Caribbean Tourism Attempts Post-Hurricane Rebound
While parts of the Caribbean reels in hurricane-wrought destruction, tropical resorts' PR teams are plastering on a smile and saying, "Come on down folks, everything's fine." Following Hurricanes Dean and Felix, they're jumping back in the tourism game. And travelers who follow suit are discovering loads of incentives to book now.
Just weeks after weathering Hurricane Dean's category 4 wrath, hotels in Jamaica are offering all kinds of deals from buy-one-get-one packages to slashed prices. To stave off lingering fears, many companies guarantee refunds in the event of another emergency.
Still, some places suffered enough damage to require significant reconstruction. According to The New York Times:
Some areas are still recovering from the storm. Costa Maya, the up-and-coming cruise port on the Yucatán Peninsula near the border of Belize, took a beating and is expected to be closed for at least six months. Some of the thatched-roof cabanas along the Maya Riviera were heavily damaged.
And that's just the fallout from Dean. Hurricane Felix took a separate toll on Central America.
Yesterday, we posted a report from guidebook writer Joshua Berman, who's been in touch with his sources in Nicaragua. A few more reports have rolled in since then, this one from the Nicaragua Network:
At least 80% of the houses in Bilwi (Puerto Cabezas) were damaged..."Puerto Cabezas has been destroyed," exclaimed Antonio Joya, a government civil defense official.
An American living in Bluefields, south of where Felix made landfall told us:
Right now I know that the Red Cross in Nicaragua is coordinating a lot to help people with basic needs---food, plastic for shelter, clothes and things like that.
Hurricane season lasts for another 84 days.
· Resorts Assuage Hurricane Fears [NY Times]
· Felix Still Dangerous [Jaunted]
· Hurricane Dean Travel Report [Jaunted]