Hurricane Dorian devastated 2 major islands in the chain of islands in the Bahamas. We’ve all seen the pictures on the news. It’s horrible and it sounds like the entire chain of the Bahamas is destroyed but that can’t be further from the truth.
The Bahamas actually has over 700 islands spread out over 100,000 square miles of the ocean.
The capital is Nassau and that’s were most of the tourists stay on vacation at resorts like Sandals Royal Bahamian, the Atlantis, the Baha Mar complex and resorts on Paradise Island.
The 2 islands that were devastated were Grand Bahama Island (major city of Freeport) and the Abacos
Just to give you some prospective:
- Freeport is about 106 miles from Miami and 132 miles from Nassau (the major tourism island in the Bahamas)
- Marsh Harbour, the area of The Abacos that was in the news, is 178 nautical miles from Miami and 89.5 nautical miles from Nassau
From the Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) in a press release from Sept 3, 2019,
The all clear has been issued for New Providence, which includes the capital of Nassau and neighboring Paradise Island, as well as Eleuthera and Andros. Residents and visitors on New Providence should continue to exercise caution as flooding conditions and power outages have been reported.
Islands in the Southeastern and Central Bahamas remain unaffected, including The Exumas, Cat Island, San Salvador, Rum Cay, Long Island, Acklins/Crooked Island, Ragged Island, Mayaguana and Inagua.
- Lynden Pindling International Airport (LPIA) in Nassau remains open. There have been flight cancellations and travelers should contact their airlines directly for any schedule changes.
- Grand Bahama International Airport (FPO) is closed.
- Leonard Thompson International Airport (MHH) in Marsh Harbour, Abaco is closed.
- Hotels in Nassau and Paradise Island remain open.
- Hotels in The Abacos and Grand Bahama Island assisted in evacuation procedures prior to Hurricane Dorian’s arrival.
From a USA Today article from Sept 4, 2019
Atlantis Paradise Island, a resort that lies somewhat inland, reported via tweet Sunday that it was not in storm’s path: “Our guests, the marine animals in our care and our team members are all safe and secure.”
Baha Mar, another mega resort located on the north shore of the island, reported via its website that it, too, had been spared and is “open and fully operational.”
Warwick Paradise Island, an adults-only all-inclusive resort near the southwest shore of the same island, also reported via its Instagram page Sunday night that it had sustained no damage from the storm.
By now, cruise ships are returning to their ports of call in Nassau and are dropping off massive amounts of supplies, food, water and more to the islands of Grand Bahama and Abaco.
How can you help?
If you are scheduled to go on a vacation or honeymoon to Nassau, Exuma, Turks and Caicos and the islands not in the path of Dorian, GO. Your support and what you spend during your time in the islands will help the people to support themselves and their family and friends in the effected islands.
If you want to contribute, CTO has set up a Hurricane Dorian Relief Fund
The team of My Vacation Lady was very lucky this year in that we didn’t have any clients in the path of Hurricane Dorian but we are always here and able to assist our clients in any way when it comes to emergencies before, during or after their vacations.