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.
Little Corn Island: how to get there
The airport is on Big Corn island. You can catch a flight from Managua, the capital of Nicaragua, with the local carrier called “La Costena” . Big Corn Island must have one of the weirdest airports I’ve ever been to: the runway doubles up as a proper road! Bicycles, dogs and pedestrians all walk across the runway! There are some security guards blocking the passage, in case a plane comes in, but most of the day you’re free to go!
From the airport, it’s a short walk to the ferry terminal. The ferry, aka “panga” operates on a “first come, first served” basis and seems to be is full when I arrive, but a cargo ship is willing to take me. It’s a choppy 40 minute ride to Little Corn!
Little Corn Island: where to stay and what to do
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 actually seems like you’re in 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. There is little else to do on Little Corn, and let that be a very good thing!
Visiting Little Corn Island is a must on your Nicaragua itinerary!
So tell me, have you been?