For 30 years we have been traveling the Caribbean islands and have fallen in love with the people who live there, their culture, the beauty and the fun of island life. Hurricane Irma has battered and bruised those we love but they are a strong people, a resilient bunch. The sun is out and you just watch - they will recover quickly but they need our help!!! We are posting updates of what is going on as we talk to our friends and co-workers in the islands as well as approved links to charities for each specific island effected. Please donate what you can, big or small. WhereToStay.com will be donating a portion of every villa rental to relief efforts. We hope you will join us in offering love and support to them in this time of great need.
As they say in the islands, “One Love”!
Anguilla's goal to fully restore power by Christmas has been met! The entire island has electricity, just in time for the holidays. Book a vacation here to beat the crowds and take in the beauty of paradise, renewed!
Here's all the good news from Anguilla this week! Four more boats have been added to the ferry service, electricity should be mostly restored by Christmas, Big & Better Private Catering is open, and Best Buy Supermarket has Thanksgiving specials.
All of these restaurants have reopened in the last week:
The Anguilla Hotel and Tourism Association has announced that the following facilities will reopen December 10th:
The friendliest island is near full recovery! Happy hours are always operating, the beaches are beautiful, and our favorite restaurants are back in business.
Two new ferry times have been added at Blowing Point: the last boat now leaves St. Martin’s Marigot port at 5pm.
Open Now: Paradise Cove Resort, Little Butterfly, Manoah Hotel, Nature Gardens, Cerulean, Spyglass Hill Villa, CeBlue Villas & Beach Resort. Fountain Anguilla
Opening in November: Shoal Bay Villas, Allamanda Beach Club, Arushi- November 15, Beach Court Villa- November 15th, Caribella Beach Resort- November 15, Patsy’s Seaside– November 15, Quixotic Villas– November 15, Dolce Vita- November 20, Shoal Bay Villas– November, Villa Kai– November, Kishti Villas on Meads Bay East- End of November
Roys Bayside Grill, Johnno’s Beach Stop, English Rose, Elvis’ Beach Bar, Madeariman Restaurant, Tastys, B&D Barbecue, E’s Oven, Andys, Ferry Boat Inn, Coconos, Coconut Bar, Corner Bar, Dad’s, Falcon Nest, Gwen’s Reggae Grill, Hall’s Bakery, Ja Ma Kan Flavaz, Mary’s Bakery Ken’s BBQ, MacDonna’s, Mary’s Bakery, Ocean Echo, Pizza King, TJ’s Cafe, and Flavours.
Seaborne Airlines’ new schedule for flights from San Juan’s Luis Muñoz Marin International Airport to Anguilla’s Clayton J. Lloyd International Airport has been released! Seaborne will operate five days a week: flights will depart SJU at 1:00 pm and arrive at AXA at 2:05 pm, and AXA flights will depart at 2:35 pm and arrive at SJU at 3:40 pm.
Anguilla is still recovering, and we're so pleased to update you on the island's progress.
Turtles are laying their eggs once again, and the beaches are still as beautiful as ever.
Blowing Point is now open from 7am-6pm, and more and more villas are beginning to reopen.
Elvis, Falcon's Nest, Island Harbour, Gwen's Reggae Grill, Shoal Bay; Ocean Echo, Meads Bay; Johnno's Beach Bar, Sandy Ground; Roy's Bayside Grill, Sandy Ground; English Rose, The Valley; Andy's, The Valley; MacDonna's, The Valley; Andy's The Valley; Tasty's, South Hill; Flavours, South Hill; B&D Barbecue, Long Bay; Ferryboat Inn, and Blowing Point restaurants all opened last month, and more plan to open during the holiday season!
Positive news from the island! Sooner rather than later, the Caribbean's friendliest island will be back as we know it.
Shoal Bay Villas, Arushi, Patsy's Seaside, Villa Kai, and Kishti Villas on Meads Bay will all be open by the end of November.
Carimar Beach Club, Frangipani, Almond Tree, and more resorts will be open by the end of December.
Roys Bayside Grill, Johnno’s Beach Stop, English Rose, Madeariman Restaurant, Tastys, B&D Barbecue, Andys, Ferry Boat Inn, Coconos, Coconut Bar, Corner Bar, Dad’s, Falcon Nest, Gwen’s Reggae Grill, Hall’s Bakery, Ja Ma Kan Flavaz, Mary’s Bakery Ken’s BBQ, MacDonna’s, Mary’s Bakery, Ocean Echo, Pizza King, TJ’s Cafe, and Flavours have reopened.
