Introducing San Miguel
San Miguel is an intense working-class city, its sticky heat rising up from calamitous streets. It’s also a brashly confident place with a commercial energy to rival the capital and its locals relish the seedy, sexy nightlife.
San Miguel was founded in 1530, and organised crime has long been at loggerheads with the law here. It’s hoped the new government will draw vigilantes into the fold, but with remittances still pouring in – and unemployment still high – it’s as likely to change face as iconic Volcano Chaparrastique is to erupt anytime soon.
Parque David J Guzmán is Parque Central, with the cathedral to the east. The area is choked with traffic by day and dodgy by night. The area west of central park is quieter and more secure. Av Roosevelt (Carretera Interamericana) skirts the southwestern edge of town, where you’ll find the majority of nightclubs and a large Metrocentro mall.