Safest Caribbean Islands and Ones To Avoid

While the Caribbean Islands are generally a very safe destination, high-profile incidents can quickly leave travelers wondering what lurks beneath its sun-and-fun veneer. British Overseas Territories tend to be the safest among the others. According to research though, the fear of crime in the Caribbean Islands is generally overblown, therefore, we bring you a list of safest Caribbean Islands.

Safest Caribbean islands and crime rates

Statistics show that violent crime rarely touches the 28 million or so tourists who visit the Caribbean every year. And reports of violence are mainly confined to inner-city areas which see few tourists. Like many vacation destinations, petty street crime does occur, and valuables left unattended at Caribbean beaches, in rental cars or in hotel rooms are vulnerable to theft.


What about the hurricanes?

You’d have to have had your head in the sand if you didn’t hear about recent hurricanes affecting the Caribbean. And it’s no secret that the region is prone to rain and storms – but that doesn’t make it unsafe to visit and should not spoil your Caribbean vacation.

Bad weather in the Caribbean is typically confined to hurricane season which lasts from June to November. But the risk of storms generally peaks in an even smaller window, roughly from August through October. Statistically speaking, even if you travel at this time of year, the odds are excellent that you’ll enjoy a hurricane-free vacation. But of course it pays to take precautions and be aware that there are some risks.


Don’t want to chance it? Then consider booking your vacation outside of hurricane season. If you’re happy to travel during hurricane season then you’ll make excellent savings on flights and accommodation, compared with peak periods. Just make sure you get a comprehensive travel insurance policy to cover you if the weather prevents you from travelling. Also check out the hurricane forecast before travelling.

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Which Caribbean island is the safest?

There is no „safest“ Caribbean island, but research shows that some destinations do have higher crime rates than others. So, what are the safest Caribbean islands to visit.



Montserrat, nicknamed "The Emerald Isle of the Caribbean" both for its terrain and the heritage of its inhabitants, is a British territory in the Leeward Islands and it is considered to be the safest island in the Caribbean, with its last recorded murder occurring in 2008.



St. Barts is short for Saint Barthélemy. This Francophone island is a French overseas collectivity. Known as a party place for the rich and famous, it is also dubbed safe due to its murder rate of zero.

The British Virgin islands


The British Virgin Islands consists of Tortola, the largest and most inhabited island, Virgin Gorda, Anegada, Josh Van Dyke, and over 50 more smaller islands and cays. The murder rate was last recorded at 2 per 100,000 back in 2006, making it a very safe destination for travelers.

The Cayman islands

The Cayman islands

The Cayman Islands is another British Overseas Territory widely known as a financial haven for wealthy individuals, and therefore, is very safe for travelers. The murder rate is fairly low, and around the same as the United States.



Bonaire is a part of the ABC islands and is a special municipality of the Netherlands. Unlike most Caribbean islands, it is located outside of Hurricane Alley and years go by without a single homicide on the island. However, in May 2017 two murders occurred within 24 hours, to the shock and horror of both travelers and locals alike.

Antigua and Barbuda

Antigua and Barbuda

Antigua and Barbuda

Antigua and Barbuda is a sovereign state in the Americas and British Commonwealth. It is nicknamed the "Land of 365 Beaches" and maintains a​ very low crime rate.



Martinique is an overseas region of France located in the Lesser Antilles. While it has the highest murder rate of the islands on this list, the rate was still low at just 17, recorded in 2009.



Considered one of the safest Caribbean islands for families, Barbados is an independent British Commonwealth nation and welcomes around 1 million visitors each year. The tourism industry is a huge part of the island’s economy, and the locals are said to be some of the friendliest in the entire Caribbean.

Barbados is generally a safe place to travel but there are certain things to be aware of. It’s illegal to wear any kind of camouflaged clothing in Barbados, for example – and they take this rule very seriously.



Like many of its neighboring islands, Anguilla has experienced a growth spurt over the past few decades as evidenced by the rise of swanky hotels and upscale villa resorts. And while this British Overseas Territory relies on its luxury tourism (the rich and famous frequently travel to Anguilla) it hasn’t lost any of its laid-back charm and iconic Caribbean beaches. Crime rates in Anguilla are some of the lowest in the Caribbean, but you should take standard precautions nevertheless.

