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COSTA RICA by KRISS on 29 november 2015

DRUGS IN PUERTO VIEJO As some of you will notice in Puerto Viejo, there is a mix of Rastafari, Caribbean, Reggae culture and as one can easily imagine under such latitudes, pot, cannabis, is not difficult to grow and so to come by.
One should be warned though that it is illegal in Costa Rica and that besides getting into the many troubles one looking for pot in such a town might come get in their way, you can also be in trouble with the police.
That being said, we have not been told of any stories of tourists being harassed by the police for pot and you can smell joints being smoked many times in Puerto Viejo.

Then, there are the other drugs and if we haven’t played the detectives to find out about how many kind of drugs one could find here, it came to our understanding without enquiring much that cocaine, crack cocaine and cristal meth are quite common here.
And so is Guaro, a local cheap alcohol that is like a cheap rum that some people drink in abundant quantities.

Strangely enough, there doesn’t seem to be so many drugs related crimes but crackheads can be easily spotted at the entrance of Puerto Viejo, not far from the playa negra and the bridge and some of them can bother you for a few colones or dollars or a cigarette.

Friends of ours have decided to always give them something, or to a few, first because it is cheap and so is their addiction and then because it prevents them from looking for money somewhere else, like your youth hostel instance !

So if you bump into strange men walking strangely with a disturbing glance (often rastas I am afraid) be aware they may not be natural smoking herbs gentlemen but dirt poor crack or meth heads.
And if you see a pair of trainers hanging on an electric line, this means there is a dealer (or more) in the area.

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