Maryella Blundo, of Dream Come True Travel, in Cambridge, Massachusetts, said there are 30 islands open for business and fully functional.
Every day, she receives updates from hotel vendors listing all the hotels that are accepting reservations.
The storms did devastate spots like Puerto Rico, St. Martin and the Virgin islands.
Many, however, fared much better.
“Aruba, Jamaica,” Blundo said. “You have places like Trinidad and Tobago that were virtually untouched. There’s Curacao. There’s Bonaire. There’s the Bahamas.”
Although parts of Florida are still cleaning up, many locations are ready for visitors.
Javier Rosenberg graduated from the hospitality program at Boston University and now runs three hotels in Florida.
One is in Naples, and two are in the Florida Keys.
"It's quite different where you look,” he said. “Miami, for example, I would say the East Coast is pretty much back to normal in many ways. On the West Coast, which suffered a more direct impact from Hurricane Irma, I think you will still see a number of hotels are closed.”
Rosenberg is happy with the pace of the cleanup and says tourist areas got priority.
“If you are planning to go down to Florida in December, January, or February, I think you have to ask a few great questions just to make sure you are comfortable,” Rosenberg said. “In some of the Keys, you want to make sure you have enough restaurant options that are open.”
There may be an opportunity to get a deal in the Sunshine State.
“In the next few months, you probably will see some specials as hotels, and I think destinations, try to get people comfortable with the idea of coming back, so I think there are some great deals and opportunities out there,” Rosenberg said.
At Boston Logan International Airport, most travelers said they’d be willing to go south in a few months to get a reprieve from a Boston winter.
One woman said, “Obviously, it’s pretty tragic what happened there, but I don’t think that I would have any reason not to go.”
“I would still go," one man said. "They are still safe to travel to. I would, but if you had the money to go to the Caribbean, then do it, but Florida is definitely a good option.”
Maryella Blunda told WFXT that she doesn’t expect to see deep discounts in the Caribbean.
She said some resorts are offering perks like spa discounts, but that’s about it.
If you aren’t interested in the Caribbean this year, she suggests checking out Costa Rica and Panama.
The event formerly known as Home World has a new name and new location.Get totally inspired for spring as you find hundreds of ways to improve your home. Make your home the one you really want. Show open daily duringmall hours. Admission is free!
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Get ready for Spring and Summer and transform your outdoor space into something that feels like you’re on vacation
Make sure to visit our demonstration stage during the entire show. There will be exciting demonstrations on how to re-purpose and design thanks to Monarch Market Affair.
Meet Barry Williams from The Brady Bunch
Join us as we welcome Me-TV superstar Barry Williams who played the iconic Greg Brady from The Brady Bunch TV Show. Meet him and get an autograph on February 10th stage side at center court in front of Macy’s.
The line will start forming when the Mall Opens, and Barry’s First appearance will be at 11 a.m.
Come prepared with your camera or cell phone for the Meet and Greet.