One anonymous reader commented on the recent San Juan post about the city being over-priced and drug infested. He suggested I avoid San Juan and I guess he'd rather I stick with vacationing in Santo Domingo. Everyone knows SDQ doesn't have a problem with illegal drugs whatsoever. LOL
The truth is this: most caribbean nations, as well as more developed nations, are having struggles combating drugs. The Dominican Republic is actually a hotbed of activity for drug traffickers, causing the country to depend on assistance from the US and others to help protect its borders and citizens.
Remember the headlines of Jamaica a short while ago? The law enforcement officials were at witsend while trying to track down and capture a drug kingpin who had unbelievable support in the inner city areas of Kingston. Gang members kept police at bay for weeks before the guy was captured.
Shall we visit beautiful Brazil? No drugs there, right? The Bahamas? Costa Rica? Grenada?
Suffice it to say I will not deter my travel plans because a few people have had a few problems in one place or another. I stand firm in the belief that one should exercise caution, common sense and discretion wherever they travel. If you invite trouble it will come.