As with any popular tourist destination, Puerto Rico has unfortunately been the site of various scams and schemes aimed at taking advantage of unsuspecting visitors. Here are some of the most common tourist scams to watch out for:
Fake taxi drivers: Some scammers pose as taxi drivers and prey on tourists who are unfamiliar with the area. They may overcharge for rides or take passengers on unnecessarily long routes to increase the fare. Always ensure that the taxi you’re getting into is licensed and clearly marked with the taxi company’s name and phone number.
Timeshare presentations: Some resorts and vacation rental companies offer freebies or deeply discounted prices for attending a timeshare presentation. However, these presentations can be high-pressure and last much longer than advertised. Before attending any presentation, research the company and read reviews from previous attendees.
Street vendors: While many street vendors in Puerto Rico are legitimate, some may sell counterfeit goods or overcharge for souvenirs. It’s always a good idea to negotiate prices and make sure you’re getting what you paid for before making a purchase.
Money-changing scams: When exchanging currency, be sure to do so at a reputable bank or exchange office. Some scammers may offer to change money on the street, but they may give you fake bills or use sleight of hand to take some of your money.
Rental scams: Be wary of renting vehicles or accommodations from unlicensed or unknown companies. Always research the company and read reviews before making a booking, and be sure to thoroughly inspect the rental before handing over any money.
“Helpful” locals: Some scammers may pose as friendly locals who offer to show you around or help you with your bags. They may then demand payment for their services or steal your belongings while you’re distracted. It’s best to politely decline any unsolicited help and be cautious of strangers.
LATEST UPDATES / NEWS from PUERTO RICO:
August 25 – Puerto Rico commemorates half a decade of remarkable tourism expansion
After a record-breaking year for travel and tourism in Puerto Rico, Discover Puerto Rico, the island’s official destination marketing organization (DMO), looks back on a historic five years of sustained growth for the island’s tourism industry. This is the result of the island’s strong brand development, which has placed data-driven strategies at the forefront of its award-winning marketing initiatives.
In order to advance its mission of bringing prosperity to Puerto Rico by positioning the island as a top destination for leisure, business and event travel, Discover Puerto Rico has successfully developed and implemented multi-channel marketing tactics and campaigns since its establishment in July 2018.
July 19 – A Maryland teenager was shot and killed while on vacation in Puerto Rico
According to officials, Tommy Grays, also known as Trey, his uncle and stepfather were all shot on the beach at La Isla Resort.
According to NBC4, authorities claim that the killing was the result of a “targeted shooting,” and they claim that it happened during an argument.
As reported by several media outlets, including NBC4, Fox5DC and CBS Baltimore, Carlos Aníbal Rosado Martnez, 23, has been arrested and is charged with murder and attempted murder, as well as firearms crimes.
May 12 – Puerto Rico has seen a 50 percent increase in international traffic this year
Since the summer of 2020, when the island seized the opportunity to capitalize on the lack of a passport requirement to usher in a new era of tourism, Puerto Rico has been one of the fastest-growing destinations in the Caribbean.
In fact, the island has seen a rapid increase in tourism numbers in 2023, continuing a trend that shows no signs of slowing down.
Luis Munoz Marin International Airport, San Juan’s main airport, had a hot month in May with passenger traffic up 15.5 percent to 1,089,726.
Thanks to new and expanded routes from countries such as Mexico and Spain, there was a remarkable 50 percent increase in international traffic.
Domestic traffic also increased by 12.6%, with San Juan recording a total of 4,952,566 passengers this year.
Why visit Puerto Rico?
With its Caribbean average temperature of 80 degrees, alongside blue skies, beaches, and colorful landscapes, nobody would question traveling to Puerto Rico. Here are, 3 more reasons to do it.
1. Old San Juan
The colorful neighborhood paved with unique blue stones offers a myriad of restaurants, bars, and outdoor cafes amidst an area full of history and culture.
The right place for those into music and art. Santurce is covered with murals, bars, and cafes. Best for people traveling on a budget.
Home to some of the most beautiful beaches in the Caribbean, as well as the Vieques National Wildlife Refuge. Enjoy the beach while spotting semi-wild horses passing by.