The Safest Caribbean Islands In 2024 (+ Where to Stay)

The Safest Caribbean Islands (And The Best Places to Stay!)

Looking for the safest Caribbean islands? These are the safest islands (for families, couples, and solo travelers) and the best places to stay in each one!

Due to the beautiful weather, laid-back ocean vibes, and great activities, the Caribbean is a region that I find myself returning 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.

Remember to plan your trip around hurricane season, be cautious when flashing around valuables, don’t leave your personal items unattended, stay near well-lit and populated areas at night, purchase travel insurance, and know the local emergency numbers to call in case of any issues.

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!

10 of the Safest Caribbean Islands (And The Best Places to Stay!)

Safest Caribbean Islands to Visit

Aruba

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!

In regards to safety, use common sense in Aruba and don’t leave your belongings unattended or flash around valuables. Other than that, be sure to stock up on sunscreen, as those UV rays are pretty intense.

If you want to learn more about Caribbean marine life, this private snorkel tour will get you out on and underneath the water to explore more of this island! And if you don’t want to rent your own car to explore on land, this half-day tour will allow you to see all of the best sites in one day.

10 of the Safest Caribbean Islands (And The Best Places to Stay!)

 
Where to Stay in Aruba
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.

Read more: 10 Best Things To Do In Aruba

Turks & Caicos

Technically located in the Atlantic, the Turks & Caicos islands are still considered to be a part of the Caribbean.

In terms of both overall crime and crime against tourists, Turks & Caicos ranks as one of the safest islands in the Caribbean. 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.

Also, be aware that Turks & Caicos doesn’t have any widespread public transportation, so take caution when getting around. Although there are taxis, always be sure to confirm the price of the ride before you get in the vehicle as the drivers might try to hike up the fare once you get to your destination.

In addition to the taxis, you’ll also spot minibuses, or “jitney’s”, although they’re mostly for local workers and are best avoided. I find the easiest way to get around is by renting a car.

 
Where to Stay in Turks & Caicos
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.

Read more: 10 Best Things To Do In Turks and Caicos (Providenciales) and Tips For Planning An Unforgettable Honeymoon In Turks & Caicos

10 of the Safest Caribbean Islands (And Where to Stay!)

Cayman Islands

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.

While crime against tourists in the Cayman Islands is rare, watch out for large cruise-ship crowds, as they’re rather busy and pickpocketing can happen. Additionally, if you plan on spending time in the water, watch out for Scorpionfish and Jellyfish, which will give a painful sting if you touch them and tend to disguise themselves quite well.

 
Where to Stay in the Cayman Islands
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.

St. Maarten

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.

St. Maarten is also a very safe island to visit, with crimes against tourists relatively low. Nevertheless, passport theft, petty theft, and car break-ins have been reported, so be sure to keep your eye on your valuables, lock up what you’re not using in a safe, and don’t leave anything of value in cars.

 
Where to Stay in St. Maarten
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.

10 of the Safest Caribbean Islands (And Where to Stay!)

Barbados

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.

While violent crimes against tourists are rare, have your guard up against petty theft, especially when in crowded areas, and if you want to enjoy some nightlife, plan on going with a group to avoid potential theft.

 
Where to Stay in Barbados
Accra Beach Hotel is a beautiful high-end accommodation option in Bridgetown, and All Seasons Resort is a great mid-range option.

St. Lucia

No matter how many times I visit St. Lucia, it never fails to wow me. 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, I recommend visiting Pigeon Island National Park, Castries Market, Tet Paul Nature Trail, and the luxurious Sulfur Springs.

With so many all-inclusive hotel options, St. Lucia is known as one of the safest all-inclusive destinations.

In terms of safety measures to take on St. Lucia (outside of your hotel), try to avoid walking alone in isolated areas or at night, take taxi precautions, and if you rent a car, don’t go offroading unless you have a 4×4 as roads tend to be narrow and rough at times.

Also be aware that wearing camouflage in St. Lucia is banned, as it’s thought of as imitating military personnel.

 
Where to Stay in St. Lucia
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.

Read more: St. Lucia Travel Guide & Packing Tips

10 of the Safest Caribbean Islands (And Where to Stay!)

Anguilla

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. It’s also one of the safest tropical places to travel!

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.

Due to the high standards and precautions taken by locals, crime against tourists is very low. On your trip to Anguilla, your biggest concerns will be to not travel there during hurricane season and to confirm the price with taxi drivers before you get in the car, as there is no public transportation.

 
Where to Stay in Anguilla
Zemi Beach Resort & Spa is a top-rated luxury option in Anguilla, while Carimar Beach Club is great for mid-budgets.

Martinique

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.

Fun fact, in 2016 Martinique was designated the safest destination in the Caribbean by the Caribbean Tourism Quality Index. Yet, while Martinique is fairly safe, be sure to exercise normal precautions. Also, as a note to keep in the back of your mind, it’s best not to be alone in areas such as Fort-de-France after dark, as muggings have happened in the past.

 
Where to Stay in Martinique
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.

10 of the Safest Caribbean Islands (And Where to Stay!)

