It’s been just less than three weeks since Hurricane Dorian reached Category 5 and tore through areas like Puerto Rico, the Lesser Antilles, the US East Coast, and Atlantic Canada. Fortunately, many of these areas endured minimal damages while islands like the Bahamas were devastated by the Category 5 hurricane.
Many northeast, southeastern, and central Bahamian islands managed to make it out of the storm unscathed or with minimal damages. Islands in these areas include Nassau, Paradise Island, Cat Island, The Exumas, Eleuthera, Harbour Island, Andros, San Salvador, Long Island, Ragged Island, Inagua, Mayaguana, Acklins Island, and Rum Cay. On the other side of the coin, some of the most populated islands in the northwest like the Grand Bahamas and Abaco islands were ravaged by the storm. In these areas, there are dozens of resorts and hotels that have suffered damages. Here are just a few of the many affected:
Oceanfroniter Vacation Club (Grand Guana Cay) — According to their website, Oceanfrontier experienced severe damage and will be closed until further notice.
Viva Vacation Club at Viva Wyndham Fortuna Beach (Freeport) — Wyndham Fortuna Beach is closed until further notice. As of September 3, the resort’s Wyndham spokesperson didn’t know the extent of the damage.
Ocean Reef Yacht Club and Resort (Freeport) — Though suffering some damage, Ocean Reef Yacht Club has sustained manageable damage and half of the resort is currently operational as they wait on water and power. They anticipate welcoming their first guests by September 21 depending on when water and power are restored.
Old Bahama Bay Resort at Ginn sur Mer (West End) — Old Bahama Bay is currently closed due to their damages, but many of their largest structures/buildings remain intact. Currently, Old Bahama Bay staff and volunteers are participating in hurricane aid operations with supplies, medical, and more. A GoFundMe page they are sharing is one dedicated to providing hurricane relief to the West End.
Island Seas Resort (Freeport) — Island Seas Resort was one of the few properties that made it through the storm with minimal damages such as broken windows and missing tiles. Repairs and clean up are currently underway as they support their staff impacted with food, water, and have even started a GoFundMe to assist in rebuilding their homes.
Seabreeze Vacation Villas (Freeport )— Sea Breeze is a boutique resort that suffered quite a bit of damage, but many of their structures are still in place and are currently housing company employees who lost their homes. This family-owned resort has also recently started a GoFundMe which will not only aid in the resort’s rebuilding but those in the surrounding community.
Taino Beach Vacation Club (Freeport) — Even after suffering a lot of damage, Taino Beach Resort has been active on social media to keep their loved ones and guests updated. The resort is currently closed, without water or electricity, and the repairs of the property are expected to take 6-8 weeks to complete. Guests with reservations through October 10 are advised to reschedule their trips. Currently, Taino has provided information to a GoFundMe page that was created by a long-time resort member.
The Bahamas economy relies heavily on tourism, and we encourage vacationers to continue visiting safe areas and islands to support their infrastructure and aid their relief efforts. Check back with SellMyTimeshareNow.com for more on Bahamas hurricane updates as the storm season continues and as the islands begin to rebuild.