What's open and closed after the hurricanesMAP OF CARIBBEAN ISLANDSLast updated: March 29, 2018

When the Caribbean took 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.

The bad news, of course, is that islands that sustained heavy damage are in the midst of recovery operations -- 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 Caribbean.

Editor's note: As of late February, progress has been made throughout the region. According to the Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association, nearly 50% of the CHTA-member hotels on the most severely affected islands have reopened, and more are on the way. Overall visitor numbers for the Caribbean were strong in 2017. Residents of tourism areas of Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands are welcoming visitors.

Along with a major update to the countries primarily affected by the storms -- Anguilla, Barbuda, Dominica, Puerto Rico, St. Barts, St. Maarten/Martin and the Virgin Islands -- we have stopped listing information for islands that reported moderate damage from the storms, as those destinations are almost fully recovered. 

You may also check the update page of the Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association for additional info. 

If you see something on this list that should be changed, please email the editors here.



Options for getting to Anguilla are steadily expanding as the recovery continues apace. Seaborne Airlines has service 5 days a week, Thursday through Monday, from San Juan directly into the Clayton J Lloyd International Airport here.  As of March 11, the flight will depart San Juan at 2 p.m, allowing for greater connectivity on its codeshares with JetBlue, American and Delta.

Trans Anguilla Airways flies between Anguilla and Antigua, on Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday. The flight may be routed via St. Kitts depending on the load factors. Air Sunshine serves Anguilla from San Juan, St. Maarten and St. Thomas. On April 14, United resumes service from Newark into St. Maarten on Saturday and Sunday; from St. Maarten, visitors have ferry options to Anguilla.

As of now, the airport is open only in daylight hours. 

For visitors transiting St. Maarten to Anguilla, ferry service is available from Simpson Bay in St. Maarten to the temporary structure at Blowing Point terminal while the new facility is being built. Private ferry companies have resumed operations to/from St. Maarten, timed to coincide with flight arrivals and departures at Princess Juliana Airport, with service from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. From St. Martin, there is ferry service from Marigot Bay to Anguilla.


Electrical power has been restored islandwide. Landline, internet and FLOW TV services are still being restored in various parts of the island. 

Hotels and resorts

In addition to the new Quintessence hotel, which opened Jan. 1, and Zemi Beach House, which reopened Feb. 15, other five-star properties reopening include the Four Seasons Resort and Residences on March 23 and The Reef by Cuisinart on April 1.

Malliouhana will reopen in November, CuisinArt Golf Resort & Spa on Nov. 1 and the new Belmond Cap Juluca on Nov. 17.

Neither Anacaona Boutique Hotel nor the Anguilla Great House Beach Resort have reopening dates at this time.

Reopening dates have not been announced for Altamer, Anacaona Boutique Hotel, Arawak Beach Inn and Anguilla Great House Beach Resort.

Attractions and restaurants

Anguilla's culinary scene is alive and well with more than 70 restaurants, food trucks and bakeries open, including Veya's, the rebuilt Garvey's Sunshine Shack, da'Vida and its new Tamarind Lounge, Trattoria Tramonto, Picante, Roy's, the Pelican Bar, Geraud's, Manoah, Dolce Vita, Tasty's, Dad's & Johnno's, Ferryboat Inn, Breezes at the Reef, and Elvis's Beach Bar with free WiFi. Another 20 restaurants plan to reopen in the next few months.

Shops, businesses and art galleries also have reopened their doors. Anguilla's Jammin's gardens are back and producing bananas, papayas, avocados and other fruits for the jams and jellies sold islandwide.

Anguilla has more than 20 attractions open, including the Tennis Academy, the 18-hole golf course at The Reef at CuisinArt and water sports. The Aqua Park will reopen in March. Ten attractions that are still closed, including some of the offshore cays, will soon announce reopening dates. 

Excursions include day trips to St. Barts on Calypso Charters, dive trips on Shoal Bay Scuba and tours to Magic City, a family attraction. Anguilla Watersports resumed operations and offers paddle boarding, glass bottom boat ride and kite surfing. Surf AXA now has surfboards available for rent. Nature Explorers Anguilla offers its birdwatching tours in the wetlands, coastal areas and mangroves.

