33 years ago storms washed away the beach at the village of Dooagh in Ireland, leaving behind rocks and pebbles. It was not a pretty sight. Tourists stayed away. Hotels and restaurants closed down. Now, suddenly, the beach of golden sand is back.
From Charleston's colonial mansions, to fragile Outer Banks beaches, to exalted centers of American history, the tourism-heavy US East Coast is facing a potentially devastating blow from Hurricane Florence.
A beach that was swept away more than 30 years ago from a remote island off the
west coast of Ireland has reappeared after thousands of tons of sand were deposited on top of the rocky coastline.
While inland towns that depend on tourism are struggling mightily, things are getting better in San Juan as cruise ships are once again docking. Tourists are invited to help the island get back on its feet.
Part of the Mesoamerican Reef has just come off the list of endangered UNESCO heritage. In Mexico, mass tourism is to fund a first-of-its-kind insurance plan to restore its reefs after hurricanes. But challenges remain.
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