Hurricane Irma impacted the Dominican Republic between September 6 and 7, 2017, after making a direct hit on Puerto Rico. This powerful storm first made landfall September 6th on the Caribbean islands of Antigua and Barbuda. The Dominican Republic experienced higher than usual rainfall, with sustained winds of 155 mph, which were felt 270 km from the eye of the storm in Santo Domingo.
The Dominican Republic, lovingly known as the “Paradise of the Caribbean,” is a favorite among travelers for its picturesque beaches and interesting history. Seeing as Hurricane Irma was anticipated to hit with such force and fury, Dominicans were unsure of what to expect. Tourism is one of the leading sources of income for the island, with over six million travelers arriving at the island each year.
Puerto Rico, 381 km to the east of the island, was impacted shortly before the Dominican Republic. Unfortunately, they were not as lucky, seeing severe flooding and completely losing power throughout the entire island. Like the Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico sees a tremendous influx of travelers each year, with tourism also being one of their main sources of income. To this day, Puerto Rico still has not completely recovered from this severely damaging storm. Aside from losing thousands of lives, power remains sketchy and chaos and destruction are still prevalent throughout the island.
Post-Hurricane Irma, tourism in the Dominican Republic is business as usual. While the storm was scary and forceful, it left the island with minimal damage. The island was able to make a quick recovery and is currently as popular as ever.
If you’ve ever had a dream of lounging on a white sand beach with a pina colada in hand, staring at the turquoise-colored water, you’re probably dreaming of Punta Cana. Located on the eastern tip of the Dominican Republic, it is one of the most inviting areas on the island. Well-known for its all-inclusive resorts, it is celebrated for its outstanding beaches, like Bavaro. It is also the perfect destination for golf lovers, seeing as it boasts world-class golf courses.
La Romana, located on the southeast coast of the island, is home to the lavish Casa de Campo resort. You might be familiar with this resort, known for its luxury and class, with amenities including a riding school, polo ground, and tennis courts. Oscar de la Renta even put his personal touch on the interiors.
While Hurricane Irma was one of the most feared storms of the past several years, the Dominican Republic fared well. One year after the hurricane the island continues to be as inviting as ever, awaiting travelers from near and far with open arms.