Sandy Island beach lost much of its sand during Hurricane Irma but is slowly returning to normal as the tides bring in replacement sand each day.

Events include Moonsplash March 10 and 11, Festival del Mar March 3 through April l, and Anguilla Literary Festival May 17 through 20.


The Seabourne Odyssey called in Anguilla three times in December and has 10 calls scheduled through 2018.


Progress is slow in Barbuda. Of the 1,800 residents of Baruda who were evacuated to Antigua in the wake of Hurricane Irma, most remain in Antigua due to lack of electricity, housing and schools in Barbuda. Often the daily ferry is canceled, due to high winds or a gas shortage. Flights from Antigua often are canceled due to fuel shortage. Few homes have been reconnected to the electrical grid. Water and electricity has been restored to government buildings, the police station, the hospital and post office in the capital of Codrington.

Coco Point Lodge is closed through 2018. Barbuda Bell Beach Hotel has plans to reopen in November. Robert de Niro is going ahead with plans for the $250 million Paradise Found Resort on the site of the long-defunct K Club, according to Colin James, minister of tourism, Antigua and Barbuda. "All of the drawings are done. It will be rebuilt as an environmentally-friendly resort with a low carbon footprint. It could open in 2020," James said during a tourism conference in Puerto Rico in early February.

Plans call for a new runway at the Codrington Airport on Barbuda to accommodate jets, according to prime minister Gaston Browne, who did not give cost details or a timeline.


The Terrance B. Lettsome airport on Beef Island on Tortola is open.

Carriers serving the airport from San Juan include Cape Air, Liat, Seaborne and InterCaribbean Airways, which added new service from Tortola to St. Thomas, St. Croix, St. Maarten, Dominica and St. Lucia.

Ferries are operating between the BVI and St. Thomas and within the BVI. The Moorings and Sunsail reopened their yacht charter base on Tortola. Conch Charters, Horizon Yacht Charters and TMM Yacht Charters have resumed operations.


Electricity has been restored to 85% of most of the islands, with the plan for full power across all islands by Easter April 1. All water plants are up and running; however, there was major damage to the distribution network, so some places are still without water. All mobile networks and Internet access are up across the island.

Hotels and resorts

Close to 400 guest rooms and 1,000 berths (on charter yachts) have reopened and will continue into 2019.

Anegada Beach Club reopened on Feb. 1. Cooper Island will reopen on April 1, while villa rentals opened in March at Oil Nut Bay. Sunset House on Long Bay, Tortola will be available for rent starting in April. Sebastian's On The Beach hopes to open by the second quarter of this year. The Sugar Mill Hotel will reopen on Oct. 1; its new beach bar restaurant Tramonti will open in April or May. Guana Island will reopen in July; Scrub Island Resort & Spa will reopen on a limited basis this spring with select accommodations and reduced dining outlets with a full reopening slated for July.

Other reopenings include: Peter Island Resort & Spa in late 2018; Necker Island Resort (partial in October); Mosquito Island will reopen one house in October; Biras Creek on Virgin Gorda will open 12 rooms in November; Eustatia Resort, November; Rosewood Little Dix Bay on Virgin Gorda, late 2019; Pussers Marina Cay, October, and Bitter End Yacht Club, 2019.

Necker Island will welcome guests to its restored Great House in October with further accommodations slated to reopen in 2019.

Long Bay Beach Resort & Villas,  Treasure Isle, Surfsong Villa Resort, Turtle Bay Lambert Beach Resort and Heritage Inn are closed until further notice.

Attractions and restaurants

Most beaches have reopened. All attractions, with the exception of four museums on Tortola, are open, including the famous Baths.

More than 70 restaurants and bars are open on Tortola, Virgin Gorda, Jost Van Dyke, Anegada and Norman Island. The Willy T Floating Bar plans to reopen at the Bight at Norman Island by May. The replacement vessel will be a replica of the previous boat, just a bit larger, according to the bar's Facebook page.

The cruise pier and park in Tortola are open.

A total of 30 charter companies, 16 marinas, 13 yacht brokers, five dive operators and eight watersports companies are back in business in the BVI.


