The world is a scary place, and with the increased threat of terrorism all around us it can seem like the only safe option is to stay at home. The tragic events that took place in Tunisia this summer were a stark reminder to everyone that we should never take our safety for granted. Besides the increased threat of terrorism in tourist-dense destinations, even the smaller-scale mishaps, such as a pickpocket stealing your passport, can ruin your hard-earned holiday.
So how should we respond to this fear?
Should we abandon our summer plans and give up on our travel dreams? Of course not! We just have to be a little savvy in our choice of destination. If you’re looking for a far-flung destination with sun, sea, sand, sights and safety, look no further than Cuba!
Cuba is a unique country; it has a constant salsa soundtrack, it is loud and frenetic, it has a rich history and culture, the people are amazing; warm and friendly. It is a safe place to travel, and there is so much more to it than you could ever imagine... READ MORESimon & Judi UK, August 2015
Almost everyone who has ever been to Cuba will tell you how safe it is – things don’t often go wrong, and if they do, it’s often because people have let their guard down and forgotten to use their common sense. More importantly, Cuba feels safe, particularly for women who are travelling alone, and for LGBT visitors who may feel threatened in other Caribbean destination.
Cuba has strict rules for private gun ownership, and the gun crime statistics are so low that they are virtually negligible. And since Cuba is an island with strict border control, anyone with nefarious intentions would have a hard time getting in and out of the country.
Even if you don’t see it, there’s a lot going on behind the scenes to ensure tourists feel safe while visiting Cuba. Cuba relies on tourism to bolster the economy and bring in foreign money, so uniformed and plain-clothes officers are often deployed to tourist-dense areas to ensure petty criminals stay away. The police are highly approachable and will often be willing to help should you feel uneasy about a situation.
The Cuban people are warm and welcoming, and more often than not they just want the opportunity to show off their country. This can be jarring for some, particularly if you are used to people being reserved or distant. This isn’t to say you should become complacent and leave your common sense at home. The majority of crimes take place when you are distracted, or lured into a false sense of security.
A few small steps can help you stay safe and incident-free while on holiday in Cuba.