We're so troubled to see the destruction in the eastern Caribbean because we know that those islands are full of lovely, hospitable people who go to great lengths to ensure that visitors to their islands are able to take incredible vacations. While some islands are just starting the process of cleaning up and rebuilding, we recently got an email from the government of Antigua and Barbuda, with two important messages we wanted to pass along to you.
The first point is that in the wake of Hurricane Irma and Hurricane Maria, the island of Antigua can report that no hotels have closed as a result of the storms. Antigua is open for business! While a few properties had already closed prior to both storms for their annual renovations and general spruce-up, they'll be prepared for peak season, as well. There was no loss of life on Antigua from those storms, and it seems that none of the hotels or resorts have reported significant structural damage.
The second part of Antigua and Barbuda's message was to ask for assistance from the travel and tourism industry to help Barbuda, which has been truly devastated by the hurricane season thus far. So, that's what we're doing. If you're a regular reader of our site, you probably already know that each month, we choose a cause that we're passionate about, and make a donation to that cause for each new booking of a certain type that clients of Huckleberry Travel make through our agency. Last month, we started off the month making donations to help those affected by Hurricane Harvey, but then quickly broadened our commitment to include those who suffered from Hurricane Irma. Since the storms don't seem to be letting up, we're announcing here, today, that we'll continue to make donations to relief efforts in the Caribbean, Texas and Florida for new bookings through the month of October.
If you'd like to make a donation, yourself, to relief for Barbuda (either money or goods), you can do so by clicking this link.
Or, you might think of visiting Antigua, yourself. By supporting tourism in Antigua, your patronage will help rebuild Barbuda. And there's lots to recommend Antigua. They have 365 white and pink sand beaches, one for every day of the year. Antigua’s rich history and spectacular topography provide a top-notch sightseeing. You could see Nelson’s Dockyard, the only remaining example of a Georgian fort, commissioned by the British in 1755. Or visit Betty’s Hope, built in 1674, is the site of one of the first full-scale sugar plantations on Antigua. Devil’s Bridge at the eastern tip of the island has a natural limestone arch that's been carved out by the Atlantic breakers. On top of all that, Antigua's tourism calendar includes events such as the World Class Antigua Sailing Week, Classic Yacht Regatta, Antigua Sports Fishing and also the annual Carnival; known as the Caribbean’s Greatest Summer Festival.
Keep in mind that when these islands are ready for visitors, you're helping them rebuild by visiting. And since Antigua's asking for your tourism dollars to help re-build, why not reach out to us to book a trip!