The Caribbean traditionally conjures images of white sand beaches and swaying palm trees. But last fall, the news was flooded with images of devastation in the aftermath of Hurricanes Irma and Maria. The powerful storms wiped out entire islands, but not the entire region. Only a handful of the Caribbean’s more than 7,000 islands were heavily damaged; 70 percent were unaffected. But months later, tourists are still choosing alternative sun-and-sand getaways, like Mexico or Hawaii. The perception that all of the Caribbean was destroyed is nearly as harmful to tourism as the storms themselves, considering tourism employs 2.4 million people in the Caribbean.

Charities such as The Caribbean Tourism Relief Fund, the Fund for the Virgin Islands, Dominica Hurricane Relief Fund, and United for Puerto Rico have been set up specifically to help the hardest hit islands recover. However, the Caribbean Tourism Organization says the best way to help the region is to bring back the tourism economy by making a visit. Exclusive Resorts has properties on eight Caribbean Islands. Here, we share favorite highlights.

Anguilla, British West Indies

A re-imagined addition to the Exclusive Resorts Portfolio, with four residences at the Four Seasons Anguilla, this 16-mile-long island is considered the Caribbean’s culinary gem, with more than 100 restaurants and beach bars. Don’t miss fresh lobster served to a soundtrack of live jazz at Johnno’s Beach Stop, smoky pork ribs from roadside grill B&D’s Barbecue, and sunset drinks and ceviche at Cobà at the Four Seasons.

Turks & Caicos

The Turks & Caicos islands rebounded quickly after suffering a one-two punch from Irma and Maria. Today, tourism is back in full swing. The island of Provo lures travelers with its sugar-white beaches. It’s also home to the Club’s three residences at The Palms, which offer panoramic ocean views of the world-renowned Grace Bay Beach. Spend days diving Provo’s fish-filled Northwest Point, teeing off at one of the Caribbean’s top golf courses, and feasting on seafood at Da Conch Shack and Rum Bar.

St. Barth's, West Indies

St. Barth’s has been praised for getting cleaned up and back to normal faster than any other island affected by last fall’s storms. In February 2018, Exclusive Resorts made its debut on the chic French island with three new luxury villas. The draw: 14 postcard-perfect beaches, stylish beach clubs, and chic boutiques including Imrie, Blue Coast, and Poupette.

Abacos, Bahamas

The Abacos, a 120-mile-long chain of islands in the northern Bahamas, still feel undiscovered. A sailing paradise, days are spent island hopping to beach bars like Lubber’s Landing and Firefly. Come dusk, dine on seafood and BBQ, and then dance under the stars at the weekly barbecue held at the ocean-side Flippers at The Abaco Club on Winding Bay.

Virgin Gorda, British Virgin Islands

The BVI took the full force of Hurricane Irma, then a follow-up hit from Hurricane Maria. Infrastructure was destroyed and famed resorts like the Bitter End Yacht Club on Virgin Gorda were completely razed. Today, the island is starting to feel its tourists buzz again. More than half of all visitors to the BVI come for the sailing and nearly all of the charter boat companies are already back in business. Take a boat ride to Spring Bay Beach for a private barbecue.