The high rate of unemployment in Guadeloupe, approximately 30 percent, leads to high rates of petty crime; violent crime is not common. Most crime occurs in the capital city of Basse-Terre on Basse-Terre island and in Pointe-a-Pitre on the island of Grande-Terre, particularly at Place de la Victoire and in the port areas. Limit walking in urban areas and on public beaches to daylight hours, especially if traveling alone. Avoid visiting beaches at night. Petty crime is a concern for travelers. Do not leave any items unattended, particularly on the beach and when visiting crowded areas. Use hotel safes for valuable items. Do not leave items in cars, even in the trunk.

Limit public transportation use to resort buses and taxis. A rental car is a convenient method of transportation; avoid poorer sections of the island and limit travel in remote areas to daylight hours.

There is little threat from civil unrest, kidnapping or terrorist activity. Strikes by civil servants or hotel and restaurant workers occur infrequently.


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