St Vincent and the Grenadines Crime - How to Avoid It

Saint Vincent and the Grenadines is a beautiful caribbean paradise consisting of 32 islands. While generally a safe country to visit, there are a few things travelers need to keep an eye out for.

Sailing boats anchoring in Port Elizabeth, Admiralty Bay, Bequia, The Grenadines Photo © Getty Images/Michael Runkel

St Vincent and the Grenadines is a friendly and welcoming country and overall crime rates are relatively low. The vast majority of visits are trouble-free.

Crime on St Vincent

Despite the relaxed atmosphere, however, there have been incidents of violent crime including murder. These tend to occur within the local community but can sometimes affect tourists. Muggings, theft from hotels, holiday homes and, in particular yachts do occur.

A tourist couple were assaulted and robbed in Bequia in November 2008, and two British nationals were victims of a robbery at knifepoint in a hotel room in Kingstown in August 2010.

Sailing through the Caribbean is a popular activity, however robberies from yachts are becoming more common. Some involving men wielding guns, machetes and knives. Incidents have taken place in:

  • Ratho Mill
  • Princess Margaret Beach in Bequia
  • Salt Whistle Bay
  • Mayreau
  • Chateaubelair
  • Petit St Vincent
  • Union Island
  • Wallilabou
  • Young Island

Items targeted include computers, phones and cash. If you're going ashore, take valuables with you.

If you're interested in nature walks or hikes in the northern areas of St. Vincent, arrange in advance with a local tour operator for a guide; these areas are isolated and police presence is limited, making it enticing for thieves.

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