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These Are The 6 Safest Tropical Islands For A Caribbean Vacation This Spring

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If you've been dreaming of a relaxing vacation by the seaside, daiquiri in hand, listening to the ruffling of palm trees overhead and the crashing of the crystalline waves in the distance, the Caribbean is likely to be at the top of your bucket list.

Unfortunately, safety levels have been deteriorating in the area lately: Americans must now exercise greater caution vacationing in the Bahamas, due to a significant rise in crime, while reconsidering travel to Jamaica altogether following a spate of crime.

Not all destinations in the turquoise sea have been hit with travel warnings, though, as these 6 islands continue to be included on the U.S. State Department's ‘safe to visit' list:

Young Tourist Admiring The View On A Beach In Saint Lucia, A Tropical Country In The Caribbean

Saint Lucia

One of the last truly unspoiled spots in the Caribbean, Saint Lucia is a tiny sovereign island state where peaceful coastal scenes unravel against the dramatic backdrop of volcanos and jungles, creating a unique atmosphere not easily found elsewhere.

Home to palm-lined Vigie Beach, a duty-free shopping zone, and a busy cruise port, the national capital Castries is a popular base for those exploring the island and its many gems, including the mountainous Pitons, development-free Pigeon Island, and the towering Diamond Falls.

In terms of safety, Saint Lucia is extremely low-risk, at least by Caribbean standards, with a majority of tourists reporting no issues when traveling around the island, taking taxis or using public transportation; their main concern is pickpocketing and bag-snatching in crowded areas.

pitons mountains saint st lucia

Aruba

Next up, lesser-known Aruba is a more exclusive, off-path jewel of the Caribbean characterized by long strips of white sand, translucent waters inhabited by pink flamingos and rare marine species, and a charming Dutch-colonial architecture.

Unlike Saint Lucia, Aruba is not a sovereign country: it is still part of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, and needless to say, safety standards are very high in the sunny island, as much as they would be in Amsterdam or any other ‘mainland' Dutch region.

Crime, especially violent crime, are exceedingly rare in Aruba, and even pickpocketing isn't as widely-reported. Despite the minimal risk, you should keep a close eye on personal belongings strolling the lively markets and streets of Oranjestad, as you would in other popular tourist sites.

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Flamingos On A Beach In Aruba, Dutch Caribbean

Curaçao

Similarly to Aruba, Curacao is also part of the Kingdom of the Netherlands as one of its constituent countries, and as expected, with any outer territory of a highly-developed European country, security is tight, both within resort zones and outside.

Whether they're lounging by the beach, taking in the tropical scenery of Lagun, where the sands are soft and warm to the touch and you can see yourself reflected on the water, or walking the colonial center of Willemstad, American tourists can exercise normal precautions.

Petty theft can occur in larger urban centers, but the rates of crime remain far below the Caribbean average, with most of the violence being limited to peripheral areas and involving the world of illegal drugs and rarely, if ever, affecting foreign visitors.

Willemstad, Curacao Dutch Antilles. Colorful Buildings

British Virgin Islands

Yet another European territory in the Caribbean, the British Virgin Islands are, as the title suggest, under administration of the United Kingdom. It is primarily a leisure destination, as well as a global capital for yatching, with luxurious vessels gliding on its serene, bright-blue waters year-round.

It comprises 4 main islands (and several smaller, uninhabited islets), all fringed by coral reefs and boasting a high concentration of nature reserves. These include Sage Mountain National Park and the ‘Baths', an otherwordly, naturally-formed labyrinth of boulders on a paradisaical beach.

Much like the Dutch Caribbean and Saint Lucia, crime levels in the BVI (as the British Virgin Islands are known in their short form) is very low, but that doesn't mean you should leave items unattended, nor wander off in the woods all by yourself.

British Virgin Islands

Barbados

Formerly under British rule, Barbados is not only the world's youngest republic, having ditched the crown only a couple of years ago, but it's probably one of the best-equipped destinations in the Caribbean, with plenty of family-friendly resorts and nature-based attractions to pick from.

Picture tropical beaches unfolding along a crystal-clear Carlisle Bay, British colonial buildings and hippy markets at every turn, and numerous ethnic bajan restaurants serving traditional cou-cou and Barbado's native, spicy flying fish with gravy.

While road safety can vary across the island, urban safety is a lot higher than your average, post-colonial island country: it is one of a handful such states to enjoy a Level 1 classification, as awarded by Washington. In other words, it's as safe as a Caribbean country can be.

woman walking on a barbados beach

Dominica

Not to be confused with the Dominican Republic, home to Punta Cana and a country that comprises the eastern part of Hispaniola Island, Dominica has full sovereignty over the island it occupies, albeit a tiny one, only 29 miles long and 16 wide.

Despite its small landmass, it has no shortage of beautiful scenery, with majestic peaks, a volcanic hinterland, rainforests, and tropical beaches fringed by colorful coral reefs, and lucky for nature lovers, their risk of being attacked by criminals is relatively low.

We wouldn't be the first venturing off the main roads ourselves when road-tripping around verdant Dominica, especially after dark (as we wouldn't anywhere else), but it is pretty safe, with violent incidents being on a constant decline since at least 2017, and very few if any tourists reporting issues.

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diva

Friday 23rd of February 2024

Whatever on true number count travelers need to also consider the many hate crimes in the US. The many random attack on lives in public spaces. If we giving safety advisory most countries would make the list.

Ankti

Friday 23rd of February 2024

The Caribbean is an enchanting place but unfortunately it is also a dangerous place where desperate people prey on vulnerable visitors. Tourists should send a message to any unsafe destination by avoiding them until they clean up their act. There are many other amazing places on the planet that are totally safe for visitors, and better value for money.

Alex

Thursday 22nd of February 2024

The safest and best places to travel are those with zero to very few USamericans. They tend to be stupid and disrespectful of local cultures and traditions, and their behaviour substantially contributes to diminishing levels of safety.

JMiller

Tuesday 27th of February 2024

@Cameron Mael, I'm a US citizen and have spent many years living in the US and British Virgin Islands as well as Aruba. Hands down Americans are the rudest most obnoxious and arrogant people that get off the boats. Other countries don't even compare.

Carla

Saturday 24th of February 2024

@Cameron Mael, couldn’t agree more!

Cameron Mael

Thursday 22nd of February 2024

@Alex, Your comment isn't true at all. The facts are that all countries seek American tourists more than any other because we are the best customers, plus our country is still by far the country foreigners most often wish they could live here. Obviously some Americans are an embarrassment to our country. All countries have bad people. You're probably one of them considering how unfriendly your comment is. Frankly, you sound like someone who has never traveled very much.

Dean

Wednesday 21st of February 2024

The picture of Aruba is actually Saint Lucia. You can't miss or mistake the pistons. But good read otherwise.