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Before booking your next summer vacation, be advised that one popular destination is now under a travel warning for tourists.
The U.S. State Department just issued a level-2 travel advisory warning — “Exercise Increased Caution”— for the Bahamas due to crime. This includes robberies, burglaries and sexual assault.
“Jet-ski operators have been known to commit sexual assaults against tourists,” the notice reads.
Another potential hazard are also commercial recreational watercrafts, since a study found that some water-tour boats aren’t regularly regulated.
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“Watercraft are often not maintained, and many companies do not have safety certifications to operate in The Bahamas,” the study reported. “As a result, U.S. government personnel are not permitted to use jet-ski rentals on New Providence and Paradise Islands.”
The vast majority of crimes, the state department explained, occur in New Providence and Grand Bahama islands, both day and night.
More specifically, tourists are asked to avoid the area known as “Over the Hill” (south of Shirley Street), as well as the “Fish Fry at Arawak Cay in Nassau, especially at night.”
Additional tips for those traveling to the Bahamas:
1. Don’t open your door unless you know who’s knocking.
2. Don’t resist a robbery attempt.
3. Have a contingency plan for emergency medical situations and enroll in the e-Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive Alerts and make it easier to locate you: step.state.gov.
For additional advice, review the department’s travelers’ checklist at travel.state.gov.
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