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What are the safest and most friendly places, in the Carribean, to go?

What are the safest and most friendly places, in the Carribean, to go?

Old Jan 3rd, 2002, 11:04 PM
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Dear "Truth Hurts" -- I think you've got it all wrong! The WHITE TRASH are all the nudists on Orient Beach, et al., on St. Martin!!!
Old Jan 3rd, 2002, 11:36 PM
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You can definitely rule out the US Virgin Islands since the St. Thomas Source just reported that the USVI has a "chronic high rate of violent crime", with a homicide rate 5 times higher than the US. The rate in St. Thomas itself is 7 times the national average, and approaches Jamaica's murder rate. Don't take my word for it, read it at
Old Jan 4th, 2002, 03:48 AM
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You want safe? You want clean? 2 words:

I guarantee you won't find piles of Heineken bottles piled up here!! By far the safest island we have been to yet, and by far the friendliest.
Old Jan 4th, 2002, 09:18 AM
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We went to Grand Cayman in May and rented a jeep that had no windows, roof, locks or the like. We toured the entire island visiting all the snorkeling areas. We left ALL of our valuables in the jeep while we went out snorkeling and had NO problems or worries...it is definitely safe there!!
Old Jan 4th, 2002, 12:12 PM
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All that shows is
1. GC is safe
2. Your stupid
Old Jan 4th, 2002, 12:24 PM
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First grow up, then you might be able to figure out how to gain a bit of class.
Old Jan 4th, 2002, 12:37 PM
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Grand Cayman is probably the safest island I've ever visited in the Caribbean (haven't been to St. Barts yet). Their standard of living is the main reason behind that. I've frequently seen women jogging alone on Seven Mile Beach at night, and people leave their stuff unattended on the beach all the time, although no one recommends that. However that does not mean that other islands are cesspools of crime just because they don't have that same level of safety. I've travelled to places like Jamaica and St. Thomas and never had a problem by just using common sense and learning where to avoid. I don't really have one particular island I would rate as friendlest, but overall I'd say the peoples of the Caribbean are very friendly and easygoing.
Old Jan 4th, 2002, 05:15 PM
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When I told my travel agent about St. martin crime, she said I was the first one to mention it in 15 years of sending people there.
Old Jan 4th, 2002, 05:16 PM
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Its true, why would you deliberatly leave valubles unattended.
Old Jan 4th, 2002, 06:28 PM
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Speaking from the great north--south of alaska, all the carribean isl can be safe and dangeous for all. We have lost travellor's down there like other country's including people falling of a horse. It's not all crime. Be Smart.
My Rating:
Cancun Riveria Maya (Close to Carribean)Ruins are unreal
BVI (expensive but have to see)
Bridgetown BB Crowded buses but great people
Casries, SL. Lots of things to see don't go into parts of town that tourist wouldn't belong.
PP. Dr Windy beach lots of guards in Santo Dominco-- but i'll give it a break with the new development's on Carrb side which must be less windy. This is where the flight was delayed to load the casket with the person from western canada who fell off the donkey.
Old Jan 4th, 2002, 06:32 PM
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I would recommend Aruba. I traveled there by myself a couple of years ago, and had no problems at all. I walked around both day and night and would return there in a heartbeat. Grand Cayman also gets good reviews all around, but if I recall correctly, Aruba was less expensive than Grand Cayman.
Old Jan 5th, 2002, 01:35 PM
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My votes for safest islands:
Anguilla, St.Barts, British Virgin Islands, Grand Cayman, Turks and Caicos,
Marie-Galante, Terre de Haut (Les Saintes), Saba, and Nevis.

"Friendly" is not so easy to define. How you are treated on ANY island partially depends on....you - how you treat the people who live and work there. You can get very friendly treatment on ANY island, and very rude treatment on ANY island. There are no guarantees, but you yourself can make the odds a lot better or a lot worse with your own behavior and attitude.
Old Feb 1st, 2002, 06:06 PM
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B e r m u d a
Old Feb 1st, 2002, 07:53 PM
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You are the weakest link. Bermuda is Atlantic as is the Turks and Caicos. But then the whole Caribbean Sea is in the Atlantic but Bermuda, Bahamas and Turks are all wanna be's.
Old Apr 15th, 2002, 10:28 PM
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St. Bart's is safe and friendly (never found it to be snobby).

Bermuda (I know it's not in the Caribbean) is also safe, friendly, has great beaches, warm summer weather, and is big enough to really explore.
Old Apr 16th, 2002, 11:07 AM
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I agree with Paul, your attitude and behavior can dictate the type of treatment you receive. I've found islands that aren' typically considered "friendly" like Jamaica or St. Thomas to be very friendly.
Old Apr 17th, 2002, 09:29 AM
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hello, does anyone know anything about Palm Island??? Thanks
Old Apr 18th, 2002, 06:22 AM
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In response to a previous post --we were driving on the dutch side of St. Maarten and were followed by local men --they signaled for us to pull over because there was something wrong with our car--this was meant to make us get out of our car so they could rob us. My husband stepped on the gas and flew out of there. We overheard people talking about this problem before this incident and it happened to us--we were so glad we were warned! When we vacation in S.M. we stay on the french side (Esmeralda) and have never had any problem other than the above. We would still vacation in St. Maarten but this is an island you deinitely need to be extra cautious.
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