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Caribbean island of Antigua open to tourists following Hurricane Irma

The Caribbean island of Antigua is open for business following the devastating Hurricane Irma earlier this month. Many of the island nation’s attractions, activities, restaurants and hotels have reopened to the public, and many more will reopen over the next couple of months before the peak winter season begins. The island’s airport and cruise berths have also re-opened to travellers.

Caribbean island of Antigua open to tourists following Hurricane Irma

The idyllic island nation of Antigua has reopened to holidaymakers following the chaos caused by Hurricane Irma earlier this month. The Caribbean country suffered damage caused by the category five storm which was one of the worst the region has seen in recent years.

Tourists can once again book their breaks to Antigua, one of the Caribbean’s most picturesque islands, with so many white and golden sand beaches, that there’s a different one for every day of the year. Tour operators and some hotels have reopened to visitors following the storm, and the tourism board is keen to stress that the country is very much open for business.

Several restaurant and dining venues have opened to the public, including Beach Limers, Coconut Grove, Sheer Rocks, Turners, Darkwood Beach Bar and Restaurant, and Trappas, Le Bistro. Travellers can also enjoy activities such as safari land tours, snorkelling, scuba diving, zip-lining, and visits to the famous Stingray City.

The island is home to many hotels, B&Bs, self-catering accommodation and resorts, and around 2,000 of these rooms will be open to guests again by the end of October in time for the region’s peak winter season. Many of the hotels are undergoing extensive repairs to damage caused by the hurricane, while others are reopening after traditional summer renovations and upgrades.

These will include properties such as Cocobay, Jumby Bay, Curtain Bluff, Carlisle Bay, Hawksbill by Rex Resorts, Heritage Quay Hotel, St. James’s Club, The Inn at English Harbour, and Nonsuch Bay. The first hotels in Antigua to open after the storm were Pineapple Beach Club and Blue Waters Resort and Spa, which opened in the last two weeks.

As well as the opening of accommodation, restaurants and activities, the island has also reopened the new, state-of-the-art, VC Bird International Airport. Cruise ship berths are once again welcoming passengers from all over the world, on international cruise lines from the US, Canada, United Kingdom, Europe, and the Caribbean.

Antigua is the largest island of the twin-island nation of Antigua and Barbuda that sits between the Caribbean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean. It is a hotspot for holidaymakers with its warm azure ocean waters, lush emerald forests and landscapes, and array of white sand palm-fringed beaches. During Hurricane Irma, Barbuda sadly took the full force of its impact, resulting in devastating damage to residential homes, businesses and hotels that will take a long time to rebuild.

While Barbuda remains closed to travellers at present, its sister island of Antigua is trying to return to normality, encouraging international visitors to visit the beautiful island to enjoy its culture and landscapes. This will also help bring in much-needed revenue for the nation’s economy as well as jobs for local residents. 

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