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Business As Usual In Cuba Post Hurricane Irma, Status Update

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The past few weeks have seen the Caribbean battered and tested beyond belief. Hurricane season has been particularly tough on the Islands this year and that may have you wondering if your planned Winter escape is in jeopardy. For most of Cuba, I am happy to say it is business as usual.

Beautiful Caribbean ocean and white sand beach at the Iberostar Bella Vista Varadero

I reached out to Cuba Tourism at their Toronto office and got all the latest info about the resorts that Canadians and international travellers have been flocking to for a beach escape. Here is what they had to say:

The hurricane hit us strongly and did great damage. It was the first Category 5 hitting Cuba since 1932!

Good news though is that once again Cuba has proven to have one of the most effective systems in place to deal with this type of events.

Evidence of it is that:

  • In only 72 hours, all touristic destinations, except for Cayo Coco and Cayo Santa María, were put in working order

  • Also, within those only 72 hours, the causeway linking Cayo Coco to Mainland was fixed

  • As of last Monday, the causeway to Cayo Santa María is operational too

  • Havana, Varadero, Holguin, Cayo Largo, Santiago de Cuba, Trinidad, Cienfuegos, Manzanillo, Pinar del Río, Baracoa, etc. are 100%.

  • Varadero, our most important tourist destination, is 100% ready forthis weekend operations

    (only 4 Hotels, out of over 50, will not be; and in each case, all 4 will be ready for Winter tourists)

  • Cayo Coco and Cayo Santa María remain the only destinations that are not ready, and are expected to be before November 1st.

Great news because I have already started to plan my January return to Cuba. This time I will explore the Eastern part of the Country. I can’t wait.

Sunwing updates on their Cuba operations are listed here.

To read my about my previous Cuba adventures in Havana and Varadero click here.

A shot of rum with the Tobacco Farmer

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Marc Smith is a former event planner turned vagabond adventurer. He loves strong Americano's, great wine, cold beer and zip lining over tree tops. Formerly of Vancouver, most of Marc's time when not travelling is in Canada's largest city, Toronto. Follow along on his nomad adventures and discover places to stay, things to do and where to eat & drink as he explores the world one city and region at a time.

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