San Juan de Nicaragua

Old Greytown, now reclaimed by the forest, was once a bustling British Caribbean outpost and departure point for the steamboats that carried tens of thousands of passengers up the Rio San Juan. San Juan de Nicaragua, also known as Greytown, was traditionally inhabited by European aristocrats. During the Spanish domination (1538 AD) San Juan stood out for its commercial prosperity, which allowed it to maintain the privileged status of free port.


On 1 January 1848 the British army occupied the old San Juan, entrance to the proposed inter-oceanic canal. Shortly before the Miskito King George Augustus Frederic II had changed the name from San Juan to Greytown, in honor of the then governor of Jamaica; Sir Charles Grey. A visit to the cemetery of Old Greytown allows you to visualize the exiting history of this very special place.


The friendly inhabitants of nearby village San Juan del Norte, largely descendants of the RAMA Indians, are keen to show you the beautiful surroundings of San Juan de Nicaragua; mystic jungle rivers, virgin lagoons and deserted Caribbean beaches where the jungle actually meets the beach.

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