Pearl Lagoon

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Pearl Lagoon
Laguna de Perlas (Spanish)
Pearl Lagoon on a sunny day
Pearl Lagoon on a sunny day
Pearl Lagoon is located in Nicaragua
Pearl Lagoon
Pearl Lagoon
Location in Nicaragua
Coordinates: 12°21′N 83°40′W / 12.350°N 83.667°W / 12.350; -83.667
Country Nicaragua
DepartmentSouth Caribbean Coast Autonomous Region
 • Municipality758 sq mi (1,963 km2)
Population (2005)
 • Municipality10,676
 • Density14/sq mi (5.4/km2)
 • Urban4,404

Pearl Lagoon (Spanish: Laguna de Perlas, Spanish pronunciation: [laˈɣuna ðe ˈpeɾlas]) is a town in the municipality by the same name and was historically known as English Bank.[1] It is located in South Caribbean Coast Autonomous Region (RACCS) of Nicaragua. It is the largest coastal lagoon in RACCS.

Pearl Lagoon is home to 8,658 inhabitants as of 2005.


About a century ago it was considered to be the second capital of the Miskito Kingdom when the last Miskito king took up residence in the city. He arrived there after Henry Clarence deposed him in Bluefields in 1894.

At that time, Pearl Lagoon was called "the Granada of the Mosquitia" by one of the conquistadores of the Pacific Coast (the Caribbean side was not a part of Nicaragua) because of its beauty and the booming ship traffic. An 18th century cannon situated in the main street of the city has an inscription commemorating battles between liberal and conservative factions.[3]


Most of the inhabitants are Creole, but a large number of Miskito and some Garifuna are also present. Similar to Bluefields, May Pole (Palo De Mayo) is a big celebration among the people.

The main communities are Haulover, Kakabila, Marshall Point, Pearl Lagoon, Orinoco, La Fe, Raitipura, Brown Bank, Tasbapounie, Set Net, Wawashan, San Vicente, Awas and Pedregal. [4]


Pearl Lagoon is home to four local baseball teams that battle it out during the dry seasons on Sundays. The four teams are: Sweet Pearly, First Stop, The Young Brave, and the Haulover Tigers.[2] Pitchers Albert Williams and Devern Hansack, both natives of Pearl Lagoon, have played in Major League Baseball.


The municipality of Pearl Lagoon is located just north of Bluefields, the capital of RACCS, and can be reached by boat.

In 2006 the IDR initiated the construction of a new rural road of 17 km from Kukra Hill to Pearl Lagoon. As of 2011, the road permitted direct access to Pearl Lagoon from Managua by road.[3]


Coordinates: 12°21′N 83°40′W / 12.350°N 83.667°W / 12.350; -83.667