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Surrender to the beauty and the relaxing pace of life of Nicaragua’s Corn Islands. This impossibly scenic pair of islands draw visitors looking for beachside bliss. Lounge on spectacular stretches of sand, go diving in coral reefs or simply sit back and enjoy ocean views from the comfort of a swinging hammock.
Big Corn Island, also known as Great Corn Island, is the larger and more developed of the two Corn Islands, though it is still decidedly laid-back and low-key. Laze on the sand at the beaches here, including Sally Peachy Beach and Picnic Beach, and snorkel among schools of fish.
For something more active, follow the paths that lead to the summit of Quinn Hill, which, at 370 feet (113 meters) above sea level, is the highest point on Big Corn. Enjoy views out over the ocean from the top. If your visit coincides with the rainy season, which typically lasts from May to November, bring your raincoat and be prepared for muddy tracks.
Catch a panga (boat) to the jungle-clad Little Corn Island for a stay in a rustic and pristine environment. Enjoy the tranquility of this car-free destination. Bring your scuba gear and dive to reefs and swim through underwater caves. Float past hammerhead sharks at the Tarpon Channel and see porcupine puffer fish at the White Holes dive site off the north of the island. Fishing charters can also be arranged from Little Corn.
Popular daytrips include boat tours out to Pearl Cays, a chain of unspoiled and often deserted tropical islands. Back on the Corn Islands, taste regional cuisine, such as just-caught lobster cooked to perfection in fresh coconut milk and spices.
Fly to the Corn Islands from Nicaragua’s capital city, Managua. Remember that Little Corn Island has limited electricity and Wi-Fi is also scarce.
Visit these idyllic tropical islands and experience true serenity.
Nestled on the beach, this Little Corn Island hotel is 0.6 mi (1 km) from Lookout Point.
Nestled on the beach, this Little Corn Island hotel is 0 mi (0 km) from Lookout Point.