With Spring and Summer only days away, many Americans are busy planning their trips and vacations! Now, a popular tourist spot has just been placed on a travel warning list by the U.S. State Department.
"Officials for the U.S. State Department have issued a level 2 travel advisory warning for the Bahamas due to crime, including burglaries, robberies, sexual assault and risks associated with using unregulated recreational watercraft," according to Fox News.
The warning tells Americans to "exercise increased caution" when in the area. The Bahamas have long been a favorite vacation spot. The island paradise is relatively close to the United States and makes for an easy vacation. However, the area has become increasingly risky in recent months.
“Violent crime, such as burglaries, armed robberies, and sexual assault, is common, even during the day and in tourist areas,” the notice states. “Although the family islands are not crime-free, the vast majority of crime occurs on New Providence and Grand Bahama islands.”
The advisory warning for The Bahamas places the region on a short list of risky spots to visit. Also on the list are Germany, Spain and France (for terrorism concerns). The Canadian Government has also advised its citizens against visiting The Bahamas at this time.
“Activities involving commercial recreational watercraft, including water tours, are not consistently regulated. Watercraft are often not maintained, and many companies do not have safety certifications to operate in The Bahamas,” it continues. "Jet-ski operators have been known to commit sexual assaults against tourists,” the advisory adds.
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