Little Corn Island

People may be surprised that there are still low-key, off-the-beaten track vacation spots in the Caribbean region. Yes, there are a few of them, and they are special in their own right. One of these special destinations is Little Corn Island. Situated 45 miles off Nicaragua’s Caribbean Coast, Little Corn and its sister Big Corn are in an isolated region of the island nation.

Little-Corn-IslandHowever, these two islands possess the characteristics typical of a Caribbean paradise such as white sandy beaches, clear turquoise waters, coconut palm trees and coral reefs. The atmosphere in Little Corm is also the reason why visitors choose to stay on this island. The pace of life here is unhurried and peaceful. The people are nice but very laidback. The island does not have a wide range of glitzy grand resort complexes. In so many ways, Little Corn can be so elusive but has every capacity to charm you.

There are no motorized vehicles or driving roads on the island, so most people get around on foot. Fortunately, you can walk the entire island’s length in less than one hour. An alternative is to rent a bicycle, which is usually offered at guesthouses and hotels. Visiting Little Corn is all about enjoying its pristine beaches. One of the more popular ones is called Cocal Beach, which stretches its white sand to one mile.

Little Corn Island also offers plenty of diving and snorkeling opportunities. There are about 20 dive spots around Little Corn with Blowing Rock being the most popular. Dive Little Corn is one of top dive shops on the island. They offer PADI courses and conduct three dives a day.

CathedralIn the middle of the island is a lookout point locally called Mirador. Coming here means hiking through a thick jungle. However, your effort is guaranteed to be rewarded by beautiful panoramic views of rocky coves, deserted beaches and luscious landscape. Some of the tourism businesses in Little Corn include restaurants, cafes, massage services and yoga studios. If you are an avid angler, then the abundance of fly and sport fishing activities offered here will be just the ticket. You only need a dependable fishing boat and guide, which you can arrange with your guesthouse or a fishing charter operating on the island.

When the sun sets, don’t expect Little Corn to become a party island. Your nights here will probably be spent gathering around bonfires, playing cards and board games or reading a book. However, all is not lost for revelers as there are still some local dance clubs like the Eagle Bat and Happy Hut. The electricity on the island is mostly generated through solar and wind power.

The majority of the locals speak Spanish and English. Big Corn has a small airport that facilitates flights from mainland. From here, you can reach Little Corn by taking a 30 to 45 minute ferry ride. The ferry service, locally known as panga, runs twice daily. The U.S. dollar is the main currency used on the island although the Nicaraguan Córdoba is also accepted. Take note that there is no ATM on Little Corn so make sure to bring sufficient cash, plan a budget, and follow it.

About Author:

Arie Boris has extensive travel industry experience, including business and sales development for commercial aviation, the International emergency assistance & travel insurance industry and a national association of travel agents. He was a contributing editor to several print and Internet travel publications, including Fieldings’ Worldwide Cruise Guide and was part of the start up team for CruiseCritic. He has written over 400 cruise ship reviews. Arie also produces and hosts Cruise Gourmet Voyages, a variety of fundraising & theme group cruises for various charitable and arts organizations. He has produced theme cruises for a variety of special interest groups including opera, comedy, spiritual retreats and fan clubs for TV shows like Dark Shadows and Dancing with the Stars!