Puerto Rico Warnings and Dangers
As a commonwealth of the United States, Puerto Rico is one of the easiest tropical destinations for American travelers to reach: The simple Puerto Rico passport requirements mean that the islands are open to every American citizen. And while there are many all-inclusive Puerto Rico resorts, hundreds of Puerto Rico beaches worth visiting, and a plethora of unique things to do in Puerto Rico, the islands are not without their warnings and dangers. Educate yourself about what to expect before visiting Puerto Rico.
Car Insurance Scams in Puerto Rico
Car rental agencies in Puerto Rico may attempt to swindle you. They will ask you if your car insurance covers Puerto Rico and not just the 50 states. What you need to know in this situation is that your car insurance isn’t driver based—it’s driver- and vehicle-based. So unless you have a special “rental car insurance” add-on, your car insurance will not cover your rental anyway.
However, your credit card may. Check with your credit card to see if auto insurance is covered. Many locations will try to force you into purchasing their insurance. While there is nothing wrong with having additional car insurance, it may not be necessary, so don’t feel obligated into buying it if you’re already covered through your credit card.
Don’t Climb the Stairs to El Morro
Castillo San Felipe del Morro, also called Castillo del Morro or simply El Morro, is an ancient Spanish citadel located in San Juan. There are warnings everywhere in El Morro regarding the dangers of climbing the stairs, but many people disregard these warnings.
While you can roam through most of the grounds, you are not allowed to climb the stairs or walk around the top of the castle. This is a major safety hazard. Security guards will call you out and bring you down. You’ll likely also be removed from the site.
Bring Money for Bathrooms
There are just two bathrooms in El Morro. It’s better to go to the bathrooms before heading in, but if you have to go, you will have to pay for it. To some this might come as a shock. Of course, paying to use the bathroom in locations outside of the United States is common place, but many people do not expect to do so in Puerto Rico.
More from SmarterTravel:
- Puerto Rico Things To Do – Attractions & Must See
- Puerto Rico Nightlife – Clubs, Bars & Nightlife Tips
- Puerto Rico Passport Requirements: Do I Need a Passport to Go to Puerto Rico?
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