True, the murder rate last year and already in this month of January is off the charts, however, 98% of the murders are taking place in the housing projects of San Juan and Ponce. There IS a drug war going on but this isn't like Mexico where the entire population is affected. If you come to surf Rincon, Aguada, Aguadilla, and Isabela (and stay out of the pj's) you will not run into any problems. Like anywhere, if you have respect and a smile you will get waves and have a great time and in Puerto Rico, probably even meet a few new friends along the way. Fly into BQN (Aguadilla, a little more money but beyond worth it, 3 min. from Wilderness!) and stay in a local rental (www.vrbo.com) or one of the many small hotels and you can even rent boards at any surf shop. 2-3 more months of prime surf season! No Passport, No Wetsuits!!!