This year's hurricane season has been one of the most destructive in history, especially for the Caribbean. Hurricanes Irma, Jose, and Maria have damaged several of islands, with even a few reported as uninhabitable. Still, the Caribbean is open for business and many islands were untouched by the storms. If you are seeking Caribbean honeymoon or destination wedding options, or simply wondering when and where you'll be able to visit, here are some of the best resources for real-time updates. Plus, see a list of Caribbean destinations that are welcoming travelers.
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Where to Get Updates
1. Visit the Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association's Caribbean Travel Update to get real-time reports on all of the Caribbean destinations, and whether or not they were impacted by the storms. Individual island tourism board websites may also be sharing info.
2. Contact your travel agent or reach out to the hotels that you're interested in staying at (or where you had planned your honeymoon or destination wedding). Some resorts were more affected than others on the same island, so check to see if they're up and running (perhaps they can help you with cancellations or rebooking; they might also have plans in place to transfer your arrangements to a neighboring hotel or sister property).
3. Browse social media as many hotels, island tourism boards, and locals are sharing updates on affected areas, potential dates of reopenings, or statements of "open for business."
Caribbean Islands Open for Travel as of 10/26/17
- Cayman Islands
- Dominican Republic
- Guadeloupe Islands
- St. Eustatius
- St. Kitts
- St. Lucia
- St. Vincent
- Trinidad & Tobago
- Turks & Caicos
If you're wondering how you can support Caribbean recovery efforts, certainly, visiting the islands and giving them your business can make the biggest impact. Learn more about donating to charities and other ways to make a difference here.