Crowd of incoming tourists, visitors to Puerto Rico

The Guardian posted this report from Coral Murphy Marcos, from San Juan.

The mixture of US residents wanting to flee chilly climate, low-cost flight tickets and easing restrictions on the island has been bringing vacationers en masse. […]

Videos circulating on social media present aggressive vacationers beginning fights, disrespecting native employees and residents, and disregarding Covid-19 precautions, together with not eager to put on face masks and having giant gatherings because the journey inflow to the island continues.

Murphy Marcos additionally lined the native response.


Natalie B. Compton, a journey author for The Washington Post, provides an inventory of fantastic locations for vacationers to go and issues to do on the island. Compton additionally cautions readers to “treat the local community with respect.” Unfortunately, not everyone seems to be listening.

Photos and videos of tourists behaving badly flow into frequently, that includes scantily clad vacationers dancing suggestively within the streets and on seashores, leaving scooters and trash on the sidewalks and breaking the nation’s coronavirus mitigation measures, from masks necessities to curfews.

“It’s sad,” says Israel Meléndez Ayala, a San Juan native who’s a writer and historian on the Puerto Rico State Historic Preservation Office. “It is the first time I have experienced this in Old San Juan, this kind of tourist with this sense of entitlement.”

Ayala, who has posted about vacationer habits on his Twitter as well, says he and his neighbors have had a number of encounters with vacationers who refuse to comply with masks protocols, curfews or frequent courtesy norms typically.

Ayala doesn’t hesitate to call the underlying causes of the disrespect.


The video under provides clip after clip of unhealthy habits and blatant disrespect.


The “ugly American” is on full show, for everybody on the island to see.

Brenda A. Vázquez Colón discusses yet another ugly (and expensive!) tourist issue for The Weekly Journal. 

The noncompliance of some vacationers in San Juan and different vacationer zones with public order is affecting the economic system of small companies, since retailers have been pressured to pay personal safety providers on account of their aggressive habits.

“To deal with inappropriate behavior, small and medium-sized businesses have had to hire people for security when they can barely survive financially. Big chains can do it, but small ones can’t,” stated Jesús Vázquez, president of the United Retailers Center (CUD by its Spanish acronym).

The state of affairs worsens, since past the inappropriate habits of some vacationers, now lots of these guests are refusing to pay for his or her consumption. Ramón Leal, senior VP of International Restaurant Services, Inc. (IRSI) and former president of the Puerto Rico Restaurant Association (Asore, Spanish acronym), assured that meals institutions are receiving guests in teams who come to devour after which refuse to pay the invoice for an alleged dissatisfaction with the standard of the meals.

 Susana, a nursing pupil in Puerto Rico, tweeted concerning the dine and sprint state of affairs.


She additionally addressed the racial part to anger on the island. Many of the movies being circulated are of Black mainland vacationers, and this has led some island of us to air their “inner racist.”

(Yes, there may be racism in Puerto Rico.)


In the previous, I visited the island ceaselessly, staying with family and friends, and prevented a lot of the vacationer areas. I noticed some incidents like those islanders are reacting to—however they have been by no means this unhealthy, and are worsened because of the COVID-19 curfew which islanders should obey, and vacationers appear to have the ability to ignore. 

If you already know somebody who’s planning a visit to Puerto Rico for a trip, do Puerto Rico a favor. Tell them that if they have to go, they need to polish up their greatest habits, and respect the island’s individuals.

Play them this mock PSA, supplied as a “message to our tourists.”

And if they’ll’t try this—they need to keep the f*ck house.