A lot of people have asked us: is it safe to travel to the Caribbean? What islands are affected? Should we cancel our holiday?
The short answer is that a lot of islands were deeply affected by the hurricanes and it will take years to rebuild the infrastructure. There are many organizations accepting support in the form of donations that will directly help them rebuild. These include the Redcross, Worldvision (that I personally support monthly) and Kenny Chesney’s Love For Love Foundation. But there are still a number of stunning places that remain open, ready for tourism and in need of your support.
There are, in fact, many islands that were mostly spared from the impact of the hurricanes and are totally open for business. These include: Anguilla, St. Kitts & Nevis, Haiti, the Bahamas, and the Dominican Republic.
Here are the top three islands that we recommend visiting that will give you the perfect holiday you are looking for in the Caribbean.
Antigua was most spared from the impacts of the hurricanes and hotels, restaurants and the airport are all open at this point. Check out our favorite hotel, Blue Waters Resort – a family owned and operated resort.
There are endless adventures to be had in Antigua from exploring the cultural heritage of the island to swimming with stingrays and hiking.
However, don’t count on heading to the smaller sister island, Barbuda at this time. Unfortunately, the small island comprised of 100 rooms was deeply affected.
The Dominican Republic managed to escape the worst of the hurricanes and its tourism industry is unaffected. Resorts, activities and life on the island operate as normal. Our favorite hotels that we recommend are Amanera and Billini Hotel.
The Dominican is a hot spot for activities. Take a chance to scuba dive the crystal clear waters, explore the waterfalls or spend a day on the white sand beaches.
St. Kitts & Nevis
Like the other islands mentioned, St. Kitts and Nevis were largely unscathed in the hurricanes. Their hotels and life on the islands remain open and ready for visitors. Our favorite property is the brand new Park Hyatt on St. Kitts but other top choices include Montpelier Plantation Inn on Nevis and Belle Mont Farm.
St. Kitts & Nevis provide infinite opportunities to spend your holiday. The number one thing is BEACH, all day. There are also excursions to volcanos, hiking and museum tours.
Long story short, don’t count the Caribbean out of your plans. They need our support now more than ever and there are still many incredible islands open to visitors. If you have already booked your holiday, do check with the hotels and airlines to make sure where you are going is still open and operating. If they are not, they will provide a waiver to go elsewhere. However, do know that hotels and airlines will never put you in harms way so if they are letting you go, then you will be safe.
What’s your favorite Caribbean destinations?