Is Trinidad and Tobago Safe? 13 Travel Safety Tips

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How bad is crime in Trinidad and Tobago? Find out how to travel safely with 13 important tips from our Caribbean safety expert, Diedre McLeod.


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While living in the Caribbean (in The Bahamas and Jamaica), I met diverse people from many islands. Some of my closest friends are Trinidadian, and we love swapping stories about our cultures, mine being Jamaican, and how to stay safe in each other’s home countries.

Here’s what you need to know to stay safe in Trinidad and Tobago.

Crime hot spots in Trinidad and Tobago

Trinidad and Tobago is a country made up of two Caribbean islands, with vastly different characteristics and different chances of experiencing crime. Trinidad is larger, better suited to travelers who are looking for cities, sightseeing and nightlife. In contrast, Tobago maintains its old Caribbean island charm. These twin cultures offer a unique travel experience in the Caribbean.

A general safety rule of thumb in Trinidad and Tobago, is to sightsee during the day, and to always carry a mobile phone in case of an emergency (if your phone is unlocked, consider purchasing a local sim card during your trip).

There are a few areas of the capital, Port of Spain on Trinidad, that can be dangerous. Communities such as Laventille, Morvant, Sea Lots, South Belmont are prone to violent crime, such as sexual assault, robberies and gang violence, and should be avoided.

Queen’s Park Savannah, one of Trinidad’s largest parks and open spaces, is often lonely during weekdays and travelers might be targets for theft.

However, Queen’s Park Savannah is generally safe during carnival events and on weekends when a small food fair is on where you can try Trinidadian food, such as roti and the famous “doubles” (curried chickpeas wrapped in a spicy flat bread).

Try to resist the temptation to seek out remote beaches, such as Englishman's Bay, Las Cuevas (just beyond Maracas Bay), and King Peter's Bay. Travelers are often targets for sexual assault or robberies at these isolated beaches, especially at night.

Most visits to Tobago are trouble-free and incidents of violent crime are rare.

Accommodation safety

When renting a villa or apartment, make sure there are security measures in place to avoid break-ins:

  • Burglar bars on windows
  • Outdoor security lighting
  • 24-hour security guards
  • Ensure all doors and windows can lock in your accommodation.

Airport scams in Trinidad and Tobago

Airports are often a hotspot for criminals who are waiting to take advantage of tired and unsuspecting visitors. There have been unfortunate incidents where travelers have been followed from the airport to downtown Port of Spain, and as far as outside their accommodation, and then robbed.

If you are traveling after dark from Trinidad’s Piarco International Airport, be cautious of your surroundings on your way to the car park or transportation pick-up. If you suspect someone is following you, try to make a detour to a public place, like a restaurant, or call the police.

Highway robbery in Trinidad

Trinidad is well connected by road, but some are more dangerous than others. Beetham Highway, a main road in and out of the city, has been the scene of incidents where cars have been forced to stop when someone runs out onto the road or blocking the way with bricks and debris.

When the car stops, attempts are made to smash the car windows and drivers are robbed of their valuables – and in some cases, violently assaulted.

Avoid stopping, don’t get out of your car, and try to maneuver your way around the debris.

Bump and rob incidents in Trinidad and Tobago

Another thing to look out for while driving in Trinidad and Tobago is ‘bump and rob’ incidents, especially in Laventille. In this situation, thieves will try to get you to stop your vehicle by lightly hitting the back of the car, usually causing only minor damage.

Once the driver of the car that has been hit stops and gets out of the car to inspect the damage, they are robbed. If this happens to you, and the car can still be driven, leave the area before seeking help.

Smash and grab

Smash and grab style theft from cars is also relatively common in Trinidad and Tobago. Always keep valuables out of sight if you leave them in a parked car.

ATM crime and scams in Trinidad

This ATM scam is common for Trinidad in particular: a thin magnetic sheet is placed in the card slot of the ATM. When you insert your card, you won’t be able to withdraw money, nor will you be able to eject your card.

A bystander will approach with advice to enter in your PIN backwards, while watching to see what your PIN number is. As you leave without your card, the thief will then remove the magnetic sheet, which has captured your card, and will also know your PIN number.

Never share your PIN with a stranger. Always inspect an ATM before using to check it hasn’t been tampered with.

If you are lucky, you may be able to pull out the film yourself. If not, cancel your card as soon as possible.

Aggressive hawkers in Trinidad and Tobago

Throughout Trinidad and Tobago there are a lot of street vendors and hawkers. This might be overwhelming, but be stern yet polite while continuing about your business, and they will generally leave you alone.

Safety for women in Trinidad and Tobago

Women may be frequently catcalled by men on both islands. Be firm yet polite – saying ‘good morning’ is usually better than ignoring someone completely. Give short evasive responses and limit smiling, as this might signal to the Trinidadian that you are up for more conversation.

Is Trinidad and Tobago safe for LGBTQ+ travelers?

Same-sex relations are illegal in Trinidad and Tobago. There is legislation that bars LGBTQ+ people from entering the country, however, these laws are rarely enforced and LGBTQ+ relationships are becoming more accepted. Still, the LGBTQ+ community is still generally restricted to underground clubs and socializing. LGBTQ+ travelers, while safe in Trinidad and Tobago, should avoid public displays of affection.

Local laws in Trinidad and Tobago

Fashion faux pas or not, it’s illegal for civilians to wear camouflage clothing in public in Trinidad and Tobago and you can be fined or imprisoned. 

Drug laws and penalties in Trinidad and Tobago

In December 2019, possession of up to 30 grams of marijuana/cannabis became decriminalized. Carrying any more than 30 grams of cannabis, or more than five grams of cannabis resin, is an offence and carries a fine of TT$50,000. You are not allowed to smoke in public spaces or while operating a vehicle.

Safety during Trinidad Carnival

Carnival is a big event in Trinidad and Tobago, held in February each year, when tons of visitors arrive to join in the festivities. Unfortunately, it’s also a time when petty crime increases.

Some key safety tips during Trinidad Carnival are:

  • Leave your jewelry at home to avoid petty theft. If you are participating and “jumping carnival” as they say in Trinidad and Tobago, then you’ll be wearing bejeweled costumes, so there is no need for anything else
  • Travel in groups. Try to carpool or arrange to meet-up at a designated location. Use paid car parks wherever possible, and designate an alcohol-free driver or take an authorized taxi (marked with H license plate, or labelled Maxi taxis) back to your accommodation
  • Never walk to or through isolated or poorly-lit areas on your own
  • Stash your cash wisely, and only take small amounts with you
  • Do not accept drinks from strangers or leave drinks unattended. Make sure all bottles are opened in front of you
  • Limit your alcohol intake
  • Keep a close eye on your kids. Carnival in Trinidad and Tobago is a family affair and children “play mas” (wear elaborate costumes) and participate in Carnival, too. Make sure children have identification on them with their name, parent’s or guardian’s name, and a contact number
  • Keep your phone close and in a waterproof case so it doesn’t get damaged by the water trucks that spray people during the carnival parade. Ensure emergency numbers are pre-loaded or on speed dial
  • If someone begins to dance (locally known as a “wine”) behind you but you’re not in the mood for attention, just tap their hands and stop dancing. They usually go away.

