The majority of rivers in Nicaragua
are located on the Caribbean coast and empty out into the Caribbean Sea
. The Río San Juan
is one of the most important rivers in Nicaragua, it borders Costa Rica
and connects the Caribbean Sea to Lake Cocibolca
The Nicaragua Canal
was a proposed project for an inter-Oceanic canal
to transport cargo ships
coming in from the Pacific to the Caribbean, or vice versa, instead of sailing down around Cape Horn
. As of 2007 the project is still being considered.
The Río Grande and its tributaries are the most extensive river system, while the Río Escondido provides a major transportation route between the Pacific and Caribbean coasts.
The Río Coco, locally known as the Wanks, runs along the border with Honduras and is the longest river in Central America.
Other important rivers include Río Tipitapa, which links Lake Cocibolca to Lake Managua
and covers 1,050 km² (405 sq mi).