The Virgin Islands, St. Martin, Antigua, Puerto Rico and other islands were hit hard last year by Hurricanes Irma and Maria. And these popular vacation spots are no strangers to severe weather. But there is good news for the yachting world: this region has bounced back once again.
Following the 2017 hurricanes, the Caribbean is back at the top of the list for hot winter cruising destinations.
RECOVERING FROM AN INTENSE HURRICANE SEASON
The Caribbean saw more extreme weather then usual last year, getting plummeted by back-to-back, Category 5 hurricanes. Inhabitants of this island region were quick to restore the foundational components of their tourism-based economy, including airports, marinas, roadways and beaches.
Resorts, hotels and yacht service centers have already reopened to ensure that they will be able to welcome cruisers with the expected Caribbean charm yet again.
WHERE THE YACHTS ARE HEADED THIS WINTER
This coming season is ramping up to be a memorable one. Along the 70% of the Caribbean coastline that was untouched by the hurricanes, reservations have already seen a noticeable increase for this winter. Visitors are also expected to flock to some towns that are still working to recover.
Paradise Island and the other main tourist draws in the Bahamas were largely unaffected by Irma and Maria. The coastline has been cleaned up and the resorts are ready for the peak season to begin.
This tiny island nation in the southern Caribbean came through the storms mostly unscathed. Visitors can expect to enjoy the white sand beaches and crystal-clear waters that are perfect for snorkeling; it’s business as usual.
TURKS & CAICOS
This little island chain was in the path of both Irma and Maria, but it quickly got back on its feet. The majority of resorts and visitor services in Providenciales have reopened. Now, they are expecting to see a lot of yachts in the marinas shortly. Diving services, however, may still be limited as recovery efforts continue.
St. Lucia ,and some other islands in the southern Caribbean, were luckily spared from extensive damage. Once the storms had settled, yachts started to congregate again in the popular Rodney Bay. And another big attraction for visitors this year is the Piton Mountains and the nearby marine reserve – both of which are UNESCO World Heritage sites.
Large flocks of yachts will surely be migrating to Jamaica in the 2018 – 2019 cruising season. This Caribbean classic has everything that vacationers desire. It’s an unforgettable destination because of its bright culture, cuisine and nightlife. In addition to long stretches of sandy beaches, yachties often stop in Porto Antonio, Negril, Montego Bay and Falmouth.
Though neighboring Barbuda was severely damaged by Hurricane Irma, Antigua’s restaurants and resorts were up and running again within days of the storm. This winter, the international yachting hub of English Harbour will likely attract a large number of boats. While you’re cruising there, why not check out some – or all – of the island’s more than 300 beaches?
CRUISE THE CARIBBEAN IN YOUR DREAM YACHT THIS YEAR
Are you ready to become a yacht owner or trade in your boat for a more spacious one? Contact G Marine Yacht Brokers in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. We can help you through each step of the process and ensure that you enjoy the holidays onboard this year.