San Juan del Sur (sän hwän dĕl sōr) [key], town, SW Nicaragua, on the Pacific Ocean. It was the Pacific terminus of the transit route across the isthmus during the California gold rush and is today connected by a short railroad to Rivas. Coffee, sugar, cocoa, and balsam are exported from San Juan del Sur.
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