What are the Corn Islands worth?
Replies: 15 - Last Post: Oct 2, 2012 6:01 PM Last Post By: nanjc
Sep 29, 2012 10:56 AM
What are the Corn Islands worth?I am planning on visiting Panama, Costa Rica, and Nicaragua next summer. We were planning on 2 weeks in Panama, 2 in Costa Rica, and 4 in Nicaragua.
I've heard amazing things about the Corn Islands, but I'm wondering if visiting the islands is worth cutting out a week of our trip, so that we can afford it.
So, for those that have been there, would you give up a week of your trip so you could visit the islands?
Sep 29, 2012 12:46 PM
Sep 29, 2012 1:02 PM
2Why would you have to give up a week to afford the Corn Islands? There are places to stay on both islands that are $10/night (or cheaper if you are two people sharing). Check it out: http://rightsideguide.com/budgeting-a-trip-to-corn-island/
And if you are camping you can find places much less expensive (Silver Sands on Big Corn, for example). Food costs a bit more but also TASTES WAY BETTER!! Especially if you like coconut.
I am not sure what your budget is, but I think it would be likely be possible to keep your week and still visit the islands.
Have a good trip!
Sep 29, 2012 2:36 PM
3Thanks for the link! My girlfriend and I are saving with a goal of spending 35 USD each per day (over the whole trip). Looking at those average daily costs it looks like we would be alright, but flights from Managua are about $160 round trip. That's why we may need to cut some days from the trip.
Sep 29, 2012 3:09 PM
Sep 29, 2012 5:13 PM
5My husband and I will have two weeks in Nicaragua in October. We want to spend a good part of it hanging out on Little Corn Island. We fly into Managua in the evening and booked the Airport Best Western. Beyond this, we have not been able to make more of an itinerary. hubby wants to go cross country, I am inclined to fly to Big Corn. I appreciate any tips and suggestions!
Sep 29, 2012 6:00 PM
6Well, if you want to weigh the different options for getting to Corn Island, check out this graphic I recently updated: http://rightsideguide.com/how-to-get-from-managua-to-the-corn-islands/
I hope that helps!
Sep 30, 2012 2:07 PM
7Really? Can you elaborate as to why you dislike San Juan del Sur? I've seen mostly positive things about it and was planning on spending several days there.
Sep 30, 2012 2:26 PM
8You cant swim off the main town beach, nor is there much good lodging on the beach, unless you like four concrete walls and a fan and a window,the town is a concrete jungle and far from tropical, its infested with a backpacker gringo crowd bordering on ghetto IMO, and considering how many beautiful and serene beaches there are in Costa Rica, in comparison, its a dump. Now granted I have not been since 2006, but my surf buddies reports remain the same, and unless your surf, and stay north or south of town, I think its only good for a night if you need a fix for some almost beach like chilling. Ometepe is far prettier and nicer IMO, and a much better crowd.
Sep 30, 2012 3:08 PM
9Personally I enjoy SJdS. I was just there about two weeks ago and stayed at a great place hidden away in the hills called Buena Onda Backpackers. For $20 a night we got a king-sized bed and big bathroom, all brand new and super clean, in a small hostel that has about four other rooms and an amazing view over the city. And we went swimming in the main beach...it was quite nice.
The city itself can be quite charming and I think that has a lot to do with the quantity of tourists it sees. It is clean (a rare sight for a town in Nicaragua), with few mangy dogs running around. There are, indeed, a fair number of tourists and expats and lots of hotels, backpackers and restaurants cater specifically to them. Which in a way is nice since there is a decent variety of food to enjoy (including an amazing Italian food restaurant you can't miss and American BBQ which is a good find after weeks of rice n beans and chicken).
The best way to travel, however, is to have a loose-knit itinerary so that you can have the freedom to make changes. If you decide that SJdS isn't for you after your first day, you should have the freedom to take off to Ometepe without suffering the consequences of losing reservation deposits and such. We spent an extra day in SJdS and felt it was well worth it. Easy-going travel plans, we thank you.
Sep 30, 2012 3:39 PM
Oct 1, 2012 5:48 AM
11I loved Little Corn. I think that asking what something is worth is kind of strange because "worth" itself is a very personal thing . It sounds like you are more interested in saving money so maybe it isn't worth it to you. SDJS is nothing special. It has a few bars and restaurants and the best beaches are a shuttle north or south of town. But is it worth it? Who knows? It is up to the individual.
Oct 2, 2012 7:33 AM
12I also loved Little Corn. But it depends on what you want. There isn't much to do there but relax.... Dive, snorkel, eat, drink rum, walk a little. There is super cheap accomm and you can get there by long slow chicken bus if you really can't save the extra cash. Might be worthwhile booking ahead for the cheap places if you are going at a peak time, they do fill up. But if I could do I again I would end my Nica trip there. Went to Esteli afterwards and although I liked Esteli, the Corn Islands will give you a fantastic final few days of relaxation time before returning to the real world.
Oct 2, 2012 2:35 PM
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