Do you have any safety tips for Trinidad and Tobago? Share your story below.

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  • Anne said

    Also, the U.S dollar is worth about 6x to T&T's dollar. Thus, tourists should be aware of the difference in currency values as they sometimes pay in US dollars.


  • Colin McKenzie said

    I agree with you Anne. Since our money is 6.00TTD to 1.00USD some people would take advantage of tourist by robbing them. Not only by violent means, for example- a taxi driver would charge exorbitant fare to a certain destination.
    The German couple who was murdered leaves a bitter taste in future tourist to Tobago. Also the Greens from England is seeking compensation for damages to them while they were in Tobago.


  • avines said

    the attacks on tourists will take years in dollar terms for TNT to live down, why take a chance on being maimned, the greens were brutality attacked, leaving Mr Green Blind with difficullty walking fro long periods, his wife sustained wounds to her face of a very severe nature, resulting in many surgical procedures,one part of these horrendous attack, Mrs Green dragged her self to the road begging for help, several people in cars laughed took photos and drove away, mans inhumanity to man,


  • ken said

    It grieves my heart to read such things about my home land...such a shame....what have we come to. TnT is still a beautiful place and as with ever economically developing nation there is a need for safety when visiting. Yes the crime has risen but so to has the economy, the education system and together we stand together we achieve discipline, tolerance and profuction


  • Akankwasa Albert said

    I was planning to emigrate to Trinidad but Am scared now


  • Trini gyal said

    This article is nothing but sensationalism. Yes, Trinidad and Tobago as a worsening crime situation. But most of the so called tips here apply to any person reasonable concerned about their safety in their day to day lives. The information on the Beetham highway is the only Trini-specific useful piece of information I see here, and those incidents do not occur nearly as often as implied here. Neither do the atm scams (which happen all over the world) nor incidents at the airport! And I know this because I live here. It's not perfect, and there is so much to be improved in terms of crime- but this doomsday article just really pissed me off. Common sense will tell you to be careful wherever you go- which means not going to abandoned beaches or walking down dark alleyways at night or myriad other precautions we all take daily. Damn.


  • Ben Langridge said

    I'm an Australian married to a TT local, we now live in Australia. I've been to TT many times and enjoyed it's rich culture and have many great friends and family here. My partners family does not live in a rich area, rather right next to a ghetto names Gaza Strip, you can probably figure out why it's called that. As a white guy I never feel safe, I'm constantly being reminded by locals not go here or there, don't travel alone to the shops, stick to busy beaches, don't go driving in the country, don't go out in the city at night too late, etc. Nothing has ever happened to me but over the years I've heard many stories of tourists getting assaulted or worse. Sometimes I feel it's just a matter of time before its me. I could not live in TT because I would feel I have no freedom to explore the countryside and go surfing on remote beaches, like I can do anywhere in Australia and never feel unsafe or threatened. The locals can say what they like to defend their country but at the end of the day it's a risk to visit and for me I don't like to be in a place where I can't have the same freedom as I enjoy in my own safe country.


  • Michael Abraham said

    Hi I am a Trinidadian 100% I have been all over Trinidad even to some of the worst parts in laventille, morvant, sea lots, and enterprise during the day of course mostly because of work. I am also kind of 'white' and many times other uneducated Trinis assume I am a tourist. It is so annoying how they approach me trying to hustle me until I open my mouth and put them in their place. In other words I have seen both sides of the spectrum. Trinidad and Tobago is a paradise to me. I have never been robbed at gunpoint but I have definitely seen bandits eye me down twice in my 35 yrs. I dress in rags most of the time so that helps a lot. My car was broken into 4 times, 3 while surfing (since I stoped locking the doors it has stopped). Long story short, if u are a tourist, just stick with good friends who know the country and you will have the best time guaranteed. Otherwise, don't come here. Too many blasted vultures looking for a hustle


  • Meghan said

    I'm a white girl who lived in Trinidad and visited at least 17 times in last 20 years. I lived in NYC, now in Hong Kong, previously Australia. I think there's a lot of truth to the varied comments. In all my time in Trinidad, nothing too bad happened directly to me. (Someone did poison the dog with intentions to rob the house. I have friends who were carjacked & family member murdered.) But I also do hang with locals, generally know where I'm going and where not to go and can put on an accent if needed. I also lived in ghetto Brooklyn back in the 90s and nothing happened to me there either. A lot of the safety factor is how you carry yourself - anywhere in the world. You get a lot of what you put out. If you walk around worried and nervous, you're a target. Know where you're going (or at least act like you do) and be smart. But yes, fundamentally, in Trinidad, you need to watch yourself, especially as an obvious foreigner. In Hong Kong, you could drop your wallet and someone will run after you to hand it back. In Australia, they'll likely pocket it. In Trinidad, you're better off carrying your 'vex money' in your bra ;) If you're an experienced, adventurous traveller or have some good trustworthy friends in T&T that you're going to stay with, you'll be fine.


  • Margo Zak said

    My husband and I lived in Tobago for close to five years, from 2003 to 1007. I used to run on beaches alone and have fond memories of our time there.
    I am so deeply saddened to hear of the murders, rapes and robberies which have become commonplace.
    During our time there we tried to be extra cautious but at the end of the day we were just lucky; there has always been an undercurrent of strong dislike for whites. I know several individuals who have since been murdered.
    Until there is a massive crack down on violent behavior by government and law enforcement it will continue to escalate.


  • Jane Paner said

    I live in TRinidad and see and experience that it is a dangerous place, corrupt, and little opportunity, the weather is terrible, the beaches have become very polluted, the people are mostly rude, uneducated, mean, nosey ( maco), expensive almost everything. I tried to see it as an island paradise, but it's just not anymore...actually it never was, maybe back in the 1920's or something. Some of the most TRickiest people i ever met are from here. I and this whole country needs to seek refugee status in 1st world countries such as usa, canada and uk. This country should be listed as a country that people need to get out of. Example: pmn government are gangsters, bribes are a way of life, lots of kids cant even go to school, no jobs, crime, crime, pollution and us please someone, help us trinis that have 1/2 a brain to get away by seeking refugee status.


  • Peter said

    To those who claim this advice could apply to anywhere:
    Really? I've never had to worry about visiting an "abandoned" beach before. In normal countries you can go to any beach without reasonable worry. Apparently in Trinidad there is a long list of beaches not to go to; I've never heard that one before.


  • Ralph Oswick said

    We went on holiday to Tobago a couple of years ago. About the 5th time I've been there. No problems. Very friendly everywhere. I cycled to lonely beaches on my own, all I got was cheery hellos. I live in Bath, England. Very beautiful historic city, very well off place. Girl was raped just around the corner from my house. So there you are, happens everywhere.


  • Aeon said

    As a citizen of Trinidad and Tobago, I strongly discourage any tourists from visiting. The crime situation is much more serious than the government and tourism ministries would have you believe. There are far better and safer countries out there.


  • ART said

    All those people who always say things like oh crime happens everywhere are totally missing the point. T&T does have a crime problem, plain and simple! You cant compare it to a lot of other places. When I was in my 20's, I did lots of solo travelling throughout the world. I travelled around Australia and New Zealand by myself, never felt threatened or was the victim of any crime. Would I recommend anyone travel around Trinidad alone? Absolutely not! A few years back I travelled around India alone, and I even felt far safer there than in Trinidad.....and this is a country with 1.2 billion people. Lets face it, Trinidad's crime rate is through the roof, whether people want to admit it or not.


