Like any city, Camaguey has its share of crime issues. However, most crimes against tourists are limited to petty offences, such as pickpocketing or purse-snatching.  As with any locale you are unfamiliar with, it pays to be alert while traveling within large crowds. Pickpockets can quickly pick you clean of your money or passport, quickly turning a dream vacation into a nightmare. Make use of your hotel's safe to protect items such as any jewelry you might have brought with you (which, in reality, is best left at home--wearing flashy jewelry is basically the equivalent of a 'Please Mug Me'  tattoo on your forehead), extra monies, credit cards, and passports. Keep an eye (and hand) on bags at all times, and if traveling to the coast, do not leave your items unattended at the beach. Hiding a wallet or other personal property in the back of a shoe is not a good theft-deterrent device.

Keep a copy of the front page from your passport, any tickets, traveller checque serial numbers, and any other important information in a location separate from the originals. These will come in handy if you are a victim of theft.

Other things to keep in mind when traveling to a foreign destination: be wary of food sold on the street by street vendors. Consuming raw or uncooked food can result in several days spent in agony in your hotel's bathroom rather than outside enjoying the scenery. Also, it is a good idea to stick to bottled water, especially when traveling to locales off the beaten path. However, water served in restaurants and hotels should be safe--most use purified water. If you have questions, do not hesitate to ask. It could save you a world of pain.

When traveling to unknown parts, you can learn more about the area's safety by checking out the Department of State's Consular Information Sheets and Travel Warnings.

For health-related issues, take a look at the CDC's Travelers' Health pages.