White sandy beaches and crystal clear water is the epitome of a Caribbean beachside holiday. The summer months of June, July and August are the most popular times, especially for parents with kids at school. The Caribbean is always a great choice for families due to the easy living nature of the islands – beach days, fun-filled poolside games and a little bit of culture and history for the grownups should they want it. But, accidents and illnesses do still happen in the Caribbean.
Trips, slips and falls
With the heat of the Caribbean, it is not uncommon for the resort poolside to see a busy turnover which means lots of potential for injury. Although poolside surfaces are generally non-slip, trips, falls and cuts do happen both at the pool and in areas where water has been tracked onto slippery surfaces. The significant lack of cautionary slippery floor signs lends itself to slips and falls.
The Caribbean is awash with all sorts of water-based activities from jet skis, water skiing and kite surfing to inflatable water icebergs, kayaks, shark diving, scuba diving, snorkelling activities, parasailing and banana boat rides. Where there is water involved, there are bound to be accidents ranging from minor cuts and bruises to unfortunate fatalities.
ATV and Scooter Accidents
Despite the temptation to do so, the best advice is not to rent a scooter on any of the islands. Road surfaces are not even, roads are narrow and taxis are renowned for their carelessness. ATVing your way around the jungle forest or beach dunes is also cause for concern. ATVs are major safety risks, hard to control at speed and are surprisingly unstable.
Sunburn and dehydration
The number of tourists who get sunburnt and dehydrate will come of no surprise. What may shock is that depending on the degree of sunburn, it can be extremely dangerous. Dehydration is also common with severe cases requiring medical attention.
Food poisoning and travel bugs
As with any foreign country, uncooked food, eggs and unclean water can cause any number of devastating illnesses such as food poisoning, Gastrointestinal upset, Legionnaires, Shigella, Salmonella, E-Coli and Campylobacter. With the number of visitors to the Caribbean over the course of even just a week, a lack of hand sanitizers and implementation of proper hygiene routines at hotel resorts and surrounding eateries can lead to a range over all sorts of other illnesses also.