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safety and security on tobago?

hi, i'm trying to plan a vacation to tobago ( jan. '14). the u.s. state dept web site isn't exactly painting a pretty picture of the island. it states a fairly high crime rate, with theift, armed robberry, even rape!! So, how concerned should i be? is it safe? i've vacationed on a good number of carribean islands and havn't seen quite this level of concern/caution for travelers. i will be traveling alone. also, what is the best spot for beaches? thanks, joe

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11. Re: safety and security on tobago?

Choice is always yours. Enjoy your stay there.

Your can try the Guadeloupe Forum for their views.

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12. Re: safety and security on tobago?

Perhaps you should re read it JAsoldier. Being that you are a 'expert' on JA, I thought I would relate that bad things can happen anywhere.....and have. Simple.

I however, chose not to go on the JA forum and trash.....as it can happen anywhere.

Cheers

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13. Re: safety and security on tobago?

Hi

I've just back from trip in Jan..

As for how safe it is I didn't feel safer, stayed in coco reef and heard people say they didn't want to go out and about because of safety..

Like everywhere if you flash your cash around and don't think right then maybe you could have a problem? But being from London I've felt more in danger here sometimes.. The locals are chilled and bar restaurant staff friendly. I know people that go quite a lot during the year and some off the females admit to feeling safe going around in pairs..

I never went but I heard Sunday school after say 11pm can feel a bit intimidating so maybe that's the only time I could imagine feeling unsafe ish..

Hope you enjoy your trip

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14. Re: safety and security on tobago?

The people who never left the resort are probably the ones who heard something and chose to keep themselves prisoner inside the resort. Their choice. Because there are others who venture out and have an enjoyable time.

Personally I don't go out late hours of the night. Am just not a night limer.

And I always say, not because you are on vacation means that you will leave common sense behind, unless you had none to begin with which is another story :)

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I visited Tobago last February and did not have a problem. I even stayed in Bucco village and there were no locked gates and burglar bars. The way some of the posts paint this place, you would think that every second person is a criminal. That is too sad. I have a much bigger problem when I go to New York. If you tend to go off to lonely beaches anywhere in the Caribbean or elsewhere, there might be someone lurking around, might be. I don't think that there is crime everyday there. Still waiting to read about it.

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JAsoldier cannot compare Tobago with Jamaica. I don't know if he has been to Tobago. If he has not, I don't think that he has any knowledge of the place. Tobago is completely different from Jamaica. I have been to Jamaica three times in the last four years. I think I felt much 10 times safer in Tobago. It is a much safer place and I would hardly venture out in Jamaica alone because of all the people hanging around pestering you to buy something among other things. Outside of the popular hotel where I stayed on the Hip Strip had one of their workers shot point blank during the day a few months after I left. I stayed at friends on my last trip and when I had to buy a pair of shoes in Montego Bay, my Jamaican friends would not let me go down to Montego Bay alone. I found it very wild and intimidating there and I am glad that I did not even go on my own and I have walked the streets alone in many big cities before. I did not have any fear whatsoever in Tobago and we drove a car and went all over. For a matter of fact I did not see the local crowds hanging around that much, just a handful of people. I only saw that when I went to the Sunday School when the steel band concerts were over after 11 p.m.. That is when the locals came to party. At least that is how it was when I was there in February. All I saw was people enjoying themselves to the DJ music as they would do at any party (lots of youth come there after 11 p.m.) and the usual goin'ons that you find in tourist areas. There were no incidents and I was there until 3 a.m. in the morning. The bottom line is to leave your expensive trinkets at home and just be as cautious as you would be anywhere else and in your home town.

Edited: 26 January 2014, 18:54
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17. Re: safety and security on tobago?

Glad you had an awesome time Ginger3556 and I agree with you :)

There is no comparison.

Cheers!

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18. Re: safety and security on tobago?

Well you have just missed the opportunity of a life time. Tobago is a very very peaceful and beautiful island. I do not know where you have been getting this strange paranoid information from, it does not relate to the island i know. Tobago is one of the most friendly islands in the carribean with a very very low crime rate. Highly religious, polite and helpful is how I would describe the people. The idea that you need to stay in groups and only visit highly commercial tourist trap areas around the airport is just plain bonkers & means you miss out on all that is best in Tobago, the rainforest, the small villages the fantastic beaches, diving, surfing that is to be had in the north. Two very good golf courses as well, the place is so chilled, it takes weeks to thaw out when you get home. Hope you enjoy Guadalope their crime rate is through the roof compared to Tobago where people still stop for tea at 4pm.. OOps what a mistake to make.

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20. Re: safety and security on tobago?

Can't lump Trinidad and Tobago in the same category. ...just isn't accurate or fair.

Edited: 03 February 2014, 21:12
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