Due to the beautiful weather, laid-back ocean vibes, and great activities, the Caribbean is a region that makes one return to time and time again. However, not all Caribbean islands are created equal in terms of safety, and it definitely pays to know the particular risks of each island and take precautions.
That said, no matter where you travel in the Caribbean, common sense security practices will go a long way in making sure you stay safe.
Chances are, you’ll have a great time in the Caribbean if you stay aware of the possible dangers. After traveling extensively in this part of the world, we’ve gathered this list to help you choose the safest islands to visit!
Located outside the hurricane belt just off the coast of Venezuela, Aruba is an extremely safe destination that pretty much guarantees excellent weather no matter when you visit. Getting around Aruba is simple in that the island is compact and modern. Plus, between the beaches, adventure activities, and cultural experiences you won’t run out of things to do!
For a luxury stay in Aruba, I highly recommend the Renaissance Aruba Resort, while if you’re looking for something more affordable check out Talk of the Town Beach Hotel.
Turks & Caicos
Made up of an archipelago of 40 islands, you can expect a wide range of activities on Turks & Caicos including whale watching, kiteboarding, snorkeling, sailing, having a barbecue, and checking out the local history.
It’s important to note that the majority of people reside on the main island of Providenciales, and as such most of the crime does happen there, although it’s still very safe. South Caicos, North and Middle Caicos, and Salt Cay report very little crime against tourists.
Point Grace Resort & Spa is a beautiful luxury accommodation that won’t disappoint, while La Vista Azul Resort is a great mid-budget location in Turtle Bay.
Located in the western Caribbean Sea, the Cayman Islands are made up of Grand Cayman (the largest, main island), Cayman Brac, and Little Cayman, and has everything from luxury villas to secluded beaches. You’ll find relaxing resorts and awesome scuba diving On Grand Cayman, great fishing on Cayman Brac, and diverse wildlife such as Iguanas and Red-footed Boobies on Little Cayman.
For a luxury stay on Grand Cayman, the Kimpton Seafire Resort is highly rated, while Sunshine Suites Resort is great for a mid-range stay.
A beautiful Caribbean Island governed by both the French and the Dutch, St. Maarten is a luxurious destination where you’ll find excellent shopping, nightlife, beaches, lagoons, and mountains. While it may be a very small island, what it lacks in land mass it makes up for in beauty and activities.
Princess Port de Plaisance is a gorgeous luxury resort in Philipsburg, while Sea View Beach Hotel or Alicia’s Inn are great if you’re traveling on a budget.
A Caribbean cultural mecca, Barbados has incredible food, history, music, great surf, and lush nature. Whether you’re into discovering the UNESCO-affiliated capital of Bridgetown, lounging on the beaches, or dancing the night away, Barbados has a scene for you. Plus, the people here are notoriously friendly.
Accra Beach Hotel is a beautiful high-end accommodation option in Bridgetown, and All Seasons Resort is a great mid-range option.
No matter how many times you visit St. Lucia, it never fails to wow you. Not only does the island have a picture-perfect coastline, it’s filled with lush nature and mountains that tower over the sea. When in St. Lucia, visit Pigeon Island National Park, Castries Market, Tet Paul Nature Trail, and the luxurious Sulfur Springs.
Also be aware that wearing camouflage in St. Lucia is banned, as it’s thought of as imitating military personnel.
The Landings Resort & Spa, Ti Kaye Resort & Spa, and Anse Chastanet Resort are all beautiful luxury properties. For something more mid-budget, check out Coco Palm.
One of the most idyllic, laid-back islands in the Caribbean, Anguilla is about 12 miles north of St. Maarten and is mostly a luxury destination where water-sports reign. Expect a lot of snorkeling, scuba diving, glass-bottomed kayaking, water-skiing, and sailing on your visit. The island is also known for its live music – whether you’re into reggae or something a little softer, you’ll find a nightlife spot.
Zemi Beach Resort & Spa is a top-rated luxury option in Anguilla, while Carimar Beach Club is great for mid-budgets.
A beautiful, natural island that’s part of the Lesser Antilles, Martinique is a heavily French-influenced destination with azure waters, palm trees, and rugged volcanic regions. However, while the island is definitely known for its beauty, it also has amazing cultural experiences and dining.
When in Martinique, hike to Mount Pelee, a volcano that will give you awesome views of the ocean, scuba dive at Diamond Rock, and laze around on Les Salines beach.
Le Cap Est Lagoon Resort & Spa is a highly rated luxury option in Martinique, while Karibea La Valmenière Hotel is a great middle of the road property in Fort-de-France.