St. Barts

Only 18 miles off the shore of St. Maarten, St. Barts is a high-end destination known for its designer boutiques and picturesque beaches. On the island do some designer shopping, head to a beach club, laze around on beautiful Colombier Beach, head into the capital city of Gustavia, or try out some water sports.

While there are no specific precautions to take against violent crime or petty theft, exercise normal precautions in protecting yourself from any incidents. Honestly, besides potential one-off occurrences, the biggest things to look out for on St. Barts is protecting yourself from bug bites and the harsh rays of the tropical sun.

 
Where to Stay in St. Barts
Le Sereno and Hotel Christopher Saint Barth are beautiful luxury options in Gustavia.

Bonaire

While Bonaire is well-known for its sustainable tourism efforts and laid-back vibe, it’s also known for being a very safe island. The island is pristine and offers so many awesome activities such as caving, horseback riding, sailing, hiking, and of course, diving. In fact, Bonaire is world-renowned as being a top diving spot!

To keep yourself safe on Bonaire, be aware that break-ins and robberies have been reported, so always make sure to lock your doors and keep valuables safely stowed away.

Additionally, when you’re in the water beware of the fire coral and sea urchins as they’re super painful to step on and will put a damper on your trip.

 
Where to Stay in Bonaire
Ocean View Villas, Kas Hamaka, and Bridanda Apartments Bonaire are all great apartment options in Bonaire. If you’re looking for a great dive resort, then check out Courtyard by Marriott Bonaire Dive Resort.

Read more: Bonaire Travel Guide + Packing Tips

10 of the Safest Caribbean Islands (And Where to Stay!)

The Virgin Islands

A group of islands and islets separated in two subsets dubbed the U.S. and the British Virgin Islands. As the name implies, the U.S. Virgin Islands are territory of the United States and the British Virgin Islands are British territory.

These islands house some of the clearest and most beautiful beaches in the world on islands of all sizes. Each island has its own unique appeal and many are closely situated together to allow for easy island hopping.

The largest islands of the USVI are St. Croix, St. John, and St. Thomas and they are all full of the most idealistic island scenery, resorts and exploration. The USVI is known to have a lively nightlife and an ‘Americanized’ family-friendly vibe.

Meanwhile the BVI’s four largest islands are Tortola, Anegada, Virgin Gorda and Jost Van Dyke. Keep in mind that visiting the BVI does require a passport! The BVI is a little quieter, less developed and can seem to have more of an ‘authentic’ island feel.

Both groups of islands are relatively safe and quiet. You will just want to use usual precautions when getting around such as not walking alone at night, and leave night driving to a taxi driver as roads are windy, dimly lit and cars drive on the left side of the road.

Grenada

Noted as the ‘Isle of Spice’, Grenada is an Island Country within the West Indies about 100 miles off the northern coast of Venezuela. Created by volcanic origin, here you will find a mixture of sprawling green landscape, deep valleys and waterfalls such as the Seven Sisters, and even fragrant herb and spice gardens most notably of cocoa, bananas, nutmeg and mace.

Grenada is generally safe to visit, but stick to using your common sense to not put yourself in a potentially bad situation. Secure and keep track of all your personal items, use licensed taxi services and stay alert at all times.

 
Where to Stay in Grenada
For budget options, we recommend Blue Horizons Garden Resort and La Sagesse Hotel

St. Kitts and Nevis

Creating a dual-island nation, St. Kitts and Nevis are two islands that offer both unique and shared experiences.

Being the larger island, St. Kitts is known for Mount Liamuiga Volcano, the highest point on the island offering endless hikes and exploration where you may even be able to see some green vervet monkeys.

Safest Islands in the Caribbean

Traveling over to the smaller island of Nevis, you will be greeted with picturesque beaches lined with palm trees, and all of the water and nature excursions you could imagine. The waters between the two islands are often known for the dive site, Booby High Shoals, a 40-ft dive site full of lobster, stingrays, turtles and even nurse sharks.

Most visits to this area are trouble-free, however, always use caution when traveling in areas you are not familiar with. Avoid walking/traveling alone, or at night and leave valuables at your accommodation. Stick to using licensed taxis and be aware of your surroundings.

 
Where to Stay in St. Kitts & Nevis
On Nevis, check out Golden Rock Nevis and on St. Kitts, the Royal St. Kitts Hotel

Antigua and Barbuda

An independent country comprised of two Islands, Antigua and Barbuda attract visitors for a variety of reasons. Most notably known for the reef-lined beaches, the safest resorts, and as a yachting hub, there are many other great allures to these destinations!

Fill your day with unique adventures like the historic Nelson’s Dockyard and Stingray City, schedule a helicopter tour, enjoy the wildlife or participate in a variety of watersports. For an added bonus, Antigua and Barbuda are the sunniest of the eastern Caribbean islands and offer low humidity year-round which can give you a lot more flexibility in your trip.

While traveling these islands, make sure to keep your belongings secure and close to you as pickpocketing and scamming tend to occur in areas with high tourism. Take time to research routes and areas you plan to visit and avoid less favorable areas.

