Hurricane Dorian's rampage through Grand Bahama Island and the Abacos in early September resulted in massive damage to the island chains' infrastructures, including homes, resorts, airports and cruise ports, businesses and attractions.
Travel Weekly has mapped the status of many resorts and major attractions on these island chains (the majority of the Bahamas was not directly hit by Hurricane Dorian). See below for the latest, and zoom in to interact with the points-of-interest on the maps. Have an update for our maps? Contact contributing Caribbean editor Gay Myers.
Updated Nov. 25, 2019
Grand Bahama Island
There's been much progress on Grand Bahama, according to its tourism board.
Air and ground transportation
The Grand Bahama Airport has not yet resumed flights from Fort Lauderdale. The facility is still awaiting TSA approvals. Officials are working on repairs to the flight-safety operations and navigational aids to extend the operating hours of the airport beyond clear weather in daylight hours. Temporary, TSA-certified modular units have been installed and will be used to house transportation and flight operations as well as ticketing and baggage collection until the permanent facility comes on stream.
The Freeport Harbour is fully operational, and both Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line, which has a cruise-and-stay program in Freeport, and Balearia Caribbean fast ferry have resumed their regular schedule of calls. Carnival Cruise Line's Carnival Pride, Carnival Elation and Carnival Freedom have resumed calls to the island.
Several taxi and tour companies are back in service. A number of rental car services also are available, including Hertz and Avis.
Hotels and resorts open on Grand Bahama Island:
Bell Channel Inn; Castaways Resort & Suites; Dolphin Cove; Dundee Bay Villas; Flamingo Bay Hotel and Marina; Freeport Resort and Club, Mayfield Beach; Ocean Reef Resort; Old Bahama Bay; Pelican Bay; Paradise Cove; Royal Islander; Sunrise Resort & Suites; Taino Beach Resorts; The Village Bahamia.
Lighthouse Pointe facilities are open, including its six restaurants, beach, pools, spa, gym, convention center, golf course and tennis courts.
Hotels and resorts closed on Grand Bahama Island:
Island Seas/Island Palm Resorts will reopen on Dec. 1. Viva Wyndham Fortuna Beach will reopen on Dec. 10, with newly renovated rooms.
Island Seas/Island Palm Resorts will reopen on Dec. 1. Viva Wyndham Fortuna Beach will reopen on Dec. 10, with newly renovated rooms. Ocean Reef Resort is open to relief workers only.
Blue Marlin Cove & Marina tentatively plans to reopen in January 2020.
Port Lucaya Marketplace was back in operation on Oct. 18, well ahead ahead of its original estimated reopening date.
Pirate’s Cove Waterpark has reopened; its Zipline operation will resume in mid-November.
Reopened are UNEXSO & the Dolphin Experience; the pig tour; Crystal Beach/Eco-Adventures' beach and snorkel activities; Fragrance of the Bahamas perfume factory; the Renu Day Spa; Caribbean Divers; Calavash Eco Adventures; Exotic Adventures; Grand Bahama Lucaya Watersports; and Paradise Watersports. Grand Bahama Nature Tours is offering revised tours with canal kayak tours and ATV excursions.
Ocean Motion Watersports is open, but reservations are required and operations are limited; Westend Watersports reopens in December; Blue Green Outdoor tours of the eastern end of the island are indefinitely suspended, but the Western Heritage tour is operational and can accommodate up to seven visitors; Coconutz Cruisers is operating motorized bicycle tours; Renu Day Spa is open and offering all services.
The Festival Noel, Grand Bahama’s wine and art event, is set for Dec. 6 at the Rand Nature Center. All proceeds will go toward hurricane restoration of Grand Bahama’s national parks.
More than 15 restaurants have reopened in Freeport area; the Wednesday fish fry at Penny’s, Outriggers and Da Bus Stop in Smith’s Point is back in operation as is Toads on the Bay in William’s Town and several of the fast food outlets on the island.
There's also progress to report on the tourism front on the Abaco Islands, which comprise the main island of Great Abaco and Little Abaco and several barrier islands and cays.
Air and ground transportation:
The Leonard M. Thompson Airport in Marsh Harbour hopes to
reopen to U.S. flights in November, pending approval from the TSA. It is open to domestic flights as well as relief flights from Nassau.
Hotels and resorts in the Abacos:
The Abaco Club on Winding Bay in Marsh Harbour; Calypso Hills Hideaways in Marsh Harbour; Abaco Inn in Hopetown; the Sandpiper Inn at Schooner Bay; the Delphi Club.
Hotels and Resorts closed on the Abacos:
Abaco Beach Resort & Boat Harbor Marina in Marsh Harbor; Green Turtle Club and Marina on Treasure Cay; Treasure Cay Beach, Marina and Golf Resort; Bahamas Beach Club on Treasure Cay; Bluff House Beach Resort & Marina on Green Turtle Cay; Abaco Yacht Club.