Having been spared a direct hit by Hurricane Maria, the Guadeloupe Islands suffered no damage to its infrastructure, and the destination is ready to welcome guests in the upcoming winter season, according to a spokesperson.
All roads have now been cleared of all debris; power lines have been repaired and service restored across all five islands. Air traffic resumed on September 20 at Pole Caraibe Airport, as well as service on the inter-Island ferry network.
The archipelago’s economic activity has also fully resumed.
All hotels are currently open and those closed during the off-season or for refurbishment/renovation have reported that they are on schedule to re-open as planned. According to a written release, the only hotels that remain closed are those that were closed for seasonal renovations already.
For the destination's numerous American travelers planning on renting a house or using alternative accommodation options on the main islands, Guadeloupe representatives announced that reservations are now open.
The cleaning of the destination's beaches is finished. However, access to certain sites located in the National Park, such as La Soufriere volcano and the three-tumble waterfall Carbet Falls, the Grand Etand and La Route de la Traversee will be fully cleared this week. The Botanical Garden, Guadeloupe Zoo and Habitation Cote-sous-le-Vent will re-open on October 15, according to a written release.
Terre de Haut and Terre de bas were the islands most impacted by Hurricane Maria. Wood structures by the sea such as restaurants are being rebuilt and beaches cleared. Les Saintes will be fully operational by the middle of November.