Little Corn Island is far smaller than Big Corn Island and has some kind of deserted island feel. It was my long time wish to visit this idyllic Caribbean island, where you can spend your days exploring the island by walking the footpaths through the coconut palm tree woods to find small beaches around the island, relaxing in a hammock and enjoying...more
Little Corn Island is a paradise for those wishing to enjoy tranquility of the virgin beaches. And that's just what I was looking for. But walk to the Village should you wish to check out 'civilization'. The island is small, everything is in a walking distance. Staying on the east side it took 15 minutes to get across the island to the village. I...more
My original plan after landing on Big Corn Island was to go directly to Little Corn Island. But due to strong winds and rough sea there was no panga boat so I was stuck on Big Corn Island for one day. I decided to take advantage and explore the island by foot. Starting from Brig Bay where my hotel was located, I took the cobbled street that goes...more
Only a five-minute taxi ride from the airport is Brig Bay which is the main town of Big Corn Island, the 'downtown' area. Typical Caribbean town with a mixed culture (English-speaking Creole population, mainland Nicaraguans and Miskito people from the Caribbean Mosquito coast) and island flavour is actually a group of houses lining the main road....more
Ebenezer Baptist Church was the nicest church that I saw on this island. It is located north of the main town close to the north side of the island. It is just across the main road from the oceanside. It was orginally founded in 1852 by Reverend Edward Kelly. Religion has a fairly strong influence on the island as I saw a fair amount of grafitti...more
The shack is a locally oun restaurant made with bambu,and painted with rasta colours.what make this place in Little Corn Island so special is the food they serve its base on the tradition and culture of the afronicaraguans,evrything is cook with coconut oil and coconut milk.they serve breakfast all day, so if you miss your breakfast you can allways...more
The Shack, run by Wyclif (a local), is the place to get the coldest beer on Little Corn Island - really! It is in front of Tranquilo's and about 100m south of the panga dock. I am not sure how he does it, but all the restaurants serve luke cool beer, but Wyclif sells beer that has ice on the outside and is FREEZING cold and amazing in the heat. You...more
After arriving on the Little Corn all my taste buds were itching for Caribbean flavour, the famous rondón. The dish is mostly prepared at home for family occasions and it's not easy to find in a restaurant. They can make it for you if you but you may need to order it a day in advance, as it takes a long time to prepare. I talked to Carlito's sister...more
Casa Iguana is an amazing ocean front eco lodge situated on a rocky cliff of the remote and breezy southeastern side of the island. Fifteen colourful solar-powered wooden cabañas are clustered around a hilltop lodge featuring a wide veranda where guests and visitors are welcome to join for breakfast, lunch or dinner, or just to enjoy cocktails and...more
Attached to the Little Corn Beach and Bungalow is the Turned Turtle bar and restaurant, which offers some of the most mouth watering food on the island. Comfortable, tastefully furnished eco friendly bungalows and the restaurant are located only a short walk from Carlito's place, and are owned by a friendly Canadian couple, which we had an...more
Little Corn Island is not particularly known for its nightlife, and to tell the truth, I did not miss it at all. But there was one exception to the normally laid back pace of life. Saturday night on the island is party night and Tranquilo Cafe is the place to go if meeting up with other fun-seeking travellers is your thing. It's the Little Corn Island night spot with good music and occasional dancing. The place is famous for its theme parties (Bonfire Parties, DJ nights) and 'Pub Quiz'. I passed by several times and it was always full of people taking advantage of Happy Hour (5-7pm) and watching yet another incredible sunset.
I rarely visit the village in the evening, but if I did, it was when I dined in Color View, a little home-style restaurant on west side of the island. We usually arrived earlier to enjoy the sunset which is one of the most magic spectacles on Little Corn Island, one that takes your breath away. After dinner we took a walk across the island and spent the rest of the night chilling in a hammock, listening to the relaxing sounds of the ocean waves, watching the star-filled sky and sipping delicious rum Flor de Caña.
