Many travelers are wondering, is Puerto Rico safe to visit in 2019? The answer is resounding, YES! Below is a list of things you should know about Puerto Rico, including information about vaccinations, crime rates, hurricane recovery, water quality and more.
No special vaccinations necessary
It’s true. The CDC recommends being vaccinated for Typhoid and Hepatitis A (if you haven’t been already) only if you’re planning to venture off the beaten path. It’s worth noting, however, that Zika is still present in Puerto Rico, so it’s best to consult your doctor if you’re pregnant or trying to get pregnant before making the trip.
Puerto Rico is safer than many US states
Puerto Rico has a lower violent crime rate than many US states, according to the FBI. In fact, San Juan’s crime rate is far below the national average. Most areas of the city are perfectly safe, but it’s always a good idea to stay street smart.
The island is a US territory and, as such, US laws apply. The police departments are the same, as is the judicial process. Puerto Rico’s murder rate is almost entirely linked to gang violence in the deep slums. Few tourists will find themselves there. When it comes to violent crime in general (things a tourist would want to be on the lookout for) numbers are very low. Puerto Rico has a lower violent crime rate than Portland, Oregon! The most common crime facing visitors is pickpocketing, and it’s something that can be easily avoided. Stay aware and take the same precautions you would anywhere else.
After Hurricane Maria, there was a spike in crime – like there often is – when people are in desperate situations. Instances have since decreased.
Today, Puerto Rico has recovered from Hurricane Maria
In 2017, Hurrican Maria devastated Puerto Rico, destroying much of the island’s infrastructure. However, today, Puerto Rico is almost entirely recovered – a miraculous feat – given several hiccups with relief efforts.
Anywhere a traveler would like to go, is opening and welcoming visitors. Beautiful San Juan, fabled beaches, dozens of coffee and sugarcane plantations, and all sorts of other attractions are fully operational. El Yunque rainforest may still be recovering, but that’s to be expected and several areas are open to visitors.
Generally, water quality is good
As a US territory, the water quality in Puerto Rico is generally good. Keep in mind, though, that in some areas the water quality has decreased since the storm. The water in San Juan and Fajardo, for example, is excellent. Water in the countryside may not be so good, so definitely check with a local before you drink from the tap.
Taxis are hit-or-miss, but you can always Uber
As in any major city, taxis can be a bit hit-or-miss. If you do decide to take a taxi, make sure there is a meter and that you pre-negotiate a rate. Or, you can Uber! It’s generally less expensive than a cab and quick to book.
English is widely spoken
If you have any problems, don’t worry about a language gap—English is the official second language of Puerto Rico, and is widely spoken (especially by authorities). It’s one of the main reasons Puerto Rico is the perfect travel destination for mainland Americans.
So, is Puerto Rico safe for travel? Definitely. Just use the same commhttps://www.fajardoinn.com/activities/on sense you would on any other vacation and you’ll be just fine. Ready to kick off on your Puerto Rican getaway? Stay with us at the Fajardo Inn!