Vacation? Check before you go
No question, Hurricane Irma was a heartless beast.
Over the past week, the storm clawed its way up a chain of Caribbean islands before knocking down the door into Florida.
The natural disaster, now a tropical depression, has left behind a war zone of roofless homes, toppled trees, crumbled hotels and flooded streets.
Many destinations will need months to recover, while others have already started to bounce back.
“The affected countries are getting on with the business of rebuilding,” said Hugh Riley, secretary general of the Caribbean Tourism Organization. “By the end of this week, many will have a better assessment of their damage.”
Riley reminds travellers that the Caribbean encompasses a large swath of tropical real estate and that Irma grazed only a small portion of it.
The Caribbean and Florida have just started their recovery efforts, and status updates are changing daily.
For the most current reports, we reached out to the Caribbean Tourism Organization, CheapCaribbean.com, Intrepid Travel and Lisa Grubba, an environmental writer for Florida Field Notes.
Of course, before you book a trip to an Irma-blown destination, contact your hotel to confirm it’s intact.
In addition, reach out to the local tourism office for the most timely information.