These dangerous countries in the Caribbean Islands rank low on the current Global Peace Index, or GPI, and other lists.
The GPI measures the relative level of peace in different countries, taking into account factors like safety, security, and political stability.
For those who plan on traveling in 2024, it’s vital to be aware of the places that come with a higher risk for tourists and locals alike.
7. The Bahamas
The Bahamas, a sought-after tropical paradise, has recently seen a concerning rise in crime, including 18 murders in Nassau since the start of 2024, prompting the US Embassy to issue a security warning.
The US State Department has escalated its travel advisory to “Exercise Increased Caution” for the Bahamas, citing violent crime, including burglaries, armed robberies, and sexual assaults. Tourists are advised to be vigilant, especially at night and in both tourist and non-tourist areas.
Despite these warnings and incidents, including shark attacks and concerns over watercraft safety, the overall islands of the Bahamas remain generally safe for travelers. Authorities, including Prime Minister Philip Brave Davis, have pledged increased police action to improve security.
6. Puerto Rico
Some parts of this American territory are safe to visit, especially parts like San Juan Viejo. Puerto Rico is a safe destination, although it is not completely free of crime.
You should be wary of pickpockets and robbers, although most drug trafficking and gang crime hardly affect travelers. Most criminals are looking for small items like cash, flashy jewelry, phones and cameras that’s why the need to keep them in a safe place.
Dress casually when you go out, and hide your valuables when you travel by car. Otherwise, you could find a smashed window and stolen valuables when you return.
5. Dominican Republic
The Dominican Republic is known for its beautiful beaches and wealth of nightclubs, making it a popular destination for tourists looking to escape the cold winters of the North or enjoy an island getaway.
However, the DR is also listed as low at 81 on the GPI. Reports of violent crimes like armed robbery, assault, and murder are increasingly common in the country.
The U.S. Department of State has placed the Dominican Republic as a threat level 2, meaning tourists should exercise increased caution and vigilance. In addition, it’s recommended tourists avoid flashing expensive items or wealth. It’s better to stay in tourist areas instead of in urban areas such as Santo Domingo.
Jamaica is also tied with the Dominican Republic in the GPI rankings, scoring 81. While it is well known for its tourist spots such as Negril and Montego Bay, visitors should be aware of the increasing crime rate. Tourists are often targeted in areas such as mob attacks and robberies, so caution must be taken when traveling.
Unfortunately, while Jamaica was once a popular tourist destination and considered safe, the U.S. Department of State now lists Jamaica as a threat level three, which means “reconsider travel“.
Cities such as Kingston, St. Andrew Parish, and Montego Bay have been especially listed as high-risk areas due to rising levels of crime and violence. The U.S. Department of State recommends reconsidering travel here.
Latest Cime News from Jamaica:
January 23: U.S. State Department updates travel warning for Jamaica due to surge in crime
In a recent development, the U.S. Department of State has issued a noteworthy advisory titled “Level 3: Reconsider Travel” specifically aimed at U.S. citizens intending to visit Jamaica.
3. Trinidad and Tobago
Trinidad and Tobago are located at the southern tip of the Caribbean and are often overlooked when it comes to tourist destinations. Unfortunately, Trinidad and Tobago also rank low on the GPI with a score of 88, putting them just behind Jamaica and the Dominican Republic in terms of safety.
Reports of crime, including homicide, sexual assault, robbery, and even terrorist attacks are commonplace. Like Jamaica, it is also listed at a threat level 3 by the U.S. Department of State and travelers are urged to reconsider visiting the area. In particular, the areas of Port of Spain, Fort George Overlook, and all beaches are extremely dangerous and should be avoided at night time.
Cuba is also incredibly popular among tourists, known for its array of clubs, beautiful resorts, delicious food, and rich culture. However, Cuba is also a dangerous place to visit with a GPI score of 98.
Violent crimes such as assault, theft, and even sexual assaults are common in the country. In addition, the U.S. Department of State lists Cuba at a threat level 2 due to the increased risk of petty crime and violent crimes.
While Cuba has a rich culture and vibrant cities, it is important to be aware of the dangers that can come with traveling there. Visitors should avoid walking alone at night and have a safety plan in place.
Listed at number 129 on the GPI, Haiti is the most dangerous country in the Caribbean Islands as of 2024.
By far the most dangerous threat to U.S. tourists is kidnapping for ransom. Reports of convoys being attacked, protests, and other violent events are also common in Haiti, as well as armed robberies.
Families have had to pay thousands to help rescue their family members. The U.S. Department of State has listed Haiti at a level four, recommending no tourism to Haiti. In addition, government personnel on the island should be aware of the potential threat of kidnapping and robbery leaving the Port-au-Prince International Airport.
Latest Crime News and Updates from Haiti:
January 25: Haiti crises have reached ‘a critical point’: UN envoy
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