A synonym for the city of San Juan, PR. Though San Juan is on the ocean and has palm trees, it has a lot of similarities to Newark, NJ. Gang bangers, crime, poverty, rude behavior are just some descriptions that come to mind. Many not all of its citizens adopt the urban ghetto lifestyle much like Newark and other cities such as Detroit, Washington DC, Camden, NJ and Boston to name a few.
Mr. and Mrs. Penny Rich took a vacation to San Juan, Puerto Rico. They described their trip as visting Newark On The Sea. Because, they were mugged, had their rental car jacked and their room burglarized. Mr. Rich states: "If we would have known San Juan was as dangerous as Newark we would have gone to St.Barts. We will tell our country club friends when we get back to Short Hills, NJ. that San Juan is just like Newark, NJ but with palm trees. There was garbage in the streets, thugs in Tommy Hilfigger droopy clothing.