#3. Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire
According to Mercer, the third least safe city in the world is Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire. Lying on the coast of the Gulf of Guinea, Abidjan boasts beaches, 80° temperatures all year, and an extremely high rates of cocaine abuse among young people. Côte d'Ivoire is planning to hold elections in under two weeks, making Abidjan even more dangerous right now. The United States Embassy advises visitors in Abidjan that even peaceful political rallies may turn violent. Swimming near Abidjan is apparently just as dangerous as joining an enraged political rally, as numerous people drown every year in powerful currents off the city’s coast.
Street crime, robbery, and carjacking are notable in Abidjan as well. In 2009, a U.S. citizen died in a violent home invasion in Abidjan, and armed criminals are known for using force.
Visitors who manage to stay alive in the Côte d’Ivoire’s de facto capital should be sure to carry small bills in order to bribe military personnel at checkpoints. Those checkpoints are usually navigable, though—unless, of course, you are French. Ivorians strongly dislike France, their former colonial ruler.