Only 80 kilometers from the Atlantic Coast city of Bluefields, lies one of the Caribbean’s forgotten destinations; Nicaragua’s Corn Islands. Big Corn Island and Little Corn Island offer visitors a great opportunity to explore Nicaragua’s Caribbean Coast in a beautiful and rather remote environment; turquoise waters, white sand beaches, palm trees, and stunning reefs await you.
Historically a haven for pirates and buccaneers, numerous shipwrecks lay scattered throughout the turquoise shores of these beautiful islands. Many of the local islanders are descendants from the original British prospectors and freed slaves who made their way from other nearby Caribbean islands. Today much of the local livelihood is supported by the prolific sea. Many make their living fishing and harvesting lobster. In recent years, many Miskitos from the “Miskito Coast” and mainland Nicaraguans have migrated to the Corn Islands. As a result, visitors to the Islands will likely overhear conversations in English, Misquito and Spanish. The overall atmosphere in the Corn Islands still remains very tranquil and relaxed.
To reach the islands you will take a short 60-minute flight from Managua to Big Corn Island, an eastbound trip to the Caribbean Sea. To go to the more secluded Little Corn Island, you will be transferred to the local harbor, where you will cross by sea.
With a surface area of approximately 10 square kilometers, Big Corn Island is more than three times the size of Little Corn Island. Around Little and Big Corn Island there are plenty of opportunities for fishing, diving and snorkeling. Dive shops are easy to find and the greatest diving spots are nearby. The Corn Islands are also a great destination for those who wish to just find a spot on the beach and kick back and relax. Other activities include watching a local baseball game on Sunday, taking a boat tour around the island, or enjoy the low key local nightlife.