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Review of Casa Iguana

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Casa Iguana
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
2 reviews
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“I loved this place”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 3, 2012

I was met at the dock by the people who work for Casa Iguana and for the Dive shop, i felt welcome front he moment i stepped off of the boat. They bring your bags to your cabana and immediately give you a sense of ease. One of my bags was left in Managua and they took care of it. They made everything easy and comfortable for me. The cost is a bit more than other more primitive places, but the service and care is worth it.
You are immediately accepted into a community that is warm, attentive and friendly. The cabanas and casitas are located on a well maintained clean path. the landscaping is lovely, the setting is lovely- it is quiet with a nice breeze at all times, i never felt hot or uncomfortable.

The view each morning is magical, the meals are delicious and one feels that they are at summer camp as an adult and can do whatever they want.

The staff is excellent and i will certainly return. It was hard to leave this wonderful place.

I think over the next five years it will be good to see Casa Iguana take advantage of the new technology in alternative forms of energy, and use more solar and wind to run the utilities. It is such a magical place, and one of the most peaceful places I have ever been.

Room Tip: Make sure if you are choosing a cabana and you are a couple to choose one with a double bed.
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  • Stayed December 2011, traveled solo
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Lucerne, Switzerland
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 30, 2012

First: Casa Iguana is a very nice place to stay. The location with the restaurant overlooking the beach and the beach itself are great. The garden is well maintained and the rooms are clean.
For us, a young backpacking couple, it still wasn't the best option on the island. Since the rates for the cabanas and casitas are quite high (35 Dollars for a Cabana with shared bathroom and 65 Dollars for a Casita with private bathroom) compared to other locations on the island, it attracts more well situated (and elderly) people rather than young travelers. The food in the restaurant is quite expensive as well (6 Dollars for breakfast, about 15 Dollars for a dinner). As a consequence the restaurant which actually would be a nice place to meet and chat with other people, stays pretty calm and unused.
If we would come back to Little Corn island we would rather stay at Elsas Place or Cool Spot, which are on the same side of the island with a similar setting as Casa Iguana, have nice (cheaper, from 15 Dollars) cabanas as well and have got a steady stream of young backpackers.

Stayed January 2012, traveled as a couple
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Los Angeles, Ca
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 23, 2012

We tried to get in at Little Corn B+B but due to availability we ended up at Casa Iguana for our three night stay on Little Corn. We are glad we ended up here because the location was really convenient to town and yet still on the beach. We had a cabana with shared bathroom - the bathrooms were clean and we didn't ever have to wait. The Cabana was clean as well though it could be proofed a little better from the mosquitoes - however the windows were screened which was good. We only had breakfast and lunchtime snacks - food was fair to good - the coconut bread french toast was a standout, though breakfast was a little pricey compared to other outlets on the island. The staff is mostly American. They were friendly but not very engaged.

  • Stayed January 2012, traveled as a couple
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Saint Paul, Minnesota
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 20, 2012

We only stayed at Casa Iguana for three nights but left wishing we had more time. The staff is incredibly helpful, the location is beautiful, and the atmosphere was exactly what we were looking for. We stayed in one of the cabañas with a shared bathroom, which was very accesible and clean. Lots of hammocks around. Also, it's spot just away from the Village is really convenient and provides plenty of isolated beach time.

  • Stayed January 2012, traveled as a couple
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Horten, Norway
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 8, 2012

Very nice and romantic place. Cabins wih beautiful wiew to the caribean sea. We stayed there 4 nights medio novembre and had almost only sunny weather. Lucky us. Everything is walkable is this island. Very quiet an beautiful if you take a walk along the northern beaches from fra Casa I. And You will pass to nice places where You can buy some refreshments. We also recommend to join a snorkling tour. There are about 10 places to buy lunch or dinner within 15 minutes walkingdistance. Several beaches, some of them with some plastic garbage. The staff brougt our luggage back to the small panga boat without any extra charge when we left this paradise. And not to forget: There were some very" romantic" paths surrounded by small palmes at their property!

  • Stayed November 2011, traveled with family
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United States
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24 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 22, 2011

You must go into this hotel realizing it's rustic. The showers are outside, the rooms are pretty basic--mosquito nets over the bed, tin roofs, small rooms, twin-size beds. Once you accept what it is you are getting into, you will appreciate the wonderful things about it. The grounds are wonderful. The picture posted for the hotel (above) is the view from the restaurant. you can reach the beach in a minute. The restaurant (especially breakfast) is delicious. The staff (hippie tree hugger ex-pats) are very friendly and helpful. This hotel also runs a scuba store "downtown," which is very convenient. bring a flashlight, however, because you have to do a short, 5-10 minute walk through the woods to get to the hotel. it's safe, but can be a little unnerving in the dark!

  • Stayed January 2011, traveled with friends
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Houston, Texas
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 13, 2011

Little Corn in general has prices that are (much) higher than the rest of Nicaragua, so if you're coming here from the mainland you may encounter some sticker shock. Casa Iguana is one of the more expensive places on the island for sure -- but you'll be rewarded with great rooms, beautiful views, free satellite internet in the main lodge, and a fun (yet laidback) bar for the evenings.
We left Casa Iguana with wonderful new friendships forged over wine and the nightly dinners. As others have mentioned, there is also a discounted rate on diving at Little Corn dive shop if you stay at Casa Iguana -- though when we were there (August) they were having problems with their compressor.

Room Tip: Go for the Casistas that overlook the beach!
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  • Stayed August 2011, traveled as a couple
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Additional Information about Casa Iguana

Property: Casa Iguana
Address: East Side, Nicaragua
Location: Nicaragua > Southern Atlantic Autonomous Region > Corn Islands > Little Corn Island
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #5 of 7 Hotels in Little Corn Island
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 15
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

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