Is Antigua and Barbuda Safe? Crime Hotspots to Avoid

While the island nation of Antigua and Barbuda is generally safe, petty crime can still challenge travelers – even the most experienced. Here's what you need to know.

The colorful capital of Antigua, St John's Photo © Getty Images/larigan - Patricia Hamilton

This is one of the safest Caribbean nations, but there's still good reason to lock up your valuables and watch your back.

You may have read about violent robbery and murder on the main island Antigua, but attacks on tourists are extremely rare. 

Dodgy Areas in St John's

There are some parts of St John's where you're definitely on the "wrong side of the tracks" but it's pretty obvious as soon as you enter, so do a quick turnaround and move on.

If you are unlucky enough to be confronted by someone intent on mugging you, don't resist – hand over whatever they're asking for and find the local police to report it as soon as possible.

Petty Crime

The level of petty crime is described by several foreign agencies as "moderate" for tourists. Like anywhere else in this region lock up your valuables back in your room (or use the hotel safe), keep jewelry and expensive cameras, music players and phones out of sight (or back at the hotel), and take only enough cash for the day. A travel credit card with a low balance and low daily limit is a good idea.

Antigua and Barbuda has some beautiful isolated beaches (Carlisle Bay, Darkwood Beach, Coco Bay – to name a few) if you want to escape the crowded ones which the masses from the cruise ships like to hit up, however, it's best to visit isolated beaches in a group rather than on your own.

Take care as you normally would when walking around at night. If you're on a yacht, make sure you maintain security too.

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