Mr TTR & I are semi-retired… so we travel quite a bit.
As you ask about safety, I will list for you what I consider to be the safest Islands in the Caribbean: Barbados – Antigua & Barbuda – The British Virgin Islands – Cayman Islands – Cuba – Turks & Caicos – The ABC Islands
(Low Crime Rates – Low Murder Rates per 100,000)
Less Safe… but still nice Islands to visit = St Vincent & the Grenadines – St Lucia – Sint Maarten & Saint Martins – The US Virgin Islands – Puerto Rico – The Bahamas
(Moderate to High Crime & Murder Rates per 100,000)
Areas that are the some of the least safe = Haiti – Dominican Republic – Mexico – Jamaica – Trinidad & Tobago – Belize – Colombia – Guatemala – St Kitts & Nevis
(High Crime & Murder Rates per 100,000)
Ok for that the record that isn’t to say one should go to ANY of these Destinations… it is as always a personal preference. Just like ANY travel one should also pack along their common sense & street smarts.
IF you are going to pick a Moderate to High Crime Country… then make adjustments to your plans.
For example… Maybe not be off the resort after dark. Choose to go on Escorted Tours. Leave your valuables at home, etc.
Personlly, Mr TTR & I are not visiting the High Risk Countries… there are more than enough (1000s) Islands in the Caribbean to keep us busy and not feel we are missing out.
As for All Inclusives… be aware that they are most popular in Destinations that need them to attract Tourist Dollars (2nd & 3rd World Countries)… these will also be amongst the cheapest AIs… as these Destinations will be places that have a lot of Political, Economic, Social (including Health & Safety) issues. Just remember that sometimes things are CHEAP for a reason… ie. Dominican Republic – Jamaica – Mexico – Cuba
AIs on other Islands will NOT BE CHEAP. They will be catering to the high end Honeymoon ? Anniversary Set… Couples, Sandals, etc. These resorts are quite posh.
The thing is tho, these islands are also relatively safe and secure, so as a tourist you don’t need to go to an AI. You can just as easily get a Hotel or Condo as your base camp, and explore on your own.
You can learn more about Caribbean Islands from a variety of sources:
Wikipedia (great way to get an overview.. click around to whatever catches your eye)
A Guide Book (Frommers – Fodors – Lonely Planet etc)
Country Tourism Websites… almost every Island has one.
TripAdvisor… the BEST Trip Planning tool on the Internet (I won’t plan a vacation or getaway anymore without consulting TA). They have Travel Guide Info – Reviews (Accommodations – Restaurants – Attractions) – and their incredible Travel Forums where you can post Questions and get info from TA Destination Experts & Locals.
I don’t know what country you are from (your WBee Profile doesn’t give me a clue) BUT… you can also check your own Country’s Goverment Travel Advisories for the Various Countries… these tell citizens what they need to be aware of when travelling to a particular country / place.
In Canada these are issued by the Department of Foreign Affairs, in the USA by the State Department
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Ok, all that basic info aside…
Mr TTR & I LOVE… Bermuda – Barbados – Antigua & Barbuda which are all very safe. We haven’t been to the Caymans, Turks & Caicos or the ABC Islands, but they are on our next Caribbean Cruise Itinerary. Really looking forward to them.
The other Islands we LIKED were… St Lucia – Sint Maarten / St Martins – the US Virgin Islands – and Puerto Rico
We would go back to them as well… but we use our Street Smarts a lot more there… and for example wouldn’t leave the resorts at night… and are much more careful with our valuables during the daytime.
Hope this helps,
If you have more Questions ask.