I’m getting in touch with people I know down there, and I’ll post news as I hear it. First off, it seems no one was killed–in part, I think, because Hurricane Wilma was so terrible, so a lot of people on the coast heeded warnings to evacuate.
So far, I think we can safely say that anywhere north of the Sian Ka’an reserve (Tulum, Playa del Carmen, Cozumel, Cancun) is relatively OK–I just got a note from Esencia hotel, for instance, which is midway between Playa and Tulum, saying the property just had some landscaping damage, but is otherwise fine. However, this CNN story says about a third of the beach huts in Tulum were damaged, but those should be relatively easy to repair.
The Wall Street Journal reports that Puerto Costa Maya, the cruise-ship dock just north of Mahahual, was heavily damaged, however. (On a side note, it was funny to read in The New York Times that Mahahual is a “modern resort.” Yes, the dock is modern, but the village itself, which didn’t have regular power till a couple of years ago, hardly counts as “modern,” or even a “resort.”) I can’t imagine a lot of the other new construction in this area fared as well.
Chetumal looked pretty flooded (see pic #3, outside the Hotel Ucum, here), and Bacalar had one of its modern buildings crunched (see the same pics).
I’ll be back down in the area in early November–it will be good to see the place firsthand.