Welcome to Lake Nicaragua! In Spanish, Lake Nicaragua is known by many names: Lago de Nicaragua, Mar Dulce, Gran Lago, Lago Cocibolca and Lago de Granada. Many people visit Lake Nicaragua through the colonial city of Granada, located on Lake Nicaragua's banks. The most famous landmark in Lake Nicaragua is probably Ometepe (pictured), an island formed by two volcanoes.
Lake Nicaragua is connected to the Caribbean sea by the San Juan River, which explains the origins of the infamous Lake Nicaragua sharks! In the early 1900s, it was also seriously considered for the establishment of an interoceanic canal, but the Panama Canal ended up being the more practical solution. At 3,191 square miles, Lake Nicaragua is the largest lake in Central America and the 21st largest lake in the world.