The Turks and Caicos

The Turks and Caicos

The Turks and Caicos

The Turks and Caicos are some of the safest Caribbean islands for families due to their soft sandy beaches, gentle seas and warm year-round temperatures. The region’s rainfall level is low compared to some of its counterparts, and hurricanes are few and far between. This British Overseas Territory is comprised of 40 islands and cays – only a handful of which are inhabited by the 30,000 or so local residents. This number is a stark contrast to the half a million tourists who arrive by plane each year.

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The most dangerous Caribbean islands

On the basis of crime rates, some of the least safe Caribbean Islands to visit include Puerto Rico, Haiti, Trinidad and Tobago. As we noted though, most crime in the Caribbean is an internal problem and is linked to inner-city areas well away from tourist resorts. In short, if you’re heading out from your resort, make sure you do your research and stay away from bad neighborhoods.

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  1. The Domican Republic is one of the safest islands too, it has to be as so many Americans and Canadians go there. It’s very beautiful with lovely beaches and friendly people, it’s a former Spanish colony and has a Spanish feel to it. The weather is normally a steady 29 to 32 degrees and they do experience some tropical storms occasionally. I love it there. I stayed in an all inclusive Resort which was beautifully maintained and I felt very well looked after. Very unlike its neighbour on the same island, Haiti, which you wouldn’t want to go in holiday in.

      1. The DR is not safe. They killed more than ten tourists last year with poison alcoholic beverages. They’re just hiding the murder rate.

    1. Are you sure? i have yet to hear any crimes against tourism in Haiti like i have about DR; and i have been to both. Haiti have their internal issues among locals. Just like any other caribbean islands you need to be mindful of how you go about in the streets, or simply stay in the resorts as they provide plenty to keep you entertained. DR have crimes inside the resorts so you cannot say that it’s one of the safest place to be. I do think all islands deserve a fair chance, just be careful and be mindful of your surroundings.

      1. Thank you…. Well said….
        I’m from Trinidad and Tobago any time you’re down here give me a call I’ll be ur personal tour guide free of charge 18684959225 it’s not really that bad…. Im from sangre grande

        1. PSA:
          Every island has its fault and yes some are more dangerous than the other but to say DR is much safer than Haiti, lol. Be cautious wherever you go.

          1. I have been traveling to DR since 1995 (in fact I’m flying back next week). The people are the friendliest you will ever meet.
            With that being said, I’m not like these tourists that want to walk around to get a “feel” for the country.
            Uh uh. Not me. I will travel with my in country colleagues or the hotel’s taxi fleet. Don’t just get into any old taxi.
            It may be that I’m being overly precautious but I’ve always been safe that way.
            Enjoy the ice cold, frosty Presidente beers tnere!

      2. Why are we saying Haiti’s fight is internal; its never been. Divide and conquer is everywhere. They kicked Napoleon’s butt back to France and saved DR from the Spanish (some thank you they are getting now). France and it’s allies won’t lent them forget this and has been destabilizing them ever since, the leaders are picked by them and if those leaders try to help their people they, are labeled as thugs and murderers in the western media and subsequently overthrown via coup or assassination; remember Jean-Bertrand Aristide?

      3. Sorry don’t agree been in the DR for 26 years and never had a problem.
        yes, there is crime on this Island but Haiti I would not set one foot in.
        I know many French Canadians that lived there and Ran away and moved to the DR. Most Homicides are not recorded as a village killing is not known. It is getting better the problem is the poor will do anything to get money to feed families which is to be expected? after the earthquake, it naturally got much worse. I know many Haitians in the DR and 90 % are great people and unbeatable Hard workers, they don’t even want to go back to there own country.

        Just my two cents worth…

    2. The DR is amazing! Me and my husband are here at this very moment…incredibly safe…I would never recommend going to Haiti…NEVER. Very very dangerous.