The following restaurants plan to be open for the Christmas Holidays: DaVida, Dolce Vita, Jacala, Straw Hat, Picante, Scilly Cay, Tokyo Bay, Trattoria Tramonto, and Veya.
Cuisinart Spa, Seaside Stables, and Shoal Bay Scuba will also reopen in time for Christmas. Meads Bay is in great condition!
-CuisinArt Resort is planning to reopen their spa, restaurant, and golf course by December 2017.
-FedEx has resumed shipping services on the island
-Ken's BBQ and Sandy Hill Club have reopened.
Good news for one of the friendliest islands in the Caribbean!
The Blowing Point Ferry has temporarily resumed operations on a limited basis. Network service has been restored to Digicel customers in South Hill, West End, Isaac Cliff, Blowing Point, Little Harbour, Statia Valley, Rey Hill, Water Swamp, Upper North Hill, Stoney Ground, Little Dix, Northside, and Shoal Bay. Anguilla air services are now operating a daily flight to Princess Juliana International Airport for those who wish to leave the island.
Anguilla has officially announced that they will be open for business this holiday season! Many of the restaurants have reopened or plan to reopen by late November.
A friend on the island reported that Anguilla's palm trees are budding once again-- a hopeful sign for a nation we love!
Roys Bayside Grill has resumed happy hour specials and full menu offerings. Tasty's restaurant is also open.
Cargo can now enter the island through the Road Bay Port at Sandy Ground. Debris has been cleared from the airport runway and most roads around the airport.
The majority of hotels and villas have individual water tanks for their personal use, and central water supply is being restored. The island is getting back on its feet!
Anguilla cleanup is in full swing, and villas will begin opening as early as this November. Two British Navy ships arrived soon after the storm to begin clean up, and the electric and gas companies have shipped in workers by the dozen to restore power on Anguilla. The people of Anguilla are eager to welcome guests back as soon as possible!
Thinking about all those sweet people in Anguilla who we met on our trip. If you hear of any ways to help down there, would you let me know?
Sending ALL good thoughts your way. Such nice folks down there…we feel blessed to have spent time in several of these beautiful spots and pray for the best.
Please keep me posted and if there’s anything we can do, just say the word.
The cleanup is underway in order to welcome guests as soon as possible.
Things are being repaired, the beaches are beautiful, and the island needs your support now more than ever. We expect to have a good number of villas and restaurants up and running by Dec 1st, some possibly earlier! We are awaiting updates on specific villas and will be in touch with our guests directly.
The Clayton J. Lloyd International Airport is now open for limited flights. The Road Bay Port at Sandy Ground has also opened.
We are so pleased to announce that Antigua has reopened and is fully open for business!
Jumby Bay has reopened, and most other hotels and resorts were undamaged by the storms.
VCBIA airport has reopened and is running as usual.
Flights have resumed at Terrance B. Lettsome International Airport, and all ports are open for sea access across the BVI.
Great news! Jost Van Dyke has a new ferry and has resumed regular service on MWF. Get back to Foxy's ASAP!
We are deeply saddened by the events that have taken place in the Caribbean and our hearts and thoughts are with our friends and family. We are very grateful to be able to report that all of our team on Island have been accounted for as safe as well. Necker Island felt the effects of Hurricane Irma and sustained extensive damage, the extent of which we are still assessing. We’d like to thank all of you for your thoughts and would like to assure you that we will be keeping you along, with our family and friends, updated this week as we know more. We will do whatever we can to support and assist our local community through this extremely testing time.
Following the impact of Hurricane Maria in the Caribbean, we are very grateful to be able to report that all of our team on Island have been accounted for as safe and well. Once again, we are incredibly thankful for all your well-wishes of support during this extremely testing time. We will continue to do what we can to support and assist our local communities in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma and Maria.
Reporters are focusing on the negative, but we know that Puerto Rico will bounce back faster than anyone expects. The Caribbean is still a beautiful turquoise, and trees are growing new shoots. The beaches are naturally replenishing themselves, and islanders are stepping up to serve their neighbors in truly inspiring ways.
The island's goal is for tourism to reopen in San Juan by Dec. 20, in time for the December-May high season.
The island's airports and cruise ports are operational and several hotels are open and taking reservations.
