Little Corn Beach and Bungalow (LCBB) is even better than advertised. Even my wife was pleased : ) This was our first trip to Nicaragua - usually we go to the Bahamas.
1) The travel to the island was as described: flights to Managua then to Big Corn Island, then the Panga to Little Corn, and a 15 minute hike to the Hotel (the staff met us at the dock to carry our luggage). No problems with the travel, just a long day. (Details: $10 pp entry tax at Managua imigration; $2 pp tax for La Costenga airlines; $.25 pp tax for the Panga - one dollar confuses them, until we said "no change please"; and the cab from the Big Corn airport to the Panga was $1 each---who knows when the prices will change, but things are inexpensive so bring plenty of small bills.)
2) We arrived on the afternoon Panga, so it was dark when we got to LCBB. The staff greeted us and told us about the resort, showed us our room, and left us to get organized. We were tired and chose to have drinks, eat dinner and go to bed.
3)LCBB is great. We booked the Crusoe cabin with the king bed, no loft. The bed was really comfy and we are picky. We also booked the D and A package. This was a perfect choice for us...I was able to use the kayaks when I wanted, I never had to worry about meals, the beer was cold and unlimited (we love the Tonya), and the water was good and safe (I have traveled to Mexico, Belize, and Guatemala many times in the past and I always get ill -sometimes really badly -for a few days. On this trip, I never had a problem!)
4)Food. Awesome! Our favorite breakfasts were the French Toast and Eggs Benedict. For lunch, the fish tacos barely outshone the cheeseburger. Dinner had so many good choices, but our favorite was the fish with the curry sauce (made with coconut milk - you will have a lot of coconut on the island, served in different ways, all good). Of course the grass fed beef filet or the local lobster were darn good too. Not to mention the salads and desserts from the four course dinner...I would say that we did not have one bad meal in six days. The portions were enough that we could split a breakfast and lunch, and often did. (we never split dinner, which was why we were so full in the mornings). And the coffee is great!
5)Activities. I like to fish. My wife likes to snorkel and read. We did not come here to use computers or phones, so we did not (though you could, but I have no idea of the internet speed).
The snorkeling was good-$15 pp or less if on the D and A package and they pick you up at the resort beach. We brought our own gear, but you do not need to. The guides, and a guide is in the water with you at all times, have a snorkeling route and covers a lot of ground. If you want to go slowly, you might want to talk to the guide in advance. The coral is nice though it is bleached and broken in a lot of places. The staghorn coral is the standout here. The fish are in good numbers, but to see the big fish you will probably have to do a dive trip. It was apparent to me that the reef has been heavily fished over the years. Don't be discouraged though, it was absolutely worth the time to snorkel...there are turtles, rays and big nurse sharks in good numbers.
Fishing. We hired a guide to take us trolling. $100 (less on the D and A package) for 3 hours of trolling off the reef for barracuda and king mackeral. They would take you bottom fishing if you asked. We caught some fish and had a nice time. Details: the boat was a Panga, the seats were hard, the gear is old but functional, there is no cooler with ice, and the guides are great - we had fun. I also brought a spin rod with 10lb test to fish from the beach for Bonefish. I did really well on 2 to 5 lb fish and had a blast. Next time I will bring a fly rod. And it was free...The fishing here reminds me of what Hemingway's days must have been like in his day!
Reading and Relaxing. We had great weather...85 degrees, mostly sunny, 10 to 15 mph East wind (you are facing East on the resort beach). The resort has hammocks in the shade, wood chairs in your cabins and near the beach (they are better with a towel if you sit for a while - cushions would be better), and beach towels were provided by LCBB. The beach is narrow and the sun is gone by 3pm or so. Of course it gets light at 5am and is dark by 6pm (you are near the equator). My wife brought an inflatible pillow and read a lot of books comfortably in the sun. I fished and swam.
Things of note: There is no shopping on the island. Drink the rum and Tonya beer if you like those type of beverages. Hire a guide for a walking tour of the island. Bring bug spray, but don't expect to use much unless the wind dies. Cold showers feel great, because it is not really cold. Don't come if you do not like camping... Bring lots of books and plan to leave them. Have fun!
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Little Corn Beach And Bungalow Hotel Little Corn Island
- Little Corn Beach And Bungalow Little Corn Island, Nicaragua - Corn Islands