I don't mean to sound condescending but Antigua gets around 850,000 tourists every year and virtually all of them have a crime free experience.
Use the same common sense you do back home in Myrtle Beach and you'll be just fine. If you feel safe in Myrtle Beach you should feel even safer in Antigua.
To put things in perspective, the crime rate in Myrtle Beach is 170 incidents per 1,000 residents (not including tourism). For all of Antigua and Barbuda combined the crime rate is 32 per 1,000 residents.
I would echo the first poster that common sense should prevail wherever you are. I have never had any problems and I did not have the sense of apprehension that I may have felt in some locations. But crime exists everywhere, so don't set yourself up for failure. For example, one tourist I ran into in Antigua left her rental car keys UNDER the car, and guess what? It was stolen. She was very upset, but hey, would you do that at home? I certainly would not.
I know that when people go on vacation they'd like to just check out and relax but the truth is that anywhere in the world you'll go where there is mass tourism, you'll be bound to find one or two scumbags who prey on them. This happens whether you're in St. John's or Paris, London or New York.
Be aware of your surroundings, don't put yourself in unfamiliar situations, leave valuables at home and pretty much do everything you would at home and you'll be fine.
I guess you are like most US tourists, looking for a week away from the crime ridden US. Relax it is not the US, not every country is blighted by crime to the extent of the US.
Wow, seems to be alot of condescending talk of the US around here. The OP asked a simple question, and given that some areas in the Caribbean are not particularly safe for tourists, it is a perfectly logical question.
BTW, lived in the US my whole life and the only crime ever committed against me was identity theft by a foreigner.Edited: 02 February 2014, 17:34
I think I can understand why you are asking. Antigua is very safe. It's not one of those islands where they tell us not to go outside the resort.
Matthew S- totally uncalled for. As Op said some islands are safer than others. Ray G-suggest you check out some hotel reviews to get a feeling of the place.
We have been around the Caribbean and Central America for about a dozen years now. Antigua is among the safest places we have ever been to. There is virtually no agriculture or other industry in Antigua. Long story short tourism is how the people of the island make their living. Given this fact and the ability to use common sense it is highly unlikely to get into trouble on this island.
I agree with post 6: Let's not stereotype! To reiterate: just use common sense, as crime exists everywhere, as does safety. Be cautious WHEREVER you go.