Bahamas The thought of a Bahamas vacation might conjure up images of relaxing on a boat in serene blue waters …
Sun, surf and sand are the main draws on Harrismith Beach, Barbados.
A cargo ship travels through the Culebra Cut in Paraiso, Panama. A Panama Canal Authority statement said nearly 800 so-called New Panamax ships have transited the locks since June, an average of 5.3 vessels per day.
Curacao’s Willemstad is a capital city so picture-perfect, you’ll think you’ve landed on the movie set for a quaint Caribbean island.
En esta imagen sin fecha tomada de un video del Harbour Village Beach Club, difundido por el Centro de Aprendizaje Oceánico Fabian Cousteau peces en el mar Caribe cerca de la costa occidental de Bonaire. Los responsables del proyecto confían en que fomente el desarrollo de un hábitat natural en arrecifes dañados en otros lugares del mundo. (Fabian Cousteau Ocean Learning Center via AP)
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Carnival Sensation operates year-round three- and four-day cruises to the Bahamas from Port Canaveral, Fla.
Cozumel Island near Cancun in the state of Quintana Roo, Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico.
Pool at the family-oriented all inclusive FDR Pebbles Resort, Falmouth, Jamaica
Harvest Caye comprises two adjoining islands off the coast of Belize City. (Photo courtesy Norwegian Cruise Line/TNS)
A boat dock in West End Village, Isla Roatan, one of the Bay Islands off Honduras. West End on 2/9/05. Spud Hilton / The Chronicle
This December 2011 photo shows the beach at the Mayan Garden Inn near Majahual in Costa Maya, Mexico. This region of Mexico is located on the coast of the Western Caribbean, south of Cancun and the Riviera Maya. (AP Photo/Kim Curtis)
The world’s longest pier, which doubles as a roadway, extends for 4 1/2 miles from Progreso, Mexico, into water deep enough to support large cruise ships.Progreso is a budget-friendly destination on the Yucatan Peninsula’s northern Gulf Coast.
Snorkelers in Key West, Florida. Illustrates FAMILY-KEYWEST (category t), by Andrea Sachs © 2015, The Washington Post. Moved Tuesday, May 19, 2015. (MUST CREDIT: Washington Post photo by Michael S. Williamson.)
FREEPORT, BAHAMAS – FEBRUARY 6: Folks enjoy the afternoon sun at Coral Beach on February 6, 2011 in Freeport, Bahamas. (Photo by Ricky Carioti/The Washington Post via Getty Images).
A group of “Palenqueras” (Afro-Colombian women dressed in costumes typical of fruit sellers) welcome tourists descending from cruises docked in the port of the Caribbean city of Cartagena, Colombia, in 2011.
Relax beneath a thatched umbrella between swims in the Caribbean Sea in front of the Aruba Marriott.
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.
“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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