Whoever said “travelling is relaxing” never had to get up at 3.15 am to catch a flight! After spending a few weeks on mainland Nicaragua, I am off to discover the Caribbean charm of the Corn Islands. They are situated 65km off the coast of Nicaragua and consist of two islands: Big Corn Island and, yes you guessed it, Little Corn Island.
The airport is on Big Corn. It is one of the weirdest airports I’ve ever been to: an airport where the runway doubles up as a proper road! Bicycles, dogs and pedestrians all walk across the runway! There are some security guards blocking the way, in case a plane comes in, but most of the day, you’re free to go!
As intriguing as it is, I still have a long way to go before arriving on Little Corn. The passenger ferry is full, but the cargo boat is willing to take me. After half an hour of loading and unloading, we are ready to go.
Little Corn Island is only 2km². Being so small, it can get pretty tricky to find accommodation during high season. I manage to get the last room at “The Lobster Inn”, a very pink affair right on the beach front. The balcony, the English accent and the darker skin of the people give you an instant Caribbean feel. This is very different from mainland Nicaragua, it seems like a totally different country!
“The Lobster Inn” is in the middle of “The Village”, which is basically one long path with a couple of bars and restaurants. This is where the majority of tourists hang out. Once you walk 100m further, you find yourself among local bars, playing country music, and small-town shops.
The trails to the secluded beaches lead through a forest of palm and coconut trees. The beach coves are completely empty, this is the perfect escape!
After a few days of lingering, I make my way to the north coast of the island, where the beaches are supposed to be even prettier! Jungle tracks lead to beaches that are as Caribbean and white as you can possibly imagine: palm trees hanging over the water, locals passing by on horses: what a treat! I spend the rest of the day walking around, stopping at beaches to read a book and sipping a few beers. It’s so easy to while the day away, giving yourself over to the rhythm of the Caribbean!
Visiting Little Corn Island is a must on your Nicaragua itinerary!
So tell me, have you been?