      1. Sorry to disappoint. My parents are both from Haiti and I was born and raised in Brooklyn, NY. I and my cousin went there for the very first time on our own to celebrate my 50th birthday. I had the pleasure to volunteer and a guest lecture at an Occupational Therapy school in Leogane (to give back and celebrate my 25 years practicing OT). We visited Port -au-Prince, then drove to Leogane, flew to Cape Haiti then went to Jacmel. OMG. The experience was everything! The people, food, music, culture, history. Yes, we had a driver who was also our tour guide. We used an Travel & Tourist agency based in Haiti (Voyage Lumiere). They were well organized and professional. We used common sense and did not go out without guidance. In the U.S., you can get shot just for being black. or mass shootings. Haiti is a beautiful country. The history is powerful and because of that history, Haiti is still being punished. Once upon a time, Haiti was the richest island and made France very wealthy. Haiti was raped and stripped of many of it’s natural resources. Now, they call it a shit hole country. When you don’t learn the history, it just makes you very unaware and blind to facts. Every have their own experience and perception. My experience was 100% real and exciting.

        1. Very well stated, we must be very aware of who writes history and the bias that goes along with it. While Haiti is labeled negatively those very same outsiders are down there making a living and enjoying its benefits. Meanwhile those that listen to the negatives are robbed of its beauty… other words, don’t believe the hype and know who is speaking in order to gain true insight. Dangerous to one is not dangerous to all…let those who think that stay away….

        2. In the U.S, “you can get shot just for being black.”

          Of course, 99 percent of the black people shot in the United States are shot by other black people. They shoot a lot of white people, too, but that’s almost beside the point.

          In 2019, 7484 black people died by homicide. They overwhelmingly died at the hands of other black people.

          The Washington Post reports that EIGHT unarmed black men were killed by police in 2019.

          Yeah, in America you can get shot “just for being black.”

      2. Stupid idiot. Haiti is not dangerous for tourist, crimes towards tourist are very rare here. The most crimes committed in Haiti are due to political unrest. Try Thailand and see if you won’t get beat lol.

    3. This is incredibly biased.I just left Haiti and had a fantastic time. Haiti is actually one of safest places for tourists. The people there respect tourists and know that the country needs them. If you’d like to experience a taste of it, head to Decameron or Moulin Sur Mer in Monstrouis.

      I had a wonderful experience despite the fact that I dont speak creole.

      The beaches are beauitful, The people are nice and welcoming. Dont believe the stuff you hear and see on the news. Yes they have their own political, and economic issues but so does the US.

      There were over 2 mass shootings in the states while I was away. Hmm..

      1. I agree 100% Haiti has its up and down like every other country, that doesn’t mean that it has to be ranked ‘dangerous’. The resorts there are super cultural and I learned a lot about their dances and culture in just one day of staying there! It was wonderful!

    4. You couldn’t pay me to go to the Dominican Republic! Everyone is turning up mysteriously sick, beaten or dead. No thanks! Now St. Croux, that’s a nice place!

    5. Every house there has iron bars in the windows and doors,and the Gards at the malls have shot guns, so I suppose it’s safe.

      1. “Japan and Switzerland are much more dangerous these days and if a thug cocks a handgun to your head, just give them your money and valuables and you’ll be fine!”

    6. Haiti is the richest (in terms of history, culture, raw materials etc..) yet underEstimated island in the Western Hemisphere.
      I would rather go there than DR… In recent years, there has been too many unexplained happy hour related death with the neighboring island of Santo Domingo. So go visit Haiti breath taking braches, enjoy the super delicious food, and keep yourself safe by staying away from Dominican Republic.

    7. Are you crazy. You have a number of restrictions to abide by and don’t wonder far from your resort.

    8. Dunmore Town, Harbour Island is also one of the most safest places in the world. There has never been a murder on the island. Tragic deaths but never a murder.

    1. But stay away from New Providence and Grand Bahama islands. Travel advisories are warning against these destinations due to a very high crime rate.

      1. Jennifer I beg to differ, Every country has petty crime and murders. Don’t try to damage my country’s reputation to boost visitors for yours. the VERY high crime you described are internally and nothing to do with visitors. Can you provide us a list of countries that has no petty theft, no murders, no robberies? No crime at all? Ooops, am describing HEAVEN (only place where there is no crime).

