Rob Sequin | Havana Journal

I visited the official Cuban website for Cayo Largo del Sur CayoLargoDelSur.cu and found this scrolling news item:

“Cayo Largo is prepared to open for the new Touristic High Season; all hotels will be reopen in November.”

I have not heard anything about the damage to Cayo Largo but I can only imagine the destruction from Hurricane Ike since it went directly over Cayo Largo. I know this is a major tourist destination and repairs are a top priority but being so far off the mainland, I would imagine that it would be VERY difficult to get workers and supplies over to the island.

Has anyone visited Cayo Largo since the hurricane or does anyone know of anyone who has visited? I am not asking for comments on what you read on the Internet since I don’t trust many of the Cuba travel comments left at travel blogs and forums.

The odd thing (maybe not so much for Cuban media) is that the Cayo Largo news page is happily reporting that everything is fine and that tourists are coming in. There is hardly any mention of any damage.

So then, why the scrolling news across the top saying that all hotels will reopen in November? Sounds pretty bad to me and that’s the best that the Cuban propaganda can offer?

There is only casual mention of any hurricane damage like “The hotel underwent small affectations with the passage of the Hurricane Gustav in its trajectory at south of this island, but five days afterwards began the works of recovery…” and that the first international tourists to arrive after Ike came on September 15th.

Also, a comment on September 14th how Ike came across Cayo Largo del Sur but that it brought in sand and made the beaches more beautiful that ever.

I would love to know the real condition of Cayo Largo. I would imagine it is like a ghost town.

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