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    Honduras has a very high crime rate, and violent crime is common. Travellers are not immune from it and are often deliberately targeted (because cameras and cell phones are valuable!).
    The crime rate on Roatan is much lower than the rest of Honduras, but you should exercise a great deal of care.
    petty theft is still a problem if you're careless, and it gets a lot dodgier at night.
    Isolated beaches are risky (thieves are cowards, they don't like crowds). And because of the high number of incidents give Coxen Hole a miss after darkness falls.
    We have some more safety tips here if you need more info.
    http://journals.worldnomads.com/safetyhub/country/95/Honduras
    Phil from the safety hub. over 5 years ago

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    I was in Roatan last summer with my husband and two preteens. We loved it! Normal travel precautions, but otherwise safe and fun. Visit Gay at Coconut Tree Divers for some fantastic dive and snorkel service. over 5 years ago

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    I strongly suggest you contact the U.S. Embassy for a travel report prior to visiting Roatan Honduras. over 5 years ago

    Answered by victim via Site_iconWorldNomads.com
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    Honduras is much safer than suggested here or in Embassy reports. Roatan is very safe. Avoid the cities and you wont have any problems. over 5 years ago

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    You should have no concerns at all. Contrary to one response you've received, Roatan is about as crime free as you can find anywhere. I spent two weeks there and a friend of mine lost a wallet with several hundred dollars in it. It was returned intact the next day; where else might that happen? In addition, you can walk anywhere on the island at any time of night without fear; you won't be bothered at all. If swimming nude is your thing, you will not be ogled or harassed. I've vacationed there several times with large and small groups; I can't imagine that you could find a more relaxing vacation spot. Have a great time!!! over 5 years ago

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    And Phil from the "safety hub" is a complete moron; my guess is that he's either never been there or feels morally obligated to instill fear of the unknown; in any case, have a great time!!! over 5 years ago

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    Me and 3 other girls did an excursion here and ventured out on our own!! Soooo much fun and we never felt unsafe, but people will try to sell you anything! They are very poor there just talk down your price cause they think all Americans are rich over 5 years ago

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    When my son and in went there about 15 years ago, we saw that there was an upscale tourist area, a poor tourist area(where we were) and the residential areas which ranged from shacks with cooking grills outside to really nice estates. We were "escorted" all over the island by the owner of our cabana and so felt very safe. If you go from the airport to your hotel on the beach and stay there, I would assume you'd be rather safe. If you venture into town, I'd be cautious as you would be anywhere where your income is exponentially greater than the locals. The snorkeling was worth the risk, in my opinion. It was the best I've ever seen! over 5 years ago

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    Utila, the next island over, is roatan on a budget. Same diving, way cheaper accomodations and eats over 5 years ago

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    Roatan is one of the safest I'd say, not a lot of locals mostly tourists. Since that makes a lot of their money they try & keep it as safe as possible. If you wander off trying to experience " the real Honduras" please avoid la ceiba & San Pedro sula at all costs! over 5 years ago

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    It is almost impossible to find out about crime and safety on Roatan as transparency on this matter conflicts with good tourist public relations. I write from Roatan in January 2013. A family of 5 ( three young children) visiting from a docked cruise ship rented a car to drive around the island this week. THey were stopped, held up by masked men at gunpoint, shots were fired and there is NO mention of this anywhere that I can find online or in local newspapers. Don't visit unless you're a diver and plan to spend all your time under water. That is EXCELLENT. Otherwise- feels dodgy and there seem to be many suppressed incidents. Any store of note as well as gas stations have private armed security with whacking big guns posted outside. This has got to be in response to more than shoplifting. almost 4 years ago

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    A friend of mine was shot in the back whilst in Roatan. He has all sorts of medical issues & bills as a result. The local person that did it was caught and has pretty much gotten away with it. No justice there - they are all dodgey & corrupt. Money talks. I agree with the message above. Lots of incidents that you don't hear about.......you take your safety in to your own hands going there.... almost 4 years ago

    Answered by Concerned Traveller

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