Puerto Rico is an incorporated territory of the United States; because of this, it does not have independent autonomy and is subject to federal guidance and funding. Puerto Ricans are granted US citizenship but do not have full political representation under the United States. Unfortunately, the Island of Puerto Rico has suffered from high levels of government debt which has led to economic instability.
Crime can be an issue in Puerto Rico, more commonly pickpocketing and street robbery. Violent crime is also possible; however, this is usually gang-related. Foreign travelers should remain cautious of the risk.
Natural disasters can occur in Puerto Rico and have the potential to cause mass destruction and disruption to travel. The last incident involved Hurricane Maria in 2017, which caused widespread fatalities and damage to the island’s infrastructure.
Road conditions and infrastructures in Puerto Rico are well-maintained on notable routes; however, driving behaviors can be erratic and even reckless. Rural roads, especially in the jungle and mountainous areas can become hazardous should a natural disaster such as hurricane occur
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