Current State of Cuba Post-Hurricane Irma

 

Varadero after hurricane Irma, Saturday 23 of September, 2017. Photo: Leysi Rubio/Cubadebate

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Many have been asking about the current state of Cuba post-hurricane Irma including concerns of hotel conditions, tour operations, etc. Although there is damage throughout parts of the island, you can and should still travel to Cuba.

According to the ministry of Cuba’s tourism, Cuba will be completely recovered and ready on November 1st to receive all tourists during the high tourism season. The areas most affected by Hurricane Irma were Cayo Coco, Cayo Guillermo, and Cayo Santa Maria. However, these areas are working towards being fully recovered by November 15. What we know about specific regions is the following:

Cayo Coco

All activities within Cayo Coco such as the Marina, aquarium, etc. will be re-opened by October 20. All hotels, as well as the airport, will be recovered and be functioning by November 15.

Cayo Santa Maria

The Cayo Las Dunas airport will continue to operate on October 15 and several hotels will be fully recovered by then as well. The Dolphin aquarium and Marina will also be functional by October 15.

Santa Clara

The International Abel Santamaria of Santa Clara airport is now operating flights.

La Habana

Damages here are minimal and easy to restore. Hotels are operating and the city is fully functional as roads are open and other businesses too. Hotel Tropicoco and Hotel Chateau Miramar will reopen this week. Finca Vigia, also known as Hemingway’s House, will be closed throughout the month of October (contact us for alternative tour options).

Varadero

Constructors working on restorations of hotel Be Live Turquesa in Varadero, Saturday, September 23, 2017. Photo: Leysi Rubio/Cubadebate

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

All hotels will be fully restored and operate again starting September 30th with the exception of Puntarenas and Playa Caleta; Paradisus Varadero, Ocean Patriarca, and Meliá Península which will reopen on November 15.

 

Areas such as Guantánamo, Santiago de Cuba, Granma, Cienfuegos, Mayabeque, Artemisa y Pinar del Río were unaffected and are all functional areas. Electric Energy, water, and communication were recovered and are 100% functional throughout the island.

If you have booked your stay at any hotel reopening at a later date than your planned date, please contact us so we can relocate your stay.

Cuba is on its way to a full recovery and no trace of Hurricane Irma will be noticeable. The people of Cuba are in high spirits and everyone is working diligently to restore any damages in order to make all visitors feel welcome. With that being said, no need to cancel your Cuba trip, pack your bags and enjoy your time in Cuba!