Increased Safety Concerns for Bahamas Travelers as US Embassy Issues Warning and Travel Advisory

Nassau, Bahamas – The Bahamas has long been a popular destination for tourists seeking sun, sand, and relaxation. However, recent security warnings and travel advisories issued by the US embassy have raised concerns about the safety of the island nation, particularly in the capital city of Nassau.

According to the embassy, Nassau has reported 18 murders since the beginning of 2024. These incidents have included broad daylight shootings and have been primarily linked to retaliatory gang violence. As a result, the US State Department has raised the Bahamas to a Level 3 status, advising American citizens to exercise increased caution and to be aware of their surroundings.

The warning also highlights the prevalence of violent crimes such as burglaries, armed robberies, and sexual assaults, occurring in both tourist and non-tourist areas. It further cautions against physical resistance during robberies and encourages travelers to avoid traveling alone, especially at night.

In addition to the risk of violent crime, tourists in the Bahamas have also been advised to be mindful of water-based activities. The State Department highlighted concerns about poorly maintained watercraft and the inconsistent regulation of recreational watercraft rentals, tours, and trips. Furthermore, recent shark attacks have prompted warnings against swimming alone in Bahamian waters.

Prime Minister Philip Brave Davis responded to the security alert by addressing the nation and emphasizing the government’s commitment to increasing police presence and implementing measures to enhance public safety.

This recent security alert is part of a broader trend in the region, as the State Department also raised its advisory level for travel to Jamaica based on concerns about violent crime, including incidents occurring at all-inclusive resorts. These warnings underscore the importance of being informed and vigilant while traveling to popular tourist destinations in the Caribbean.