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Out of more than 60 establishments, fewer than a dozen had reopened.
Among them: the Rainbow Café, a waterfront restaurant and bar with beach service; two open-air seaside grills, known as lolos; the upscale Bistrot Caraibes and Spiga, an Italian restaurant that the hurricane left largely untouched, despite ripping the roofs off its neighbors.
By contrast, Philipsburg, the Dutch capital, was largely back to business, with the gleaming jewelry stores and revamped clothing boutiques of Front Street beckoning day-trippers arriving from cruise ships.
Even as workers hammered within the top story of the Holland House Beach Hotel, a mix of American and European tourists lounged on its chic wooden deck and dined on lobster sandwiches in its shaded waterfront restaurant.
About six months after Hurricane Irma pummeled this quintessential Caribbean island with terrifying force, sweeping away homes, tossing cars and boats, and wreaking havoc on its tourism infrastructure, there is still much to rebuild.“Right now, I see the sea, I see the sun and I see beautiful nature,” said Lorenz G.
Visitors seeking sun, sand and solitude will find all 37 of the island’s stunning beaches open, the roads clear of wreckage and locals welcoming as ever.The destruction across the island is impossible to ignore.Outside the parking lot, the Pink Iguana, a tugboat turned dockside bar, remained capsized in the water.We're a group of 4 girls looking for the best place to make home base for a few days at the end of March...we'll definitely be taking advantage of the clubs at night and the beaches during the day. If you are going to the clubs you will be close to Bliss, Bamboo Bernie's, Sunset Beach Bar, Q-club and Sopranos.We don't need 5-star, just safe and clean and central. Mullet beach is within walking distance (Maho beach is too small).