• Amazing Grace will return in mid-November for bay tours
• Antiguo Casino is operating
• Bacardi, reopened Nov. 1
• Bio Bay in Las Croabas, currently closed
• Castillo Serralles in Ponce will reopen Nov. 10, Fridays to Sundays
• Catamarans that are open for business include Spread Eagle, East Wind, Zatara, Barefoot IV and Salty Dog
• El Atelier in Cocina Abierta is open and able to offer the VIP cooking classes
• El Morro and San Cristobal Forts are closed, but the grounds outside El Morro are open to the public
• Explora, body rafting in the mountains, is open
• Get Shopped culinary tours of Old San Juan is currently operating for groups
• Hacienda Carabali, operational, including ATVs and horseback riding tours
• Museo de Arte Contemporaneo is currently closed
• Museo de Arte de Ponce is open Sundays, Tuesdays and Saturdays
• Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico expects to reopen in mid-November
• Plaza Las Americas is open daily as is the Mall of San Juan
Following the devastating Hurricane Maria, Puerto Rico hopes to bring tourists back by Christmas. The Executive Director of Tourism, Jose Izquierdo, hopes to reopen tourism by December 20 just in time for high season.
Cruise lines will be returning in mid-November, a good sign that the island will be restored soon.
The Luis Muñoz Marin International Airport is open as of September 17, and the majority of hotels on the island are open or prepared to reopen whenever electricity is restored.
Good news for the holiday season! Tamarin, L’Entracte, The Sunset, Ti Morne, Auberge de Terre Neuve, 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 plan to reopen this week. Get back to the island to see it for yourself!
St. Barts is open for business, but we want you to know when your favorite places reopen again. That said, Le Repaire and Papa’s Pizza are the latest restaurants to open on the island, and the St. Barts Music Festival will take place as planned in January.
Restaurants that are open now: Le Ti St Barth, Isola, Eddy’s, Maya’s to Go, La Cantina, Black Ginger, La Langouste, Le Bouchon, Espirit de Jean Claude, Yo Sushi Mania, Galawa, Isoletta, Le Jardin, Le Vietnam, Island Flavors, Grain de Sel, Le Piment, Fresh West Indies, Chez Joe, Le Glacier, Au Regal, Burger Palace, and La Creperie
Restaurants that will be open for the holidays: Shellona, 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
Hotels that will open by Thanksgiving: Tom Beach, The Sunset, Ti Morne, Auberge de Terre Neuve, Le Village St. Barth, Villa Lodge 4 Epices, Baie des Anges, Les Ondines, Les Sucriers, Les Ilets de la Plage, Saline Garden, Le Nid d'Aigle
Swimming is now allowed at Lorient, Shell Beach and the western part of St. Jean Bay (airport side).
Jicky Marine, Master-Ski Pilou, and Villa Victoria decor shop have reopened.
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. Barts is open for business! Beaches are clean, power is on, internet is back, and restaurants have reopened. The major parts of the island, Marigot, Saint Jean, Gustavia, Lorient, Pointe Milou and others are restored.
The famous New Year's Party is still on for December, and the St. Barth's bucket and Les Voiles de Saint Barths will proceed as planned in 2018.
Ferry service between Marigot and St. Bart's is running thanks to the Voyager 3.
Over 100 villas plan to be open by Christmas, and dozens of restaurants have reopened. Ardoise, Bouchon, Select, and Bananiers are the latest to join the list. Eddy's, Isola, Isoletta, La Langouste, Maya's to Go, and Le Repaire open late this month. Black Ginger, Le Ti St. Barth, La Cantina, Skybar, and Orega open in time for Thanksgiving vacations, and La Plage, Maya's, Le Toiny, and La Bagatelle will be open by Christmas.
Good news keeps rolling over the waves from our friends in the Caribbean!
St. Barts' port will be opened to cruise ships once again October 30.
The St. Barth Music Festival planned for January 2018 is back on!
The Bucket Regatta, Les Voiles de Saint-Barth, and the 14th edition of the Transat AG2R are still in place for 2018, and max efforts are being made to ensure that the island is ready to welcome nautical lovers for these annual events!
Great news: St. Barts is recovering way faster than anyone expected! Here are the latest updates from island representatives:
- All roads are cleared
- Water is back on
- Over 1/2 of the island has restored electricity
- Airport is fully operational
- Phone lines and internet are up and running
- Some restaurants and shops have reopened
- Beaches and vegetation are looking good
Mayas, Tamarin, Orega, Bonito, Isola, and Black Ginger have reported that they will reopen in November.
St. Barts' Gustav III airport is accepting relief aid flights from San Juan and Guadeloupe, as well as commercial flights. The upper floor of the airport is the Collectivité's command center for aid and recovery efforts.
