Nicaragua’s Caribbean Secret: The Corn Islands

The Corn Islands made up of little and Big Corn Island have long been known to surfers and backpackers and were once a refuge for pirates. Recent developments – including new hotels and activities – are putting the Corn Islands at the forefront as the next Caribbean destination drawing travelers’ interest.

The two islands, located 43 miles off the Caribbean coast of Nicaragua, are a tropical paradise offering travelers the opportunity to get off the beaten path and explore the relaxed island lifestyle that includes turquoise waters, white-sand beaches, palm trees, stunning reefs and marine life. Not only for relaxing, visitors can also undertake adventurous activities that Nicaragua is known for including snorkeling, scuba diving, kayaking and fishing.

Corn Islands

Getting to the Corn Islands lets travelers truly feel as though they’re discovering an unknown paradise. Travelers can take an hour flight provided by local airline La Costeña from Managua to Big Corn Island, there are 3 daily. For a little more adventure, Big Corn Island can be reached by taking the ferry that departs once a week from El Rama, making a short stop in Bluefields along the way; the total time of the trip from El Rama to Corn Island is around nine hours. Once on Big Corn Island, Little Corn Island is reached by a 30- to 40-minute boat ride. Travelers should note that limited boat departures are available weekly.

With a surface of around six square miles, Big Corn Island is three times larger than Little Corn Island. On Big Corn Island, long stretches of sandy beaches and a selection of charming lodging options can be found. Small neighborhoods and homes are scattered over the island while some parts of the island remain uninhabited. Stunning beaches include South West Bay (known as picnic center), North End and Sally Peaches, while South End´s Long Bay offer stretches of white-sand beaches.

Little Corn Island is a charming island that is only about 1.5 square miles in size. Filled with scenic ocean views unobstructed by cruise ships, its white-sand beaches, coral reefs, cabanas and local restaurants make Little Corn Island feel extra special. Locals get around on foot with no motorized vehicles available on the island. Little Corn Island is home to a population of approximately less than 1,200 individuals who mainly speak Creole English. Travelers will find a relaxed atmosphere and a way of life that embraces the surrounding nature.