Situated approximately 40 miles off the east coast of Nicaragua sits the Corn Islands. They are made up of two incredibly beautiful Caribbean islands known as Big Corn Island and Little Corn Island – with Big Corn Island being nearly four times larger than the Little Corn Island. Tourism on the Corn Islands is relatively new and previously these Caribbean destinations had to rely on fishing, lobster and coconut exports for revenue. However, thanks to the many spectacular coral reefs, picturesque beaches and unforgettable sunsets, these islands are attracting its fair share of international tourists at an increasing rate with every year that goes by. One of the best things about the tourism industry being new here is that you can still experience and visit the Corn Islands at very affordable prices.
As mentioned, the Corn Islands consist of two different islands simply known as Big Corn Island and Little Corn Island. Here’s information on each of these beautiful tropical destinations.
Big Corn Island is the most popular and most visited of the two islands. The people here are friendly and the most spoken languages here are Spanish and English. The most popular tourist activities on the island are hiking up hills for spectacular views of the island and surrounding ocean, diving and snorkeling, fishing and the beaches of course. Other than these activities there won’t be much else to do. The nightlife here isn’t exceptional either and only takes place on weekends. Little Corn Island is a short boat trip away and it’s recommended that visitors to Big Corn Island make the trip to Little Corn Island even if only for a day or two. Finding a boat is easy as there are many people who will offer to take you for a small fee.
Don’t be put off by Little Corn Island just because it’s smaller. It’s much less developed (although Big Corn is not that developed at all) and there are no roads or vehicles on the island. The only way to get around is by walking. This shouldn’t be a problem since you can see the entire island by foot in less than an hour. The beaches here are much more pristine, there are considerably less tourists around since most of them spend the majority of their vacation on Big Corn Island. However, the food and accommodation are just as good. There’s a lighthouse on the island that will allow you to see incredible views of the island from the top.
The Corn Islands are situated in the Caribbean, just off the east coast of Central America (Nicaraugua) so it has a very tropical climate. The low pressure conditions and trade winds which is common for most of the year brings a lot of rain so the best time to visit the Corn Islands is during the dry period which is February, March and April.
Gobackpacking.com offers great information about these Nicaraguan islands for backpackers.
RoughGuides.com provides details about what to do, where to stay and where to eat. A website well worth visiting for further information.
Visit the Washington Post for a firsthand encounter of the Corn Islands.