|Department||Department of Chinandega|
|o Municipality of Nicaragua||16,624|
|o Density||606.4/sq mi (234.14/km2)|
|Time zone||UTC-6 (Central Time)|
|Location||Isla El Cardon|
|Year first constructed||1876|
|Tower shape||cylindrical tower with balcony and light atop a 1-storey hexagonal prism basement|
|Markings / pattern||white tower|
|Tower height||13 metres (43 ft)|
|Focal height||27 metres (89 ft)|
|Light source||solar power|
|Range||10 nautical miles (19 km; 12 mi)|
|Characteristic||L Fl W 10s.|
|Managing agent||Aquatic Transport Directorate |
It was a railroad terminus and is Nicaragua's largest and only Pacific port for the import and export of goods. It has its own Container terminal and is able to manage a wide variety of cargo: liquid, bulk, containers, cars, etc.
When Nicaragua refused to pay Britain an indemnity for the annexation of the Mosquito Reserve, the British responded by occupying the Nicaraguan Pacific port of Corinto on 27 April 1895. Eventually the British left after being paid indemnities by the Nicaraguan government.
On May 2, 1896, U.S. Marines landed in Corinto to protect American interests during political unrest.
While supporting the Contra war against the Sandinista government in the 1980s, U.S. Forces mined the Port of Corinto. On October 10, 1983, an attack destroyed 3.2 million US gallons (12,000 m3) of fuel. It is believed that this attack was directed by the CIA and carried out by U.S. Navy Seals.
Corinto is twinned with: