In September 2017, three category five hurricanes swept through the windward islands of the Caribbean one after the other. Hurricanes Irma, Jose and Maria caused wide spread damage to many of the islands in the eastern Caribbean. The islands most impacted as ther storms moved east to west were Dominica, St Martin, Virgin Gorda, Tortola, and Puerto Rico. These islands suffered significant damage to both their infrastructure and residential and commercial property. For this reason, they were not able to support any tourism activity for the entirety of the 2017-2018 winter travel season. Numerous GoFundMe campaigns were set-up to assist in the recovery effort. Military engineers and disaster response teams from England, France, the Netherlands and the United States provided essential assistance.
Several other islands experienced varying degrees of damage, however they managed to recover and rebuild in time to preserve a portion of the peak winter travel season. Islands that were hit by one or more of these hurricanes and then recovered within months include St Barths and Anguilla.