On Big Corn Island you can take taxi colectivo or a bus, while Little Corn Island, with an area of 2,9 square kilometres, is very small and thus easily walkable. Little Corn is quite long and narrow. It means a short walk across the island, and you can walk the length of the island in less than an hour. Actually, you have no other choice than...more
We arrived on Big Corn Island around 8am. To get to Little Corn Island you have to take a panga boat. There are two departures daily from Big Corn, at 10am and 4pm. The times coincide well with La Costeña flights from Managua. The trip to Little Corn is often choppy and rough, especially when the sea is up. I heard several frightening stories so I...more
I had to be at the airport at 5am to catch the 6:15am flight from Managua to Big Corn Island. I used Paxeos shuttle service on my arrival to Nicaragua (to get from Managua airport to Granada). Since I was very satisfied with their service I used them again. I arranged the transportation in their office at Parque Central next to the Catedral, one...more
There aren't any good shops in the Corn Islands. There are hardly any touristy souvenirs. The only ones we found were sold by the individual hotels (we bought Big Corn Island Dive Resort and Casa Iguana t-shirts) and Dive Little Corn (another t-shirt).
One of the things that a visitor of Corn Islands notice is the dichotomy of the people, their language and their customs compared with those on the mainland. Unlike the Spanish-speaking mainland of Nicaragua, Corn Islands were a British protectorate (and refuge for pirates) until 1894 when the government declared the area’s sovereignty, so most...more
The two islands, Big Corn and Little Corn, were under British domination until the late 19th century so it is not surprising that British influence still exists in the type of architecture seen on the islands. Some examples of original architecture using English style, typical of the Caribbean, can be found. Most of these two-storey houses are now...more
The Caribbean of Nicaragua has its own unique cuisine, different from the rest of Nicaragua. It's a blend of ethnic influences, a rich reminder of where today's inhabitants of Corn Island came from. Caribbean dishes, regarded by many as the best in the country, rely heavily on the day's catch of fish and seafood, and spicy curries are often blended...more
My wife and I were robbed at knife point on Little Corn Island in June 2011. We were going back to our hotel (Little Corn Beach Bungalow) on the eastern side of the island from Tranquilo's Cafe on the western side. The attack occurred at 2300, on the mid-island path path that start's off from Bridgett's cafe and heads east. Right when you pass the...more
Warning about robbery on Little Corn Island Nicaragua. We were robbed by two machete wielding men on Little Corn Island close to our lodging at Casa Iguana.This occurred Feb 7/05 and learned afterwards that this was the 7 th robbery since December. Another guest had been robbed at the same place the week before.Received no warning from the Casa...more
Stay FAR away from the bathroom at the Big Corn Island airport. No luces! The lights weren't working in the unisex bathroom (which was probably a good thing in hindsight). There was an AWFUL stench. Sticky things were on the floor. The commode was broken, therefore it hadn't been flushed for a LONG time. And just when you thought it couldn't get...more
Luggage and bags:
Backpack...we brought "wheelie" bags - BIG mistake!
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Be sure to pack comfortable sneakers and sandals - both with good soles! Don't be surprised if you "trash" them during your visit!
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Toilet paper...see the note about the airport...
Photo Equipment: Lots of it! :-)
Miscellaneous: We were told to bring bug repellant, however we didn't need to use it the entire time! It certainly wouldn't hurt to bring some, however...
Bluff Point, located at the southern tip of Big Corn Island is a worth while hike. The way we went to get here was down the southern side of Quinn Hill. It is a rocky shore where you hope from rock to rock for a while with the occasional little sandy beach. Large parts of here get fairly hot because you are out of the wind for some time....more
Little Corn is wonderfully remote. The island is littered with foot paths with out a motorized vehicle in sight.Hiking around the island just following your nose will fill up a couple days even before you hit the water.The flora is lush and exotic and the fauna (local dogs who follow you) are basically friendly and a welcome companionship.more
Beside swaying in a hammock, lounging on the beach and swimming, there are plentiful snorkeling and diving opportunities on both Big and Little Corn Island. The islands are surrounded by the reef, offering a variety of unique adventure. Stunning untouched corals and sponges, and abundant marine life make this underwater world a beautiful sight....more
Corn Island is an amazing place to go diving. The water is so clear, the reefs and marine life look really healthy, good selection of dive sites and not overcrowded with people. As far as I know there is only one dive outfit on Big Corn Island and this is it. This place is also a restaurant that has good pizza and has accomodations. The price for...more
The water is so clear and smooth making it effortless and calming. Great first thing in the morning. Gives you access to cool coves like Moss cove, north of the dive shop. Rent the Kayaks from Casa Iguana dive shop. Bring along snorkeling gear to snorkel off the boat. Remember sun screen and water.more