The Bahamas

The Bahamas is a very popular tropical destination comprised of 16 major islands, 5,380 square miles of land and approximately 2,387 exposed reefs! It’s no wonder this is such a frequently visited piece of paradise when there is so much to see such as Captain Bill’s Blue Hole, Exuma Cays Land and Sea Park, Surfers Beach and Dunmore Town.

Safest Islands in the Caribbean

When traveling to any popular tourist destination it is important to exercise common sense while venturing to highly trafficked areas and outside hotels.

Some of the safest islands in the Bahamas are; Exuma Islands, Cat Island, and Abacos Island while some areas to avoid may be Nassau’s Over the Hill area, Nassau’s Sand Trap area and Freeport in Grand Bahama.

Read more: How To Swim With Pigs In The Bahamas At Pig Beach

 
Where to Stay in The Bahamas
On Staniel Cay, I stayed at EMBRACE Resort and loved this small resort with so much to offer. Use our promo code TRAVEL21 when booking at EMBRACE Resort to get a 5% discount off your stay!
 

Caribbean Packing Essentials

Sun Protection: I don’t recommend heading to the tropics without a sun hat (or baseball cap), a pair of quality sunglasses, and reef-safe sunscreen.

Water Gear: I never go to the Caribbean without a swimsuit, quick-drying towel, rash guard, snorkel set, and a cover-up. Also, because of the stinging fish and urchin hazards, you’ll want a pair of rubber-soled water shoes.

Bug Protection: Bug spray, and light long-sleeved clothes for the evenings are musts in the Caribbean.

FAQ: Safest Islands in the Caribbean

Which Caribbean island is the safest?

St. Barts is the safest island in the Caribbean, with a zero-percent murder rate and a below-average property and violent crime rate.

Which Caribbean island has the highest crime rate?

The Caribbean island of Jamaica was found to have the highest murder rate. That’s not to say all of Jamaica is unsafe to visit, but travelers should keep this in mind when planning a trip.

Which Caribbean island is the safest from hurricanes?

The ABC Islands (Aruba, Bonaire and Curacao) are said to be the safest from hurricanes. However, keep in mind that no Caribbean island is hurricane-proof.

When is the best time to visit the Caribbean to avoid hurricanes?

The best time to visit the Caribbean is from early to late spring. Hurricane season generally runs from June 1-November 30th, with the highest risk between August and October.

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19 Comments

  1. MaryBeth Wilson says:

    Hello,

    We are considering St Vincent. Anyone have any experiences with St, Vincent, good or bad?
    Thanks!

  2. Dominica has developed quite a bit since the 90’s. The people are very friendly and it still retains it’s reputation as the Nature Isle because it’s so very green

  3. All this topic, helped. We’re hoping to retire, but have been researching to find the”right” place. Thank you.

    1. Moataz ghounem says:

      Ty for all of this info we travel to the Caribbeans frequently. Grand Cayman and St Martin are prob our 2 fav at the moment anyways. Wanted to retire there but my wife said FL is a better option for the convenience of traveling to other parts of the world at a cheaper rate and hurricane season and the target and grocery options are better in the states.

    2. Ann Attie says:

      Have you found the best place to retire? We also are hoping to retire in the Caribbean!

      1. Christy Woodrow says:

        Hi Denise! That sounds wonderful! I think it would depend on how quiet you want it to be. I could see myself retiring on Bonaire, Aruba or Grand Cayman.

  4. I’ve been to most of those islands too. STJ is by far the safest of those on that list…

  5. SCOTT D BALDWIN says:

    I have been to many of these islands . We have done the research and found that some of the carribean islands are better to be left off your list to visit. This is a great list Christy. Only place I would add is the U.S. Virgin island of St John. Beautiful island .

  6. Enjoyed this list! However, I was expecting Grenada to be on it – it has low crime rates, incredibly friendly people and some of the most beautiful beaches

  7. I am surprised that Grenada isn’t in the list, I visited Grenada the people are friendly, beautiful beaches and very laid back!!! I had a great time there.

  8. Though it did not make the list I believe Curacao is pretty safe. Never had any issues there. I would still exercise the same cautions you would anywhere else

  9. Dominica is very safe to visit.very friendly and all green. It’s developing slowly after the hurricane it has improved tremendously.lots of rainforest this is why it’s call the nature island give it a try experience for yourself

  10. Thanks for the mention of the Cayman Islands, it is indeed safe. Lived here all of my life and spent a good part of my youth in the water but I have to say I have never heard of scorpion fish! And getting stung by a jellyfish is rare.
    For locals our biggest issue is neo-colonism where we have to exceed European standards to make it in our own country.

  11. Looking to permanently move to a Caribbean island and your list really comes in handy.

  12. Dominica is much safer than St. LUCIA for instance. One of the lowest crime rates of all of the countries in that area.

  13. I traveled to the beautiful Dominica in 2011. Is this no longer a safe place to travel? It was among the safest back then.

    1. Christy Woodrow says:

      Hi Ali. I actually don’t know too much about Dominica so there’s still a chance it’s a safe place to go!

  14. Been to Curaçao and most recently St Thomas/St John no incidents whatsoever.

  15. You just made me dream with this post! I am so in love with this part of the world!