Post Hurricane Irma
Let me start off by clarifying that Turks and Caicos is open for business. Now…on with my story.. so, it hasn’t been that long ago that I wrote about the end of summer closings in Turks and Caicos. Little did I know that after that post Turks and Caicos would be affected by not one but two hurricanes in a short period of time. Before we ever booked our first trip to Turks and Caicos, I remember reading that hurricanes were rare there. I even remember being there and the locals talking about how few hurricanes they have actually had.
Hurricanes in September
Well…my first trip to Turks and Caicos was in September. It was the best trip I had ever been on. The water was “extra” beautiful…if possible and the weather was great..it was perfect. Then, that next September/October when we went we had friends and family with us for the first time (going to Turks and Caicos). Well..guess what..hurricane Joaquin hit close by and we were affected. We had to stay extra days on the island due to cancelled flights. The streets were flooded…all the good but not so good things that come when a hurricane is near. Now, here we are a couple of years down the road and two hurricanes in the month of September.
If I’m being honest…travelling to Turks and Caicos in September makes me a little nervous. I’m not saying I will not go in September, because I totally would in a heart beat..I would just make sure that I had some good travel insurance. Anyway, like I said my best trip and my worst trip so far have both been in September. Even with the hurricane effects we had a great time, but the beach water was a little scary and it couldn’t have been more opposite of the normal, calm, crystal clear waters of Grace Bay. I still talk about how bad it sucks for our family and friends to have gotten to see Grace Bay in that way versus how we typically see it. Hopefully one day we will get them back…but they have said NO SEPTEMBER…haha.
Turks and Caicos Resort Openings
The closings I talked about a couple of weeks back are scheduled closings. These are the closings that the restaurants and resorts choose to do for yearly maintenance. Even some boating charters take a break. After all, everything needs updates and regular maintenance. However, because of Hurricane Irma, most resorts were forced to close for a period of time.
Then, if Irma was not bad enough, here came Maria. Luckily, Maria ended up being nothing compared to Irma. From what I understand, most resorts did not suffer too terribly bad. It seems as though everything in the resort areas was mostly cosmetic with some roof issues here and there. However, many of the residential areas got hit pretty hard so they need our continued prayers. If you want to help and donate check out my post of on hurricane Irma relief for Turks and Caicos.
Royal West Indies | I was told November as of right now.
The Palms | September 30th
Gansevoort | October 5th
The Sands | September 30th
Seven Stars Resort | September 24th
Grace Bay Club | September 30th
The Venetian | October 1st
Ocean Club West | October 12th
Ocean Club East | Shortly after October 12th, but no set date
Villa Renaissance | October 8th
The Shore Club | September 3oth
West Bay Club | September 3oth
The Somerset | October 14th
Regent Grand | September 30th
If the resort is not listed, then that means I do not have the information. Hopefully, what I do have will help. If I get new information, I will update.
Open for Business
I know lots of people have vacations already booked and planned. There are many other people who were probably thinking about booking a vacation prior to the hurricanes. Well…good news…You can still go on your vacation and if you are thinking about booking…do it.
The resorts and businesses are working hard to make sure everything is ready for guests. I read a post by someone local today about the “fake news” that is out there. News stating that Turks and Caicos suffered a complete loss. This is not true. They are in fact “open for business” and need tourists to keep their vacation plans and to book the trips they have been thinking about. Do not cancel..call the resorts and work something out..rescheduling is better than cancelling.
From what I understand…Provo was very blessed. There are lots of people who lost homes or suffered severe damage, but no one lost their life. Things could have been much, much worse. After only a few weeks after Irma, they are working so hard to get back to where they were before the storms. I’m sure things may never be the same…most things are not when you go through something like this. But I have a feeling they will be better! This is a great island with great people. It is my happy place and a place I like to consider my second home because I feel so comfortable there.
I will be back in Provo in November and am excited and nervous at the same time. I am nervous to see the changes but SOO happy that I can go back…excited that the island is ready for me and all other tourist to come back. As I said above, Turks and Caicos is open for business and we need to go! Every time we book and go, we are helping them to re-build. We are helping them make money…money they need to move forward.