Located at the mouth of the mighty Río San Juan, just as the Río Indio branches off northwards, Greytown was one of the first places European explorers/pirates (depending on your point of view) arrived. Nearby San Juan de Nicaragua (aka San Juan del Norte, aka Greytown), however, is perhaps the youngest town in Central America, established in the early 1990s when a mishmash of families displaced by the war decided to return to Nicaragua. All that is left of old Greytown is an overgrown graveyard and a dredger brought by Cornelius Vanderbilt in the 1800s with hopes of creating an inter-oceanic canal.

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