  • Edward said

    I left Trinidad about 46 years ago. My experience growing up in a mixed neighbourhood was the racism and crime. Living in Canada is a paradise compared to Trinidad. I would never go back to Tobago. Stayed in a hotel and lined up at the breakfast bar, the cleaning staff just went ahead of everyone and got served by the cook who was their friend, to make matters worst they were very rude and obnoxious. I have travelled a lot and like to tip the servers but these I refused.


  • Clint Charles said

    The people of Trinidad and Tobago are not ready for the tourist trade.
    Say what you want about Jamaica,but they
    know how to show their guests ,a good time!


  • Cody said

    I'm a white guy from Vancouver and have booked a flight to TnT for February 2017 for 2 weeks. mostly in tobago and a few days in trinidad for carnivale. This article and comments definitely have me concerned to say the least. My girlfriend who is also white will be with me. We are going with a friend of mine who was born in Trinidad but has lived in Canada almost his whole life and his gf originally from Bermuda. Any more tips and your overall thoughts on my trip would be appreciated. Thanks.


  • Toms said

    Just came back from Tobago, spending 10 awsome days there. Everything was just fine, no problems. Yet, just by accident I stumbled upon articles about crime in TT and it made me very worried through out the whole stay there. We stayed close to Bacolet bay and Minister bay. Once you google the last one, you will understand the worry.

    At the same time, i have to admit no problems what so ever. Yes, locals are somewhat arrogant but once you great them in morning you get smile and welcome back. I jogged every second morning. First in more remote places ie Ministers bay, then ibto more live places. Second feels better.

    All in all, as I said, I was keeping one eye open all the time, we didn't go much off "tourist roads" and beaches are WOW!

    Would I go there having all the info upfront. Perhaps no. The main concern in our case was Zika virus and those damn mosquitos. Yes another issues in the whole Caribbeans


  • Patty Alexander said

    Hello Jane Paner not everyone in Trinidad and Tobago deserve your criticism . There are good people there, and as for tricks , have you gone or dealt with most Nigerians Trinidadians is at the bottom of the list in tricks. And the literacy rate is 86%.


  • Marvin Roberts said

    As a white person living in Trinidad, I can only say that the level of racism and anti white xenophobia in this country has risen a lot in recent years. I used to visit Trincity Mall a lot, to get groceries, buy various items etc. But I have recently had to stop going there, because of the overt racism of the taxi drivers. I choose not to buy a car in Trinidad, due to the criminal extortionist nature of the local insurance industry, and the exorbitant cost of maintenance. I therefore use the taxi services to get from point A to point B. Within recent times the Trincity Mall taxi drivers have begun openly insulting me, alleging that I stink, and that if I want them to transport me I will have to pay for the entire car.
    These taxi drivers are all black, or Afro Trinidadian if you prefer to call them that.
    As the only caucasian person using the taxi system, I admit I do stand out. But my experience should be a warning to anybody who thinks that black people are not racist, and are innocent little angels who can only be the victims of racism. Living in a majority black country as a white person is like wearing a sign on your back that says "Rob Me".


  • David De Verteuil said

    I was born (Feb 41) and bred in Port of Spain, grew up in San Juan of mixed race
    (a calaloo person). French descent on fathers side, South american Indian and europeen Spanish on mothers side (Venezuela) and had a great auntie of Afican descent who died before I was born. My uncles always spoke about Auntie Masie. Love Pan. Used to roam all the major pan yards in the build up to carnival. (Despers, Renegades, Trinidad All Stars, Starlift, Silverstars etc. etc.) In San Juan lived just 150 yards away from San Juan All Stars Pan Yard. After the riots in the seventies I could see the "writing on the wall" so I left and came to live in Australia in Nov 79. Have been back twice, last time was about 84.
    However I find it very sad to hear of all the terrible things taking place there and my heart goes out to all the good law abiding folk of all different races that live there. Not that similar things dont happen in Auz but definitely not on that scale. Being just a small island certainly does make it a lot more concentrated.

    Well all I can say is that it is up to the Authorities that be to try their best to bring the situation under control for the good of the country and all the good folk that make up its population.

    For those good folk that believe in Bible prophecy just take into consideration the accounts of what Jesus said in Matthew Chapter 24. Luke Chap 21 and Mark chapter 13., as well as 2nd Peter Chapter 3.
    These passages of scripture will help you to understand why these things are happening worldwide. It also gives hope for what is just ahead in terms of God intervening in human affairs and setting matters straight.
    There are many dedicated men and women who are doing there best by alerting as many as possible about this. If you have not as yet just give the local Jehovah's Witnesses a hearing ear when they knock on your door.

    Just remember, by loving your neighbor as yourself you immitate the Almighty God and his Son Jesus Christ.

    Dave D.V.


  • jack junior said

    most of the crimes in Trinidad have a migration background. (Venezuelan, Colombian, Dominican, etc.) Through them out quickly, or Trinidad & Tobago will get the same situation like Venezuela.

    THROUGH THEM OUT. This people brought the crime to T&T.


  • Trini said

    I live in Trinidad. I wish I didn't have to say this but Trinidad and Tobago is not safe at all. If you plan to visit then
    I must warn you. The police service is corrupt. They do not solve any murders and many are linked to drug dealers.
    I am thinking strongly about getting my kids out of here. Its True crime occurs all over the world but in Trinidad and Tobago you're at high risk. I am doing my duty to warn women especially who visit. HUMAN TRAFFICKING is real here as well. We're a transshipment point for drugs and people. The authorities do nothing to solve crime. If you have kids don't put them at risk. I speak from my heart.


  • Shelia Ramrattan said

    i wold love to visit my family in TNT , but they keep saying don't come here ..Because the crime , is too much , and the police and government more scared than citizens .
    Honestly i always go Home for XMAS .but this it not happening , because the crime is just to much .. and there are some gruesome ones as well .. I read the Trinidad Express everyday
    and its always some crime of kidnapping or robbery and there must be 1 or 2 murders ..
    Unless there is some sort of corporal punishment is place i don't see this country ever being a safe for anyone ... Trini xmas is the best ,it was the best , its now the worst ...


  • ROSEY said

    TNT was the land of paradise where you can enjoy life
    And time of any hour ..
    Now that’s NOT the situation
    Crime has grown numerously from 2006 until now
    Yuh see the government not doing enough to stop crime ..
    They rather make extreme budgets .Increase the cost of living ,
    But refuses to anything about crime ..
    They only studying how to make money to FULL their own pockets .
    Mean they walking around with body guards ..
    TNT is a dog eat dog world .everyone is hustlers
    And talk about drug addicts and prostitution ..
    All these missing women and children are abducted for this
    Its shame that neither UNC OR PNM choose to bring the hang back
    Maybe if they stared this like MR Panday crime would be very little
    And WE Trini can be Trini’s again


  • Stephen Broadbridge said

    The article and the comments are rediculous!
    I have been running Caribbean Tours for 25 years without a single incident simply by avoiding a handful of bad areas.
    Most of Trinidad have very little crime. The are dozens of rural farming and fishing communities where you will meet some of the friendliest people I have met in any of my travels.
    My tours go to rural beaches and communities plus natural environments so we are alone yet still no incidents.
    The malls are safe! An incident happened outside one over ten years ago.
    People don't follow you from the airport. That was one group of thieves who were arrested 11 years ago.
    This article is completely sensationalized and draws on crimes that may have happened over a 20 year period and make isolated incidents in some areas sound like regular occurrences.
    Shame on you writer. File under fiction.


