Nicaragua is technically part of the North American continent, although it is commonly associated with Central America and the Caribbean. The country is located at the latitude of 13 degrees north and the longitude of 85 degrees west.
Nicaragua's closest neighbors are Costa Rica to the south and Honduras to the north. The country is surrounded by the Caribbean Sea and the North Pacific Ocean. Nicaragua ranks as the 98th largest country in the world and the largest in Central America. Its total area encompasses approximately 50,336 square miles. Other nations that are part of the Central American region include Belize, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Panama and Costa Rica.