Former Costa Rican prison is oddly alluring

10/21/2008 | Los Angeles Times (tiered subscription model)

Much like San Francisco's Alcatraz, the former penitentiary on San Lucas Island, Costa Rica, used to have to lock people in to get them to stay. Now, visitors freely come to check out the cells and exercise yard and maybe work up an escape route. In 2001, a decree turned the island into a historical monument and wildlife refuge. Rather than becoming a mega-resort, San Lucas Island has become a tourist attraction.

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