Chinandega is the most northwestern department of Nicaragua bordering on Honduras and the Pacific Ocean. It's hot. It's population of 441,300 (2005) swelters in an area of 4,926 kilometers squared. Did I say it's hot? It's a true tropical climate.
The department consists of 13 municipalities: Chichigalpa,Chinandega, San Juan de Cinco Pinos, Corinto, El Realejo, El Viejo, Posoltega, Puerto Morazán, San Francisco del Norte, San Pedro del Norte, Santo Tomás del Norte, Somotillo, and Villa Nueva.