Electricity has been restored in Gustavia and Saint Jean and they are working on getting other areas up and running. The roads are navigable. The island is receiving assistance from the French army and supplies, gas, and food are being delivered. Internet service is up in some areas already and telephone service is in the works. A few restaurants have opened with limited service. Island wide garbage collection has resumed. City water should be back on within the next few days. Island-wide clean-up is under way and visibly noticeable which will just improve as the days progress.
Stay tuned for more updates as received.
Commercial port facilities have reopened to allow relief efforts to aid St. Barts. Transport is easier than expected, because no roadways were damaged by Hurricane Irma.
Gustavia, Saint Jean, Lorient, Pointe Milou, and Marigot all have electricity, and 90% of water production has been restored on the island. The grocery stores have been reopened, and the community services center is open. The Dispensary has basic necessities, food for infants and young children, and WiFi. The hospital is fully functional, and Gustavia's furniture shop, Villa Victoria, has reopened.
Bar L’Oubli, Le Select, 25 Quarter, Bistro Josephine, La Petite Colombe, Boulangerie Choisy, and more local bakeries are reopen.
Black Ginger, Orega, Isola, and Bonito will open in early November.
Recovery teams in St. Barts have made significant progress in the past week. All streets are cleared, all roadways are operational, and the airport has reopened to commercial flights. Internet, telephone services, and electricity are being restored area by area, and many restaurants plan to reopen in November. St. Jean's supermarket and gas station are open again. The island plans to open to visitors again November 1st, and will be better than ever!
More than 1,100 French emergency services — gendarmes, police, civil security, soldiers and health personnel — have been dispatched to the two islands (St Barts and St Martin), where an emergency electricity network has been set up to keep hospitals working.
Around 3,000 packs of emergency military rations have been delivered. An additional 100,000 are being sent.
Great news! FEMA has approved permanent housing construction for eligible U.S. Virgin Islands residents.
Most of the island’s beaches are safe for swimming or fishing:
St. Croix was hit by Maria, but the island has been recovering. Power has been restored to 30%, and the USVI government is working to fully restore electricity as close to the holiday season as possible. Buccaneer Hotel has reopened, and Christiansted’s food tour is running again. Fort Christiansvaerm is also back, open to visitors.
The airport on St. Croix is now open to commercial flights!
Sand Castle on the Beach is open, as is the Beach Side Cafe. Club Comanche Hotel reopened on September 26. Cottages by the Sea has reopened. Frederiksted Hotel is open. Divi Carina Bay Resort and Casino closed until the end of the year. Frederiksted Hotel is open and accepting guests.
St. Croix is blooming once again after this season's hurricanes. The airport is open once again, and The Buccaneer Hotel reopened November 1. The annual St. Croix Coral Reef Swim is celebrating its 22nd race this year, open to swimmers and athletes at Mermaid Beach. Many restaurants, stores, and activities are open on Christiansted, and cleanup is underway in Frederiksted.
St. John officials predict that most rental homes are ready to welcome guests as soon as power is restored, and that the majority of rentals will be 100% again by next spring. The island is open for bookings, and would love to welcome guests back after the New Year. The beaches are as beautiful as ever, and Maho Bay has just reopened. Francis Bay Beach will be open by the holidays, and most of the affected restaurants and shops will be open by Christmas. In fact, three new restaurants are opening up to welcome seasoned and first-time travelers.
St. John has announced that Trunk Bay Beach at Virgin Islands National Park is open for business again, and the following beaches are ready to visit:
Great news for St. John! The Windward Passage Hotel is taking reservations for November. Secret Harbour Beach Resort is expecting to be open for the holidays.
Barefoot Buddha, Bernies, Caribbean Saloon, Duffy’s Love Shack, Hook Line& Sinker, Frenchtown Deli, Petite Pump Room Bar and Restaurant, and Wok Express are all open and ready for customers.
The Longboard, Papaya Cafe, Cruz Bay Landing, Chester’s Getaway, Dog House Pub, Extra Virgin Bistro, Hercules, P & P’s, Sam and Jack’s Deli, Coral Bay Caribbean Oasis, The Tap Room, Bamboola, North Shore Deli, Sun Dog Cafe, and Uncle Joe’s is open. Indigo Grill is reopening soon. Morgan’s Mango will reopen in December. Ocean 362 and Ocean Grill will open by the end of November and Oasis will begin rebuilding this week.
On top of all that, a portion of the primary circuit from Peter Bay to Cinnamon Bay was energized Nov. 7.
St. John is a far cry from the damaged island we saw in September. Debris is being cleared every day, infrastructure is slowly being restored, and the Virgin Islands National Park will be reopening soon.
Several health services and pharmacies on Cruz Bay have reopened, as well as First Bank and Merchant’s Bank. Local markets on Cruz Bay and Coral Bay are open, and Jolly Dog Trading Co. and St. John Car Rental are operational. Over a dozen restaurants have reopened with limited hours and menus.
Estate Lindholm plans to reopen December 1, and the Westin Resort and Villas will reopen in the New Year.
Conditions have improved so much on St. John that Red Cross is no longer providing free lunches at Cruz Bay restaurants, and the following restaurants have reopened: the Lime Inn, Rhumb Lines, the Landing, Chester’s, Hercules’ Pate Delight, Sam and Jack’s, Uncle Joe’s Barbecue, and Extra Virgin.
First Bank and Merchants' Commercial Bank have reopened, and ATMs are operational again. Most beaches have been deemed safe for swimming, and snorkelers are back in the water again.
Ferries to St. Thomas are running regularly again, and public schools are back in session. The post office is open, and power is quickly being restored island-wide.
Supplies on St. John had been replenished before Maria made landfall, and military and emergency responders are already being redeployed to take care of secondary damage. Residents ask that those interested in helping relief efforts send cash donations to voluntary disaster relief organizations rather than sending donated goods and services at this point.
Antennas that were fixed post-Irma have been secured, and communications should be working again in parts of the island when it is safe to reinstall equipment.
All seaports between St. Thomas and St. John are open, though ferry service is limited to daylight hours. The road clearing are continues, thanks to the community and government. St. John's hotspot is at the DMV, and electricity restoration continues on the U.S. Virgin Islands. The U.S. government has sent nearly 450K meals and 146K liters of water to St. John and St. Thomas.
This sweet island has been working hard to recover, and we have great news from the locals: power has been restored to 25%, Trunk Bay has reopened, and Honeymoon Beach has reopened.
Passenger and car ferries are running a limite schedule. Expecting electricity and communications to improve greatly within the next several days.
I'm glad you are safe! I'll check out the website and definitely make a donation. I wish I could fly down there and help!
Both of these organizations are local to St. John, and know where resources are most needed as crises arise. St. John Rescue specifically caters to emergency rescue and medical support services.
Donate to St. John Foundation here: http://thestjohnfoundation.org/donate<br />
Donate to St. John Rescue here: http://www.stjohnrescue.com/donate
Persons interested in helping Hurricane Irma disaster response in St. John can best support the relief effort by making a cash donation instead of sending donated goods and services. Cash donations to voluntary disaster relief organizations enables them to purchase exactly what is most needed - whereas donated items require voluntary agencies to spend money and considerable time for sorting, inventorying, warehousing, and distribution.
To make a donation to the Foundation for St. John IRMA relief efforts go to http://thestjohnfoundation.org/donate<br />
This foundation was formed in the aftermath of Marilyn and have been responsibly managing local and federal funds for over 28 years. Yes, devastation after IRMA is horrifying, but things can be replaced. People are okay - our community is strong! We did survive and WILL rebuild!
Number one priority is communications, shelter and feeding.
Migratory birds are arriving as usual to St. Martin, and the island cerebrates this event annually with a birdwatching festival. This year’s festival theme is Welcome Back, as residents hope that tourists will follow the birds’ example.
The Causeway Swing Bridge has been repaired, and beaches are being cleaned daily to prepare for next year’s visitors.
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.
Rainforest Adventures will open the new St. Maarten Rockland Estate eco-park in November. The park will launch with the Flying Dutchman zip line and the Soualiga Sky Explorer chairlift, followed by the Sentry Hill zip line and the Schooner Ride in early 2018.
88% of households have had electricity restored on the French Side.
Beachside Villas reopened Nov. 1.
Princess Juliana Airport is operational, with daily flights from WinAir, American, Delta, and PAWA. Jet Blue and KLM will resume flights in November.
Grand Case Airport's Federal Express, DHL, and local freight forwarders are fully operational, and imports express services are working as usual.
Ferry service has resumed between St. Maarten (Dutch side) and Anguilla. Simpson Bay Bridge is fully operational.
The curfew has been lifted and roads have been cleared on both the French and Dutch sides. Mama Pizza and Oyster Pond on the French side have reopened, and the Carita Day Spa and the Body Spa have reopened.
St. Martin's recovery is improving: roads and beaches are clear, and 88% of households have restored electricity. The hospital is open, and the grocery stores and gas stations have been restocked.