  • ashton said

    Stephen- you are wrong. Travellers arriving at the Airport are exposed to grave danger. You are merely trying to protect your business at the expense of their safety.
    Last year, I flew in with WestJet. I arrived shortly before 6 a.m. I have travelled a lot and have gotten used to a practice of walking through the plane casually looking at the passengers- mostly to see if I recognize anyone.
    I had made arrangement for my son to meet me at the airport. While waiting, a man approached me and asked if I had a ride. I said yes. He said that he is a policeman and had just come from a training session in Canada and was also waiting for a ride to his home not too far from the airport. I asked why not take a taxi or call the police department or his house and get a ride. He said that it was too early to wake up anyone and that the taxi fare would be too high. He asked if I could just drop him off when my ride comes.
    I looked at him. He was NOT anyone I recognize on the plane. He had no luggage beside him.
    Luckily for me, my son didn't show up until after 9. The man kept asking me- when is you son coming.. After 8.30 or so, he disappeared. Lesson learnt. The man was setting me up to rob/kill/- both of us ( me and my son.)
    Trinidad is now infiltrated by individuals emptied of any moral, intellectual and social values.
    There are a lot good folks still around. They mostly belong to the older generation.


  • Larry said

    I am an American citizen visiting my Trinidadian wife. It was an attempted kidnapping of my wife. I was robbed of a very expensive gold chain and money. I am African-American. The police were dressed in police uniforms. This happened on October 3, 2016.
    I am very angry about corruption in the trinidadian Government. As a US veteran I hope the U.S. Ambassador will Complain to the Prime Minister to look into this crime. I as will try to bring legal action to Trinidad and


  • Caroline said

    I sailed to Trinidad about 6 months ago and stayed for about 3 weeks. I am a 20 year old American with long blonde hair and blue eyes. I can definaitly say this country is beautiful and full of culture. While I personally never had anything happen to me, I would have never gone if I had know what the crime was like.

    I had previously sailed to over 30 Caribbean islands, so I knew how to deal with aggressive local men perusing me. But I'd nEver experienced anything like Trinidad. Men slowing down cars and grabbing my wrists from there windows pulling me at them "just for a look" it was rediculous. There were so many places I just didn't feel safe. Even walking from my boat to the grocery store around the curve of the bay. All cociane traffected up to the Caribbean goes through here also.

    It is a beautiful country. And if your smart I'm not saying you shouldn't go, just be careful. We also met super friendly locals that we hung out with the whole trip, who took us out for drinks and to the beach. Two of them were helicopter pilots in Trinidad and one owned the yacht next to ours on the dock. we (three white people) went clubbing one night by ourselves and we're fine on the strip.

    One word of advise. When your standing waiting for the bus, do not get in the cars that stop and offer to give you a ride. You may see locals get in cars that stop at the bus stops. Don't do this as a tourist or white person. Know the bus scedual know the price know where it goes.


  • Jan said

    I am polish citizen and I have been working in Trinidad and Tobago for the past two years in Oil and Gas industry.
    When I am onshore I always wander around my apartment in Marabella, I take long walks both during the day and nights, I walk to San Fernando, I go by public transport to POS and often stay there till late hours, I always take rides with local drivers, nothing has happend to me so far. My work mates and local friends on every step advise me not go here and there, not to walk alone at night etc. Having read all previous comments I would say I am lucky.

    I would never advise anybody against coming to TT. Only local food itself is worth coming here! Take normal precautions, use common sense and if you dont find yourself in bad time in bad place you should(which can happen anywhere in the world) you should be fine.

    One more thing regarding the airport - I have travelled plenty times to Piarco Airport both during day and late night hours. Most of the times there are company's drivers to pick me up, but few times I travelled with local transport all the way to Marabella in the South and I never experienced anything suspicious within the airport.


  • R.Kalip. said

    As a citizen of Trinidad and Tobago I would not advise any tourist to visit Trinidad & Tobago.
    Crime is out of control, with a detection rate of below 3% and the authorities seems clueless about
    crime detection and convictions.


  • Fed-up Trini said

    Whoever thinks Trinidad and Tobago is a safe place to live is delusional! I grew up in port of Spain and I am scared! I am east Indian and experiencd racism my whole life here. The crime is no longer concentrated in one area because the criminals are spread out around the country through hdc. Corruption, scandal, human trafficking, drugs, ammunition, guns, bribery, cons, racism, hognorance, etc. all live here. Terrible place to live and visit.


  • ann marie said

    i have two one bedroom studio apartments for rent .located in the upper middle class neighbourhood of union hall gardens.closd to palmiste park.quiet but walking distance to all shopping etc.taxis in front can also park on property.long term or short about trinidad--- beautiful and very relaxed.upto date with eveything and lots of things to do.the crime situation has increased but this has happened all over the world.mostly you have to go to relatively safe places and not known hot crime areas.follow standard safety rules and guidelines .trinidad is so beautiful! if you are coming to work here or for vacation then my lodgings will be perfect.


  • Clarence said

    If you value your life stay away from visiting Trinidad. There is no telling when you would become a victim. I recently got mug by a group of teenagers in POS. I was beaten and nobody came to my rescue for fear for their safety.


  • Clint said

    My wife and I just got back from Trinidad/ Tobago first week of February. What was supposed to be a 6 week vacation turned into an 8 day experience that I would wish on no one. We spent the first evening at the Hyant, a very reputable hotel with everything you would expect from a top hotel. The first comment we received from some of the staff were to not go walking because it's not safe. We were informed to remove all jewelry and anything of value. We were close to the botanical gardens so wanted to check it out. Again we were told that even though it was the middle of the day that it wouldn't be safe as we would be targeted as we were white people. Several people told us to go to tobago asap it was more directed to tourists and would be safer. We followed the advice but met with the same issues on the island. Again told that being white made us easy targets. It took a 22 hour day and 4 planes later to get back to Canada but never regretted the decision to leave Trinidad tobago. Just an added note, we have been to places like China, South Korea, Italy, England, Greece and a few other countries and never ever felt as unsafe as we did in trinidad. Save your money and stay away from Trinidad/tobago. This is only my opinion but even the beaches are not safe.


  • Samuel brown said

    Let us face it--Trinidad and Tobago appears to be the most racist and dangerous countries on planet earth. The murder statstics reveal that the countries are inhabited by savages and it appears to observers that the true facts are hidden by the present government. Imagine that the guy called the minister of defense would lie about the crime rate and declare that carnival 2017 was crime free. Luckily, someone told him that he is a satanic liar. It is clear that satanic rituals are still practiced in these islands --the reflections of satanic worship are reflected in the faces and lifestyles of.these savages. The present government is like a pack of hungry jackals ready to kill and maim the innocent. Stay away from these islands. The people are no lon\ger wanted even in other parts of the Caribbean--they are so nasty and racist that they mock the East Indian religion and people and call it carnival.


