- The Caribbean is one of the most popular vacation destination for Americans, but also contains significant risks.
- Travelers are especially at risk of theft and robbery in many Caribbean locales.
- For more information, check the U.S. State Department Advisory webpage when planning your trip.
What are the most dangerous ports of call in the Caribbean? For those who are looking to cruise to this most traveled destination, and especially those looking to take shore excursions, it could be beneficial to know which Caribbean islands are home to the highest levels of crime.
By reviewing recent U.S. State Department travel advisories and warnings, the most dangerous travel destinations in the Caribbean include:
- Jamaica – The State Department says that violent crime is rampant in Jamaica, especially in Kingston and Montego Bay. Especially noteworthy is the fact that sexual assault is rampant on the island.
- The Bahamas – According to the U.S. State Department the popular Bahamian cruise destination Nassau has been the site of a spike in robberies and sexual assaults lately. Some of these crimes even include armed attackers.
- Dominican Republic – Visitors to the Dominican Republic risk being targeted for sexual assault and theft. It is recommended that you do no wear flashy jewelry, or anything of value while on the island.
- St. Lucia – This Island is reportedly witnessing high levels of robberies, with cruise passengers being especially targeted. One frightening incident in 2013, in which no one was injured, saw 55 cruise travelers robbed while taking a shore excursion on the island.
- Honduras – The State Department has issued a travel warning for Americans looking to travel to Honduras, citing the country’s high levels of robberies, assaults, and murder. It is noted that the country’s popular vacation destinations of Roatan and Bay Island see less crime, on average, than the mainland.
One of the best ways to keep up track of the latest information relating to the safety of your preferred cruise destinations is to check the U.S. State Department Advisories.