San Juan del Sur
“Where are we?” Ania said as we rolled into San Juan del Sur, a beach town at the southern edge of Nicaragua.
American tourists filled the streets, prices were high and there wasn’t a mercado in sight. It didn’t feel like Nicaragua anymore. Family-resort-package-Costa-Rica was spilling over the border.
San Juan del Sur was nice, though. Surrounded by tropical, green mountains and statue-baring cliffs, it almost resembled a mini Rio de Janeiro.
Ania and I arrived to relax on a few cheap beaches before heading south to more expensive areas, but it was almost too late. We were surprised with $5 beach shuttles - a price three times higher than any other bus we rode in Nicaragua.
Offended, we packed our bags and hitchhiked the hell out of there to find less exploited beaches.
San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua - © Diego Cupolo 2011