  • Samuel brown said

    Let us face it--Trinidad and Tobago appears to be the most racist and dangerous countries on planet earth. The murder statstics reveal that the countries are inhabited by savages and it appears to observers that the true facts are hidden by the present government. Imagine that the guy called the minister of defense would lie about the crime rate and declare that carnival 2017 was crime free. Luckily, someone told him that he is a satanic liar. It is clear that satanic rituals are still practiced in these islands --the reflections of satanic worship are reflected in the faces and lifestyles of.these savages. The present government is like a pack of hungry jackals ready to kill and maim the innocent. Stay away from these islands. The people are no lon\ger wanted even in other parts of the Caribbean--they are so nasty and racist that they mock the East Indian religion and people and call it carnival.


  • Debby Martin said

    I was thinking about vacationing in Trinidad but NO MORE! I'm so glad that I came across this website! Thank all of you for the postings and warnings. I'm going to Jamaica!!!


  • cher said

    Samuel Brown is correct in the depiction of Trinidad and Tobago--all the nice words stated by those delusional people trying to paint a pretty picture are as satanic and savage as the criminals themselves. When a non-East Indian can don the garments that are meant for religious purposes, periods of prayer and fasting and foolishly deem it Carnival,then T&T is now a modern version of morons. I am waiting to see if that masquerader will don the garments of the Shouter Baptists, Shango/Orisha --garments that I also equally respect because I grew up amongst them.

    To me, it is the most racist place in the world--some people do not even know why they're racist. Evidently, most people are afraid of the negro/black/African people while the 'victims' are finding ways to deal with them. Sociology will teach you that when an ethnic group "feels inferior" that group could resort to hatred and savagery.
    I await to see the world ban of travelers from Trinidad and Tobago--the golf is a joke! Cervantes was probably thinking about such behaviour when he as writing 'Don Quijote.' What am I saying? 98 percent of the folks in T&T do not have the fainest idea about this great writer and his message through his works.
    PRAY T&T--your end is nigh.


  • ashton said

    I was born, educated and worked in Trinidad until I was 19. I left Trinidad in 1973 and has been back every year ( sometime twice in 1 year). However, over the past 4 years, I have not been 'home.' While over the years I saw a gradual change in the behaviours of the citizens and their disdain for accepting, tolerance, concern and general warmness, I was too blind to see how fast the country's social, health, legal/judicial, medical, educational and economic fabrics were being unravelled.
    I have many relatives who still live on the island and I honestly want to visit them again.
    I am now very scared. My last visit was not good as I was almost held up by a person impersonating a detective at the Airport as I awaiting my ride. I was very fortunate that my ride was very late and I stayed within the walls of the airport.
    Unless you know someone you can trust in visiting the island- I would say- NO- don't go.


  • Rachel said

    All these comments about don't visit Trinidad that's fine by me but if you have family living there what you gonna do.I'm not afraid of visiting anywhere I was born there and even if I'm not living there I visit all the time and never had a problem people are just racist anywhere you go USA,Canada,and England is not any better than Trinidad there are rude and obnoxious people every where and crime rate is high everywhere so as I say don't visit if you don't want too and then complain about being white because it have all ethnicity people living there.


  • Zen said

    Well, I am a 29 year old White Canadian man. And I have heard so much negativity around T&T, and sure it's true but these crimes are trini on trini usually. The odd time some demon takes it out on the tourists. Anger stems from Fear. I have made about 30 great friends in trinidad, and these are the type of people I was told would kill me hahaha. They live in the "hoods" of trinidad for the most part and are great friends and make music together. Advice for anyone travelling to/moving to/living in trinidad, whether local or not. Be careful who you look at and talk to. Stay away from drugs, dont get too drunk at clubs, don 't carry too much money on you and certainly do NOT run your mouth. Avoid anywhere on the island besides resorts after 10pm and before 7am unless you really have to, then i suggest having a machete or better yet, a gun on you just in case. Once locals see that you arent a tourist, they will slowly respect you. Before visiting Trinidad, go on facebook and find a local who is nice and chat em up, befriend them than after some time let them know you want to move there. See what they say, and if they say they will watch over you, trust them. If you are a single female though, trust no one cept local females. just a fair warning. Also knowing self defense is a bonus. As I said, I have never had issues, but I can also rap very well and that gets respect more times than not


  • Colleen said

    Samuel Brown and Cher two commenters that are truly racist and nasty at the core. Their comments are not fueled by concern but pure unadulterated racism. Please stay where you are and do not travel, as a matter of fact you both sound like you never been outside of whatever godforsaken, unfortunate country you call home. You are close minded and disgusting.


  • Elise with Grace said

    To expect to go any random place in the world and expect to feel safe is a selfish, self-centered and egotistical position. The world has problems, problems you don't understand, problems you should respect and instead, appreciate the culture for what is being delivered in that time and place.

    Move without expectation and see the situation for what it is - the beauty and the ugly. There is always both - your moral compass and attitude will dictate which you experience.

    Stay home Becky Sue...white supremacy doesn't grip the world as it once did. I will take the risk of TnT just to avoid my son being shot by the police because he is black - nothing trumps that!!


  • Åsa said


    Are high crime true for Trinidad and Tobago both? We would like to travel to Tobago with no intention to visit Trinidad. Is Tobago safe to bring a 4 Year old child?


  • Jonathan said

    Trinidad & Tobago isn't for the faint-hearted. Firstly, if you are a pet lover you will have a hard time dealing with the way animals are treated here: lots of lost, scared feral dogs in the streets, regularly being run over by the local "maxi taxis". There is always a decent number of cadavers on the bus roads... they stay on the roads to rot; and they rot quickly and badly, given the temperatures down here. Not a pretty sight... Often, dogs being kept as pets aren't being treated the right way either: they are seen as tools to keep would-be robbers at bay, not as family companions. And you can forget about finding a decent veterinary here... do not being your own pet either, or Customs will ask you to pay some VAT tax on it as you enter the country!
    As far as administration goes, TnT is Soviet Union-like: whether it is to solve an immigration issue or a fiscal one, you will have to stay in a waiting line for several hours (sometimes close to an entire day) before you have a chance to have access to an arrogant civil servant who will make you understand that you are not welcome here.
    Life is extremely expensive, you have to pay here twice what you'd be charged in the U.S., Canada or Europe for the same item (example: bottle of sparkling water = more than US$3.00). Most food items are coming from the U.S., so you can imagine that their price, once the various taxes are added, just goes through the roof.
    People drive like nuts, blowing their car's horn as a way of life. The streets, during the day, are more noisy than in Manhattan, especially once you factor in all the police and SWAT cars passing by with their sirens blasting. Little consideration is given to pedestrians, even when you cross at the crossings...
    As far as crime goes, I would advise against walking outside past 6:00pm (i.e., in the dark). I work on a campus until 8:00pm and I have to get a police escort to go home, ...even though I just live 10mns away from campus.
    Let's not forget about the Customs officials, most likely the worst I ever had to deal with - and I have lived in quite a few countries before coming to TnT, including developing countries like Congo. The last time I ordered something online and had it shipped to TnT, the item I had ordered was sliced open with a cutter by a customs officer, with no regard for its value. This is vandalism, there is no other words for it.
    Last but not least, here you have to live behind bars: as the police is unable to lock up the criminals, the population is left with no other choice than locking themselves behind bars - I am talking about the steel bars you find on all the houses: on the doors, on the windows... if you are a little claustrophobic, you may have a hard time adjusting to this state of affair.
    All in all, this is a place to avoid. Yes, some locals are friendly, and feel heart-broken when visitors cannot find anything positive to say about their country; but the fact is that TnT is a developing country, with a high crime rate, a certain degree of allergy for white folks, an arrogance problem, and one of the worst administrations in the world.
    Oh, have I mentioned the open sewers, and the garbage piling up in the middle of the streets, even in "decent" places like St. Augustine or Tunapuna, and smelling like rotten carcasses, given the heat and humidity? I guess it will be for another time, if another time there is: I am done with this place and planning on leaving soon, and forever.