Minister of Tourism & Economic Affairs Mellissa Arrindell-Doncher on Wednesday announced that Princess Juliana International Airport (PJIA/SXM Airport) will open to accept all commercial flights as per October 10, 2017.
Princess Juliana SXM International Airport's reopening dates have been released!
KLM will be launching two flights per week from Amsterdam starting October 29, 2017.
WinAir will resume commercial flights from Princess Juliana to Antigua, Saba, and St. Kitts starting October 1, 2017. WinAir flights from St. Martin to St. Barts will resume October 6, 2017.
Flights out of SXM airport have been suspended until September 30th.
Port St. Marteen's cargo section is operational, and phase two of the clean up operation continues. Water sanitization and rehabilitation has been in place for two days, and progress has been made. Samaritan's Purse has sent an aircraft of supplies and a Disaster Response team, and shelters are available in several locations.
The main roads have been cleared to admit passing traffic. Cellular operations are slowly being restored, and land lines have already been reinstalled in Marigot. Marigot also has electricity and water. A curfew is in effect, and security has been stabilized. The French and Dutch governments historically take care of the island, so the island's economic future is bright.
Most of St. Thomas' primary electricity circuits have been restored, and most of the beaches are ready to swim in again:
We love hearing positive news from our friends on St. Thomas. Power has been restored to 50%, and the government is working to establish full electricity as close to the holidays as possible. Meagan’s Bay is undergoing restoration, both the manmade infrastructure and replanting vegetation. Major shopping areas have also reopened, including Crown Bay and Main Street. Mountain Top is open again as well!
The airport on St. Thomas is open to commercial flights again, and BVI ferry companies (Road Town Fast Ferry and Native Son) have resumed operations between BVI and St. Thomas.
St. Thomas is recovering, and eager to welcome guests soon. The airport has reopened, and several shops, restaurants, and attractions are back and better than ever. The Charlotte Amalie shopping area is open, and power and water are restored.
Bolongo Bay Beach Resort plans to reopen mid-December, and Margaritaville Vacation Club and Bluebeard's Beach Club opened earlier this month.
Barefoot Buddha, Bernies, Caribbean Saloon, Duffy’s Love Shack, Hook Line& Sinker, Frenchtown Deli, Petite Pump Room Bar and Restaurant, and Wok Express are all open!
The Cyril E. King Airport on St. Thomas has reopened to commercial flights. Cape Air aims to resume flights between St. Thomas and St. Croix Saturday, September 30.
Harley Power Plant has two functioning units that "are providing almost eight megawatts to the partially energized grid" according to USVI Power Authority. Bolongo Bay Beach Resort plans to reopen in early December, and Margaritaville Vacation Club and Bluebeard's Beach Club will be closed until October 10. Gladys' Cafe is operating under a limited menu, but welcoming customers.
Here's something to be thankful for: Emile’s Restaurant has reopened for happy hour and BananaKeet Cafe is operating daily. The BVI recovery brings a smile to our face daily, the islanders are resilient!
Road Town Fast Ferry is now open, with two brand new ferries. Pusser’s, Road Town and West End locations are open. Good news for yacht lovers: Sail Caribbean Divers, Moorings and Sunsail Marina, and Renport have reopened. Nanny Cay Beach Bar and Tamarind Club on Josiah’s Bay are back in business. Roti Queen, Bobby’s Marketplace, Panchie’s Food Truck, and The Watering Hole in Road Town have reopened. One Mart Superstore, Rote Way Food Market, La Baguette, TICO Pasea, and Cash & Carry in Pasea Estate are up and running.
Great news for this tiny, beautiful island!
The British Virgin Islands Electricity Corporation (BVIEC) has announced that 20% of the electric grid is restored throughout the islands, with 60% expected by January.
The BVI's Charter Yacht Association will host its annual show Nov. 27 at Nanny Cay, an event at which yacht brokers review the yachts available for charter. "The charter yacht market is an important niche market for us, and it will be revived," the director said.
The BVI Sailing Regatta will be held as scheduled from March 26 to April 1.
These restaurants are open on Tortola: Bell’s Cafe, Bobby’s Cafe, Capriccio di Mare, Ceto’s, Crandall’s Pastry Plus, Emilie’s Restaurant and Suites, Gene’s Bar and Grill, Giorgio’s Cafe Fantasia, Gram’s Place, Harbor View, Island Roots, Maria’a by the Sea, Midtown Restaurant, and Stone Haven Restaurant.
Terrence B. International Airport has resumed commercial flight operations. Check-in and security processes are in full implementation as well.
