December 30, 2005
Hurricane Wilma pounded Cancun and the surrounding areas for 3 days. Damages were severe and still obvious 2 months later. Other cities have recovered remarkably. Although construction is still ongoing all over the Mayan Riviera, they are prepared for tourists. Before getting off the plane, you'll notice the half-bare trees and destroyed terminal. Along the drive there are still some piles of debris and downed street signs. Flowers and palm trees are being planted every day along the main strip of the Hotel Zone, Kulkulcan Boulevard. Immediately, the large scale of the damage is visible. The party zone is slowly coming back to life. Dadyo's and Corona Bar are open, but many places remain closed, like Senor Frog's. Most of the hotels that are open are at the top of the "7." After the party zone, most hotels remain closed. Grand hotels have piles of mattresses outside, boarded-up windows, and large construction or demolition equipment in the case of the Sheraton. Construction workers outnumber tourists by far. Walking for an hour, I saw less than 10 tourists in the area of the Omni, Sheraton, and JW Marriott, all of which are closed. A few stores and malls are partially open. Others, like Flamingo Plaza, are in shambles, but the Flamingo hotel across the street is open.
Give Cancun some time to recover, and in the meantime enjoy the other sites of the Mayan Riviera. They need our tourist dollars now more than ever. Many signs proclaim the resilience of the Canunese to rebuild the area. Translated into English it reads, "Not only are we doing well, but this time we will do better. Cancun is forever."
From journal Wilma Does Cancun