These popular vacation spots are death traps for Americans
When an American man and his Canadian girlfriend were recently found dead in the middle of a field in Belize, people were shocked — not only by the murder itself, but also that it happened in Belize. The country — with its awesome scuba diving, Mayan artifacts and caves ripe for exploration — is an alluring vacation spot for Americans, and generally considered safe.
While most people visit Belize and have a postcard-perfect time, the couple’s tragic death does highlight how the locale is more dangerous than most of us think. In fact, for Americans, Belize has the seventh-highest murder rate, per capita, in the world, as reported on ZeroHedge (a financial site).
Additionally, according to the website SmarterTravel, carjacking traps are something to worry about in rural areas of the country, and Belize City is downright dangerous (“even locals there are afraid to go out at night”). Freestyling an adventurous trip through Belize isn’t recommended — SmarterTravel suggests going the more staid resort route.
At other warm-weather destinations, where beaches are pristine, flights from America are brief and wandering off the beaten path is nearly irresistible, sanitized vacation spots may also be the way to go. Jamaica, Barbados, Costa Rica and the Dominican Republic all make ZeroHedge’s top 25 death zones for Yankee travelers. Mexico is number one with a bullet in terms of sheer murders (598 Americans perished there at the hands of others between 2009 and 2016).