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“Beautiful and peaceful beach front cabanas” 4 of 5 stars
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“Beautiful and peaceful beach front cabanas”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2013

Its a rough ride on the boat to the island, and you have to walk for 15 minutes across the island to reach the hotel, but its worth it. Its in a beautiful setting among palm trees, right by the beach, and the only sound is the roar of the waves Unfortunately, in February the sea is rough for swimming and snorkeling on this side of the island

The cabanas are very simple, with plenty of windows for fresh air and a constant breeze when we were there. The problems with electric power cuts and water shortages mean that you have to be prepared to accept that you are not staying in a developed island.

The restaurant serves excellent meals, but we found the quantities large and we often shared a meal, but this was not a problem. The menus are American based and we found some meals to comprise a strange mixture of foods and flavours. The staff are brilliant, always quick to serve, very happy and friendly. They keep the rooms, restaurant and grounds immaculate.

The restaurant was open to the public and we found that a number of backpackers who were staying in the area came during the daytime. In itself, this was not an issue, but we found they spent long periods using the facilities, to the detriment of residents. This was encouraged by having access to the internet. Although guests are told not to give out the password to visitors, the staff did and
the management seemd to turn a blind eye.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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noplansnoreserve, Manager at Little Corn Beach and Bungalow, responded to this review, March 14, 2013
Thanks for the nice review! Our internet bandwidth has been limited by the provider in the past. Now, our current satellite provider is much more generous although still expensive at $400/mth. Due to this change and the fact that there is free internet at many of our competitors we recently relaxed our restrictions so that all of our guests, whether buying a coke or staying at our hotel can use the internet. Hotel guests have an advantage in that they can use the wi-fi at their cabin. We hope to see you back on LCI someday soon!
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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Lufkin, Texas, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2013

WE just got back from our trip to LCBB. All I can say is AMAZING! Scott & Christine went above and beyond making our stay perfect. Sara was great on massages for all of us. Stacy & the staff were our favorite! We actually cried leaving them all, even Lola bird! Getting to Little Corn is not easy or for everyone. The panga ride was a little scary with the high winds. We traveled with a year old and 20 month old and felt safe on the island at all times. The food was so good, the rooms were spotless and very comfortable, everyone was accomodating and helpful, and the property was immaculate at all times. Thanks for an amazing trip and adventure. We will definitely be back.

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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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noplansnoreserve, Manager at Little Corn Beach and Bungalow, responded to this review, March 14, 2013
Hi Nancy. Remember there is that one thing . . . the 6th birthday party next year! We hope you got your keys back. All of us here look forward to seeing you again some time soon. Safe travels to all of you!
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2013

My husband and I cannot possibly lavish enough praise on Little Corn Beach and Bungalow. We have traveled all over the world and have been to many beaches, but I think we've found our favorite place. Montauk Traveler articulated the spirit and mission of LCBB very well; I urge potential visitors make sure they read this review and all the information LCBB itself provides so they fully understand the privileges and responsibilities that come with their visit. LIttle Corn Island is precious and while the influx of tourists can be good for the local economy, they can be very bad for the local ecosystem so it is necessary to respect the rules. The management of LCBB also seems determined to treat its staff well, so those who value non-exploitative travel can feel good about staying here. The food and drinks were delicious - not three Michelin stars, but delicious --and the pina coladas still show up in my dreams. The casitas and grounds were spotless and the staff was among the friendliest and most helpful we've ever encountered (this was true for all the places we stayed in Nicaragua). The water right off the beach was too murky for snorkeling, which was disappointing I don't know if it is different in different seasons or with different weather or if this is chronic. We went snorkeling with Elvis, however, and he provided a fine and safe experience. Yoga with Sara at the lovely Firefly Studio was blissful and her massage might be the best I have ever had. Sara tailored her individual instructions in the yoga class to my physical limitations, but gave others the opportunities to (literally) stretch their practices. Regarding my physical limitations, the Adirondack chairs were comfortable only a short while for me so I really needed either a hammock or a lounge chair. More of both would be great (if possible). That's my one and only suggestion. I couldn't walk around to see the rest of the island, but LCBB is so perfect that I didn't mind. Thank you to everyone who contributed to our spectacular stay. We will be back.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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noplansnoreserve, Manager at Little Corn Beach and Bungalow, responded to this review, March 6, 2013
Many thanks from all of us here at LCBB for your empathetic and kind review. We are dedicated to minimizing our impact environmentally and maximizing our positive impact socially here on this island paradise. Our all Nicaraguan staff is great and we are very proud of them! Please come see us again on Little Corn Island.
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2013

