“HARASSMENT OF VISITORS from drug pushers, prostitutes and vendors is threatening the local tourism industry, says Barbados Hotel & Tourism Association (BHTA) president Patricia Affonso-Dass…”
… from The Nation article: Threat to tourism
Ms. Affonso-Dass is correct: tourists are increasingly aware of and sensitive to safety issues. Barbados is still one of the safest Caribbean vacation destinations, and is way safer than the Bahamas, Belize, St. Lucia and a host of other nations…
We haven’t been paying enough attention to an increase in violent crime and crimes against tourists. We can’t stop tourists from talking on the internet about their bad experiences – but we can focus the entire might of the law on a few bad apples who are destroying our international reputation. The Boscobel Toll Gang has been operating for at least seven years. Isn’t that long enough?
The question is: Why haven’t the police taken care of the Boscobel Toll Gang years ago? Why don’t they maintain this as a priority?
This is no longer a problem with a few thugs in Boscobel. This is a management problem with the Royal Barbados Police Force. Period.
TripAdvisor: Barbados Boscobel Toll Gang
Just a word of warning to anyone planning to hire a car and drive themselves around the island…
Just got back from an amazing trip to Barbados. The only negative part was that we ran into the Boscobel toll gang.
Reading some of the accounts I have read online, I think we got off pretty lightly, but it was still a pretty scary experience.
We had driven up from Bathsheba and were trying to find Cherry Hill Point. We ended up driving into Boscobel and before we knew it, there were two guys jumping out in front of the car yelling ‘road closed’ and ‘bridge out’. We kept going, and round the next bend, an older guy jumped out in from of us forcing us to stop. We were in a Moke and felt pretty vulnerable.
Thanks to posts I had previously read on Trip Advisor, we had a pretty good idea of what we were in for. Despite being mightily fed up about it, we played along, expressed gratitude for the ‘useful’ information and directions we were given, and then of course we were asked for money. The guy asked for ‘two greens’ but seemed happy enough when I told him I only had one. He was then all smiles and waved us on our way.
We were fine, but it is still a pretty scary experience and although I will definitely return to Barbados, I would never return to that part of the island until I was sure that the police have dealt with these crooks.
Guys, steer clear of Boscobel unless you want to get mugged!