Safest Caribbean Islands to Visit in 2023 – What is The Best One?
For beach lovers, the islands of the Caribbean are particularly attractive. Probably because it is the perfect option for relaxation, and here the heroes of Hollywood films are constantly hiding from paparazzi and drinking Pina Colada.
Love beaches with white sand, spreading palms and turquoise waters? So you are in luck, because the Caribbean is an island paradise that has it all. By the way, this paradisaical vacation is good not only for newlyweds – you can always find a suitable group tour and have a great time with the whole family or group of friends. But to live on one of the islands, you need to know the list of the safest Caribbean islands to visit in 2023.
The only problem is the difficulty of choosing from over 700 different islands, islets, reefs and rocks just sticking out of the water. Take your time to google every island, as not all of them are habitable. That is why we have prepared information about the most popular places where you can spend an unforgettable vacation.
The Dominican Republic
Well, this is the most visited place in the whole Caribbean. More than 6 million foreign visitors come to this country every year. The Dominican Republic is a country on the island of Hispaniola, and it shares it with Haiti. So, the Dominican Republic makes it one of the safest Caribbean islands to visit.
The most famous resort town here is Punta Cana, where more than 4 million people come annually. Beautiful landscapes, turquoise water, a place where the Atlantic Ocean meets the Caribbean Sea – the reasons why people love spending their vacation in this paradise.
Punta Cana is one of the safest areas in the country. Nevertheless, it is way better and easier to book accommodation with a local company that knows everything about the country and can help you in different situations. Our team offers housing only in safe and guarded areas.
Aruba, together with Bonaire and Curacao, represents the main island group of the Netherlands Antilles. This Dutch territory has a very interesting and unique landscape for the Caribbean. The south and west coasts are distinguished by “traditional” white sandy beaches and palm trees, but the “heart” of Aruba is dominated by a desert area with cacti and dividivi (cesalpinia) trees, open rock formations and abandoned gold mines. The port of Oranjestad has well-preserved colonial buildings in predominantly pastel colors. Duty-free shopping attracts shoppers to the city.
Well, Aruba is considered a safe island. Nevertheless, there is still petty crime such as violent crime and drug gangs persist. We recommend you not walking around by yourself at night, especially in some secluded areas.
The Cayman Islands
San Juan, the capital of Puerto Rico, has one of the best-preserved colonial developments in the Americas. It is definitely worth spending a few days wandering the streets of the city and getting to know its architecture. Also, Puerto Rico is one of the best surfing spots in the world and Rincon is the center of island surfing. It is also known for several snorkeling locations where tourists can enjoy swimming with stingrays.
Moreover, we have to mention that the Cayman Islands became popular among the wealthy. Therefore, prices are not the lowest here, and sometimes the living there can be expensive enough. In addition, strict gun laws and rules make it safer for tourists.
Saint Lucia (sometimes called “Santa Lucia”) is a volcanic island with stunning mountain views and magnificent landscapes. Travel lovers can explore the island on foot, mountain bike, or jeep. The most famous attraction in Saint Lucia is the majestic Twin Piton Mountains (volcanic massif with the Petit Piton, Gros Piton, and Morne Bonin mountains).
This island is one of the few places in the world where there is a volcano with an open caldera open to tourists (Soufriere volcano). Other attractions include the Botanical Gardens and Fort Rodney, an old British military base located in the Pigeon Island National Landmark.
It is mostly safe in tourist areas and the crime rate is low. But still, there are cases of petty theft. Therefore, you should keep an eye on your valuables.
About 1 million tourists visit Barbados every year. This eastern Caribbean island is the perfect place to enjoy relaxation on the breathtaking beaches. Moreover, it is also an independent British Commonwealth nation. So, the official language is English, which eliminates the language barrier.
We recommend you be careful walking alone outside your resort. In addition, we have to mention that you have to avoid wearing camouflage. There is a law that you must not wear camo clothes because it is illegal in Barbados. Probably the reason for this is not to confuse civilians with patrol soldiers.
The island of St. Martin is called differently – Sint Maarten in Dutch or St. Martin (Saint-Martin) in English – depending on the country of residence of the speaker. This piece of land is divided between the Dutch and the French, making it the smallest island in the world that belongs to two nations at the same time.
As a result, each part of Saint Martin has its own distinct personality. Saint Martin is a renowned Caribbean yachting center, and the lagoon off Simpson Bay is considered the ideal sailing destination.
In general, the main tourist areas are safe. Nevertheless, we recommend you not forget to avoid remote areas at night. Also, you should keep your eyes open when you are on the beach, it is better not to take valuables to the beach.
Turks and Caicos
And the next our stunning place is an archipelago of forty coral islands in the Atlantic Ocean. Also, the Turks and Caicos Islands is a British Overseas Territory. So, the official language there is English. In addition, Haitian and Dominican immigrants speak Haitian Creole and mostly Dominican Spanish. There is so much to do and discover in this paradise. Moreover, it is considered the World’s best-kept secret.
What about safety? Well, the levels of crime are low, which make it one of the safest Caribbean island. Nevertheless, keep your eyes open when you are outside the resort and be careful with taxi drivers there. We recommend that you negotiate a price with the driver just before getting into the car.
Last but not least is Montserrat, which is a British Overseas Territory in the Caribbean. This island looks especially stunning from a bird’s eye view. You can see a lot of greenery. But when you step on the ground, you can see that the island is composed almost fully of volcanic rock and is mostly mountainous. In addition, there are only approximately 40 kilometers (25 miles) of coastline.
Montserrat is one of the safest islands with one the lowest crime rates. Nevertheless, there is an active Soufrière Hills volcano. The volcano became active again in 1995, but the last eruption was in 2012. Those volcanic eruptions destroyed many things, including the airport in Montserrat. Moreover, many things suffer from hurricanes that roll in between June and November.
To sum up
As can be seen, we told you about most of the safest Caribbean islands to visit. Each island is unique and impressive in its beauty. Despite this, as in any country unknown to us, you should be careful. Many of the islands have uninhabited and untouched areas, so you should avoid them if you do not want to get into trouble.
We strongly recommend you to find a company in the place where you are going before traveling. Without a doubt, it will help you avoid problems while you are abroad. If you want to travel to the Dominican Republic, the most popular city in the Caribbean – Punta Cana, we will gladly help you make your trip fabulous. Our company has more than seven years of experience in the Dominican market. We have the best types of accommodation that you will enjoy while staying here!
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