A couple of quick notes for the readers on this review: Little Corn Island is not for everybody. If you are expecting Pina Coladas by the pool, room service, ESPN, and a wild nightlife, head on over to the million plus all-inclusives in Cancun or wherever and leave the traveling to the rest of us. If you have small kids, consider a Disney cruise/trip. (For the most part. Some seasoned kids could handle this)
If you want to experience life on a true Caribbean island as it should be, read on.
I will try to help the readers by not repeating what is in many of the reviews following this one, but to some degree it is going to happen.
Arrivals on LCI (after a rough but fun panga ride!) are met by representatives from Casa Iguana who take your luggage and escort you to the property. Along the way, you will receive a briefing on the island and the local hotspots. All of this is a huge help. Check-in is seamless-helped by an ice cold Tona-and your bags are taken to your room.
Casa Iguana is a little piece of paradise on LCI. It is a preserve that is expertly maintained. They grow much of their own fruit,produce and meat. The grounds
are painstakingly manicured. Indeed, many of our pictures are of the various walkways on the property. Rooms are rustic but extremely comfortable. We stayed in Casita #5, which was perfect. Great view of the beach, close enough to the lodge, yet with some privacy. During our week there, we never needed the mosquito netting and had zero problems with bugs. We had a private bath and an outdoor shower. The outdoor shower was very refreshing after a day on the beach. While the rooms are very comfortable, hopefully you are not in them much-we were not. We did spend some afternoons in the hammocks on the porch, having a cold one and watching the waves.
Since we are at the end of the beach, there was not alot of walk by traffic, creating a semi-private beach. Many days we did not see another person until noon or so. The snorkeling right off the beach is good and on calm days you can go way out to the break and see quite a bit. The beach is beautiful and groomed each morning. Frank will come by and crack open some coconuts for you for a $1. Very refreshing after a long snorkel. There are also 2 more private beaches just pass the lodge.
The lodge. What can I say? It is beyond amazing. The view from the deck simply cannot be described to your friends back home. Think Tahiti on steroids. The picutre on their website does not do it justice. We just came back from Australia and this view rivals if not beats anything we saw there. The food is gourmet in every respect. Kelly, the chef is simply outstanding. (she went Southern on me a couple of nights and rivaled the food from home-great job on the pork!!) My only complaint is we did not get up early enough the first few days to have the amazing breakfast. The 3 course dinners are sublime, and despite other reviewers opinions worth every penny of $15.00. We ate at many places during our stay and she is hands down the best on the island. We spent many afternoons on the deck, watching the rays and fish swimming around at low tide. Brandon makes an extrodinary rum cocktail, using freshly squeezed juices from the property. My wife fell victim to these on her birthday!! He is a great bartender and even better fly fisherman, if you want some lessons or a guided trip. Beers are always on ice, which I appreciated. (take a collapsible cooler with you to haul beers down to the beach)
There is fresh water available from a well 24 hrs. Perfectly safe, as is the water in the rooms.
The location is perfect. Town is an easy 5 minute walk. The other beach front properties are straight up the beach 5- 10 minutes.
I always try to include the challenges in my reviews so the property can improve and the readers will have a better idea. Simply put, I do not have any. We extended our trip while we were down there and came soooo close to doing it twice. It was a flawless stay. I give a great degree of credit for this to Juan Carlos, the General Manager. He has assembled a top notch staff focused entirely on customer service-and he can cook!
On a personal note--thanks to the late night ring hook gang: Doug, Dave, Aussie Jeff, Katherine and the rest for letting us into your community. Y'all are the best. We had a blast. Jackie is still the only member of the "No-Hook" club! Please give our love to Walker, Gizmo and Stella. We are sending a care package of doggie treats for them.
- 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