U.S. tells tourists how to stay out of trouble

The U.S. State Department has issued a routine warning to tourists that some areas of Costa Rica might be unsafe.

The State Department also urged tourists to make copies of their passport and carry just copies while the original is in a safe place.

The warning contained no revelations for anyone who has been here awhile, but there were some items of value for tourists. For example, the State Department notes that police presence is spotty during the daytime in beach areas and that there may not be any at night.

The warning also urged tourists to avoid wearing expensive jewelry and to avoid areas where drugs are sold and where there is prostitution. The warning also noted that most foreign cell telephones will not work here.

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