  • SaveTnT said

    I was born in Trinidad lived there till I was 21 years old and only been back there in 2010, 2012 and 2015 when my aunt passed away. As for crime against tourist its a real problem and for those that say crime is everywhere while this is true Trinidad crime rate is extremely high given the population. before it was gang shit now its petty crimes because guys want shit the easy way rather than working resulting in senseless killings. For e.g. Toronto is the population is 6.4 million and only had 26 homicides so far for 2017 compared to 390 in Trinidad. I can walk around any part of Canada with as much jewelry as I please and not fear being robbed or worst killed for my shit I worked hard for. I love Trinidad but when local family tell you to stay away there's a serious problem. I had a friend that was robbed in the parking lot of Hyatt Regency POS. Luckily he wasn't seriously injured seriously and the dumb criminal got his wallet with nothing in it but cancelled cards. I've travelled all over the world including Egypt and Turkey and felt a lot safer than when I travel to my home country. Trinidad is beautiful and its sucks that others won't be able to explore its beauty because of the crime situation that's never gonna get dealt with because of all the corruption in this country. Budget is more important for the government of this country than crime. And for a country of its size too many murders go unsolved. Canada as a whole the population is 36 million and when a crime occurs you will get found and prosecuted for it even if its 3 months later. Trinidad population as of 2017 is 1.4mil and most crimes go unsolved in this tiny island. WTF!!!


  • SaveTnT said

    And to the persons saying they're going to Jamaica its no different. there crime rate is higher than Trinidad for 2017 and they have violent crimes just like Trinidad against tourist. You also stand a chance of drugs being found in your luggage when you get back to your home country because smugglers go to extremes to get there products distributed. Don't make it a political thing but facts. The only difference is the government in Jamaica will spare no expense trying to keep tourist areas safe because tourism is one of there biggest profit on that island other than remittance.


  • JACK said

    I notice most of the defenders of TnT do not actually REFUTE any of the valid comments about the horrific crime rates there, but simply attack those who tell the truth about it as "racists" and "white supremacists." They are the same pious, sanctimonious, name-calling, bleeding-heart Liberals who are apologists for Black crime all over the world. They refuse to accept reality, and insist the Emperor's New Clothes are very fashionable.


  • SegunSavingTnT said

    Took my time to read through all the comments and one thing I discovered is that TnT needs Jesus.
    Jesus is the answer for the world today,,apart from Him there's NO answer to the crime rate, rape,racism and corruption in TnT.
    By God's grace we are racing consistent prayer of revival for TnT.
    Salvation is coming to TnT, only the preaching of the gospel- Jesus Christ the Son of the Living God who took our place and became the Son of man, so that we, sons of men ( including TnT's) may become the sons of God through Him- that can change and transform the sinful, wicked nature in man. JESUS IS COMING TO TRININAD AND TOBAGO, Watch Out!


  • Harry said

    The government needs to invest in their people so they can have meaningful jobs that are in demand. Job creation is the way to avoid people from getting lazy and reverting to unlawful means of attaining purchasing power. Trinidad is an oil rich nation and this money has to be shared with the i.4 million people who live here which would create a somewhat even playing field. The tourism sector needs to be strengthened with upgrades to beaches with increased security and proper hospitality training from world class schools. Finally if the struggling and incompetent citizens in the Police force cannot protect and serve then Elite Law Enforcement Professionals from the north should be employed to train and lead the force. Going forward all new recruits in the police force should have a degree in criminology or similar. Because of the bad bad bad situation at this time the dormant army should be put into action with some heavy machinery to create some degree of hope and comfort to all. What would you do when they come for you BAD BOYS BAD BOYS AND GIRLS.


  • Shelly said

    Honestly, you guys maybe overreacting. I came across this site looking for Information for a friend and it is appalling. 1) I live here in Trinidad, yes the crime is bad in terms of gang relations and drugs. The majority of the time it is fine.
    Honestly, as some Trini's would say, white people come here and trust the little black boys :/ like it reminds them of something. Serious though, you guys need to stop that. That is a serious security issue.
    2) Who has been robbed by the PitchLake.. Like who?? :/ The pitch lake is part of South Trinidad, (most crime here is domestic (abuse, family matters) maybe you guys should stay out of north..seeing as that is the "hot" area
    .. Tourists confuse come to Trinidad and stay port of Spain...did u come to Trinidad to watch the port :/... If you are touring the island then you need to branch out.. Where in north are you getting a good roti? Some real local food? A little doubles or cascadu? Smh go to a beach, see local flora and fauna? Etc etc Read the papers..crime is 95% north Trinidad
    ...3) we have Uber.. Use it! 4) keep your US on you, unless u really don't need to because the banks won't change your money back to US when you are ready to return. 5) Trinidad by and large sleeps fr around 10 pm.. Stop walking around port of Spain that hour please???? If locals aren't doing it.. Hint hint ;) 6) honestly I wished the rest of the Caribbean hated us..then maybe they would stop migrating to Trinidad... And they are the main fore runners for crime.

    7) if you need more advice you can email me at


  • Mr. Pootis said

    Poot poot


  • Santiago said

    Smh. I am from BK Ny and my wife is from POS Trinidad Levantille Jon Jon Picton Road a so called bad area. I go to Trinidad for one month every year and have never been robbed or swindled. Idk wtf you people are talking about. Yes crime is everywhere. America is the crime capitol of the world with the most gun violence ( the make guns here). I have never seen a gun or heard a gun shot while I was in Trinidad. Yes I know theres crime and like someone said in an earlier post crime is everywhere and there are certain precautions you must take. Maybe its the NYC in me but I am always on point always plus I have a high street smart IQ lol. Trinidad is a paradise for me and I will be living in both NYC and Trinidad in the future. I have the time of my life in Trinidad.


  • Dave said

    I am half Trini and have visited many times. I really must be honest and say that it is not a safe place. Every time I have been I have heard horror stories. I witnessed some pretty bad events as well. If you have to be in Trinidad, be very careful and be aware of your surroundings. Otherwise, don't visit, at least not now.


