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The US is warning tourists to avoid this popular travel destination after 18 murders this month

by Staff

Looking to take a tropical vacation this year? There’s one island country you might want to avoid.

The United States government has issued a security warning and travel advisory for the Bahamas, saying that the country is dangerous for tourists due to the high level of crime, especially in the capital city of Nassau.

“Murders have occurred at all hours including in broad daylight on the streets,” the U.S. Embassy in Nassau said in a statement, noting that 18 murders have taken place in the capital since the beginning of the year. “Retaliatory gang violence has been the primary motive in 2024 murders.”

The state department is advising increased caution in the country, noting that most of the crime is taking place “on New Providence (Nassau) and Grand Bahama (Freeport) islands.”

“In Nassau, practice increased vigilance in the “Over the Hill” area (south of Shirley Street) where gang-on-gang violence has resulted in a high homicide rate primarily affecting the local population,” the state department said.

The statement also says that “burglaries, armed robberies, and sexual assaults” have been happening in both tourist and non-tourist areas, and advises being on the alert when staying at short-term rental properties that don’t have any private security.

The state department also warned that activities involving commercial recreational watercraft, including water tours, aren’t consistently regulated, meaning that the vehicles might be in poor condition, and that the operators might not have proper certification.

Finally, the state department warned against swimming alone, and to watch out for sharks, “as there have been recent fatal and non-fatal incidents involving sharks.”

If you are planning to travel to the Bahamas, officials recommend taking the following precautions:

  • Do not answer the door at your hotel/residence unless you know who it is.
  • Use caution when driving or walking at night.
  • Keep a low profile.
  • Be aware of your surroundings.
  • Do not physically resist any robbery attempt.
  • Follow the Department of State on social media.
  • Review the Country Security Report.
  • Prepare a contingency plan for emergency and medical situations.

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