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Nicaragua: Corn Islands

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The Corn Islands represent a little bit of mellow Caribbean culture 70km off Nicaragua’s east coast. The two islands are classic barefoot paradises, with sugary beaches shaded by brigades of waving coconut palms.  It’s the simple life here; local people, English-speaking Afro-Caribbean, are pretty well cut off from the rest of the country, although nowadays there are more incomers setting up home here. You get the feeling this is how the whole the Caribbean region was like in the 1950s: there are no high rise buildings, shopping malls, or glitzy resort hotels. Beaches and roads, studded with open-air family-run fish restaurants, are almost empty and the people relaxed with no tourist-related hassling. The unpolluted undersea world around the rocky sea shore is, as to be expected, a theatre of colour and movement, and some of the region’s best snorkelling and diving is possible in the clear warm waters.

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Cotinga: Off the beaten track Nicaragua

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Our insider tips for Corn Islands

Rafe Stone

Rafe Stone

Lying back in a hammock at sunset with a piña colada cocktail in your hand. True, it’s a bit of a cliché. Maybe you could try a rum punch instead...

Jim Ashworth

Barbecued snapper for dinner under a mango tree.


Lina Fuller

Hiking down to Bluff Point (take a guide) on Big Corn through lush tropical forest, turning the corner onto the divine broad white sand beach on Southwest Bay.
Ben Line

Ben Line

Walking in Little Corn’s northern highlands. There are no roads, you can hike down to the sea and have a dip.

What our experts say

My colleague Claire and I both loved the quirky Corn Islands but disagree as to whether it's best to stay on Big or Little Corn. I thought the smaller island more picturesque and laid-back, whereas she enjoyed the variety of landscape and range of small communities to visit. Either way, it's a glorious little English-speaking enclave and no visit to Nicaragua is complete if you don't take the wonky little plane over for a few days (beware horses and bikes on the little airstrip!)    

Jenny Powles

Jenny Powles

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