San Juan

San Juan is the capital and the most populated city in Puerto Rico and it is known as the walled city (la ciudad amurallada). It is the second oldest European-founded city in the Americas. The capital is located in the Northern Coastal Plains region in the karst zone.


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Is San Juan a Safe or Dangerous City?

Nearly all crime (mostly drug trade related) is concentrated in big cities like San Juan and Ponce. Avoid public housing projects known as caseríos as well as areas like La Perla in Old San Juan, next to El Morro, due to its hight rate of drug activity at night. These are frequently the location of drug dealers and other illegal activity. It also advised to avoid the areas of Puerta de Tierra, Parque de las Palomas, and Louis Lloren Torres. Most tourist areas like the Old City, Condado, and Isla Verde are considered safe as there is a visible 24-hour police presence. You can enjoy this beautiful city and what it has to offer as long as you take care of your personal belongings at all times and be aware of your surroundings.

Warnings & Dangers

Mid Priority-96 OVERALL RISK :

Standard safety precautions are recommended in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Exercise common sense and remain vigilant for suspicious behaviour as you would in any other country. Watch out for petty crime in tourist areas and protect your valuables.

Mid Priority-96 PICKPOCKETS RISK :

Pickpocketing and purse snatching are common in tourist locations and public transportation.

Mid Priority-96 MUGGING RISK :

Muggings have happened in urban areas such as San Juan. People walking alone are often the targets, especially at night. In case of being robbed, do not resist and hand over your valuables.

Mid Priority-96 SCAMS RISK :

As in any other country, taxi drivers will try to take advantage of travelers by overcharging them. Remain vigilant for thieves that use different strategies to rob you like a tap on the shoulder, spitting or getting something spilled on you. Credit card skimming is also common.

Mid Priority-96 TRANSPORT & TAXIS RISK :

Overall, taxis and public transportation are safe. Make sure you book a ride or use radio taxis from places like a hotel when possible as there have been reports of traveler being robbed and assaulted by taxi drivers.


Flooding and landslides can happen during tropical storms and hurricanes and may result in serious disruptions. The hurricane season extends from June to November. Monitor local media and follow the advice of the local authorities.

Mid Priority-96 TERRORISM RISK :

There is no recent history of terrorism in Puerto Rico. However, they should not be ruled out, so remain vigilant for suspicious activity.


Many women travel safely without any issues. However, there have been reports of sexual assault throughout the country. Avoid isolated locations and traveling alone after dark. Remain extra vigilant at bus terminals and in taxis.