So you’re planning a post-Irma cruise that stops in the Virgin Islands and you have some questions: What can I expect after the hurricanes? What will my port experience be like?
The answer: The U.S. Virgin Islands have been hard at work cleaning up and rebuilding since Hurricanes Irma and Maria, and have been welcoming back vacationers since early November. More than 60 cruise ships are scheduled to arrive in December.
You can experience the ultimate Caribbean vacation after the storms. In fact, many already have. Find the latest info in this guide to the Virgin Islands after Hurricane Irma:
The Experience Around Port
Around the Charlotte Amalie port, restaurants, shops, and shore excursions are busy serving island visitors.
A large number of restaurants are now open and bustling with activity. Get the complete list of open restaurants here. Want to know our favorites? Keep reading.
During your time in port, be sure to try some fresh local seafood at Caribbean Fusion Beachfront, situated against the beautiful backdrop of Lindbergh Bay. After dining, just stroll on out to the beach. Or stop in at Rum Shandy in Frenchtown for music and a roasted sandwich.
Later, grab cold drinks in the open air atmosphere of Hull Bay Hideaway while you take in the lovely tropical views.
The Experience Away from Port
Want to know how to experience the Virgin Islands to the max? Get away from the port! Venture out on your own adventure: hike, snorkel, explore, and island hop. Take a charter and find your own hidden beach and spend the day luxuriating in the sun and surf.
Best-loved beaches are looking great again after over two months of restoration and growth. Some beaches are even wider and sandier after the storms. Take a look at these striking post-hurricane glimpses:
<Hawksnest – Photo credit: Yelena Rogers>
Crystalline blue waters still lap against white sands, and Hawksnest is as lovely as ever.
<Honeymoon – Photo credit: News of St John>
Honeymoon Beach is cleared and picturesque after the storms.
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