BVI Yacht Charters will be fully operational for the holiday season, with charters starting again as early as November. Captain Mulligans, The Beach Bar, Gennaker Café and Brandywine have already reopened; and beach bars such as Foxys, Soggy Dollar, Willy T will reopen soon. Cruise ships will return to Tortola in November, and public services are open once again.
Brandywine Estate Restaurant plans to reopen within the next two weeks, and all ports are open for sea access.
Virgin Islands Search and Rescue have set up a fund for donations to support the work being done on the ground by the emergency team running out of Peebles Hospital. All funds raised will go directly to helping the people of the BVI recover from the devastation caused by Hurricane Irma.
Turks and Caicos’ resorts, restaurants, and businesses are operating as usual. Grace Bay Beach is back to normal and more beautiful than ever, and power has been restored to all the eligible buildings on the island.
The island is open for business, but we still get giddy hearing about reopenings!
Southwest launched daily service between Fort Lauderdale and Providenciales on Nov. 5
The Meridian Club, Grace Bay Club, West Bay Club, The Palms, The Sands and The Shore Club have reopened.
Ocean Club West reopened for the season as scheduled on Oct 12, and Ocean Club will follow shortly.
Gansevoort Turks & Caicos reopened Oct. 5; Alexandra Resort reopens Nov. 15; Beach Enclave, Oct. 12; Blue Haven Nov. 1; COMO Parrot Cay, Nov. 19; and East Bay Resort, Dec. 15.
Turks and Caicos has recovered at an incredible pace. The island is back, open for business, and better than ever. The beaches are even larger and more beautiful, and most everything is fully operational again. Book a trip and come see for yourself!
These restaurants are open – Coco Bistro, Coco Van, Ricky’s Beach Bar, Big Al’s Burgers, Mango Reef, SharkBites Bar and Grille, Baci Ristorante, Garam Masala, The Pork Shack, Chopsticks, Thai Orchid, Sand Bar, Lemon 2go, Danny Buoys, Seven Cocktail Bar, The Deck, Yoshi Sushi Bar, and Turkberry. Hotel Gansevoort will reopen on Thursday,
Providenciales has escaped the worst of Maria - what a relief! We heard that winds were between 30-50 mph and the rain was much less than expected. Maria shifted north eastward yesterday. Communication on Providenciales is still running, and many parts of the island kept power through the storm. We are in contact with our people on the island, and they are in very good spirits. Grand Turk is about 90 miles to the East of Providenciales and it got more wind and rain. All in all though T&C dodged another bullet.
Coco Bistro will reopen October 4th, and the Palms Resort and Shore Club will reopen September 30th.
Electricity is fully restored on Middle Caicos, and mobile services have been restored on South Caicos. The hospitals are functioning with emergency services.
Thanks to the local community, nearly all the roads in Turks have been cleared. Grand Turk's port has ships in the port once again, and South Caicos ferry is operational. Water has been restored to Provo, the Grace Bay region, and Leeward highway circuit.
Shark Bite, Mango Reef and Baci restaurants opened today.
9:00 AM Saturday
Bottom line Turks and Caicos did great, Villa Mani better. IRMA, is that all you’ve got?
Conclusion, Turks and Caicos should be awarded the most hurricane proof island in the Caribbean, if not the world. This is, no doubt, due to the strong construction practices here and the fact most buildings are new, or at most 20 years old. Talked to one security guard who was on the 5th floor of a 6 floor large condo (Seven Stars), who reported that they felt that large building “swaying” at the height of the storm.
How about Villa Mani? She did phenomenally wall and was a “shelter” for the neighborhood. Our House Manager, George, did a great job preparing, as did our permanent staff, Virgile and Redlin. We had six souls encamped for safety during the storm. We only lost a handful of roof tile, one section of glass railing, and one coconut palm is halfway down. The Villa Mani 32’ White Grady at the dock did not do quite as well and was turned over. We are picking up the pieces now, putting our outdoor furniture, sailboats, kayaks and water toys back into place. We are standing up our one fallen palm tree.
We will be back in operation Monday. That’s a good thing because we have guests arriving on Wednesday. Our boat will take several weeks to get dried out and fixed up. Guess that most other villas will take several weeks to “get ready” and hotels several months. If this sounds like a “commercial” for Villa Mani, well it is. Other good news is that we did not have to invoke our “100% Storm Refund” policy as we had no guests at IRMA time.
Master conclusion, islands and mainland communities can weather heavy storms if buildings are built for them and early precautions taken.
