Resorts Affected By Hurricanes (2017)

In all the years we've operated this website we've never seen so many resorts and Caribbean islands affected by hurricanes.  Both Hurricane Irma and Hurricane Maria have caused serious damage to a number of islands. 

Here you'll find a list of islands seriously affected by the recent hurricanes and alternative destinations to them.

Skip to the Unaffected Caribbean Islands.

Skip to the Florida Hurricane Review

September / October Caribbean Islands Update

Quick Link: Caribbean Travel Update is a website created by the Caribbean Tourism Authority and will have the most up to date information on the different islands and where they are at in terms of recovery.

We should note that just because an island was hit by a hurricane it doesn't mean that you can't go and stay there. You just need to check out the resort and airport (as well as the status of water and electricity). 

If you do keep or make a reservation at a resort recently hit by a hurricane you may be helping out the locals in a big way. One of the biggest hardships after disaster is loss of jobs and incomes.

It can also be really interesting to see an area recently hit by a major storm. Seeing damage in person can give you some real perspective on the force of nature and can be incredibly memorable. 

Go to the  Unaffected Islands

Caribbean Islands Hit By The Hurricanes

The resort links on this website will make booking possible as each resort comes operational again. Some resorts will not reopen while others are already open for business once more. The easiest way to check for the opening date for any particular resort is to follow the links for each resort. As the Islands become "fully open" we will move them to the  Unaffected Islands list.

Many resorts will reopen in October and November

Some resorts that were made to withstand catagory 5 Hurricane winds are now open  and fully operational.  See Bird of Paradise Resort. 

  • Barbuda CLOSED

A huge mess. You won't want to stay here for a while.

These Islands were hit but remain partly open.

  • British Virgin Islands 
  • Cuba

Many of the main tourist resorts like Varadero, Cuba are on the northern side which was hit hard.  Expect it to take some time before Cuban tourism fully recovers although flights are now available.

The situation in Puerto Rico is improving with some resorts providing their own power.  

Then the Island is a mixed bag with many open resorts and others not taking reservations for some weeks yet and others are not yet committing to taking more bookings. Flights are available but power has not even likely to get restored for some weeks or months.

  • Wyndham Grand Rio Mar Puerto Rico Golf & Beach Resort
  • Condado Plaza Hilto
  • El Conquistador Resort is operational.
  • El San Juan Hotel 
  • Hotel El Convento
  • Hyatt House San Juan
  • Hyatt Place Bayamon,
  • Hyatt Place Manati,
  • Hyatt Place San Juan City Center
  • Hyatt Residence Club Dorado
  • InterContinental San Juan,
  • Rincon Beach,
  • San Juan Water Beach Club Hotel 
  • Wyndham Garden at Palmas del Mar

VIDEO: See Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria from the air

The western and southwestern area of the island was hit hardest. Resorts are taking bookings from October 1. Check the links on our St Croix page to see when each resort is becoming operational. 

  • St. John
  • Sint Maarten

Badly Damaged

  • St Bart

Badly Damaged

A couple of our top resorts will take some time to reopen.  Bolongo Bay Beach Resort may not open until 21 of December and Frenchman’s Reef & Morning Star Marriott Beach Resort is closed until further notice.

Video: USCG Helicopter Video of St. Thomas after Hurricane Irma

 Beaches Turks and Caicos to Close Until December 14 (Sandals Report)

The Somerset on Grace Bay - closed for two months

Some islands may be hit or miss depending on the location of the resort. These are:

Even though much nearby Barbuda was hammered, Thousands of resort rooms are coming available for peak season come October. 

Sandals Grande Antigua. Sandals report " superficial damage " 

Airports open. Hotels in St. Kitts report are not reporting any structural damage.

Islands Unaffected That You Can Visit Now

Some the the islands best known for resorts are still in business and completely unaffected by the hurricanes. You can book and go there now without any worries.

Now Open and operational as  normal.  Dominican Republic Ministry of Tourism (MITUR) states that all airports, ports and land routes are open and operational. 

CONFIRMED By Luxury Resort Bliss

Also keep in mind:

Florida Resorts Affected by the Hurricanes

VIDEO: Florida Keys re-open after punishing Hurricane Irma

The official word in Florida is that October 20 is the opening date. Many if not most hotels are now fully operational now at the beginning of October and you can check by simply following the links on our Florida Beach resort reviews.  All of the 10 Marriott hotels in Key Largo are open for example. 

Although Key West , Key Largo and many resorts were relatively unaffected the damage done in the corridor between these locations requires time to repair and limited traffic . 

Cruise ships have already started arriving.

VIDEO: High water at Clearwater Beach - NOW OPEN

Florida Resorts Now Open after Irma

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