These 8 Caribbean Islands Hardest Hit by the 2017 Hurricanes Are Ready for Your Return
From Puerto Rico to the Virgin Islands, the islands hardest hit by Hurricanes Irma and Maria are in full comeback mode and ready for a visit. Here’s what’s restored, what’s new, and where you should plan your next vacation.
Hurricane Maria, a category 4 storm with 155-mile-per-hour winds, was the strongest to hit Puerto Rico in 85 years. The storm took 2,975 lives, left thousands homeless, left the entire population without electricity for months, and caused $94 billion worth of damage. But up from the devastation of 2017, a generation of young and passionate entrepreneurs are reviving and reinventing the island's hotel, restaurant, and bar scenes. Their creativity and ambition is turning San Juan into a true Caribbean design and culinary capital.