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Corn Islands

Health & safety

Dangers & annoyances

The Corn Islands are ports of call for Colombian drug boats, which combined with a history of bare-bones law enforcement and a growing, youthful tourist industry, has led to serious problems. Petty theft is common, and muggings, hotel break-ins and even sexual assault have been reported. Solo female travelers should get a hotel room (as opposed to a bamboo shack) with real locks and doors. Anecdotally, crime happens mostly to tourists who have purchased cocaine earlier; your cool new friends know you're high and have money.

Police presence was radically increased in late 2005 in response to these problems, and many issues were being resolved at press time. Regardless, be careful and ask locals for the latest.