The Douglas Charles airport is open with expanded air access with night landings until 8 p.m. and is served by Liat from Antigua and Barbados; Winair from Guadeloupe, San Juan and St. Maarten; Seaborne from San Juan; Air Sunshine from St. Kitts, St. Thomas, San Juan, Anguilla and Tortola; Sky High from Santo Domingo, D.R.; and Trans Island Air from Barbados, and InterCaribbean Airways will launch service on March 22 from St. Lucia and Tortola.  

Fast ferry services offer connections from St. Lucia, Martinique and Guadeloupe.


Dominica Electricity Company (Domlec) continues to work towards powering up the entire island by April. However, more than five months after Hurricane Maria, many  consumers across Dominica are still without electricity. The capital of Roseau, Portsmouth, Canfield Industrial Estate, Bath Estate, Elmshall and parts of Goodwill have been powered up and added back to Dolmen's grid, but many other communities and villages are without electricity; the telephone and Internet systems are in shambles. 

Hotels and resorts

Hotels began reopening on Jan. 1, with 393 rooms (41%) of the 960 total rooms available to visitors. Fort Young Hotel in Roseau reopened 41 of its 72 rooms in February, with the rest coming in October; Pagua Bay House Oceanfront Cabanas & Pagua Bay Bar & Grill also has reopened. The Anichi Resort and Spa, operated under the Autograph Collection Hotels brand of Marriott, broke ground this month and will open in late 2019 with 120 rooms. Rosalie Bay has no reopening date at this time. Secret Bay plans to reopen Nov. 1 with six villas, each with a plunge pool, an onsite restaurant and a wellness center. The Residences at Secret Bay, originally slated for 2018, will begin construction later this year.


TUI Cruises' Mein Schiff 3 called at the Roseau cruise ship berth on Jan. 28, the first cruise ship to call in Roseau since the hurricanes. The ship brought more than 2,000 passengers to the island. Upcoming cruise calls include MSC on March 15, Windstar on March 21, TUI on March 25 and Pulmantur Cruises on March 26. Other lines coming later this season include Costa Cruises, Holland America Line and Carnival Cruise Line.


Mero Beach and Toucan Beach, both on the north coast, have reopened and offer water sports for visitors. Nineteen of the island's 23 major natural sites and attractions are open to visitors, including Trafalgar Falls, Syndicate Nature Trail, Emerald Pool, Indian River,  the Botanic Gardens, Mero Beach and Toucan Beach.

Tours to several dive sites were set to resume.


All airports across the island are open and operational day and night, with Luis Munoz Marin Airport in San Juan averaging 110 daily flights. Capacity is on the rise, with a current monthly seat volume of 391,000, as of Feb. 19. By July, seat capacity will increase by 81,000 and air access will be on par with levels of summer 2017. Growth is driven by newly established routes and existing frequency in addition to larger aircraft that results in higher seat capacity. The airport is served by Air Antilles Express, American Airlines, Air Century, Air Sunshine, Allegiant, Avianca, Cape Air, Condor, Copa, Delta, Frontier, InterCaribbean Airways, JetBlue, Liat, Pawa Dominicana, Seaborne, Southwest, Spirit, Sun Country, Tradewinds Aviation, United and Vieques Air Link.


Nearly six months after Hurricane Maria made landfall on Sept. 20, 2017, 90% of the island has electric power, 98% has telecommunications services, 95% of Puerto Rico has running water (96.5% in San Juan). All hospitals are operational and more than 1,580 ATMs throughout the island are working.

The statistics were provided by the Puerto Rican government, which warned that much work remains to be done and crews were still finding unexpected damage. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers estimates that power will be restored to all of Puerto Rico by May.

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Hotels and resorts

Currently there are 125 out of 149 Puerto Rico Tourism Co.-endorsed hotels open, representing 83% of accommodations, along with hundreds of Airbnb listings and paradores (small, family-run inns). These numbers represent approximately 12,458 rooms, with 2,670 additional rooms being revamped.

