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I've been to Nassau many times, and never had a bit of trouble. Is this a recent development?
Nope I spent time their in the 90s and I would not go out at night. During the day there were places I would not go.

As other have said gunshots and sirens most nights.
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Re: Deader in the Bahamas/Is Nassau getting that dangerous?

When we stayed on Paradise Island in the 1980s there was a BIG issue with drug dealers from Nassau sneaking onto hotel grounds at night

It really scared my wife one night when she went back to the room top grab something and we did not even wonder the hotel grounds alone after dark again

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I'd rather visit Oakland.

I always call it the Oakland of the carribean. You can keep it. It's ghastly- gunshots and sirens all night every night.
hey, Oakland has all that _and_ great restaurants!

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hey, Oakland has all that _and_ great restaurants!


Like I said- I'd rather go to Oakland...
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Re: Deader in the Bahamas/Is Nassau getting that dangerous?

what about the rest of the Bahamas?

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Re: Deader in the Bahamas/Is Nassau getting that dangerous?

When we were there 2-3 years ago we spent 2 weeks before the Exumas there, and then a week and a half on our way back north there (prepping for our passage to Charleston).

We had a wonderful time, met a lot of locals and other cruisers and rarely felt unsafe. We were told that 98% of the crime that occurs is local on local. Yes, every store was locked and you had to be buzzed in. Yes, there were security guards everywhere.

But... the people we met were great, Potter's Cay and Fish Fry were good fun and the Nassau Harbor club was a nice place to stay (especially with the Dairy Queen and liquor store across the street). When we go cruising again, we'll definitely be spending some time in Nassau. It would be like skipping New York City because people get mugged and murdered.

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Out islands are beautiful and the people are generally nice. Almost no crime. You may come across the occasional bad attitude toward white people. Nassau and Freeport are awful. Might as well go to Disney. Yuk.


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what about the rest of the Bahamas?
George Town has a couple of places where the ratio of drug dealers to normal people can get pretty high and there are quite a few thieves. I've been to a couple of places there at night, and my spidey sense told me it was time to leave.

Ten years ago, Bimini was pretty bad (they would shoot at our helicopters when we passed over) but it has had a remarkable transformation.

Most of the rest of the Bahamas is like much of the rural and really small towns in the US. Everybody knows everybody and the only time there is going to be a bad crime is when someone comes in from somewhere else and commits it.

Back in the 80's, Nassau felt a lot safer to me than it does now at night. Maybe it's just me getting older.

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