  • Teddy said

    This article is a great way to scare away any tourists who want to come to Trinidad. Of course if you put together a collection of crimes that have happened in a country, things will seem horrid. If you want to come to Trinidad or Tobago (Tobago is more tourist oriented), COME RIGHT AHEAD! Be careful as you would in any other place and know where you're going. Still a great place to visit. :)


  • Samantha L. said

    Trinidad's island is a beautiful one, but the crime really does ruin its beauty. Staying under 3 months is not a good, accurate gauge at how the island really is. As someone who lives here for onwards of 23 years, I have had to deal with everyday aggressive cat calling, constant racism to me and to others and massive homophobia. There is always a race battle between the Afro-Trinis and Indi-Trinis. They hide the racism usually, but it is there. It shows up publicly around election time. Police cant solve murders and only provide speeding tickets and tow illegally parked vehicles, as they get money back into their pockets/government by doing this. Most murders go unsolved. So far, its 248 murders for 2018 and a lot of people spend time worrying if they will reach home safetly. They refuse to provide LGBTQ+ rights and actually met to prohibit them from gaining equal rights.

    Tobago is a much safer place. It is tourist centric and is much calmer for vacationing, but there is alot of hustlers who target white persons, since they look like tourists more (as we do not have much whites in trinidad).

    The island has such great potential but citizens are being raised without morals and are thus committing crimes.

    My advice, the island, itself, is great. Great food, great landscape, flora. If you are coming, know the risks and have guides, travel in groups and be aware it is a bit risky. But dont come in expecting a safe place to paradise and explore. Grenada is a safer bet.


  • mpule11 said

    I would always encourage persons to visit my country. Crime is mainly gang, drugs related. I'm 19 years of age! Born and raised trini and I love meeting and talking to foreigners!.. Met a couple of them for carnival! We are friendly! and once you meet the right ones they will guide you! Please dont let this article and the comments discourage you. Take it from a true PATRIOT! I love my country..our vibe.. our culture! I also love the caribbean as a whole. Crime or no crime. Ps-I am a huge coward, and knowing the crime situation in trinidad.. i travel late at night ( avoiding areas of pos.. and suspicious drivers and so on) Its all about common sense and avoidance!!


  • frank hosein said

    I left tnt when it was a joy to live in Trinidad people used to leave their doors open I wish to back home and live but keep hearing all about the crime is keeping me away I have been in the USA for the past 50 years so hard to understand beside all my friends are old or pass away I am 71 I will love to st.marys village but who is left


  • peggy lovell said

    Hi Frank I was reading the blogs, I also grew up in trinidad never been to st mary's village but it's heartbreaking to read all this there are glimmers of hope but mostly daunting, I would love to go back after retiring but concerned about the fear that spreading it maybe bad but I think living amongst people who live in so much fear is worst.


  • Matthew W said

    Living here in Trinidad for 30 years, I can say that the article have some truths to it but there are also exaggerations. I see a lot of comments asking how Trinidad got this way.

    The BIGGEST problem with Trinidad & Tobago is that it has become a transhipment point for drugs beginning in the 1980s. Afro-trinidadians in poor communities are causalities of the drug and gun trade as the financiers have buffers such as sponsoring political parties and the protective services. By not arresting the situation, gangs started to proliferate. Before they were localized in the poor communities but have been spreading since then. With the current economic downturn, the problem increased. We just confirmed a new Commissioner of Police so we are hoping he can turn around the crime problem.

    The second biggest problem is corruption. We have outdated laws and our constitution needs to be reformed, which no party in Government wants to do as this means a reduction in power. Government offices are failing and loss making state agencies are riddled with corruption as many people were not hired on merit but on either party support or “pass through the back door”. We still can’t account where most of our Oil and Gas revenues went.

    The third biggest problem is our politics which is mostly based on race (Afro vs Indo) with an undertone of Religion (Christian vs Hindu & Islam). The Syrian-Lebanese community sponsor the afro dominated PNM party while rich Indian businessmen sponsor the indo dominated UNC party. With no campaign finance laws and everything is a secret with politicians, these financiers who are also involved in the most part the gun and drug trade are safely buffered. Both parties are pretty much the same and have taken the country down with them with their supporters not seeing it. Supporters accuse each other of being unpatriotic and busy spreading propaganda on social media which is a hard place to have a logical truthful factual conversation. When it is time to actually make a change, nobody does anything as the status quo is more comfortable than the unknown. When one party is in power, they tear down the previous party plans and say it was corrupt. When the party who was in opposition wins and gets into government, they tear down the plans of the previous administration and say it was corrupt… and we keep going like this for decades with little to show. Most of the people unfortunately have a laid back party attitude as the oil and gas money had them in a “comatose” state for decades. As a result, politicians run game with welfare type programs where the population accept it hookline and sinker once their money and rum not affected. It will take a serious event of some sort to wake up the population that a change is needed. Some of the older folks regret Independence as we were not ready for it and we started to go downhill slowly since then.

    ATM fraud doesn’t happen that often and the banks are quick to respond to this. The flare up on the highways is occasional and usually happens because the Member of Parliament and their party don’t take the constituents seriously until election time comes around so the people see no choice but to protest. Airport safety is a must but not to the level of paranoia. Tobago has had it incidences with foreigners but it is rare. There is hardly any foreigners visiting the island as the 2008 financial crisis hit the island hard, then the Tobago arm of government shot themselves in the foot when they stopped foreigners from purchasing land based on Xenophobia. There is a game right now on the island called “spot a tourist” and you get $10.

    That being said, for the most part Trinbagonians are good people. Yes Trinidad & Tobago is not in a good position right now and we should have been the “Dubai” of the Caribbean. We have a LONG way to go but it is still a good place to visit compared to other countries where violence and terrorism is the norm.


  • Jade McBarnette said

    I am an 18 year Trinidadian, born and raised, still studying here, a mixed girl who all in all sheltered from most of the negative in the country but I am sorry but I saw a lot of these people who claim that Trinidad is not a safe place to be in or have experienced more negative impacts than positive have left for more than 10 years or planning to leave. People are only proud to say they are a Trinbagodian only when it is Carnival or a Soca artiste makes it on the international forum. Yes Trinidad and Tobago crime rates have increased ridiculously but so has everywhere else. Yes, the people are racists, just the everyday words or nicknames used are racists, and it is more prominent when discussing politics and crime.
    I am not gonna lie. but as so called born Trinidadians or Tobagonians are you going to sit idly by and bash your own country while the economy drops, telling tourist not to visit. Do you hear Jamaicans and Barbadians telling persons not to visit their countries? No. Their countries are tourism geared, which means they depend on it, so no matter the crime rates they would still encourage you to visit. Just because Trinidad and Tobago economy is not focused on Tourism does not mean you can just cancel this source of income. We are a developing nation meaning we are not quite there yet but we will be soon, so obviously we still have a long way to go. I will never tell a person not to do anything because my experience would never be the same as yours.
    So don't discourage people to not visit. It's MY Trinidad and Tobago and I LOVE my country so, with all its troubles, trials and errors, I pray and know that it would soon be a better nation. I just wish more persons had as much pride in their country despite everything.


  • Sadness in PA said

    This is so disheartening T&T seems like a beautiful place I have always heard good things about carnival and such. As a white woman reading these comments I feel so unwelcome I love other cultures and I am sort of a mix myself bit of several white nationalities and native american. I look white though and this post has just completely crossed T&T out of places I could go.. such a shame but not all white people are assholes just saying... I have lived in some of the most racist areas in PA and still I enjoy people of any and all races I wish we could be color blind....


