2017 proved to be a year of devastation for the Caribbean because of "Hurricane Irma" and Hurricane Maria. These hurricanes caused mass destruction across numerous islands and this included major tourist destinations. Puerto Rico remained powerless for almost a year after Hurricane Maria but it wasn’t the only island without power. Numerous other Caribbean islands had to face power outages and complete shutdowns of their communication systems. The British Virgin Islands and Rodney Skelton are two places that were hit severely by the storms.
The impact on tourism
The Caribbean boasts of a number of picturesque spots that are popular with tourists across the globe. Many people turn to this region for their vacations to spend some leisure time with their loved ones. However, due to hurricanes, there was virtually no tourism left in this region due to widespread hurricane damage. The Caribbean lost almost $900 million in revenue in tourist revenue in 2017. However, the good news for tourists is that the Caribbean is nearly back to full strength after the destruction caused by the hurricanes.
There are only 6 destinations, out of 32, in the Caribbean that are still on the road to recovery while others are now standing tall with their full glory. Almost 90% of hotels and resorts that suffered damages are now opened for guests again. So, if you are planning for your next vacation, you know where you need to book your tickets for – it’s the Caribbean.
The top reasons to visit the caribbean in 2018
Exciting water-based activities
Diving, swimming, snorkeling, and numerous other water-based activities are available for you and your friends and family to enjoy at numerous beautiful beaches in the Caribbean.
Want to spend some quality time in close proximity to nature while enjoying a luxurious stay? Then, head to the Caribbean. Most of the Caribbean islands have luxury resorts and hotels that are known to offer world-class accommodations.
The views of the sunset in this region are unmatched. It is one of those mesmerizing views that will remain etched in your memories for a long time.
The region is on the road to economic boost due to its rich marine resources. You can also play your part in helping this region to prosper as the hurricanes caused great losses to its economy.
Other than the above-mentioned items, great food, shopping, and its rich culture are some of the other reasons why you need to visit the Caribbean.
The following islands are destinations you should absolutely visit in the Caribbean:
Voted as the number one island in the Caribbean for two consecutive years, Anguilla is a must-visit if you are planning to visit the Caribbean. Not only are the views here astonishing, but there are plenty of exciting activities you can indulge in as well. While you are here, do not forget to take a walking tour that will take you to explore some breathtakingly beautiful spots in Anguilla.
This island is home to astonishing white sand beaches. The tranquility of water here is unparalleled. For the shopaholic, this island is no less than a paradise for them because of numerous designer shops located here.
It is another beautiful island in the Caribbean. Although smaller in size, it is perfect for you to spend some quality time with your friends and family. It has a beach club resort, a few luxurious hotels, and delicious restaurants for guests.
All in all, it is safe to say that the tourism industry in the Caribbean is racing towards its boom again, and it won’t take long before all of the islands in this region will be opened for the guests to visit and explore.
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