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Petty crime is common among St. Vincent inhabitants and tourists. Do not leave valuables left unattended unless you are ready to say goodbye to them. If you plan to hike some of St. Vincent's back country, it may be wise to hire a guide, as some areas can be quite isolated, and police presence there is rare.
Taxis are reasonably safe, but buses tend to be overcrowded and the drivers, thoroughly accustomed to their routes (and probably bored) tend to drive too fast. Along this line, road conditions throughout St. Vincent are generally poor, narrow, and with steep inclines and few guardrails, and lighting at night along roads is non-existent. Under no circumstances should you either ride of drive around the island at night.
St. Vincent beaches do not have lifeguards on duty, so caution is advised when swimming. The leading cause of tourist deaths in both St. Vincent and the Caribbean is drowning. Sand flies and mosquitoes, while not a major problem, can be bothersome, so be sure to bring repellent. Water and sunscreen on-hand is also a good idea.
Speaking of water, bottled water is recommended for drinking on St. Vincent, as local tap water has been known to cause stomach upset among visitors. You can purchase bottled water at most area grocery stores. The
only hospital on the islands is in Kingstown, St. Vincent's capital.
While the climate of St. Vincent is balmy, with occasional cool breezes and summer rain, the Caribbean is subject to possible hurricanes from June to November.