I am considering an August trip to PR with my family of 5 (includes 3 boys ages 13, 11 & 8). We live in DC metro where someone gets murdered just about every day, so we are not necessarily freaked out about that. We are seasoned travelers so I understand the usual risk with travel and the common sense things to do and not do to stay as safe as possible.
However, in my research I am coming across information that gives me pause. To read information like "Puerto Rico is in a complete social and economic meltdown, 17% unemployment, the worst economic growth in the world (- 5%) and the highest murder rate per capita in the Caribbean" is a bit disturbing. Mind you, we have been to Jamaica and went all over the island, including some places we would not have gone had the kids been along. A young Jamaican man once told us "we might kill each other, but we know who butters our bread and we don't kill tourists"....pretty funny, but probably pretty true.
So be honest, is a trip to PR risky? We are looking at staying in the Porta del Sol area as well as the east region or perhaps Vieques or Culebra. Probably only the night before departure in San Juan or Carolina area.