For experienced travelers and novices alike, it helps to be thoroughly prepared for your next vacation. The Caribbean islands thrive on tourism and have all the makings for a perfect getaway, being known for their tropical climates and continuous sunny days! Packed with different cultural influences and an array of fun-filled activities, there can be an overwhelming amount of things to do. Therefore, before you travel, research a few key safety measures you should prepare to take in your future destination. The Caribbean welcomes you with open arms, but it still helps to be aware of your surroundings and pack appropriately. Read on for a few safety tips for your next Caribbean vacation.
Before You Travel:
The days leading up to your trip are filled with preparation and anticipation, so it’s common to forget things. While most small items can be bought at or near your resort, here is a list of essential things you should consider before your vacation.
If you are traveling from the states to Puerto Rico, good news, no passport is needed! For all other destinations, you are going to want your password handy. Make sure it is up to date, and if you are traveling from Canada, it has to be valid for 3 months beyond your expected departure date for some islands.
Travel is one of the number one ways to spread disease. While uncommon, no safety measure is too safe. To ensure all of your vaccines are up to date, this advice is valid before you travel to any location. Check CDC for any posted information about your searched destination.
Don’t forget to bring Mosquito repellent or one of the more stylish personal repelling bracelets. Besides the obvious reason that bugs are annoying, the Caribbean and anywhere that mosquitoes are known to thrive is considered a risk zone for mosquito-transmitted diseases.
Check local weather before you travel, so you can plan your outfits accordingly. While of course a swimsuit and sun hat are essential, these islands could get rain and if you want to explore some of the trails and mountains, make sure you pack the right gear.
Hurricane season is always a concern, given that many hurricanes form around the Caribbean due to this area’s low pressure and warm waters. Luckily, hurricanes can be tracked in advance and you can research days ahead of time to know whether or not your destination is at risk. Aruba and Trinidad rarely ever get hit with hurricanes because they are outside the Venezuelan hurricane belt.
On the Resort:
Even if your hotel is rated very safe, it is still recommended to use the in-room safe for high-value personal items. We also recommend making sure your sliding glass door or window is locked when you are sleeping or not present.
While exploring the resort and private beaches, use common sense with personal items. Hilton Hotels have on-site security at all times to ensure your safety, and if you feel any suspicion at all please let them know.
Off Your Resort:
When going beyond your resort to explore everything your destination has to offer, there are a few precautions we recommend.
- Watch for petty crime and keep your belongings with you at all times.
- Don’t carry large amounts of money on your person.
- Stay close to your resort/tourist cities.
- Avoid unpopulated areas at night.
- Drink bottled water or canned beverages.
- Make sure food is cooked through.
- Do not buy drugs or alcohol unless from a drug/liquor store.
- Be aware and sensitive to the culture on the island.
- If you are out enjoying a cocktail, do not leave your drink unattended and stick with your group.
In the event that something does happen to be stolen or misplaced, there are steps you can take!
Prior to your trip make sure your electronic devices are backed up and have tracking software. For laptops, download Prey Project, which will provide you updates of the whereabouts and activity of your stolen computer.
For cell phones, utilize Find My iPhone or Find My Device apps.
Fill out a police report immediately and give this information to a professional. Do not attempt to hunt down the perpetrators yourself.
Ask your hotel desk upon arrival what methods of transportation they recommend and phone numbers for safe taxi services. Commonly, there are shuttle buses that will come to the hotel and drop you off at common destinations. If you are using a taxi, use only taxis with blue registered plates. Also, note that taxis don’t use meters so negotiate a comfortable price before riding.
Enjoying The Beach:
Your personal well-being is always a priority so please take these precautions while enjoying the water.
Use sunscreen! Nothing is worse than having a bad sunburn to ruin the rest of your trip.
While enjoying the Caribbean waters don’t float where you can’t swim, don’t swim alone or intoxicated, and don’t dive into the ocean since there may be rocks hidden below the surface.
If you happen to get caught in a rip-tide, do not try to fight against it. Instead, swim parallel to the shoreline and then angle yourself toward the shore. Also, if you leave marine life alone they will likely leave you alone too. Jelly-fish and mantawars often wash to the shore, but do not touch them unless you want to get stung!
Overall, the Caribbean is a very safe place to travel and Hilton Hotels are highly rated for safety! Please do not let this list deter you from enjoying the beauty of these destinations, just use common sense and be aware of all these safety tips. Your well-being is always our top priority, especially when enjoying your Caribbean vacation!