We just returned from Little Corn Island and were so happy we stayed at LCB&B. The owners, Scott and Christine couldn't have been more accommodating, the rooms were comfortable and the property is beautifully maintained. Yoga with Sarah at the FireFly studio was a big plus and the food at the Turned Turtle restaurant was delish, and breakfasts are fantastic. Don't expect gourmet, remember this is a tiny island with major challenges, so chocolate mousse may be soupy, and Internet may be spotty, - but it's not their fault - they're batting 1000 with the resources they've got. They're also really "right minded" - brought spaying and neutering to the Island and are great to their appreciative and attentive staff. We can't wait to return!

Room Tip: Casitas are a little "close" to one another.
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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noplansnoreserve, Manager at Little Corn Beach and Bungalow, responded to this review, March 5, 2013
Thank you for the kind and understanding review. We have been lucky enough to have been the intiators and driving force for the annual free animal clinics since 2008. Good news too . . . our kind guests have donated almost $1,500 towards this years clinic. Even those that don't actually donate contribute as just the fact they stay with us allows us to continue our island programs not limited to the animal clinic but including our ongoing B-ECO-I beach cleanup program, help with the new Reading House and many others. Thank you for mentioning too that while our food is good, we DO NOT CONSIDER ourselves GOURMET by any means! We hope we get to see you again on LCI.
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2013

We had been backpacked all thru Nicaragua and our last 5 days were dedicated to visiting LCI. we made reservations way back in november for little corn island beach bungalows. We were so pleasantly surprised at how quickly we checked in to our room and were soon relaxing on the amazing grounds that are so clean and kept groomed.
We soon met Dave, the new assistant manager, and found how friendly ALL the staff is.
The FOOD is AMAZING! The SERVICE and FRIENDLINESS would make anyone feel so special. I LIKE the way the TIPPING works for the staff otherwise the cooks in the back would never get a cordoba for their hard work nor would the fantastic ground keepers who keep everything so clean.

I FEEL blessed that as a traveller I am permitted and welcomed to this slice of paradise and the people who live on Little Corn Island ALLOW people to come and visit! We have travelled to many remote islands in the world and completely understand how fragile LCI is. Travelling and visiting other countries is a privilage and we should all feel humble when permitted to visit such fragile areas and realize that people live here and we are only VISITORs and should NOT leave a footprint in their backyard. Following the request of LCBB for showering is NOT unheard of or is it inconvienient but is actually common when visiting such great locations. I suggest that if you read anything about LCI you would have understood this would be a factor when visiting such a "tiny" island.

The FOOD is amazing and the 4 course meal is a fantastic idea! The selection of food is huge everything from lobster to chicken to filet mignon and the fact that you get appetizer, salad and dessert with your main meal is perfect! If you don't like the salad or appetizer I am sure you could just say "no thanks", which I did one night as I am not a big fan of cucumbers and didn't want the cucumber salad.

The room we stayed in was perfect! The front deck was great for having our morning coffees (delivered to your door) and for having evening night caps listening to the waves of the ocean. The rooms were cleaned once a day but I noticed they swept our steps couple times a day! The waitresses would even deliver drinks right to your chair no matter where you were on the grounds!