The Wyndham Grand Rio Mar Puerto Rico Golf & Beach Resort reopens on March 1, El San Juan Hotel-Curio Collection by Hilton on Oct. 1, Caribe Hilton and Condado Lagoon Villas on July 1, Cofresi Beach Resort in Cabo Rojo on March 15, Comfort Inn San Juan on May 1, Dorado Beach Ritz-Carlton Reserve on Oct. 1, El Canario by the Lagoon on June 18 and the new Serafina Beach Hotel opens in San Juan on March 20.

Embassy Suites Dorado del Mar Beach & Golf Resort and Embassy Suites Hotel & Casino in San Juan will reopen in April, Holiday Inn Express San Juan Condado on June 1, Hotel St. Regis Bahia Beach on Aug. 31, Melia Coco Beach Puerto Rico on Nov. 1, Condado Plaza Hilton on July 1, Verdanza Hotel on April 1 and W Retreat & Spa in Vieques on Dec. 31. The Ritz-Carlton San Juan is not accepting reservations at this time. 

Hotels that are closed and/or have not announced reopening dates include Blue Horizon Boutique Resort, Casa Flamboyant, Casa Grande Mountain Retreat, Coral by the Sea, Dos Angeles del Mar Guest House, Great Escape, Hacienda Gripinas, Hyatt Hacienda del Mar, Malecon House, Parador Costa del Mar, Parador Guanica 1929, Parador Mauna Caribe, Plaza de Armas Hotel, Villa Doral Guest House and the Wyndham Garden at Palmas del Mar.

There is no reopening date at this time for El Conquistador Waldorf Astoria and Las Casitas Village. According to a statement from the hotel: "We sustained significant damages following Hurricane Maria and have been unable to reopen. We are still determining the best course of action for repairs and rebuilding and will provide updates as progress is made."

Puerto Rico will add 3,800 more rooms to its inventory by 2019, representing a 25% increase. Some of the new hotel developments under way include JW Marriott, ALOFT San Juan Convention Center, ALOFT Ponce, Four Seasons Cayo Largo and O:LV Fifty Five. Approximately $1.9 billion will be injected into new developments and renovations.

Restaurants and attractions

 Of Puerto Rico's 17 casinos, 16 are open.

More than 4,000 restaurants are open island-wide. More than 1,885 restaurants, including franchises, are open in Condado, Old San Juan and the Santurce area.

More than 133 tourist attractions and 13 golf courses are open. Tourist attractions open to visitors include major sites and activities such as Old San Juan, El Morro Castle, Museum of Art, Cueva Ventana in Arecibo, catamaran rides in Fajardo, trail rides in Isabela, Museo Parque de Bombas and the Museum of Art in Ponce, Rain Forest zip line in Rio Grande, Bacardi distillery tours in Toa Baja and luminescent tours in Vieques.

El Yunque National Forest remains closed, but there is some accessibility to the lowers paths and rivers. The forest is greening up again.


The cruise port is open, and more than 110 shore excursions are available. The Puerto Rico Tourism Co. reported that more than 170,000 homeport passengers embarked from San Juan through mid-February. A total of 58 ships is calling in San Juan in March.


St. Bart's Gustav III airport is open with daily flights from Guadeloupe and St. Martin on St. Barth Commuter as well as daily flights from Anegada and San Juan on Tradewinds Aviation. Winair has up to four daily scheduled flights from St. Maarten, Air Antilles offers flights from Guadeloupe, and Air America and Paradise Air operate charter flights from San Juan.

The Great Bay Express Ferry is operating between St. Martin and St. Barts; boat charter companies Jicky Marine and Master Ski Pilou are operating.


All beaches have been cleared and open for swimming since November; electricity and water have been restored to all areas of the island; Internet service is widely available; WiFi hotspots have been installed; and cell service is widely available. 

Hotels and resorts

Numerous private villa properties are open, according to Wimco (West Indies Management Co.), Villas of Distinction and St. Barth Properties.

