When my husband and I decided to go to Little Corn Island, I spent hours trying to decide where to stay like it was the most important decision I would ever have to make in my life. We finally decided to split our time between Casa Iguana and another budget property in town and actually ended up moving over to Casa Iguana a day early because it was just what we were looking for (the first place was completely fine but we just couldn't wait to stay at Casa Iguana after seeing it).
We actually spent our first day on Little Corn walking around checking out all of the places to stay and as soon as we saw Casa Iguana we knew we had made the right decision for us to stay there as a part of our trip (we ended up staying for four nights at Casa Iguana--six on Little Corn total--and could have stayed for many more). I think my husband would literally move to Grand Casita #2 tomorrow if he could. Overall, we could not have loved Little Corn Island more and were very happy with our stay at Casa Iguana.
For us, the location of Casa Iguana was ideal. The casitas are perched up on cliffs overlooking the water and because of the distance between them and the lush foliage on the ground they feel very private. We could not have been happier with where Grand Casita #2 is located. It has an amazing view right on the cliff and yet is still located very close to the lodge (where the restaurant is) and the beach which is a short walk down some stairs. Casa Iguana is only a short walk from town (where there are lots of restaurants) and is on a very beautiful, clean beach with fantastic snorkeling (you can rent snorkeling equipment in town for $5 a day and swim out to the reef where you can see stingrays, barracudas, lots of fish, etc). There are also two other secluded beaches on Casa Iguana's property (you can see the map in the lodge) but they are a little rocky for swimming. The hotel has free beach towels.
We had a very tough time deciding what part of the island to stay on and, after visiting, really liked being closer to town vs at the more northern spots. The beaches are spectacular with fewer rocks at the hotels on the north end (such as Derek's and Yemaya) but it is definitely more of a walk if you want to mix it up and eat at a variety of restaurants during your stay. It just depends on what you are looking for. The whole island is beautiful.
The landscaping of Casa Iguana as many reviewers have mentioned is very beautiful and well-maintained; the paths are swept daily which is pretty impressive. The rooms are definitely rustic but, after reading many of the critical reviews here on Trip Advisor, more than exceeded our expectations. They are not luxurious or fancy and some aspects are a little worn but our casita was very clean with a comfortable bed, two nice futons, and lots of space and worked very well for us. We loved the outdoor shower and, because of the amazing breeze, had no issue with not having A/C. Grand Casita #2 has a huge front porch/balcony where we spent most of our time while at the Casita hanging out in the hammocks and reading (it has two really nice hammocks and two chairs). We had power the whole time and electrical outlets in the room. We feel as though it is a great value for the location and view alone. We paid $75 per night and really feel like that was a bargain, especially considering how remote the island is. If you can, we'd recommend paying a little more for the Grand Casita though we think we'd be happy staying in any of the rooms.
The restaurant is a little more expensive than many of the other spots on the island but is not what we would really consider pricey. We ate breakfast there once and lunch there once and both were very good. Breakfast, for example, is $6 where many other places offer breakfast for $3 but part of what you are paying for is definitely the location. There are three good little restaurants on the path into town (Comedor Casona was probably our favorite) very close to Casa Iguana offering those $3 breakfasts (which include a a huge fresh fruit cup and coffee/tea). Casa Iguana does offer unlimited free coffee and tea which is really nice and we also stopped by the lodge throughout the day to buy soda, fresh juice, cookies, and rum cake (you can just give your room number and pay at the end which is great--they do accept credit cards above a certain amount with a fee of 5%). Casa Iguana also has free water for your water bottle, etc. Overall, food on the island is fantastic--we ate at as many of the restaurants as possible--with lots of great seafood. We especially liked Habana Libre for dinner. Casa Iguana did not offer dinner while we were there.
To sum up, we were looking for a relaxing place to stay and unwind on the beach and definitely found that at Casa Iguana. I am extremely happy that I did not listen to the negative reviews and would absolutely return. We loved it. Highly recommend.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Caribbean as it used to be: An island, a culture, and a way of life that hasn't yet felt the impact of the 20th century. Opening its doors in 1994, CI became Nicaragua's first eco-lodge. Relax on its 40 acre reserve and explore its secret coves, jungle and farm. Whether or not you are a guest at Casa Iguana, we invite you to join us for our famous breakfast, lunch or dinner and enjoy cocktails and lounging in our lodge to take in the best view on the island and meet interesting people! ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Casa Iguana Hotel Little Corn Island
- Casa Iguana Little Corn Island, Nicaragua - Corn Islands