We stayed at Arenas Beach Hotel for 8 nights (March 25th through April 2nd). The place is wonderfull. The hotel has 31 rooms (at times only 3 rooms were occupied). During Holy week it is expected to be full. The beach out front is calm and there are few people on the beach. You can walk down to the peer and see fishermen bring in their catch of yellow tail fish each day. We had fresh fish everyday. The couches on the beach are very confortable. The sand flies do bite so just be carefull and use bug stray. Avoid laying down on the beach itself. The bites last about 5 days. We stayed in the bungalows which are very comfortable and have hot water. They have cold A/C. I only wish I had brought my comforter or thin blanket. The cold is great for sleeping but they only have sheets on the bed, no blankets. The hammocks are a peacefull way to spend the hotest hours of the day. You can get a frig in your room if you ask. The food at the restaurant is the best on the island, although it cost a bit more than at other restaurants. Still a whole fish with rice and plantains is only $9. One of the waiters (Oscar), who is from Managua, started the day we arrived and took excellent care of us. There is a store near the hotel where you can stock up on water, soda and BEER! But beers are generally around a $1 anywhere in the restaurants and are always cold. The flor de Cana (Nicaragua RUM) is great. There is a good rental place next to Arenas Beach hotel where you can rent gas powered golf cars to drive around the island. They are a blast and are reasonable to rent. We rented one 3 days because it was so much fun. Taxi's are always driving by and will take you anywhere on the island for a Dollar (most of the time you will be sharing the ride with others but that is how it is on the island). Go up to North Beach to do some excellent snorkeling and have lunch at Seva's (a whole fish with soup, salad, french fries and rice is only $6). The lobster is excellent there and reasonably priced. You can pay anywhere with US dollars or Cordobas. The ATM near the airport will give you dollars or Cordoba's. At the rental place you can also arange to have them take you out on a boat to go fishing or snorkeling. They also rent motorcycles and snorkeling gear. The people at the rental place are really nice and speak english. Everything is laid back on the island. There are no worries. We meant to go to Little Corn for a day or two but really enjoyed the whole island. The island is small, so you will see the same people in different places around the island. People do recomend going to Little Corn. The reef is great, we saw a 5 foot Nurse Shark (these sharks do not harm humans), many sting rays, baracudas and thousands of fish. We stoped by most of the other hotels including Casa Canada. Casa Canada looks very nice but the beach is rocky. You can have breakfast lunch or dinner anywhere. You are welcome everywhere. Although the breakfast is included at Arenas Beach hotel, and it is GREAT. You need to try the creepes with cream cheese and orange marmelade. Believe me Oscar will take care of you there including going out to get you a coconut off the nearby palm tree and cutting it open with a machete. While the beach boat bar is never open, Oscar is more than happy to bring drinks out to you on the beach. Look out for Ricky who delivers the "Pan de Coco" (Coconut bread) around sunset in front of the hotel. Ricky and his wife make fresh bread everyday and Ricky sells the bread to many of the restaurants, tourists and locals on the Island. A loaf of bread is $1 or 20 Cordoba and if he has any buns left they are 4 for 20 Cordoba. He wears a NY baseball cap and delivers his bread on his bicycle. He speaks english, is is a joy to talk to and his bread is outstanding. If you see him telling him Laurens (Lorenzo) and Gina will put his picture up on the internet soon. Please tell Oscar that we miss him. Remember this is not Aruba or Cancun, and that is why I loved this magical place. Corn Island was exactly what I was looking for and I hope it doesn't change...
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- Arenas Beach Hotel Corn Islands, Nicaragua - Big Corn Island