The Corn Islands are one of the best-kept treasures of Nicaragua and Central America, an ideal destination for those who want to escape the bustle of the city and relax on the shores of the Caribbean.
At the end of August, the islands are filled with joy and lots of colors, locals celebrate the emancipation of their ancestors, who after being subjected to slavery were freed almost two centuries ago.
Here’s what to see and do on the Corn Islands during the Emancipation from Slavery Festival.
From August 27 to 29, the Corn Island archipelago hosts a series of activities that reflect local identity and customs. The 27th is the epicenter of the festival, where there is a float parade, carnival and historical reenactments. On August 28, the queen of the islands’ is elected at night and on the 29th, emancipation is celebrated on Little Corn Island, this particular celebration is known as Cross Over. All of these activities are free and open to everyone.
Savoring delicious food
Corn Islands has a variety of gastronomic options that are coconut and seafood-based, visiting local comedors and restaurants is the best option to enjoy authentic dishes and desserts.
If you are on Great Corn Island on August 27, lunch is free at Lestel Downs Square, in South End—where the parade ends. Here you can enjoy free crab soup, rice and beans with coconut milk, beef, and soda cake, among others.
During the local festivities, you can participate in traditional games such as kitty ally, ribbon race, horse race, egg race, greasy pole, sodacake eating contest, among others.
You also have the option to do other activities like hiking to Mount Pleasant or Bluff Point, picnicking, volleyball or beach football, snorkeling, or scuba diving.
There is a lot to do in Corn Islands, especially during the local holidays. Visit the islands and enjoy the warmth of its people, beautiful beaches and delicious food.