My wife and I went to the Panama Canal and Costa Rica on a recent cruise. While on a cruise sponsored excursion in Costa Rica, riding on a tour bus, we were stopped and detained for nearly an hour by, what looked like police. Later, however, our tour guide told us that there have been many cases of criminals dressed like police and driving marked vehicles, holding up buses. While they never boarded our bus, they removed the license plate and tried to shake down the driver for money.
I love cruising, but I will never again get off the ship unless I'm in an American country. Both Panama and Costa Rica are incredibly beautiful countries with spectacular wild life and vegetation, but the cities are filthy and even the smallest shack of a house has razor wire fencing and bars on the windows and door openings.
I have been all over the eastern and western Caribbean and have never been sorry I live in America. We must do whatever it takes to keep it that way.