  • gerry said

    Despite the attempt by many to deny the existence of crime in T&T, as a Trinidadian I will admit that it is an extremely dangerous place. I am in my sixties and reside in the US. I have lived in various major cities in the US and have never been assaulted. I visited Trinidad annually for forty-three years until the day I was brutally attacked on Fredrick St, at 11:00 a.m. I can vividly remember being choked by one individual, while another forcible removed a gold bracelet (an heirloom from my grandmother) from my wrist. In the process, my wrist was dislocated, my neck was cut, and my trust in humans was permanently destroyed. Of the hundreds of people walking by, no one intervened. I have never returned to Trinidad since.


  • Liv said

    Reading this article and comments really surprise me. I must say, I have never been to Trinidad, but I have been several times to Tobago. And I love this island. I have travelled in family/friends groups, men and women, but also alone with just a friend (2 women alone). Never felt any treats what so ever. And I certainly look like a tourist with my blond curls. i have met both friendly and not so friendly people, but the majority is friendly and warm and like to chat with you when you are around. Tobago is beautiful, both historical, climate, the nature, the birds, the sea. It is a true paradise. Sure, it could be worked on the hospitality in the dreadful airport and a little smile when shopping at Pennysaver wouldn’t be too bad either. The beachguys will defenitly try to charm you into a tour or a personal adventure. But just smile and be clear that you are not interested and they will walk smiling away without any problems. As a stranger to another country, you must always pay attention and follow the guidelines. Dont flash your money, act arrogant or like you can just buy the place. Dont walk alone drunk in the dark or hang out with people you dont trust. Which I wouldn’t do in my home city either. Use common sense, be friendly, talk with people, show respect and you will get the same back. At least that is my experience of Tobago. I can’t wait to travel back in just two weeks.


  • Caroline Mah said

    Hello Everyone, I am so glad that I read this website-very informative by all your input. I was going to book a hotel, air and all-inclusive new package stay in Tobago with Sunwing but I decide not to. As a solo female traveler with disabilities, my safety is my top priority. Thanks to all for sharing.


  • Piggy Letty said

    I too decided not to visit T&T after reading these messages. I looked at the pics of Port of Spain on wikipedia and was truly impressed. The city looked smart and clean and with all that night lights came across as a place with night life. How sobering to read all these comments! I love Caribbean food and the sea has a beautiful colour and the fauna and flora look enticing. I even told my hubby about it, pleasantly surprised what an up-and-coming place it seems, with the high-rises and all. I was also shocked to read about the anti-White sentiment, racism and rudeness. Is there a better place to visit in the Caribbean?


  • Bob said

    I'm a white American and I have been in love with Trinidad for many years. I love the roti,bakeNshark,doubles,potato pie, dark rum,all of it. I love calypso and soca especially the older stuff.
    I love Maracas beach and have made a lot of friends over the years. Back in the day I would walk all over the place in the dark and nothing happened to me . But I would not do that now. I am going back soon and it sounds a little scary to me. I will have to be very careful . Crime has increased almost everywhere but Trinidad is too small for that much crime. I just hope something can be done to correct it in the future.
    Good luck and best wishes to all people in T&T.


  • Stephanie said

    I'm a white/Hispanic female, 39, and my mother sent me this article before my long-planned trip to Trinidad.

    A lot of the article and what people are saying in the comments is true.

    I am traveling alone. I don't advertise this, but obviously people like the Airbnb landlady and a couple of Trinis I took writing workshops with at the Bocas Lit Fest (this alone was indeed worth the trip; it is every May) were shocked I was doing so and informed me it is unsafe.

    I have been to MANY U.S. cities alone, including New York, L.A., and Boston. I have lived in the latter two. I have rarely felt unsafe at any time of day or night anywhere in the U.S. or Canada.

    I feel vulnerable walking around during the daytime here, and have been warned repeatedly not to go out at night. (By the way, I'm not even staying in Port of Spain.)

    The problem is, it gets dark by 6:30 p.m. here right now. So that pretty much leaves me home a LOT.

    Also, I saw at least one person mention having medical needs. Throughout the island, there are either no sidewalks or the ones that exist are in disrepair. I unfortunately injured my ankle on one that was in disrepair. Even someone without mobility issues would be challenged; FYI: Trinis drive REALLY crazy and do not care if a pedestrian is anywhere nearby.

    Transportation is a problem as well, especially if you stay outside of Port of Spain. The "maxi taxis" can help some, but again I've been repeatedly told not to use those at night.

    There is no Uber or Lyft (Uber withdrew from Trinidad and Tobago due to a driver's murder). There are apps like Drop and TTRS that are pretty good, but if you're not staying in Port of Spain you sometimes have to ask through the app three or more times for a ride. Fine if you're at home, not if you're out and looking vulnerable already.

    Rental cars are U.S. $40+ a day and they drive crazy and on the left; I would recommend it only for the very brave. Plus, carjackings seem to be a serious concern.

    Would I cancel my trip in hindsight? No, but I would have made it a shorter trip. I heard my professor go on and on about how great Trinidad was, and ended up making plans to be here for three months. I'm not doing nearly as much here as I could - largely because of the safety factor.

    So, just do your research and know especially for solo (female) travelers transportation will be an issue which can increase your risk of being a crime victim.


  • Stephanie said

    I'm not sure why my last comment posted twice, but I will say the cost of ride apps and "maxi taxis" is a lot less than in the U.S., Canada, and I presume Europe.

    However, don't be fooled by currency conversion. Groceries are EXTREMELY expensive here because almost everything is imported. I pay 3-4 times what I would in the U.S., and I don't buy fancy food. It's cheaper to eat out most of the time, but then you have to add the financial cost/safety issues of getting there.


  • Damara Mohammed said

    Doubles is made from boiled channa/chickpeas NOT curried. The Barra is NOT spicy it's just plain Flour.


  • Tori said

    Hi, thanks for sharing the information. A very important article for me. Next year we want to visit Trinidad and Tobago.


  • Rampersad said

    Most of the above written is of truth. I left fifty years ago, born and bread in POS ,Wrightson RD and then Charles Street POS. After fifty year (USA) and retired, I wanted to return live and invest in T&T. Did a lot of research, Business, Housing, Locality,Health care (Worst) . Then came crime and drugs, astonishing. The worst record in history in T&T and in the Caribbean.
    Changed my mind, that goes for many other EXPat here in USA. So, I know, I will never return, not even for vacation.


  • Musa Muhammed said

    Hi everyone, Thanks for the information. I was planning to relocate to Trinadad & Tobago ending of this month but after going true this informations i am now scared and i find a beautiful lady there to marry. But how about their girls? Do they have problem?


  • Jed said

    A lot of the above is from Trini's, not surprisingly there's a ton of unimpressive comments trying to make the country sound really scary. If you didn't know Trini's are like Jamaicans --- both are obsessed with trying to prove they rank #1 for crime. The only Caribbean country that's anywhere near such a distinction is Haiti.

    World’s most homicidal countries A to Z (latest)

    Burkina Faso
    Central African Republic
    Papua New Guinea
    South Sudan

    Source: USGOV


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