Costa Rica converts island prison into tourist attraction

Despite the country’s coronavirus lockdown, Costa Rica’s island of San Lucas, a former penal colony with a dark history, has been newly converted into a tourist paradise, albeit with strict pandemic protocols in place.Something of Costa Rica’s own version of Alcatraz, the island was once home to one of the most notorious prisons in the country’s history.Since its August reopening however, it has also become a picturesque destination for hiking, wild beaches and abundant fauna — thanks in no small part to several government agencies opening up walking trails and renovating infrastructure to th…

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