The island of Cozumel experienced only tropical storm winds, as Hurricane Dean moved through Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula early Tuesday morning on August 21.
Cozumel is in excellent shape and the island's tourism infrastructure is completely intact.
According to Raul Marrufo, Director of the Cozumel Tourism Promotion Board, "Cozumel was well prepared for Dean, but fortunately the hurricane did not pass through the island," explained Marrufo. "Cozumel is back to normal and everything on the island is set to resume operations on Wednesday including local schools, hotels, restaurants and more."
"Some of the hotels, restaurants and shops took today to clean up and remove light debris scattered by the tropical winds," adds Marrufo. "All of the resort properties and local businesses will be open and prepared to welcome guests back to the island by tomorrow."
Current updates from the island as of 5:00 p.m. Central Time:
- The Cozumel International airport reopened immediately after the storm at 12:00 p.m. today (Aug. 21) and received its first flight, a Continental Airlines flight that arrived from Houston.
- Passenger ferry services between Cozumel and Playa del Carmen will resume operation tomorrow, Wednesday, Aug. 22, 2007, at 6:00 a.m. CDT. The vehicle and cargo ferry will begin service tomorrow as well at 12:00 p.m.
- All of Cozumel's piers, including the Punta Langosta Pier and International Pier for cruise ships, are fine and fully operational.
- Cruise ships will begin returning to Cozumel on Thursday, Aug. 23. The island will be welcoming two Carnival Cruise Line ships scheduled to arrive that first day and three ships (including Royal Caribbean and Carnival Cruise Lines) on Friday, Aug. 24.
- The majority of Cozumel hotels and resorts were up and running today and the remaining properties will be open and ready to receive guests by tomorrow (Aug. 22).
- Restaurants and shops throughout the island, including downtown San Miguel, have started to reopen today and all are expected to resume business by tomorrow (Aug. 22).
- Cozumel beach clubs are scheduled to reopen on Thursday, Aug. 23, 2007.
- The Cozumel Country Club Golf Course incurred no damage and will reopen tomorrow (Aug. 22).
- The Museum of the Island of Cozumel reopened today.
- Chankanaab Park and the archaeological sites at San Gervasio will reopen tomorrow (Aug. 22).
- All island tours are currently up and running.
- The Atlantis Submarine ride will begin operating again on Friday, August 24, 2007.
- Individuals who have existing travel plans to Cozumel during this time are always encouraged to check with travel agents, hotels and airlines for additional updates.
- Travelers can also visit www.islacozumel.com.mx tomorrow for Cozumel updates and recent photos from the island.