Post # 1
….not for mardi gras or anything. Just have wanted to go there for many years. I’ve read up a lot on safety and common scam tactics used there by thieves and pickpockets, but I read a lot about violent crime as well.
DH and I are frequent travelers, so we know the basics about common sense travel safety practices and not sticking out like obvious touristy types.
But for NO specifically…Is it just too risky and unsafe? Recommended to stay away? What do you bees think and what have your experiences been?
Is it worth it if all we can see is the French quarter?
Any locals with advice?
Post # 3
I’m sure you’ll be fine if you heed all the common sense scam tactics you know about.
Stay in touristy areas.
Every city has its good parts and bad parts… I would research what parts of the city to avoid, and which ones are ok.
People make a big deal about Mexico being dangerous… well it all depends on what part you visit. I’ve been to Mexico twice without any incidents. I’ve felt less safe in my own Canadian city than Mexico… it all depends where you go, same w. New Orleans.
Hopefully others will chime in with more details!
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Post # 5
@BeeG35: new orleans isnt that bad! Stay around the French Quarter, lit alley ways & stick together, and you’ll be fine! I’ve been a million times, and haven’t had any problems, yet lol The only thing i would stay leery of is if you stay out late. The bars are open all night long, and its like the mood changes after 2am. People get extremely drunk, and most people think New Orleans is a lawless town, and just do whatever they want. However, the streets are lined with police officers on horses til the bars closed. You’re never too far away from law enforcement!
Post # 6
I don’t think it’s any more unsafe than any other large/largish city. Just use common sense and you’re fine. Last time I was there was about a year ago and I didn’t have any problems.
Post # 7
I just got back from New Orleans last night and we didn’t have any problems with safety during our stay. I went with five other girls and we stayed for three days. We generally stayed around the French Quarter and moved as a group but we were completely comfortable there. I will definitely go again.
Post # 8
I just went there for mardi gras but even without it, I thought it was pretty safe as long as you stayed around touristy areas. Use common sense, pay in cash on cabs, and have fun!
Post # 9
New Orleans isn’t that bad. When I went we stayed around the French Quarter and had no problems. Like theEguarantee said, there are police officers everywhere.
Post # 10
@BeeG35: We went to New Orleans last year for New Year’s Eve! We had an absolutely wonderful time, but stayed mostly in the French Quarter where there were police officers everywhere. I never felt unsafe in any capacity. Just stay in the touristy areas because there are some parts that our tourguide said “don’t go here.”
Post # 11
- Wedding: August 2013 - Rocky Mountains USA
The French quarter is awesome and big! Even if you only stay there, it’s super cool. (And safe.) My BIL lives in Nola and we don’t have any concerns about taking the trolley to and from neighborhoods, etc. If you’re a frequent traveler, just follow the basic rules for being safe (don’t be drunk alone in an unknown part of town well after dark, etc.)
I’m not a city person at all, but I looooove it there!!! So unique and amazing. It would be sad to miss out on it because you were worried about crime.
Post # 12
French Quarter is definitely safe, just use common sense. Also, make sure to check out some live music on Frenchman street. It’s only a bit out of the way of the main drag, and has a bunch of smaller bars with local acts and musicians playing mainly for tips every night.
Post # 13
NOLA is a great place to visit. As everyone else stated, stay in or near the french quarter (somewhere from Canal St. to St. Peter, and between Decatur St. and N. Rampart St. You don’t necessarily have to stay in the quarter, it’s just safer at night with all the police that patrol.
Post # 14
You’ll be fine! The weird thing about NOLA, though, (in relation to other major, US cities that I’ve been to) is that the good areas and the bad areas kind of sit right on top of each other. So, besides the French Quarter, you could be in a really awesome, safe neighborhood, and then 2 minutes later, you’re in a really sketchy part of the city. It really surprised me the first time I visited, as the cities I’ve lived in (Boston and Washington, DC) are very, very segregated (which is a bad/classist thing in its own right).
That said, NOLA is SO fun and I’ve never had any feelings of being unsafe or uncomfortable. Like anywhere else, be aware of your surroundings and you’ll be fine!
Post # 15
@BeeG35: NOLA is a wonderful place to visit! I highly recommend giving it a try. Yes they have crime and poverty just like any larger city but there are ways to avoid those areas quite easily.
The one thing I did notice about NOLA was that there really isn’t a middle class, not at least from what I saw. There are those that are poorer and then those that aren’t. I had to definitely tone down my clothing etc as I stuck out when in my hometown I just blend right in and even had two people comment on the street (nice comments but still). I didn’t want to be the tourista walking down the street so I left the designer items in the hotel. Just something to think about.
Enjoy and have a great time! The food is killer and the people are so kind. Take a tour or two of the swamps, plantations etc…get out of the main city. Try out Delmonico’s if you want an amazing steak dinner…to die for!
Post # 16
I am a local and New Orleans is just as safe/unsafe as any other big city! I get afraid going to Atlanta, but that is because it is an unknown city for me! Of course there are places where you should avoid, but most of us are friendly and we love to meet new people! If having a night on Bourbon Street is something of interest, just know that there are PLENTY out of towners that are on the street, drunk, and usually are the ones causing the bar fights! I have been going out for 10 years and I have maybe saw 2 bar fights! Pat O’s is a must to go to!! Also indulge in a Hurricane and a Hand Grenade!
Some Restaurants that I would recommend would be Acme Oyster House and Drago’s. You cannot leave the city without trying a beignet from Café Du Mondes! The Saenger Theatre just opened up from being remodeled from damage by Katrina and it is BEAUTIFUL! Harrah’s is the place to go if you like to gamble, and Magazine Street is the place for shopping!