But the U.S. State Department wants travelers to know about safety and security risks at several popular spring break destinations due to crime.
Kingston, Montego Bay, and Spanish Town in Jamaica are all under a Level 2 Travel Advisory, which means tourists should exercise increased caution. The Bahamas is also under a Level 2 Travel Advisory.
The State Department also issued a security alert for U.S citizens traveling to Mexico.
Right now, all of Mexico’s 31 states are under some sort of travel advisory:
- 11 states are under a Level 3 advisory, which encourages people to reconsider travel.
- 5 states are currently at Level 4, which means Americans should not travel to those areas under any circumstance.
Karen Malone, a travel advisor for Travel Leaders in Woodbury, says despite the Level 2 warnings, most of the tourist areas in Jamaica, the Bahamas, and Mexico remain safe.
“Right now, I do have lots of my clients traveling to these areas,” said Malone. “I’m not too concerned about it because I’m aware of what they’re doing and where they’re going, and these warnings don’t affect them.”
If you are traveling to any of these areas for spring break, Malone does recommend registering your travel with the U.S. State Department.
If there are new advisories issued while you’re on vacation, you’ll get an alert on your cellphone.
Malone also recommends purchasing travel insurance.
“If you’ve purchased travel insurance, some of the policies will allow you to cancel without any reason,” said Malone. “You don’t have to say ‘I’m sick, I’m having a bad hair day, or there’s a hurricane.'”