Le Guanahani, the island's biggest resort with 67 rooms, will reopen this summer, while Eden Rock, St. Barths plans a late 2018 reopening (Eden Rock's 80-property Villa Rental is open for business). The Christopher Hotel had planned a Feb. 20 reopening, but a fire on Feb. 18 derailed plans and there is no reopening date at this time. Villa Marie Saint-Barth reopened March 2 with 23 bungalows and two new villas, Manapany Hotel reopened March 13, Hotel Le Toiny in October and Le Barthelemy, later this year.

No reopening dates have been announced for Cheval Blanc St.-Barth Isle de France or Le Sereno, but most likely they will reopen in the fall.

Restaurants and attractions

The government reported that 49 restaurants are open, including two on the beach, as are many shops.

The rebuilt Nikki Beach Saint Barth, a luxury outdoor beach club and event space, will reopen on March 30 on St. Jean beach on the north side of the island. Facilities include a restaurant and shaded outdoor dining area, bar, boutique, sun beds, lounges and a DJ booth. Hours are 11:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily. There is no admission fee, but reservations are recommended for lunch.


The cruise port in Gustavia is open.


The Princess Juliana airport reopened in October with limited service, and major carriers have since increased their flights each month from gateways of Atlanta, New York Kennedy, Boston, Miami, Charlotte, Philadelphia and Fort Lauderdale as well as from Canada and Europe. Daily nonstops are available on JetBlue from New York and on American from Miami. Delta has nonstops from Atlanta four days a week.

Airport service is still limited. However, reconstruction efforts have begun. The structure of the terminal building held up firmly during the hurricane, but the interior was had severe water damage, and the water removal process is ongoing, including a mold assessment. The airport opened a new departure lounge to accommodate passengers in a larger facility until the interior of the main terminal has been reconstructed and reopens later this year or early next year. Until now, departing passengers have had to wait in a large tent after checking in for their flights. The new temporary facility accommodates 315 seats, 11 concessions, 17 airline check-in booths, restrooms and security screening.

Next on the airport's agenda will be a new temporary arrivals pavilion to free up the General Aviation building that has been used for arrivals. The airport's new roof will be designed to withstand winds over 185 mph and wind gusts up to 240 mph.


St. Maarten continues to rebuild  and has reopened many of its tourism businesses. All telecommunications, including WiFi, are up; drinking water is available island wide; electricity has been restored to 95% of the destination.

Hotels and resorts

Currently, there are 27 accommodations open, representing 669 units; the 36 properties that still are closed will begin reopening this spring and later.

Oyster Bay Beach Resort reopens June 1 with 85 units, the lobby, gym and laundry, pool and hot tub. The second and third phases are slated for completion by Dec. 1. Divi Little Bay targets a May 1 partial reopening and will have Seabreeze restaurant, pool, gym, shops and spa in operation. The Sonesta Maho Beach Resort and Sonesta Ocean Point hope to reopen late this year or the first quarter of 2019. Great Bay Beach Resort, formerly a Sonesta and now a Sunwing property, will reopen in 2019.

Belair Beach Hotel reopened on March 17 with 54 of 70 rooms, pool and restaurant; Sea Palace Resort, April 1; Palm Court Hotel, May; Horny Toad Guest House, fall. Simpson Bay Resort has been operational for several months, although the resort had urged guests to delay travel plans until early March. The villas also reopened in time for the recent Heineken Regatta.

The Westin St. Maarten Dawn Beach, Alegria Hotel, Ocean Club, Royal Islander Resort, the Towers at Mullet Bay, Flamingo Resort and Royal Palm Resort remain closed.

The Summit Resort Hotel will not reopen.

Timeshare resorts coming back online include Sea Palace, Sapphire Beach Resort and Atrium Resort.

Restaurants and attractions

Numerous restaurants, bars, cafes and beach shacks have reopened, including the rebuilt Sunset Beach Bar overlooking Maho Beach and the flight path of incoming aircraft. SkipJack's, the seafood restaurant in Simpson Bay, plans to reopen in the summer or possibly fall.

St. Maarten's newest attraction is the Rainforest Adventures' Rockland Estate ecopark with the Flying Dutchman, billed as the world's steepest zipline, the Soualiga Sky Explorer four-person chairlift and the Schooner SXM Ride. Still slated to open at the park is the Sentry Hill Zip Line. 


