The Corn Islands are somewhat off the beaten path…but they won’t be for long. This past Thanksgiving I was starting to feel that itch, you know the one, the travel itch. I had 7 whole days to work with, I needed to go somewhere.
While looking at what Nicaragua has to offer I saw colonial towns, surfing, volcanoes, and beaches. I did the whole colonial town/volcano thing in Guatemala this past summer so I didn’t feel the need to do that again so soon. Surfing, no one needs to see me trying to surf. So, beaches it is! I also like to go anywhere that offers scuba diving. When googling diving in Nicaragua the first thing that popped up was the Corn Islands. There are two Corn Islands, Big and Little. Which one should I tackle? I couldn’t decide between Big Corn and Little Corn so I chose both! Why not?
Great for scuba diving, snorkeling, trail walking, and lounging on the beach. The beaches are smaller than those on Big Corn but more picturesque. It’s laid back and it’s always 5 o’clock drink o’clock.
Also, it’s young backpackers galore, you will most likely run into the same people multiple times during your stay. So try to smile.
No cars – there is a paved walking path around part of the island and several hiking trails.
No airport – boats depart from Big Corn harbor twice a day usually after the morning and afternoon flights from Managua.
There are a few restaurants/bars located near the dock. Tranquilo was the only bar/restaurant open that was constantly packed (There looked to be a few more joints located near Tranquilo that were closed for the season).
Island dogs are everywhere! All of the pooches we came across were friendly and more than happy to share our nachos.
Electricity on the island is turned off between 6am-1pm.
US dollars accepted.
Perfect for bicycling, snorkeling, walking along the beaches, and hiking. The beaches are bigger than those on Little Corn, and several sunken boats are anchored close to shore allowing for great wreck snorkeling.
There seemed to be an older tourist crowd and more families with little kids.
Taxis rides are cheap, we paid around $2 US per ride.
The island is not touristy in regards to bars/restaurants. We ate mostly at our resort and The Dive Cafe.
Baseball is huge on the island! Games are on Sundays and there are big parties after the game. If you are a Kansas City Royals fan Cheslor Cuthbert is from Big Corn and you will see many locals supporting him by wearing Royals gear.