If you read the #fakenews on the Internet, you would believe that Trinidad & Tobago are dangerous, especially Trinidad. There are articles about tourists being killed by machetes and robbed in broad daylight. There are warnings not to go to secluded beaches in Tobago because of pirates looking to plunder on the booty of unsuspecting tourists.
Somehow I managed to go out in the day and night without armed guards and I survived. Somehow I took a public bus from Maracas Beach back to Port of Spain with locals and nothing happened. Somehow I went to No Man’s Island in Tobago and made friends.
How is this possible? Beyond my wit and charm getting me out of trouble, there is another explanation: the islands are not dangerous. It is true that the crime in Trinidad is higher than Barbados, Aruba, and Grand Cayman. But it’s nothing more than you would find in a major city. Just because it isn’t a sleepy island doesn’t mean that it isn’t safe. The action and hustle of the city is a reason to go, not a reason to stay away.