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September 21, 2017

2017 has seen an active Hurricane Season with storms Irma, Jose, and Maria greatly impacting the Caribbean. Our hearts are with everyone affected by these storms. We understand that many of our guests have travel plans that have been interrupted. Travel Keys is working diligently to obtain as much information as possible from our local partners, who are alerting us of current conditions and relief efforts. There will be a delay in response time, however, it is our goal to keep guests as up-to-date as possible on island and villa conditions. Please check back here for continued updates.

Several of our guests have inquired about how they may help and/or where donations can be sent to assist with relief efforts across the Caribbean. We thank you for your selflessness and generosity.

Please contact your Vacation Home Specialist if you have not yet been contacted and have an upcoming vacation through March 31, 2018 to any of the affected islands.

 

Anguilla

Anguilla was heavily impacted by Hurricane Irma and will not be ready to accept visitors until further notice.

9/21 update from local representation – Some villas, hotels and restaurants plan to reopen on November 1, 2017.

 

Antigua

Antigua suffered minimal damage from the effects of Hurricane Irma. Cleanup is underway and the island will be ready to accept vacationers by October 2017.

 

Aruba

The island was not impacted by any storms this season.

 

Bahamas

9/22 update from local representation on Eleuthera Island – “…I wanted to take this opportunity to assure you that Eleuthera is fine. We have not had any impact from these storms. No houses were damaged. Please note that modern (post-hurricane-Andrew) houses built to code typically do not suffer wind damage from hurricanes. Eleuthera is fortunate to have been missed by two such powerful storms.”

 

Barbados

9/19 update from local representation – The island was not impacted by Irma or Jose and did not have major effects from Maria, only some rain and higher than usual West Coast sea swells with some beach erosion over the last couple of days. It is business as usual on Barbados.

 

Bonaire

The island was not impacted by any storms this season.

 

Dominican Republic

9/22 update from local representation [Punta Cana] after Hurricane Maria – “…As you all know,  hurricane Maria passed by the East coast of Dominican Republic, including Punta Cana. We are happy to inform you, that all danger is over and that none of our villas suffered any consequences. We did receive stronger impact than with Hurricane IRMA. As of today already cleaning operations of roads and common areas are being executed and tomorrow’s weather forecast is a Sunny Day…”

9/11 update from local representation after Hurricane Irma – “…the only thing is seaweed since the cleaning of the beaches stopped due to the hurricane. The rest is completely intact, and we guarantee that the destination [Punta Cana] is 100% functional, we have suffered no consequences at all. All the services, excursions and activities are being provided as normal already.” Please check back for updates after Maria.

 

Grand Cayman

The island was not impacted by any storms this season.

 

Grenada

The island was not impacted by any storms this season.

 

Jamaica

The island was not impacted by any storms this season.

 

Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico was heavily impacted by Irma and is currently experiencing an island-wide power outage after Hurricane Maria made landfall on Wednesday.

9/25 – Ports are open all around the VI and Puerto Rico, with the restriction of daylight transit only.

9/22 – American Airlines is offering limited flights out of Miami to San Juan International Airport. Limited commercial flights through other carriers are available from San Juan to the following cities: Miami, Atlanta, JFK – New York, and Philadelphia. Source: CBS News

 

St. Barts

10/14 – Flights from San Juan, Puerto Rico to St. Barts resumed on October 1st. From St. Martin to St. Barts resumed on October 10th. Additional restaurants re-opening in 2017 – Le Ti St Barth, Esprit de Jean Claude, Isola, Isoletta, La Langouste, Eddy’s, Le Piment, Yo Sushi Mania, Black Ginger, La Cantina, L’Entracte, Tamarin, Orega, Maya’s to Go, La Plage, Bagatelle, Shellona, Guerite, Maya’s and Toiny Beach Club (TBD).

Re-opening in 2018:  Nikki Beach , Mango ( March 2018) , Bonito.

St Barth Commuter: Scheduled flights daily to Guadeloupe. The Daily flight to St. Martin Grand Case (SFG) resumed September 23rd. They will resume the Juliana (SXM) flight Saturday, Oct 28.

Tradewind Aviation: Flights from San Juan to St Barth resumed on Oct 1. Flights from Antigua to St Barth resumed on Oct 2.

Winair: 3-4 daily flights from St. Maarten to St. Barth starting October 10

Air Antilles: Flights to St Barths from Guadeloupe are active

Beaches: 

After various tests carried out on the water by the sanitary agency, the Collectivité has announced that swimming is now allowed at public bays, Lorient, Shell Beach, and the western part of St. Jean Bay (airport side).

Roads:

Roads are all cleaned for all vehicles

Electricity: 

Electricity is restored in Gustavia, Saint Jean, Lorient, Pointe Milou, Marigot, and many other areas of the island. 

