(CMR) ‘Travellers Worldwide' has named the Cayman Islands among the safest Caribbean destinations to vacation. Cayman was listed at number 3 on a list of 17 countries considered the safest for visitors.
According to the site, which provides information on destinations across the world, the Cayman Islands has some of the strictest gun laws of any Caribbean territory or nation, with fewer than 1,000 licensed gun owners living here.
This lack of firearms makes the trio of islands that comprise the Cayman Islands some of the safest in the Caribbean Sea, ‘Travellers Worldwide' stated.
The site further stated that while property crime (like theft) is somewhat common due to the high number of international visitors, violent crimes, corruption, and drug-related crimes are far more uncommon.
Taking the top spot for the safest Caribbean destination is the French-owned island of St. Barts (Saint-Barthélemy). The island is considered incredibly safe, with a zero-percent murder rate and a below-average property and violent crime rate.
Much of this stems from the fact that St. Barts is almost exclusively designed to cater to the needs of high-income visitors, ‘Travellers Worldwide' said.
Anguilla was number 2 on the list. The site pointed out that the U.S. Department of State rates Anguilla as one of the safest destinations in the Caribbean, with a threat level of one (the lowest possible number). While petty theft does occur, visitors who leave their valuables at home (or in their hotel room) aren’t likely to fall victim to this crime. But like St. Barts, Anguilla is a relatively costly Caribbean destination.
Many of the safest islands in the Caribbean have a higher-than-average cost of living.
Other countries making the safest destinations list are the British Virgin Islands, St Lucia, Montserrat, Grenada, Turks and Caicos, Guadeloupe, St Maarten, St Kitts and Nevis, Barbados, Roatan, Antigua and Barbuda, Dominican Republic, and The Bahamas.