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These Are The 8 Safest Caribbean Destinations For Your Next Beach Vacation

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It’s what we all dream of in the last few minutes before 5 pm in a mid-week slog: a Caribbean vacation. 

Crystal clear waters, soft white sand, and a tropical drink in hand under the shade of a palm tree. It doesn’t get better than this, right?

Unfortunately, recent spikes in crime and government travel advisories for long-time Caribbean favorites have some travelers thinking twice before booking a trip to paradise.

In reality, there are plenty of incredibly safe countries in the Caribbean where even the most security-conscious travelers can enjoy true peace of mind. 

woman on a beach

These serene beach destinations have lower crime rates than most U.S. or European cities. The U.S. State Department also labels them as Level 1 Travel Advisory Status, meaning they have the lowest risk for safety or security issues in the world.

Here are the eight safest Caribbean destinations for your next beach vacation:

St. Barts

Formally known as Saint Barthélemy, this French-speaking island is a magnet for high flyers and big spenders. 

While it’s one of the safest and most beautiful gems in the Caribbean, it’s certainly not the most accessible to everyday travelers. Many visitors arrive by yacht or private plane. There are no direct flights from the U.S. 

Travelers willing to spend the time and money to get here won’t have to worry about their safety for a single minute. The top danger to visitors in St. Barts is reportedly getting too much sun. 

st. barts yachts caribbean


Turquoise waters, top-notch safety, and world-class local rum. What more could you ask for in a vacation? 

Like its Francophone sibling St. Barts, Martinique is one of the most secure islands in the Caribbean

The “island of flowers” has something for every kind of traveler – plus a little peace of mind for everyone. The north side of the island offers lush emerald forests, while the southern side is home to breathtaking sandy beaches. 

Travelers looking for safety without compromising on unique cultural experiences should look no further. Martinique’s rich roots of mixed African, European, Asian, and Caribbean heritage make it the perfect destination for a once-in-a-lifetime adventure.

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This British overseas territory has a reputation for high-end amenities on a smaller scale than its neighbors. Perhaps more importantly, Anguilla has consistently ranked among the absolute lowest crime rates in the Caribbean, according to the UN Office on Drugs and Crime.  

Renowned for its magnificent coral reefs, Anguilla is a top favorite for snorkelers and beach lovers year after year. 

Anguilla caribbean beach palm trees

British Virgin Islands

Okay, okay. Listing a chain of nearly 50 islands is kind of cheating. But the British Virgin Islands are worth the rule-bending. 

Travelers can feel incredibly secure on the four main islands of Tortola, Jost Van Dyke, Virgin Gorda, and Anegada. Whether you’re into snorkeling, scuba, sailing, or sinking a few cold ones at a beachside dive, the British Virgin Islands have a laid-back island life waiting for you.

woman with yellow sarong a deserted tropical beach, Sandy Cay, British Virgin Islands

Antigua and Barbuda

Would you prefer Antigua’s 365 beaches or Barbuda’s bird sanctuaries and pink seashores? Either way, Antigua and Barbuda offer a safe and serene escape into the best that nature has to offer. 

While crime rates here are incredibly low, some local experts suggest that tourists watch their pockets and purses in St. John’s Heritage Quay, Redcliffe Quay, and Market Street.

Shirley Heights Antigua


Grenada is generally a staggeringly safe Caribbean destination, boasting low crime rates and a stable society. Known for its underwater sculpture park, fragrant spices, and delicious chocolate, Grenada is a great getaway for most safety-conscious tourists. 

However, Grenada law prohibits same-sex relationships, making the island notably dangerous for LGBTQ+ travelers. While most resorts are generally safe-havens, and the laws have reportedly not really been enforced in recent years, it is still a possibility that LQBTQ+ travelers need to be aware of.

Female Traveler On A Sandy Beach In Grenada, Caribbean


From pristine virgin beaches to spectacular national parks, it’s safe to say that Aruba is a true slice of paradise. 

There is virtually zero risk of any serious crime in Aruba. This Caribbean island is not only one of the safest in the Caribbean but in the world. 

At most, the minuscule chance of petty theft – standard across all safe Caribbean countries – would encourage travelers to leave their valuables locked in a hotel room rather than out in the open on the beach. 

Aruba Hotel


If it’s good enough for Rihanna, it’s good enough for any of us. 

Barbados is well-loved for its epic surf, tropical beaches, and friendly locals. Try some delicious coconut bread or cool down with an iced Mauby drink made from local Mauby tree bark, orange peel, and warm spices. 

To be as safe as possible, travelers are advised to avoid Crab Hill, exercise caution in Nelson and Wellington Streets and St. Lawrence Gap at night, and skip sketchy evening booze cruises. 

In general, visitors can enjoy Barbados in tranquility and security. One of the safest countries in the Caribbean, Barbados has a low crime rate and a large police force for a small area. Tourists should feel secure at this top-rated safety-centered destination.

barbados beach huts

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Friday 4th of August 2023

Secret Beach, Belize!

CT Mom

Monday 10th of July 2023

How about the Cayman Islands? Heading there soon for vacation.


Sunday 9th of July 2023



Saturday 1st of July 2023

Sint Marteen is safe as any island. Been going there annually for 7 years. It's the Friendly Island


Thursday 22nd of June 2023

The Bahamas is not on this list?? Something seems fishy, especially that Barbados is there and dzngerous


Wednesday 15th of November 2023

@Maria, Isn't the beaches being public better. I have only been Guadeloupe and Aruba and both have only public beaches and are very safe. Its the places that have private beaches that are dangerous.


Wednesday 28th of June 2023

@Maria, agree with you... many visits and safety all the way; I do take extra precaution wherever I go though.

@Jeff, sorry that happened, but stealing is a different category, but hurts just as bad... having to replace items is not only terrible but can be expensive. I usually lock all my things away when leaving, but doesn't matter when they steal your whole bag and computer, etc., which happened to me in Las Vegas,CA.


Tuesday 27th of June 2023

@Lisa, my belongings were stolen during my stay at Sandy Lane. All Barbados beaches are public. Friends had similar experiences. Never again


Friday 23rd of June 2023

@Jeff, I've been to Barbados many times and have never felt it was dangerous. I've traveled solo and stayed at apartments and walked around late at night. What makes you think it's dangerous?