Little Corn Island – How to Get The Most out of Your Visit. Little Corn Island has become a prime destination for anyone wanting to experience Central American island living. Little Corn and Big Corn Islands are located 70km from the Caribbean coastline of Nicaragua. The population of the little island is around 1000 people, many of which are Creole descendants and speak English. The island was originally a Mango farm for farmers living on the big island, so you are assured of free mangos should they be in season. How to Get to Little Corn Big Corn Island has a small national airport that has twice daily flights from Bluefields as well as Managua. Alternatively you can sail to the islands from Bluefields on the “Barco” which takes approximately two days to reach the little island. Flights can be booked through La Costena can be reached at (505) 263-1228 or (505) 263-2142. On arrival on Big Corn you will need to take a $2.00 taxi ride to the wharf in order to catch the boat across to Little Corn. There is aso a $3.00 charge to enter the wharf in order to catch the boat, so be prepared to pay this too. Travelling from Big Corn to Little Corn is a testing trip done twice a day in line with the flights and takes approximately half an hour in good weather. The times of the taxi trips are 10am and 4pm going to Little Corn and if you want to return, the times are 7am and 2pm returns. This trip can be particularly difficult during bad weather and in the event that it rains, but the reward of arriving on one of the most remote islands is well worth the trip. Try your best to get a seat at the back as this will make for a much more comfortable trip over. For day trips you can use the “Blandon” service which leaves Big Corn at 7am and returns at 4pm. The cost of the water taxi is 110 cordobas one way. Things to Know on Arrival Visas Many countries don´t require visas to visit Nicaragua, so it is vital that you check to see what paperwork is required for you. This can be done by visiting your governments travel advisory on Nicaragua. A ninety day tourist visa is usually offered on arrival. Places to Stay and Eat Town On arrival at the “front side” of the island you´ll find a range of dive shops and small restaurants. Miss Marta´s restaurant across from the Ice-cream hut is the best restaurant in town for fried chicken. In fact Miss Marta is the island matriarch and will ensure that you feel at home and well fed with whatever she has prepared that day. For a little something special, visit The Cuban Restaurant – Habana Libre. Excellent meals prepared by Twaila and her husband. If you have any questions about the island, these two ladies will definitely be able to steer you in the right direction. East of the Island For a truely authentic island experience, hosted by locals and loved by all, you should visit the East of the Island. Just a quick twenty minute walk through well trodden paths, you´ll find yourself between gorgeous beach shacks . Gracies is a great location located right on the beach as well as Beach and Bungelow. There are numerous little places along the beach to have something local to eat and this stretch of the beach is both long and beautiful, so you´ll find your own little spot with ease. North of the Island For the best in hospitality and the most beautiful beaches on the island, you cannot find better than on the North of the Island. Farm, Peace and Love run by Paula and “Brother Bing”, a descendant of one of the island oldest families, is a wonderful home from home. Paula has makes the most exquisite Italian food when she´s up for cooking and her cottage at the back is paradise. She will also collect you from the boat taxi on arrival, so it´s a quick boat trip round to the house. Dereks Place is a little less expensive and just as amazing with great individually designed lovingly built bungelows using recycled materials an overlooking a wonderful beach. Dinner is not always available, but this ensures that you make use of the local restaurants further down the beach and visit Paulas cooking. While there may be many places to stay and eat on the island, the local community benefit most when they are supported directly. Comfort and character don´t have to be sacrificed in order to experience authentic Caribbean hospitality and while the island is still unique in that it has not been overdeveloped, a lot of foreign investment has taken place on the island over the last few years. Its only time before the all inclusive resort type experience becomes the norm.
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