Grace Bay Club - re-opening September 30th
Beach Enclave - re-opening November 15th
Tuscany - re-opening October 1st
Venetian - re-opening October 1st
West Bay - re-opening September 30th
Fortis statement, as of Monday, Sept. 11th:
We are happy to report that electricity service has been restored to these areas: Hospital Road including parts of Kew Town and up to the airport; Leeward Highway, IGA, and including Flamingo Park; Long Bay Road; sections of Grace Bay including Ocean Club, Atrium, Provo Water Company, Club Med and Royal West Indies Resort.
Most of the villas are fine, a couple sustained minor damage. Thus far its been a blessing. Most importantly no loss of life. - Dan
We are all ok and the villas fared better than expected. Mainly landscaping issues. Power and water down not sure when it will come back. Hopefully soon. Will update further early next week but we should be taking guests within a few weeks once the utilities are back on line. - Adam
Villa Sol y Luna only suffered some relatively minor damage to exterior (solar panel and some of the glass balcony fences). We are in good shape - Jeanne
All in all, we’re confident that after water is pumped from the streets, general clean-up is conducted and most of all, Fortis reconnects the power on the island, restaurants and activity providers will soon be back in service. To read the latest info. regarding Fortis efforts, please consult their FB page, namely this post indicating that lots of employees from sister companies will join our local team. It’s times like these that we reinforce local ties and it’s great to see everyone working together to get Providenciales up and running as soon as possible. We trust everything will be in perfect order to receive guests by October 1st and we’ll keep you posted.
Thanks to everyone who sent prayers, good wishes and support. It was frightening, no doubt, but getting through it only makes us want to protect our island and its beauty even more. Our thoughts go out to other destinations that suffered important loss and to all the afflicted families. - White Villa Owner
We love you all & can’t wait to see you on our upcoming travels to Turks & Caicos. - Sandy
So glad everyone on the island is okay, from what I've read online it sounds like everyone was able to make it to safety in time, and as bummed as we are about the possibility of not having a honeymoon, that's small beans compared to people losing their houses and lives at risk from storms like this - Christina
While I am glad to hear for vacation purposes, but I am much more relieved to hear everyone is ok. Scary stuff! - Stephanie
The IGA opened this morning and was serving complimentary tea, coffee and offering free cell phone charging.
Longbay Express open for gas ... US$30 limit each
We are still very excited to visit the island. Our offer is still on the table about bringing stuff down for help. Let us know what we can bring. Thanks, - JJ
A staff of 21 are packed and heading down to Providenciales to assist and get the power back on (currently its a little spotty).
PROVIDENCIALES, Turks & Caicos Islands, Saturday, September 9th, 2017– The Turks and Caicos Islands Airports Authority (TCIAA) announces that flight operations will soon be restored as we assess the aftermath of the storm and first focus on emergency and rescue flights.
Scheduled carrier flights remain suspended within the Turks & Caicos Islands until further notice.
Flight operations are expected to resume at all Airports as soon as possible, since the " All Clear" has been issued.
This is a personal friend of ours who lives on T&C, they own Capri Villa which fared really well with little damage. They are going to donate $1 for every dollar their friends donate - Click Here
The local Freemasons Lodge (Caicos Island Lodge #9661) has set up an awesome "Back to Work" Program. It is intended to get the economy moving by paying some money to those who want and need to work, but can't. The program pays $10/hour to able bodied people who are willing to engage in cleaning up. For the most part it will be guys doing outside work, but they will take anyone.
Please contribute by sending your generous donation to:
, website - http://www.cil9661.com
We're celebrating the season with thankfulness that our favorite islands are recovering and better than ever. The BVI government has introduced a Post Irma Interim Reconstruction Policy that will hasten the reconstruction application process so that applicants can rebuild the island at an even faster pace. Plus, the gorgeous Top of the Baths Restaurant and Bar has reopened!
Dive operators in the BVI 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.
Leverick Bay Resort and Marina in Virgin Gorda is open!
Taddy Bay Airport has resumed commercial flights.
There are distribution centers at North Sound Methodist Church and Yacht Harbor Town Center.
Cocomaya restaurant has begun cleanup, and the Village Cafe and Restaurant has reopened.
Full-service connectivity has been restored, thanks to Digicel. All ports are open.
Richard Branson has a fund set up for BVI relief support.
Latest reports from Virgin Gorda is that there were no fatalities from Irma. Communiation and basic necessities are of utmost importance at this moment. The British government has sent help and there is a lot of coordination going on to get Tortola and Virgin Gorda (all the BVI) the assistance they need.
An early donation site where 100% of your donation will go to releif efforts in Virgin Gorda.