Internet service is now widely available. Wi-fi hot spots have been installed. Cellular phone service is available in Gustavia and by the airport.

Water: 

City water has been restored in several neighborhoods. The restriction of running water is lifted.

Food: 

The Super U and AMC Grocery stores in Saint-Jean are open.

AMC in Gustavia is open in the morning

Few grocery stores are open too

Port: 

The commercial port is open. First cruise ships are expected on October 30, 2017.

The hospital:

The hospital is fully functional. 

Fuel:

The gas stations in St Jean and Lorient are open. 

Events: 

St. Barths Music Festival will take place as planned in January 2018

St. Barths Bucket Regatta will be there on March 2018 

Les Voiles de St. Barth will take place on April 2018 

 

10/3 – The following restaurants are now open – Bar L’Oubli, Le Select, Le Repaire, Burger Palace, Galawa, 25 Quarter, Bistro Josephine, Le Jardin, Le Vietnam, Le Bouchon, Island Flavors, La Creperie, Fresh West Indies,  Au Regal, L’Ardoise and Les Bananiers, Boulangerie Choisy, La Petite Colombe. Beach restaurants that will be open for the holidays include Shellona and La Plage. Bagatelle will be open by December 14th and Nikki Beach should be ready for the Bucket.

9/30 – WinAir is scheduled to resume commercial flights as of October 1, 2017 from Princess Juliana airport to the islands of St. Barts, Antigua, Saba, and St. Kitts.

9/24 update from local representation – Sint Marteen airport has reopened France flights and will be reopen U.S. ones on September 28th 2017.

9/14 update from local representation – “…St Barths is very sturdy and although there has been widespread damage, the island is far from destroyed and the island stepped quickly into gear to start the recovery process. The authorities have a firm grip on the situation, the port is operational, the airport is operational, electricity has been restored in parts and the water is back on in 90% of the island. All main roads have been cleared.”

Several restaurants and bakeries have reopened, including Le Select, Bistro Josephine, and 25 Quarter, with more to follow in the coming weeks. Super U and AMC Grocery stores in St. Jean are now open. Electricity has been restored in St. Jean, Gustavia, Lorient, Pointe Milou, Marigot, and other areas.

 

St. Croix

St. Croix was impacted by Hurricane Maria on Wednesday. Please check back for further updates.

9/25 – Ports are open all around the VI and Puerto Rico, with the restriction of daylight transit only.

 

St. Lucia

The island was not impacted by any storms this season.

 

St. Martin

St. Martin was heavily impacted by Hurricane Irma and will not be ready to accept visitors until further notice.

10/2 – The reopening of Princess Juliana SXM International Airport and the resumption of commercial flights is scheduled for October 29, 2017 by KLM, which intends to operate two flights per week out of Amsterdam.

 

St. John

St. John was heavily impacted by the storms and will not be ready to accept visitors until further notice. Ferry service is minimal. Restoration of electricity and water is underway, along with road-clearing.

10/25 – What’s Open? Source: News of St. John

Markets:

  • Dolphin Market, Cruz Bay
  • Starfish Market, Cruz Bay
  • Pine Peace Market, Cruz Bay
  • Love City Mini Mart, Coral Bay
  • Calabash Market, Coral Bay

Gas Stations:

  • E&C Service Station – Hours at 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Racetrack

Health Services/Pharmacy:

  • DeCastro Clinic, Cruz Bay
  • Cruz Bay Family Practice, Cruz Bay
  • Chelsea Pharmacy, Cruz Bay
  • St. John Physical Therapy, Cruz Bay

Hardware Stores:

  • Paradise Lumber
  • St. John Hardware

Banks:

  • First Bank, Cruz Bay
  • Merchant’s Bank, Cruz Bay

Restaurants (most have limited hours and menus):

  • 420 to Center
  • Chester’s
  • Coral Bay Caribbean Oasis
  • Cruz Bay Landing
  • Dog House Pub
  • Hercules
  • Indigo Grill
  • Lime Inn
  • Pizzabar in Paradise
  • Rhumb Lines
  • Sam & Jack’s
  • Sun Dog Cafe
  • Uncle Joe’s BBQ
  • Wok on the Beach

10/11 update from local representation – “…The roads have been cleared and are passable.  It was still one lane in a few places but overall fine.  Starfish Market is open and Sun Dog Café resumed business.  As soon as electric is restored other businesses should soon follow.  The beaches are still the most beautiful in the world and some of them may even be a little bigger, courtesy of the hurricanes, but there is some clean-up to do.”

10/4 update from local representation – “…The island is really bouncing back. We have one bank open, the post office is open but is not yet accepting packages on St. John. Trees, plants and flowers are coming back in full force. Our roads are cleared. Barge/Ferry operations are up. Grocery stores are all open and accepting credit/debit cards, as well as several stores and small restaurants are open. Our beach shores need cleaning up but the water looks amazing.”

