I’d never really given the lyrics of The Clash’s Rudie Can’t Fail much thought before coming to Bluefields, but a day and a night in the city and a couple of transits through it helped lend perspective. A few cold beers for breakfast seems pretty normal in Bluefields…and it helps explain the number of drunks weaving their way through the commercial district and port area.
Bluefields, the major city on Nicaragua’s Caribbean coast, is a seedy introduction to the eastern side of the country…and as a hard working but impoverished port town, its as far from most people’s idealised vision of the Caribbean as possible. Since it connects the rest of Nicaragua to the Caribbean coast and the Atlantic, if you want to explore some of this region Bluefields is pretty much unavoidable.
I don’t want to be unkind to Bluefields because for decades it, and the rest of the Nicaraguan…
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