Things are starting to get in a groove down in the Gulf Coast of Florida and parts of the Caribbean. After hurricanes Irma and Maria tore through the area, businesses have been working around the clock to get ready for tourists in the upcoming holiday season.
Emily Kaufman, aka "The Travel Mom" says, "Thanksgiving kicks off the holiday travel season and so many people from the Washington DC area visit areas that they think may have been impacted by the hurricanes."
Great Day Washington Video: Caribbean & Florida holiday destinations are open for business
The Travel Mom says she visited some of these locations and she can tell you first-hand which areas are open for business.
- Naples Florida and Marco Island: "I stayed at a beautiful place called the Edgewater Beach Hotel right in Naples, It's seven miles of white sand beaches, 125 family friendly suites. "
Kaufman also got to hang out with the dolphins on Marco Island at their natural habitat. She says the Naples Zoo is also open and ready to go. Check out ParadiseCoast.com for more information.
- The Turks & Caicos: "Go to the spa, get a message, go to the beach and spend some time," says Kaufman.
The Turks & Caicos did get a major hit during the hurricane season but Kaufman says Butch Stewart, Founder of Sandals Resorts along with CEO Adam Stewart (Butch's son) are making good on their commitment to reopen the beaches on December 14th. For more information go to Beaches.com.
- Nassau and the Bahamas: "The just opened a new area called Baha Mar, it's a 4.2 billion dollar luxury resort with six pools and a Jack Nicklaus golf course."
70 percent of the Caribbean was not impacted by the hurricanes and the Bahamas is one of them. Along with the Baha Mar you can check out The Atlantis resort which is a very popular family friendly resort. To learn more visit NassauParadiseIsland.com.
The Travel Mom is giving away trips on her Facebook page. Find her @TheTravelMom.