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How safe it is to travel to PR? The news shows a very high unemployment rate, out of...

How safe it is to travel to PR? The news shows a very high unemployment rate, out of control criminal activity where people have to caged themselves in their houses at night for fear to get harm. How about the use of the national guard to support police actions. Can I travel outside the hotel gate at night at my own risk?
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     asked this on March 06, 2010 at 09:01 AM
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Puerto Rico is a beautiful island. The area has a higher crime rate in certain areas yes. But every state has poor crime-ridden areas. Tourists are completely safe here, crime and violence are almost unknown in the Tourist Zone. For a detailed snapshot with crime map and statistics, go to http://thenakedisland.com
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Continuing: In all the years I've gone there, I have never had a problem. In fact, when I did feel unsafe & was mugged (once) & followed on another occasion - those incidents both happened, separated by many years, in Paris (France). Do you go out of your home at night? Maybe others have encountered problems in PR (if your news reports are accurate), but I would bet the issues arose out of trying to purchase drugs. Never touch the stuff myself, but could never figure out why people are prepared to deal with total strangers over illegal substances. PR has its share of problems, but it is PR, USA - the water and food are safe, you use US currency, the roads are goods & the many of the beaches are gorgeous.
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     answered this on January 15, 2011 at 08:22 AM
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Of course you can travel not only outside of your hotel - day or night - without risk, but also virtually anywhere else in PR. I am not of Puerto Rican ancestry, and do NOT speak Spanish, but I've been going there since 1974 & have owned a condo there since 1979. I go there at least once a month (from NYC) except during high hurricane season (Aug. & Sept.). I travel all over the island - usually by myself (female) - day and night.
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     answered this on January 15, 2011 at 08:21 AM
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I am from Puerto Rico live in new york city and I will tell you what there saying is not all true..If you don't look for trouble as a tourist you won't have any problems.Dangerous places all countries have it..Most crime in the island have to do with drugs..You will have a good time,people are friendly..Stay away from drugs and everything will be ok..Remember Puerto Rico is not just San Juan go out and visit the rest of the island..Rincon,Cabo Rojo just to mention a few..
  • An anonymous user
     answered this on May 07, 2010 at 11:37 PM
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Goodness, what kind of news reports have you been watching?! PR sounds terrifying by those accounts, though I think you'll discover that the reality on the ground, especially as a visitor, is far, far different. That's sort of like saying that tourists shouldn't come to Washington, D.C., because of the high crime rates in the Southeast district of the U.S. capital. And that attitude does locals a disservice, as I think you'll find that Puerto Ricans on the whole are incredibly welcoming and not out to mug the first tourist who happens to stray out of their resort compound. Go enjoy yourself, and go with an open mind.
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     answered this on March 09, 2010 at 10:39 AM
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