necessary materials to the island to complete the repairs will take longer than had anticipated, according to a message on its Facebook page.

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.

The Meridian Club, Turks and Caicos will reopen on Nov. 1.

Villa del Mar reopened Oct. 28. There was no structural damage from the storms, but landscaping had to be replanted to restore the gardens.

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.