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MIAMI (CBSMiami) – The U.S. State Department re-issued a travel advisory this week which recommends visitors use extreme caution in the Bahamas.

Federal officials issued the advisory saying that “violent crime, such as burglaries, armed robberies, and sexual assault, is common, even during the day and in tourist areas.”

The advisory specifically references New Providence (Nassau) and Grand Bahamas islands (Freeport), saying they are where “the vast majority” of crimes occur.

The department also emphasized the dangers of recreational watercraft because they are not “consistently regulated.”

“Watercraft are often not maintained, and many companies do not have safety certifications to operate in The Bahamas,” the warning said. “Jet-ski operators have been known to commit sexual assaults against tourists. As a result, U.S. government personnel are not permitted to use jet-ski rentals on New Providence and Paradise Islands.”

If travelers end up going to the Bahamas anyway, below are some tips from the State Department:

▪ Exercise caution in the area known as “Over the Hill” (south of Shirley Street) and the Fish Fry at Arawak Cay in Nassau, especially at night.

▪ Do not answer your door at your hotel/residence unless you know who it is.

▪ Do not physically resist any robbery attempt.

▪ Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive alerts and make it easier to locate you in an emergency.

▪ Keep tabs on the Department of State’s Facebook and Twitter for travel updates

▪ Review the Crime and Safety Report for The Bahamas.

▪ U.S. citizens who travel abroad should always have a contingency plan for emergency and medical situations. Review the Traveler’s Checklist.

Comments (12)
  1. John Jupiter says:

    blacks once again……this third world sheet Hole is over run with blacks

  2. Brian McClellan says:

    and the same people issuing the warning want us to surrender our firearms

  3. Richard Davidson says:

    Was in the Bahamas years. ago…A total SHEITHOLE!

  4. With FEW exceptions, Blacks are very good at creating ghettos and occupying our prisons…a plague on our society and the world!
    While only 13% of the population in the USA is black:
    85% of all violent interracial crimes are committed by blacks
    80% of all shootings are committed by blacks
    79% of all robberies are committed by blacks…
    59% of all murders are committed by blacks
    52% of all violent juvenile crimes are committed by blacks
    45% of all drug offenses are committed by blacks
    42% of all cop killers are black
    8% of America’s population are black men, yet they account for 40% of America’s total prison population.
    99% of all major riots involving property damage, looting and civil disobedience are committed by blacks as opposed to ANY OTHER minority in America.
    Blacks Commit 25X more Violent Assaults against Whites than Whites against Blacks.
    And the most amazing statistic of all:
    33% of all crimes in America are committed by 3% of the population; blacks between the ages of 16 and 36
    42% of blacks are on welfare (Dept. of Commerce)
    Only 59% of blacks graduate high school (only 20% in Detroit)
    Half of Detroit’s mayoral candidates in 2017 were felons
    ********Over 60% of black households have no father present********
    72% of black mothers are unwed, 72%!…welfare applicants on the way!
    More offspring means bigger welfare checks…
    If you doubt the statistics, read/watch the daily news or Judge Judy…same everywhere!

  5. Lorraine Rowan says:

    Please note that this advisory is for Nassau and Freeport areas of The Bahamas. The Bahamas, however, consists of 700 very different islands. The island of Spanish Wells in the Eleuthera area of The Bahamas is very safe — probably one of the safest communities in the entire world.