Although Barbados generally has a lower rate of violence than it's Caribbean neighbors, it's not without dangers – especially at night.
On the bright side, police are heavily stationed around residential and tourist areas in Barbados. *breathes a sigh of relief* But you still need to keep your guard up.
It doesn't seem pedlars on the island are much worse than those in other Caribbean destinations or Mexico, but prepare yourself for the possibility of some intense hassling.
St. Lawrence Gap, on the southern coast of the island, is one place to watch your back. Recent visitors there recommend older people should only go out during the day, as this part of the island can seem seedy at night.
Women should travel in groups and avoid walking home alone at night. According to several 2017 visitor reports on TripAdvisor, female travelers should look out for harassment while walking on the streets, on the beaches, and particularly on St. Lawrence Gap (The Gap). Harassment includes local men making sexual remarks and sometimes stalking female tourists.
According to 2017 visitor reports on TripAdvisor, The Gap is one place where you can expect hassle. Many reports indicate that at night, this restaurant/bar/nightclub strip tends to attract hustlers who may offer you illegal drugs and beggars who may pester you for money. Some reports also mention that some areas of The Gap are a bit rundown, not well lit at night, and may not be family-friendly. One visitor on TripAdvisor also mentioned that on The Gap, some taxi drivers can be aggressive and overcharge you.
According to the OSAC 2017 Crime and Safety Report for Barbados and Grenada, in 2016, Barbados police reported 186 robberies, 182 sexual assaults, 55 shootings, 22 murders, and 12 kidnappings.
If you are in a dangerous situation or fall victim to a crime in Barbados, call 211 for police, 311 for fire, and 511 for ambulance. Also, you can always call your emergency assistance number on your travel insurance policy.
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