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New Greytown, San Juan del Norte, Nicaragua

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A May 2001 trip to San Juan del Norte by Tropic

Boca of Rio Indio Photo, San Juan del Norte, Nicaragua More Photos
Quote: The Rio Indio, sharing its mouth onto the Caribbean with the Rio San Juan, is a wildlife and angling haven. We experienced not only the beauty and excitement of the rich tropical jungle waters, but also the historic Central American town of Greytown, in its heyday a very important port.

New Greytown, San Juan del Norte, Nicaragua

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Boca Rio San Juan Photo, San Juan del Norte, Nicaragua
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Once the most important port in Central America, the haunting past of Greytown, San Juan del Norte, still lingers in among the trees that have now overgrown the historic town. The only structure remaining is the set of three marble steps that once led to the wood mansion belonging to the wealthy Pellas family and the ornate carved tombstones with the rusting iron cemetery fences. However, in the old canals and hidden lagoons there still exists some of the best fishing and natural jungle habitat for a number of exotic fish, insects and animals. The new town of San Juan del Norte was established on the Rio Indio and is growing with a population returning from exile in Costa Rica and the remote a...Read More

Hotel Paraiso Virgin

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Hotel | "Hotel Paraiso Virgin, New Greytown"

Hotel Paraiso Virgin Photo, San Juan del Norte, Nicaragua
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The only hotel in San Juan del Norte with good clean screened rooms, private bathrooms and cold showers. each room has three beds and overhead fans. Meals are served family style and there is a very comfortable waterfront bar and boathouse with many hammocks to rest in and view the busy river traffic on Rio Indio. Your friendly host Melvin speaks English, as do many of the people on this coast.

Electric power in the town is limited to 5 hours in the evening and flashlights are a very important aid.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on May 22, 2001

Hotel Paraiso Virgin
San Juan del Norte
San Juan del Norte, Nicaragua
(506) 758-4246

Paraiso Virgin

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Restaurant | "Paraiso Virgin, New Greytown"

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Local menu with lots of sea food or wild game. Best is the lobster or river shrimp and when the snook run is on, the fried snook is the preference. The famous 'Run Down' stew is a must for a visitor wanting something truly typical. This is coconut based and very rich, using local wild game or fish with lots of fresh vegetables and spices. The boneless Guapote in tomato sauce, prepared Nicaraguan style is my particular favourite. Local fresh fruit drinks accompany every meal. Ice is rare and not usually available.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 22, 2001

Paraiso Virgin
San Juan del Norte
San Juan del Norte, Nicaragua

Flyfishing the Salt

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Flyfishing the Salt Photo, San Juan del Norte, Nicaragua
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Fishing the salt is a great experience at the mouth (boca) of the Rio Indio and Rio San Juan. Here there are many schools of feeding fish and the action can be fast and furious. It is beautiful offshore clear water with very little wave action ... ideal for flyfishing and with a refreshing climate. We had lots of success fishing along the shore and following the shrimp trawlers. Extra rods are also a good idea since the fish are big with many double hook-ups a possibility. Use sun block and take lots of water. If prone to sea sickness, take appropriate precautions and eat a light breakfast.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 22, 2001

Flyfishing the Salt
Boca of Rio Indio
San Juan del Norte, Nicaragua

Flyfishing the Salt

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Attraction | "Flyfishing the tropical jungle waters."

Flyfishing the Salt Photo, San Juan del Norte, Nicaragua
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We used the outfitter Fly Fish Costa Rica out of neighboring Costa Rica with their modern well equipped 20-ft. bass boat and English speaking guide. When we arrived in San Juan del Norte, the sea was very calm and no surf was found at the river mouths. This afforded easy access to some of the best areas for Tarpon fishing offshore. Birds could be seen diving on baitfish along the Caribbean coast and schools of jacks crashed the bait with wild abandon and attracted the large Tarpon to join the feast. Unfortunately, the Barracudas also appeared and cut many of the fly streamers off and worse still, damaged our expensive flylines. We decided to return to the freshwater lagoons and fish for the sma...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 22, 2001

Flyfishing the Salt
Boca of Rio Indio
San Juan del Norte, Nicaragua

The Crew Photo, San Juan del Norte, Nicaragua
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Not another sportfishing boat in sight and a whole world of tropical water to explore. It was an ideal situation, though very much like serious work at times. Getting to the Rio Indio was an adventure with the low water in the Rio San Juan having many sandbars and sunken logs. On our return trip, we did unfortuantely get stuck for three hours on a sandbar and had to literally dig and push our way out. We all managed to have some additional experiences added to our many hopes for of catching great fish with flyrods and visiting one of the most remote waters available to modern anglers. Not only was the weather ideal, but we lived our dreams of combining a shortfishing trip with a cultural vacation to a...Read More

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