How Safe Is San Antonio for Travel?

San Antonio, United States
Safety Index:
53

San Antonio is not only the second largest city in Texas but also the 7th largest in the United States.

It’s a gorgeous city that lies at the axis of three different geological terrains: Hill Country, South Texas Plains and Prairie and Lakes.

San Antonio is a big city with a small town feel and it offers something for everyone.

It is Midwestern in its conservative nature, liberal in guarding civil rights and the Hispanic influence melts into every aspect of the city.

Downtown San Antonio is marvelous, very much alive, park system is good, and food choices are quiet varied.

Warnings & Dangers in San Antonio

Overall Risk

OVERALL RISK : MEDIUM

San Antonio is, overall, a safe place to visit. As with any other urban area, just like you would in your own city, pay attention to your surroundings and stay safe.

Transport & Taxis Risk

TRANSPORT & TAXIS RISK : LOW

Taxis and other means of transportation are, overall, very safe to use in San Antonio, apart from pickpockets and petty thieves in buses, trains and stations that may try to steal from you while it's crowded.

Pickpockets Risk

PICKPOCKETS RISK : MEDIUM

Pickpockets aren't the biggest threat in San Antonio, though you might encounter bag snatchers. Don't be too worried, but you should still remain vigilant after dark and in crowded places.

Natural Disasters Risk

NATURAL DISASTERS RISK : MEDIUM

Even though San Antonio is outside of Tornado Alley to the south, it may also be at risk. It's also susceptible to other natural disasters, like floods, fires and earthquakes.

Mugging Risk

MUGGING RISK : MEDIUM

San Antonio is mostly safe when it comes to mugging and kidnapping, but it is recommended that you avoid poorly lit and deserted streets and dangerous areas known for street crime.

Terrorism Risk

TERRORISM RISK : LOW

Excluding isolated mass shootings, San Antonio hasn't been the target of any terrorist attacks recently, but the attacks shouldn't be ruled out. Be aware of your surroundings at all times.

Scams Risk

SCAMS RISK : LOW

There aren't many scams in San Antonio. Still, be wary of people trying to distract you in order to steal from you and of people overcharging you for various services. We advise you to be extremely careful when handling money and around ATMs.

Women Travelers Risk

WOMEN TRAVELERS RISK : MEDIUM

San Antonio is somewhat safe for female solo travelers. There are no issues that would endanger females specifically but general caution is advised. Following basic precaution measures should minimize the chances of anything going wrong.

So... How Safe Is San Antonio Really?

San Antonio is, overall, a safe place to visit, but it has many flaws.

As with any other urban area pay attention to your surroundings and stay safe.

Most areas of San Antonio are safe while some are a little sketchy – but at all times you have to be aware of your surroundings, day and night, and use common sense and safety precautions.

Especially at night or in big crowds, anywhere, be careful and you’ll generally be fine.

San Antonio isn’t too liberal – that’s the first flaw – and even though the LGBT community is gaining more widespread acceptance, travelers are advised to avoid public displays of affection.

Also if you are driving around on the freeways and main streets day or night bear in mind there are lot of road rage incidents in San Antonio so if you cut someone off by mistake they may decide to come after you.

Cars are frequently broken into, even in “nice” areas.

The worst neighborhoods in San Antonio are usually the South side or the West side.

Take note that San Antonio is 75% Hispanic. You will find that Hispanics in this town tend to be very kind and respectful.

Useful Information

  • Visas - The US is famous for its harsh policy for acquiring a tourist, let alone a resident visa. The US embassies usually ask for interviews before granting tourist visas, and tourists usually have to pay up to 160 USD to get a visa. If you are not sure about your visa status, contact your local US embassy for further information.
  • Currency - The United States dollar is the official currency in San Antonio. Credit and debit cards are accepted nearly everywhere, and ATMs are widely available. The prices vary.
  • Weather - San Antonio has a transitional humid subtropical climate characterized by very hot, long, and humid summers and mild to cool winters. The average temperature in San Antonio is 20.7 °C.
  • Airports - San Antonio International Airport is an international airport in San Antonio, Texas. It is located in Uptown Central San Antonio, around 8 miles north of Downtown San Antonio.
  • Travel Insurance - Just like anywhere else, we recommend getting travel insurance when traveling to San Antonio, since it covers not only the costs of medical problems, but also theft and loss of valuables.
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San Antonio Weather Averages (Temperatures)

Jan 10° C
Feb 12° C
Mar 17° C
Apr 21° C
May 25° C
Jun 28° C
Jul 29° C
Aug 29° C
Sep 27° C
Oct 22° C
Nov 16° C
Dec 12° C
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Average High/Low Temperature

Temperature / MonthJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
High
°C
161923273033353532282218
Low
°C
35101519222323211595
High
°F
616673818691959590827264
Low
°F
374150596672737370594841

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