Hurricane Irma Recovery Update for Cuba

Updated November 9, 2017

As Cubans recover from Hurricane Irma, which hit the North Central part of the island in early September, we’ve heard many accounts of both the damage and the recovery process from locals within Cuba. Here’s an update on the recovery. We will continue to update this as time progresses.

Here’s a map showing the severity of the damage in Cuba.

Once you give the article a read feel free to message us any questions directly or ask a Cuban travel expert for help.

By the way, Americans can still travel to Cuba despite recent changes to Cuba travel policy. A legal trip is just a matter of making sure you know what's changed and how it affects your plans. ViaHero has you covered with the latest updates on Cuba travel policies in these recent articles:

And before your trip, make sure to check out:

When will it be safe to travel to…

Havana - Now

Viñales - Now

Pinar del Rio - Now

Cienfuegos - Now

Trinidad - Now

Santiago - Now

Varadero - Mid-November

Baracoa - Now

Holguin - Now

Camaguey - Now

Northern Keys (Cayos) - Mid-December

More details

Areas that are safe now (October 31, 2017)

You are safe to travel to any areas other than Varadero, Matanzas and the Northen Keys (Cayos). 

Areas like Havana, Viñales, Pinar del Rio, Trinidad, Cienfuegos, Santa Clara, Holguin, Camaguey, Santiago, Manzanillo, and Baracoa are on this list.


Havana has been back to normal since early October. Most of the infrastructure was easy to repair and Havana made a very quick recovery. 

Areas on the long road to recovery

Matanzas, Varadero, and the Northern Keys (Cayos) were all directly hit by Hurricane Irma. They suffered significant damage from both flooding and winds, but the cleanup efforts are close to being finished. The good news is that they are expected to make a recovery by the holidays, as early as mid-November. But for anyone looking to go to these areas for the Christmas or New Year’s holidays, keep a close eye on the recovery process and call your lodging hosts to get updates.

Donating to the recovery

If you’d like to donate to the Hurricane Irma recovery effort, ViaHero has supported the Friends of Caritas Cubana. If you’d like to join ViaHero in donating to the recovery effort, click here to learn more.

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