Welcome to San Juan de Nicaragua
Dripping wet and laid-back, one of the Americas’ oldest European towns feels like it’s on the edge of the world. There are wide streets but no cars to fill them, and life is slow, even though the fishermen and boat builders work hard and want for little. How could they, in a town surrounded by rivers teeming with fish, virgin rainforest and jungle-fringed lagoons? They are cash poor, however, which leads to spotty electricity (carry a flashlight) and water service (shower when you can), and the locals dream of a tourism gold rush that, while theoretically possible, is unlikely to ever happen in this far-flung corner of Nicaragua. For now, however, it remains a dream destination for those comfortable on the edge.