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Puerto Rico Solo Female Travel Safety Tips and Advice

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On this page you will find first-hand, unbiased, and real safety tips, advice and reviews from women traveling solo, submitted directly from their personal experiences in the country.

Their opinions are unfiltered and submitted independently as part of the Solo Female Travel Safety Index, a ranking of 210 countries and regions based on how safe they are for women traveling solo.

The safety scores range from 1 to 4 with 1 being the safest and 4 being the most dangerous for solo female travelers.

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Country data

We have compiled a few data points below that can help you better understand and have more context when thinking about travel safety.

Official country name: Commonwealth of Puerto Rico.

Etymology: Christopher COLUMBUS named the island San Juan Bautista (Saint John the Baptist) and the capital city and main port Cuidad de Puerto Rico (Rich Port City); over time, however, the names were shortened and transposed and the island came to be called Puerto Rico and its capital San Juan.

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Capital: San Juan.

Independence / foundation: None (territory of the US with commonwealth status). . In 1898, after 400 years of colonial rule that saw the indigenous population nearly exterminated and African slave labor introduced, Puerto Rico was ceded to the US as a result of the Spanish-American War. Puerto Ricans were granted US citizenship in 1917. Popularly elected governors have served since 1948. In 1952, a constitution was enacted providing for internal self-government.

Population: 3 million.

Currency: United States Dollar (USD)
1 EUR = 1.00 - 1.30 USD

Time zone: UTC-4

Languages spoken: Spanish, English.

Religions: Roman Catholic 56%, Protestant 33% (largely Pentecostal), other 2%, atheist 1%, none 7%.

Climate: Tropical marine and mild. There is little seasonal temperature variation.

Real GDP (ppp – purchasing power parity): $106.82 billion.

Real GDP per capita (ppp): $33,400.

Main airports: Luis Munoz Marin International Airport.

World heritage sites in

La Fortaleza and San Juan National Historic Site

There are over 1,100 world heritage sites spread across more than 165 countries. New ones are added every year, and some may be removed from the list for various reasons.

Number of UNESCO listed sites: 1 site which belongs to the United States list.

Top world heritage sites:

La Fortaleza and San Juan National Historic Site in Puerto Rico.

Interesting facts about

- Puerto Rico is an archipelago, and there are residents on three of its islands: Puerto Rico, Culebra, and Vieques.

- The island’s national animal is the small coqui tree frog.

- Puerto Rico is home to the Arecibo Observatory, the world’s largest single-dish radio telescope, which is open to visitors.

- Despite the island’s small size and population in comparison with other countries, 5 winners of the Miss Universe beauty pageant have come from Puerto Rico.

- Puerto Rico is the world's oldest colony. The Taino people inhabited the main island for thousands of years before Christopher Columbus arrived in 1493. He stayed on the island for just two days, yet he claimed it as a Spanish colony.

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Travel tips

Socket type: A / B. Guide to socket types.

Weekend days: Saturday and Sunday.

Driving: Cars drive on the Right.

Local taxi apps: Uber.

Travel Guides: Lonely Planet.

Languages spoken: Spanish, English.

Basic words and phrases in the main language:

N/A, English is an official or widely spoken language.

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About the Solo Female Travel Safety Index

Safety matters to solo female travelers, you told us so in our annual Solo Female Travel Survey, where year after year, women prove that this is their most important concern when traveling solo.

We wanted to do something about it, so we built these country-specific pages where you can find reviews and scores for 7 key variables affecting the safety of women traveling solo.

Variables

  • Risk of scam
  • Risk of theft
  • Risk of harassment
  • Attitudes towards women
  • UK Travel Advisory
  • US Travel advisory
  • Global Peace Index (GPI)

Informing OSAC

The Solo Female Travel Safety Score is used by the Overseas Security Advisory Council for including safety concerns for women travelers in their country security reports; OSAC is a partnership between the U.S. Department of State and private-sector security community.

How to use the Safety Index

On this page, you will find the country score and the personal opinions on safety of other women traveling solo.

You can sort the comments by:

  • The level of experience traveling solo of the reviewer (beginner = <5 trips solo, Intermediate = 5 to 10 trips solo, Experienced = >10 trips solo).
  • The age of the traveler.
  • Whether they are a visitor or local.
  • The date they were posted.

The safety scores range from 1 to 4 with 1 being the safest and 4 being the most dangerous for solo female travelers. 

Thus, the lower the score, the safer the country.


Looking for more safety resources?

This entire website is devoted to helping women travel solo. Check out the links below to learn more:

Solo Female Travel Stats: Results from the the largest, most comprehensive and only global research study on solo female travel trends, preferences and behaviors published.

Thanks to Jacobo Vilella for creating the Solo Female Travelers Safety Index ❤️