Isla San Lucas, the prison island

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Isla San Lucas

The Gulf of Nicoya is approximately 1000 square mile of Costa Rican waters and includes the islands of Chira, Venado, Caballo, San Lucas, Tortuga, Cedros, Bejuco, Pan de Azúcar and Negritos. The most popular island among these is San Lucas Island, known for it’s high security jail, which was built in 1873 and abandoned in 1991. It is described in the book “The Island of Lonely Men” by a prisoner named José León Sánchez.

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