What’s Open in the BVI after Hurricane Irma? (2020 Update)

What’s Open in the BVI after Hurricane Irma? (2020 Update)

While a hurricane is not an annual occurrence they do happen. In the BVI hurricane season occurs every year between technically between 1st June and 30th November. Hurricanes most commonly occur in September and can hit anywhere in the Atlantic Ocean through the Caribbean and North America. They are very good at predicting the future paths of hurricanes and evacuating people. 

In the BVI hurricanes tend to hit the islands infrequently, with 13 hurricanes occurring in the 20th century. Many of these hurricanes passed by the islands, causing strong winds and occasionally hitting the northernmost Anegada Island. 

However, in September 2017 Hurricane Irma hit the BVI and caused devastating damage. What made this even worse is that it was followed by Hurricane Maria 14 days later. In the BVI Hurricane Irma was a category 5 hurricane and hit the BVI on 6th September 2017. The eye of the hurricane hit Virgin Gorda, Tortola, and Jost Van Dyke, causing significant extensive damage. In the BVI Hurricane Irma hit with more force and wind speed than predicted and became the strongest hurricane ever recorded over the Atlantic Ocean. 

In the BVI after Hurricane Irma there was catastrophic damage with over 4,000 homes destroyed, 85% of housing, and the electricity was only restored months after the hurricane.

What’s Open in the BVI after Hurricane Irma? (2020 Update)

In the BVI after Hurricane Irma the devastation was large and wide spread but with the help of charities, Governments, and the rest of the world the BVI is once again standing on its feet.

Around 37% of the islands land buildings have been rebuilt including homes and resort. Around 75% of marine births are now accessible, and the BVI is once again on of our favourite sailing destinations. The New York Times have named the BVI one of their top destinations to visit in 2020 and we have included it our top sailing destinations for 2020 also. The BVI after Hurricane Irma is still healing, but as more visitors and yacht charters visit the islands the better they will recover. 

In this article we will give you information about what is open in the BVI after Hurricane Irma.

1. Anegada

These places are open on Anegada in the BVI after hurricane Irma (2020):

  • Anegada Reef Hotel
  • Anegada Beach Club
  • Big Bamboo
  • Potter’s By The Sea
  • Cow Wreck Bar
  • Neptune’s Treasure Restaurant 
  • The Lobster Trap
  • The Wonky Dog

2. Guana Island

These places are open on Guana Island in the BVI after hurricane Irma (2020):

  • Guana Island Resort

3. Norman Island

These places are open on Norman Island in the BVI after hurricane Irma (2020):

  • Pirates
  • Willy T’s (New location)

These places have yet to reopen on Norman Island in 2020:

  • A marina and three hotels are set to open in 2020.

4. Peter Island

These places are open on Peter Island in the BVI after hurricane Irma (2020):

  • Peter Island doesn’t have any open establishments as of January 2020, but you can anchor just off the island. 

These places have yet to reopen on Peter Island in January 2020:

  • Peter Island Resort – it is currently under construction with no new opening date. You can find out more on their website – PeterIslandResort.com

5. Jost Van Dyke

These places are open on Jost Van Dyke in the BVI after hurricane Irma (2020):

  • Foxy’s 
  • Hendo’s Hideout
  • Soggy Dollar Bar
  • Corsairs
  • Seddy’s One Love
  • Gertrudes
  • Ivan’s Stressfree Bar
  • B Line Bar
  • A&B Bar and Restaurant
  • Foxy’s Taboo
  • Harris’s Place

6. Scrub Island

These places are open on Scrub Island in the BVI after hurricane Irma (2020):

7. Tortola

These places are open on Tortola in the BVI after hurricane Irma (2020):

  • Myett’s 
  • Elm Beach Bar & Restaurant 
  • Quito’s Gazebo
  • Paradise Lounge
  • Rhymers
  • Pussers (they are rebuilding but the outside is open)
  • Pussers (Sopers Hole)
  • Brandywine Estate Restaurant
  • Dove Restaurant 
  • Sebastian’s Seaside Grille
  • Sugar Mill Restaurant 
  • Tramonti Beach Restaurant 
  • Trellis Bay Market and Kitchen
  • Wyndham Lambert Beach Resort
  • Omar’s Cafe
  • Omar’s Fusion Restaurant
  • Pusser’s Land Restaurant 
  • Sopers Hole Marina  

These places have yet to reopen on Tortola in January 2020:

  • De Loose Mongoose
  • Cane Garden Bay

8. Virgin Gorda

These places are open on Virgin Gorda in the BVI after hurricane Irma (2020):

  • Oil Nut Bay Resort (lunch)
  • Rosewood Little Dix Bay
  • CocoMaya Restaurant (closed Mondays)
  • Dixie’s
  • Hog Heaven
  • Jumbies Bar
  • Mermaids & Pirates
  • Mimi’s Kitchen
  • Rada’s Restaurant and Bar
  • Reef Restaurant
  • Saucez Bar and Grill
  • Snapper’s Bar and Grill
  • The Bath and Turtle Restaurant 
  • The Restaurant at Leverick Bay
  • Top of the Baths Restaurant and Bar 
  • Village Cafe
  • Sandbox Beach Bar and Grill

These places have yet to reopen on Virgin Gorda in January 2020:

9. Cooper Island

These places are open on Cooper Island in the BVI after hurricane Irma (2020):

10. Keeping Up To Date on the BVI After Hurricane Irma

BVI After Hurricane Irma. To keep up to date with the opening of new resorts and marinas in the BVI after Hurricane Irma you can bookmark this page and we will update it as and when new information is available. 

Taking Payment. In the BVI after Hurricane Irma there was a period of time when credit cards were not accepted due to the lack of wifi and a stable internet connection. This time has now past and the majority of places once again accept credit cards. The places which still have problems display ‘cash only’ signs or make visitors aware that credit cards aren’t accepted when they arrive. 

Moorings. 75% of the moorings and berths which were available before the hurricane are available now. In the BVI after Hurricane Irma moorings and marinas were rebuilt quickly and many of which are back up and running even better than they were before.

What’s Open in the BVI after Hurricane Irma? (2020 Update)

Have you been sailing in the BVI after Hurricane Irma and have more updates? Please leave these in the comments below and we will get them added to the list.

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