From its towering mountains to its world class beaches and everywhere in between, Puerto Rico is a welcoming tropical destination but there are certainly 10 Things NOT to do there.
1. Don’t Expect Everyone to Speak English
Spanish is the primary language. In resorts you shouldn’t have a problem, but when you’re visiting the cities and towns, you’ll likely run across a lot of people who don’t speak English, so it’s a good idea to learn a few basic Spanish phrases.
2. Don’t Wear Flashy Jewelry
There is an element of crime in the area. In highly trafficked tourist areas, the chances of being hit by violent crime rises; that said. Don’t flash your valuables around in public, and make sure to steer clear of tourist areas at night.
3. Don’t Speak Ill of Puerto Rican Statehood
The people and government of Puerto Rico have invested a lot of time, effort, and passion into making the argument that they should be properly folded into the Union. So, if the topic comes up, just say you support statehood or change the subject.
4. Don’t Be Afraid of Puerto Ricans
By and large, the Puerto Rican people have an international reputation for being very warm and open. Don’t get into cars with strangers or anything, but you shouldn’t feel shy about striking up a conversation with a local. They’re cool, and you just might gain a new perspective on things.
5. Don’t Count on Public Transportation
Buses run infrequently. Uber doesn’t exist. Taxis will charge you an arm and a leg. Your best bet for getting around the island is to rent a car. It will be extremely expensive, but the extra control over your travel just might be worth it.
6. Don’t Go Wandering Through El Yunque National Forest
Any trip to Puerto Rico should undoubtedly include a journey to El Yunque, the country’s famous tropical rainforest reserve. No matter how tempting it might be to leave the designated path while you’re there, don’t do it. Tourists get lost in El Yunque all the time and some have even ended up dead. Be careful.
7. Don’t Spend a Lot of Time in …
The areas of La Perla, Old San Juan, and El Morro are known to have a higher than average rate of drug trafficking as well as the vagrancy and crime that goes along with it. It’s best to just keep on moving.
8. Don’t Worry About Being 21
For any college students thinking about heading somewhere tropical for Spring Break, you should probably know that the drinking age in Puerto Rico is only 18.
9. Don’t Focus on the Big Cities
The island really comes alive when you schedule a few days to explore the country and stay in a small town. Not only are small towns like Guayama considered safe, they’re also gorgeous and peaceful.
10. Don’t Forget About the ‘Lost Coast’
You won’t have to look too far to find a nice stretch of sand. During the summer months, you might think about visiting the island’s western coast. This stretch of sand tends to be less populated and is home to some of the Caribbean’s best diving and surfing.
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