After the Storm, the Calm
The recent hurricanes that tore through the Caribbean did two things: caused a huge amount of damage; ignited a camaraderie amongst everyone to rebuild, reopen and be ready welcome guests this winter.
It is inspiring what has already been achieved in a few weeks of frenzied activity and Edmiston can report with clarity and confidence that many islands will be in great shape in time for a winter cruise.
Edmiston has already visited St Barths and we have people on the ground inspecting the rebuilding programmes. A detailed report will follow shortly.
We have feedback from locals on other islands and are in almost daily contact with organisations that provide continuous insight. And continuous is the key word with the situation changing on a daily basis. Talk to your Edmiston broker for the latest information as we plan your winter Caribbean cruise.
Almost totally unaffected. This is the opportunity for some of the resorts and harbours to prove their worth
TURKS and CAICOS
Very mixed. Some islands are out of action, others totally unaffected. The hurricanes have shaken things up but as things settle down the established resorts and harbours will be in good shape.
BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS
Extensively damaged but subject to a major effort by residents to rebuild. It seems highly unlikely the islands will be ready for anything except offshore anchoring.
While badly affected, a very big rebuilding programme is already in action. The airport is open and while many of the top hotels will not make it this year, most of the restaurants and bars will be open and determined to maintain their cachet. St Barths will definitely be back this winter.
Very badly hit but considerable rebuilding is taking place and the yacht harbour is now almost operational. The important hub airport will reopen at the end of October.
Very badly damaged but a large rebuilding programme is in place. Two hotel resorts plan to reopen, two will not make it this year. Many of the best restaurants will open and the beaches are recovering quickly.
Minimal damage and totally open for visitors.
Totally unaffected. All harbours open for dockage. The island is expecting a very busy winter season.
Sadly, very badly hit. Being rebuilt and while the beaches may be useable no infrastructure seems likely.
Initially thought to be quite badly hit. This has now been reassessed and damage will be repaired by late autumn.
Survived Irma only to be devastated by Maria. What made the island so special – the vegetation – will not recover meaningfully until late 2018.
Almost totally unaffected. Wild and un-touristy – worth visiting.
Totally unaffected and ready for the busiest winter on record. This is the island’s opportunity to shine.
Third-party reports say totally unaffected.
GRENADINES INCLUDING BEQUIA, MUSTIQUE, PETIT ST VINCENT, TOBAGO CAYS
All totally unaffected. Pristine islands and some of the finest sailing grounds anywhere.
Please see below a selection of yachts that will be available to charter this winter in the Caribbean. Please contact your Edmiston broker to request the full list.
23rd October 2017 |