Lake Nicaragua (Spanish: “Lago de Nicaragua”) also called Lake Cocibolca or Lake Granada is the largest freshwater lake in Nicaragua and in fact in all of Central America as well as the 19th largest freshwater lake in the world.
The Tiptapa River connects the “Lago de Nicaragua” to Lake Managua. The Lake drains to the Caribbean Sea via the San Juan River allowing Granada, Nicaragua to operate an Atlantic port, opening the city to international trade and tourism allowing for the many hotels in Granada Nicaragua.
Islands on Lake Nicaragua
The lake holds two islands, Ometepe and Zapatera, both being volcanic islands with Ometepe being home of two volcanoes, the Volcano Concepción and the Volcano Maderas. The “Lago de Nicaragua” also holds the archipelago Solentiname Islands, made up of four larger islands and 32 smaller islands. The Solentiname islands are located at the south end of the lake.
If you stay in Granada, taking a boot tour on the lake and visiting the islands and it’s volcanoes is a definite must. The Solentiname Islands also are worth a visit, especially if you are a fan of the arts. Over the years the archipelago has attracted many painters and woodcarvers who’s works can be admired in a small art gallery.
Lake Nicaragua Shark
However nice the water might seem, we’d advise you no to take a swim in the lake due to it’s water quality and the fact that it is populated by sharks.
The lake is known to be home to the “Lago Nicaragua Shark” also known as the Bull Shark.