Although this is my first post on this forum, it's not my first on this site. I have been checking in every once in a while, for my wife and I will be on island for our first visit in late April.
We have been to 18 other islands in the Caribbean, some two,three, and four times. Others, once was enough.
I am saddened by what seems to be a sudden spike in violent crimes reported on Provo. I'm wondering if it is something that has been there all along and not reported on, or if it is a couple of bandits that came on island and are stirring things up. I had not heard anything about crime this serious, and having read about the hospitable nature of the people who live there, I am sure they are also very concerned.
I will not be detered by the recent reports, but am thankfull that I have been informed and will use this knowledge to be aware of where I am while visiting. I visited St. Maarten in Sept. for the fourth time, and thanks to reports on thier forums, I was aware of the dangers of going to the top of Pic Paradis. It didn't stop me from wanting to take in the view so up we drove. That is a somewhat unnerving drive, for it is one car width wide for most of it. Upon arrival, I thought about how I would park the Jeep for a quick exit if necessary, and after a few minutes being up there by ourselves, and hearing people rustling around in the bushes down the trail, we decided it might be a good idea to leave. We had no problems but if you've ever been there you would be wary of someone being there without any known means of transportation, hanging out in the bushes. With no other cars or people to be seen, and after reading reports of men with macheties robbing people, we thought it was prudent to leave.
I am 6'-1" 280 lbs. and will have at it with anybody , but I don't carry a gun on vacation, so I take precautions. Unarmed against a weapon is not a fair fight, and I will not endanger my wife trying to be a hero.
So I am thankfull for all information, be it good or bad. I can make my own decisions based on mine and others experiences. You get a feeling for a place once you've been there for awhile, and from all I've heard, from my friends who return time after time, to the posts I've read here, I'm expecting to get a good feeling being on island in about a month from now. I will tell you about that when I return. In the mean time I will continue to monitor this forum.
Can't wait to get on the soft sand of Grace Bay. Thanks to all, Scott