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 that plan on traveling in 2023, it’s vital to be aware of the places that come with a higher risk for tourists and locals alike.
8. The U.S. Virgin Islands
The safety of tourists in the U.S. Virgin Islands can vary depending on several factors. While the islands are generally considered safe for visitors, it is important to exercise caution and be aware of your surroundings. Like any tourist destination, incidents of crime can occur, including theft and occasional violent incidents.
Certain areas, particularly in urban centers, may have higher crime rates than others. It is recommended to stay in well-populated and well-lit areas, avoid walking alone at night, and secure your belongings. Additionally, it is advisable to follow local laws and customs and seek advice from local authorities or reputable sources regarding any specific safety concerns. Overall, with proper precautions and awareness, tourists can enjoy their time in the U.S. Virgin Islands safely.
7. 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.
6. St. Kitts and Nevis
Authorities in St. Kitts and Nevis strongly reacted against a 2015 BBC documentary that referred to their country as “the most violent place on earth.” The majority of crime is thought to be gang- or drug-related in this area.
The dual-island nation is categorized by the U.S. Department of State as a Level 1, saying travelers should take the usual precautions. Petty crimes and pickpocketing are the two crimes that pose the greatest risk to tourists.
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 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 at a threat level three. 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:
May 22: U.S. State Department increases 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.
The State Department’s cautionary message firmly advises individuals to reconsider their travel plans to Jamaica due to concerns related to crime. The advisory underscores the prevalence of various violent crimes, encompassing home invasions, armed robberies, sexual assaults, and homicides.
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 common place. 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. Most crime and terrorism is due to gang-related activity and narcotics trading, so it is best to be aware of your surroundings and exercise caution.
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 2023.
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:
August 31: U.S. citizens need to leave Haiti ‘as soon as possible,’ U.S. Embassy warns
The U.S. Embassy in Haiti issued a security advisory on Wednesday, advising U.S. citizens to depart the tumultuous Caribbean nation “without delay.” American diplomats cited the “security situation and logistical difficulties” and recommended utilizing commercial or private transportation at the international airports in Port-au-Prince and Cap-Haitien.
Paul Christian Namphy, from the Family Action Network Movement, a Miami-Dade County social service organization aiding Haitian migrants, mentioned the tragic events in Carrefour-Feuilles, where approximately 54 lives were lost.
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