The port has welcomed cruise calls from Viking Cruises, Marella Cruises, Royal Caribbean, Princess Cruises, Carnival and Disney. The port welcomed 14 ships the week of Feb. 18.


Grand Case airport has daily flights to and from Guadeloupe, Martinique and St. Barts as well as flights on Seaborne to/from San Juan.

Ferry service is available from Marigot to Anguilla. 

Hotels and resorts

Hotel reopening dates include Alamanda Resort, autumn; Esmeralda Resort, June; La Plantation, April 15; and Grand Case Beach Club, Oct. 1. Club Orient Resort will begin offering some rooms "as soon as possible," according to its Facebook page, and its Perch Lite restaurant on Orient Beach is open for lunch and cocktails. Mercure Hotel, Marina & Spa reopened with 120 air-conditioned rooms out of 182, plus spa, restaurant, bar, pool, beach and gym. Le Petit Hotel reopens June 1' L'Esplanade will reopen in November.

"We had 1,200 rooms before the hurricanes. We have 400 now and will have many more by the end of the year," said Valerie Damaseau, first vice president of French St. Martin. "Our goal is to have 2,000 guest rooms by 2020."

At least 10 more hotels are scheduled to reopen before the end of the year.

Belmond La Samanna will open in late 2018; the Riu Palace St. Martin is closed until further notice.


Electricity has been restored to all households; water and telecommunications are back, although cell service can be spotty. Roads have been cleared.

Restaurants and attractions

Several beaches reopened, including Orient Beach, which is set up with umbrellas and beach chairs.

Many restaurants, bars and businesses have reopened their doors around the island and in the dining capital of Grand Case, including Cafe Spiga.

Tijon Parfumerie & Boutique, also in Grand Case, has reopened.

Loterie Farm and Pinel Island have reopened.

Marina Fort Louis reopened most of its docks. Also open are the Windy Reef Windsurf Center and the Anse Marcel Marina. Private Yacht Charter company offers its Nirvana yacht for day trips.

The annual SXM electronic music festival was canceled for 2018 because not enough hotel rooms were available, but it is on the calendar for 2019.


The Viking Sea made the first post-Irma cruise call on Dec. 4, followed by the Marella Discovery, a TUI ship from the U.K., and several more calls are expected during this cruise season.


The U.S. Virgin Islands continues to recover from the effects of the hurricanes. Several carriers have recently increased flight service from key cities to meet the growing demand. Carriers serving St. Thomas include Spirit, Delta, America, United (after April) and JetBlue. Carriers serving St. Croix from San Juan and St. Thomas include American, Cape Air, Delta, JetBlue, Seaborne and United. Spirit launches three flights a week between Fort Lauderdale and St. Croix on May 24. Caribbean carrier LIAT will return to St. Thomas when it begins service from Antigua on July 2 with three weekly flights.


Power has been 100% restored to the U.S. Virgin Islands, according to the Water and Power Authority (WAPA), almost six months after hurricanes Irma and Maria wrecked the territory.

More than 55,000 customers were without service after the hurricanes. A joint effort by WAPA, FEMA, utility companies, on-island contractors and off-island electrical workers restored 90% of eligible customers within 100 days, WAPA said. Crews worked since Dec. 25 to push the restoration total to 100%. Less than 200 off-island electrical workers still remain in the USVI to complete post-hurricane restorations. 

Hotels and resorts

Approximately 40% of traditional hotels in the territory are operational, although many are still housing relief workers.

St. Croix's two largest hotels, the 200-room Divi Carina Bay All-Inclusive Resort & Casino on the east end and the 150-room Renaissance St. Croix Carambola Beach Resort & Spa on the north shore, are scheduled to be closed through most of 2018. Caravelle Hotel & Casino in Christiansted has accommodated relief workers since the hurricanes. The hotel will close on April 30 to repair damage from Hurricane Maria and will reopen on Sept. 1. Its casino and Rumrunners restaurant will remain open throughout the repairs.

The Renaissance St. Croix Carambola Beach Resort & Spa has not set a reopening date. The new Fred Hotel in Frederiksted opened in December; the Buccaneer reopened in November after housing relief workers for two months.