        1. Agreed. Went to Bahamas in May and felt very safe. Locals were friendly, driving was easy and never did I feel unsafe.

          1. ain’t nothing more dangerous than US., chicago detroit Louisiana etc,, you guys complaining about the caribbean! stop it please

  2. Grenada is the most safest out all of these countries grenada has not been in the headlines in the past 5 years for something bad at all.

      1. That is rare in Grenada and was the sad result of a couple going to an isolated area. The man who killed the woman was mentally ill, not a criminal. If you don’t wander around in isolated areas or alone at night, you won’t have any trouble. Grenadians in general are the nicest people anywhere.

      2. That is rare in Grenada and was the sad result of a couple going to an isolated area. The man who killed the woman was mentally ill, not a criminal. If you don’t wander around in isolated areas or alone at night, you won’t have any trouble. Grenadians in general are the nicest people anywhere.

      3. So they had one murder, check how many murders in all the other Islands evry year. Grenada is definitely one of the safest.

  3. Puerto rico is safe I go every summer and nothing bad has ever happened. The people are friendly and there is always someone willing to help. The beaches and big cities are all safe to visit, and

  4. Can anyone comment on the crime rate/safety of St. Croix? I have not been there yet; saw a posting its not safe to walk around at night.

  5. We have a second home in St Lucia. We have not had any trouble there. However, I would not consider going into the capital, Castries, nor would I walk the streets of my nearest town Penzance at night. No matter where you go in the world, the rules are easy, just be sensible and take reasonable precautions!

    1. You dreamer in denial! Comparing Penzance with Castries, dear oh dear, your denial is significant. The most pathetic thing anyone can say on these forums is the ”There is crime everywhere”. What a meaningless, so broadly generalised useless statement! You could never ever ever get killed in Brussels, Munich, Brighton, Amsterdam, Cardiff or ANY UK or Eurpoean city for an action camera or a gold chain around your neck or a few Euros, pounds or dollars. In several Caribbean islands, you could very easy be savaged by feral humans for your belongings to be stolen from you. So don’t make dishonest, pathetic snowflake statements comparing Penzance to Castries!

  6. What about St. Barth and St. Martin? We love the French food and the normal driving everyone does on the islands there. Everything in the BVI is so… cut and dry and boring and the food is… horrible. Never ate anything decent in the USVI or BVI unless we cooked it ourselves.
    St. Barth and St. Martin are both way more fun, safer and more beautiful than most Islands I have been to- ever. Like I always say… “St. Barth and St. Martin…Come for the beauty, stay for the food.”

    And I’ll put the safety of St. Barth and St. Martin up against any Island in the World! just fyi

  7. You better control the statistics again about safe islands in the Caribbean. I cant understand that Barbados is still on the list with all the guns and murders going on recently.

  8. What about health safety. Those ultra high UV radiation index above 10 can’t be good. It won’t kill you in a day, but eventually when you are getting older and weaker and when the human body isn’t able to repair the skin damage anymore.

  9. I’m glad no one mentioned Jamaica because i am just embarrassed of my homeland, because that is one of our main problem, the extensive crimes and the dumb a$$ politicians who wont do anything to stop the guns from coming in the country. I was born in Southern California and was raised in Jamaica since 6 weeks old, so i know what i am talking about and where to go and not to go. We are 57 in every 100,000 homicides. We’re just right below El Salvador which stands at number #1. Jamaica is a great country, don’t get me wrong, it’s just the dumb lazy f%%ks who don’t want to work and rather rob and kill people. However don’t let this comment made you scared from visiting, most of the violence are of retarded drug dealers ad bums. When you take ya vacation to JA, just do me a favor and DON’T LEAVE the resort and if you do leave make sure you’re with someone who is well familiar with where ever you are going. Just few places in Kingston and Montego Bay should be avoided ALL THE TIMES, those are the poverty, drugs infested areas and the idiots there just wakes up everyday ready to rob and kill innocent people. I was raised in the country area of Jamaica, so violence was never relevant or an issue where i live among all my cousins, aunt and uncles. Be safe!!

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