Caribbean resorts open for business despite hurricanes
Now that the holidays are over and there are still three good solid months of winter left, travel agencies’ phones are ringing especially in the wake of our recent cold snap and dumping of snow.
Jacquie Macey is the Branch Manager of Vision Travel in Owen Sound.
She says they have been getting calls from people worried about where to go in the Caribbean after the devastating hurricane season last year.
Hurricane Maria in September was the worst natural disaster to hit Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico every.
Two weeks earlier Hurricane Irma, a Category 5 storm, caused catastrophic damage in Barbuda, Saint Barthélemy, Saint Martin, Anguilla, and the Virgin Islands.
It also caused extensive damage to the northern portion of Cuba in Cayo Coco where they had to repair their airport and in Cayo Santa Maria.
Macey says the only area where tourists still are not welcome is in Saint Martin where the island was almost completely razed.
In some cases she says there were improvements.
The beaches at Varadero are now wider.
Macey says tourist operators know winter in Canada is their bread and butter and made repairs quickly.
She says while there are still some last minute deals for January and after March break, their busy season is in high gear and there won’t be too many bargains for the month of February.
And she says prices won’t be affected too much by the devastation from the hurricanes as agencies offering package deals contract their pricing a year in advance so the storms will not affect prices this winter.
Price fluctuation is based strictly on supply and demand at the moment.
She says the most popular southern destinations for Grey Bruce residents is Cuba, the DR and Mexico with more and more discovering Costa Rica.
For something a little different, more people are discovering Columbia which isn’t so much for the beach lover but great for touring historic points of interest.
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