We didn't get to speak too much to Scott and Kristine however the few times I did they were super friendly and so accomidating. Dave ..... What can I say about Dave but what a great guy he is and how friendly he was .... He just started 1 week before we arrived and was so helpful! Thanks much Dave!

We had a great time at LCB&B everyone was so friendly and was our little slice of paradise for the 5 days we were allowed to visit! We will be back again, I just hesitate telling anyone about it as I could only hope it would remain a secret for those who appreciate everything Little Corn Beach & Bungalows offers!

Thank you for having this slice of paradise so people can visit and feel welcome in your home!

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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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noplansnoreserve, Manager at Little Corn Beach and Bungalow, responded to this review, March 4, 2013
Wow! Thank you so much for your kind comments and your understanding. Maybe with reviews like this and our ongoing attempts to help potential guests know what they are getting in to when they arrive on LCI, we can keep people from being unhappy and keep this little island special. Your feedback about our service, food, etc makes our staff proud and aware of how their diligent and happy efforts make our guests vacations special. Thanks again.
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2013

I did not stay at LCBB but I ate at their restaurant, the Turned Turtle many times. The food at the restaurant is amazing, especially their breakfast, I highly recommend their breakfast skillet. The service was also top notch. If you are looking for great meal, you can't go wrong with the Turned Turtle.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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noplansnoreserve, Manager at Little Corn Beach and Bungalow, responded to this review, March 3, 2013
Hi Preston, thanks for the "great" review about our food and service! Our "skillet breakfast" sale have taken a noticable hit since you left the island :). We hope to see you back someday. Safe travels.
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Columbus, Nebraska
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2013

Just returned from our stay LCIB&B. I have traveled for many years for both business and pleasure within the US, Europe, Central America and the Caribbean. I have stayed at everything from Super 8's to 5 star hotels. I have never felt the need to write a review of any place until now. If you are adventurous enough to make the trip to LCI then do yourself a favor and stay @ LCIB&B. Make no mistake this is not the Ritz-Carlton but no place do Scott and Cristine tell you it is. We told Scott his website undersold his establishment but he told us that was intentional, I think he would rather you didn't come than come and be disappointed. This is comfortable clean cabins (the best on the island), great food and the most attentive service I have received anywhere including the Ritz-Carlton. If you don't agree with Scott's tipping policy then stay someplace else. It is his business and he must be doing something right. He has the best staff on LCI. You will find an attention to detail that no other place offers. There are supply problems over which they have little control (next time we will send down a case of Sauvignon Blanc). If you are looking for a great wine list then maybe an island off Nicaragua is not your cup of tea or glass of wine. Go relax and have a great time. We did.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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noplansnoreserve, Manager at Little Corn Beach and Bungalow, responded to this review, February 27, 2013
Thank you for all you and your group do in Puerta Cabeza (these guys are doctors and volunteer their time in this town with great need every year). Your good work in Nicaragua inspires us and our Nicaraguan employees to try to do even more here on LCI for the people and the island.

We are so glad you enjoyed your stay here and hope to see you next year for a well deserved break.
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Address: Cocal Beach, Nicaragua
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Location: Nicaragua > Southern Atlantic Autonomous Region > Corn Islands > Little Corn Island
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Suites
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Ranked #1 of 6 Hotels in Little Corn Island
Number of rooms: 9
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Both Little Corn Beach and Bungalow (LCBB) and Little Corn Island were recently listed in the New York Times #1 Best Selling Travel book, "1000 Places to See Before You Die". Recently, the Travel and Leisure website listed LCBB as 1 of 27 "Best Affordable Island Hotels" in the world. Come and join us on this beautiful remote tropical island. Experience an extraordinarily scenic and unique Caribbean world while stepping back in time. We offer relative comfort while respecting the islands delicate eco system. No cars, motorcycles, golf carts or airport disguise the fact that it is relatively easy to find this paradise. ... more   less 
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