Turks and Caicos Is ‘Open and Ready for Business’ Post-Hurricane Irma
Turks and Caicos has rebounded quickly following two powerful hurricanes that tore through the Caribbean in September.
Most restaurants, bars, gas stations, hotels, and tourists attractions have reopened, and the cluster of British islands is already welcoming vacationers back to its shores.
“Turks and Caicos is open and ready for business,” Ramon Andrews, Director of the Turks & Caicos Tourist Board, told Travel + Leisure Tuesday.
The group of islands is known for its fresh seafood, natural beauty, and easy accessibility from the east coast — they are located only two hours from Miami by plane and three hours from New York City.
Turks and Caicos suffered the majority of its damage from Hurricane Irma, with some additional setbacks in the immediate aftermath of Hurricane Maria. The destruction was not nearly as devastating as it was in some other Caribbean islands, however, such as Puerto Rico. Much of the damage in Turks and Caicos has been quickly repaired.
With waves as high as 20 feet during Hurricane Irma, many Turks and Caicos hotels, as well as the airport, suffered water damage. Structural damage was minimal, according to Andrews, and power has been restored to all major tourist locations with full power recovery expected in the coming weeks across the islands.
The port of Turks and Caicos suffered heavier destruction than some of the tourist islands, and the port authority is working quickly to restore the popular port for cruise ship dockings. It is expected to be operational for cruises some time in November, and many cruise lines have rerouted their ships in the intervening weeks.
Andrews urged travelers not to cancel upcoming trips to Turks and Caicos, noting the importance of tourism dollars in the Caribbean’s ongoing recovery.
“One of the best things you can do is to come to this destination,” he said. “It’s definitely going to help with the rebuilding efforts.”