Current room inventory in St. Thomas and St. John stands at 9,000, primarily in villas, apartments, small inns, shared-economy accommodations and charter yachts, including Emerald Beach Resort Windward Passage and Lindbergh Bay Beach.

A significant portion of hotel inventory remains closed for repairs and renovations. Marriott's Frenchman's Cove in St. Thomas reopened on Feb. 16, while Frenchman's Reef & Morning Star Marriott Beach Resort remains closed until further notice as do Sugar Bay Resort & Spa and the Ritz-Carlton St. Thomas. Bolongo Bay Beach Resort will reopen in June, but has some air-conditioned oceanview rooms available now. The resort has free, property-wide WiFi, the Great Iggies Oasis restaurant by the pool and a catamaran currently available on property. Hurricane repairs are underway at the historic Hotel 1829 in Charlotte Amalie to restore the building with a flat roof. The pitched roof sustained major damage.

On St. John, the Westin St. John Resort & Villas, Caneel Bay and Concordia Eco-Resort have not announced reopening dates. Options for overnight visitors near Cruz Bay include Gallows Point, Grande Bay Resort, Hotel Cruz Bay (Cruz Bay Boutique Hotel), Estate Lindholm and Sea Shore Allure.

Of the 16 villas usually offered for short term vacation rentals at Sirensusa, a villa condominium property near Cruz Bay, eight are currently accepting reservations. The rest have some damage and will be repaired between and late summer.

Restaurants and attractions

Many restaurants have reopened on St. Croix. Christiansted and Frederiksted are experiencing a boost with new restaurants, shops and tours being offered.

Of 150 or so restaurants on St. Thomas listed in its online dining guide, more than half have reopened, 23 are rebuilding and the remainder have not listed reopening dates.

On St. John, more than 30 restaurants out of 70 are open, several are rebuilding and the remainder are listed as closed or no reopening date.

St. Croix has plenty of tours and activities available for visitors, including sail and snorkel trips to Buck Island Reef National Monument and other sites, dive excursions, beach massages and tours of Christiansted and Frederiksted. 

The Virgin Islands Food Tour on St. Croix is running again, and Fort Christiansvaern in Christiansted has reopened.
All roads, trails and beaches at the Virgin Islands National Park on St. John were reopened by Dec. 5. Beach gear rentals are available at Honeymoon Beach and Trunk Bay Beach. Cinnamon Bay and Hawksnest beaches also are open in the park.

On St. Thomas, Water Island in the harbor of Charlotte Amalie is accessible by ferry. It is the fourth and smallest of the US Virgin Islands at 491 acres with a population of less than 200 people. Dinghy's Beach Bar & Grill is open; Heidi's remains closed.

Mountain Top is open, as is the Paradise Point Skyride to get to the top.

Many shops in Charlotte Amalie and Havensight have reopened; taxis and safari bus island tours are available, and several rental car companies, Coral World and daily and weekly yacht charters are operating.

Magens Bay has reopened for visitors, following a massive cleanup operation orchestrated by Royal Caribbean International and government agencies.


Cruise ports are open in St. Croix and St. Thomas. According to tourism commissioner Beverly Nicholson-Doty, cruise calls in January on St. Thomas were "close to 90% of what they were in January 2017."

The territory will host the St. Thomas International Regatta March 22-25, V.I. Carnival March 31-April 28, and St. Croix Food & Wine Experience April 5-9.

Islands with moderate damage or fully reopened

Several other countries were hit by hurricanes Irma and Maria, and several reported infrastructure and resort damage. However, as of late February, most or all of the hurricane recovery on these islands was complete:

• Antigua
• Bahamas (Ragged and Acklins islands)
• Cuba
• Dominican Republic
• Guadeloupe
• St. Kitts and Nevis
• Turks and Caicos

Islands with no damage

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

• Aruba
• Barbados
• Belize
• Bonaire
• the Cayman Islands
• Curacao
• Guyana
• Grenada
• Haiti
• Jamaica
• Martinique
• Saba
• St. Eustatius
• St. Lucia
• St. Vincent and the Grenadines
• Suriname
• Trinidad and Tobago