9/25 – Ports are open all around the VI and Puerto Rico, with the restriction of daylight transit only.

9/13 update from local representation – Cruz Bay Family Practice is open Monday – Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Chelsea Drugstore is open Monday – Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., cash only.

 

St. Thomas

St. Thomas was heavily impacted by the storms and will not be ready to accept visitors until further notice. Restoration of electricity and water is underway.

9/28 – St. Thomas’ airport has re-opened for commercial flights.

9/25 – Ports are open all around the VI and Puerto Rico, with the restriction of daylight transit only.

9/13 update from local representation – St. Thomas has gotten power back in the main towns and grocery stores are back up and running.

 

Tobago

The island was not impacted by any storms this season.

 

Tortola

Tortola was heavily impacted by all three storms and will not be ready to accept visitors until further notice.

9/29 update from BVI Tourist Board:

The people of the British Virgin Islands are incredibly grateful for the continued outpouring of support from the extended BVI community across the globe. The BVI Tourist Board remains focused on rebuilding a stronger territory and tourism product, inclusive of its uncompromising hospitality and unparalleled luxury offerings that have attracted adventure seekers and travelers globally throughout the years.

The BVI Tourist Board and Government officials on the ground are continuing their full assessment of the tourism industry, and will share updates as they become available. As of today, there are several charter operators that have announced they will be operating during the winter 2017/2018 season.

The BVI Tourist Board is excited to announce the return of the highly-anticipated Anegada Lobster Festival taking place in November. An epicurean’s delight, this annual event will celebrate the BVI’s fresh, delectable seafood offerings exclusively available on the island of Anegada. More updates will be shared as details are finalized. The local community looks forward to participating in this special culinary celebration.

A majority of the hotels in the territory are currently closed and will share updates after more extensive assessments in the coming weeks.

Nearby Cyril E. King Airport (STT) in St. Thomas reopened September 28, and BVI ferry companies (Road Town Fast Ferry and Native Son) are back to operating between the islands allowing BVI Islanders (Belongers), residents and work permit holders to return to the country.

 

Turks & Caicos

Providenciales in the Turks & Caicos islands was impacted by Hurricane Irma, however, escaped with minor damages. Repairs are underway and power and water have been restored to parts of the island.

9/27 update from local representation – “Power has been restored to Leeward area, Grace Bay, the airport, Hospital and some of downtown and along the highway. South Dock Road and Chalk Sound remain without power although the port is fully open. As I write this there are repair trucks replacing the electricity poles that were downed by Irma on the South Dock Road…”

9/25 update from local representation – “We were very fortunate on Providenciales that so much is up and running already. It is our quiet season so many restaurants are traditionally closed during the months of September and October. These are some of the
businesses that are up and running:”

Coco Bistro, Coco Van, Ricky’s Beach Bar, Big Al’s, Mango Reef, Shark Bite, Baci, Garam Masala, Pork Shack, Chopsticks, Thai Orchid, Kim Yin Thai, Sandbar, Lemon 2go, Danny Buoys, Seven Cocktail Bar, The Deck, Yoshi Sushi Bar, Turkberry, Casino, Saltmills Plaza, IGA, Gourmet & Main, SpaTropique, Big Blue, Island Vibes, AND MANY MORE!

 

Virgin Gorda

Virgin Gorda was heavily impacted by all three storms and will not be ready to accept visitors until further notice.

9/29 update from BVI Tourist Board:

The people of the British Virgin Islands are incredibly grateful for the continued outpouring of support from the extended BVI community across the globe. The BVI Tourist Board remains focused on rebuilding a stronger territory and tourism product, inclusive of its uncompromising hospitality and unparalleled luxury offerings that have attracted adventure seekers and travelers globally throughout the years.

The BVI Tourist Board and Government officials on the ground are continuing their full assessment of the tourism industry, and will share updates as they become available. As of today, there are several charter operators that have announced they will be operating during the winter 2017/2018 season.

The BVI Tourist Board is excited to announce the return of the highly-anticipated Anegada Lobster Festival taking place in November. An epicurean’s delight, this annual event will celebrate the BVI’s fresh, delectable seafood offerings exclusively available on the island of Anegada. More updates will be shared as details are finalized. The local community looks forward to participating in this special culinary celebration.

A majority of the hotels in the territory are currently closed and will share updates after more extensive assessments in the coming weeks.

Nearby Cyril E. King Airport (STT) in St. Thomas reopened September 28, and BVI ferry companies (Road Town Fast Ferry and Native Son) are back to operating between the islands allowing BVI Islanders (Belongers), residents and work permit holders to return to the country.

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