Little Corn Islands - Wing it or book ahead?
Replies: 4 - Last Post: Oct 14, 2013 4:29 PM Last Post By: cdubbster
Dec 13, 2012 9:19 PM
Little Corn Islands - Wing it or book ahead?Hi,
I'm heading to Nicaragua for 3 weeks tomorrow and my gf and I are heading to little corn on/around the 19th through the 22nd. We're looking for decent accomodations but are accustomed to backpacking where we just show up and find a spot.
From what I've read this tends to be the busy season so we should book ahead.
- Is that necessary?
- Is it reasonable to book early?(I'm not finding much in terms of contact information for hotels, hotels, etc.)
I've also read the crossing between big and little can be a bit choppy and all ferries get cancelled.
- Should we be buying 1-way flights?
- Should our first/last night be on big corn to avoid issues connecting w/ flights?
- Is big corn worth staying on at all?
Any help on these would be great. We'd prefer to play things by ear but on an island with few hotels that could be a bad situation.
Also, how's the diving this time of the year?
Dec 14, 2012 5:46 AM
1I have recently been in contact with several hotels on the "decent" level of accommodation and they tell me that those that take reservations are nearly booked up if not full already (Derek's Place, LCBB, etc). Sure you can rock up and look around...Two places you can try that will likely have space are Lobster Inn and Sunrise. Both are more traditional-style hotels (as opposed to cabanas on the beach like on the east side) but are usually the last ones to fill.
The sea has been choppy lately but I wouldn't speculate on the weather and buy one-way tickets. My advice would be to spend your last night on Big Corn to give yourselves some cushion. Expect to get wet regardless.
Regarding whether Big Corn is worth it, it's all personal opinion. You will see less tourists and more community, there are nicer beaches (in my opinion), better nightlife and lots of hotel options at reasonable prices. Plus you can snorkel out to the cannons if you stay on BCI: http://youtu.be/A0LwrH7zIUo
I haven't been diving, but if this damn rain ever stops we should have some nice sunny days!
I hope that helps! Have a good trip.
Dec 14, 2012 7:58 AM
2There are several hotels on the windward side of Little Corn starting with The Iguana. Look around where Carlitos is located. You should be able to find a cabin there. If not, the worst that can happen is you can stay in town for a night. Spend your last night on Big Corn. I think you will be ok with round trip airfare. They will most likely honor the ticket on a later flight.
Dec 14, 2012 3:34 PM
3I'm a fan of Little Corn over Big Corn. My first time there we got stuck on Big Corn due to weather- panga not running.
You can make it to Little Corn after your flight if the panga's running. The ride can be rough and wet. You can also take the morning panga from Little Corn and make your flight if you don't want to stay on Big Corn.
Rooms might be a bit short on the island as Grace's Place just burned down. I would try to book ahead.
The diving can be good but always weather dependent. Last year I was diving only 4 sites the whole month I was there due to high wind-low visibility.
Plenty of night life on Little Corn with lot's of backpackers partying. But it can also be nice a chilled. Take your pick.
Oct 14, 2013 4:29 PM
4This forum is almost a year old now, but just to keep people up to date with this question. The high season, generally starting in November and getting stronger in December is always a tough one to predict. Little Corn has a lot more accommodation options than people think when they do a quick Google search, and you're bound to find something.
As other posters mentioned Lobster Inn, Sunset Hotel, something Colores and others are all extra ones you'll find once there. There's also a great little spot called Three Brothers that's only $10USD a night for a couple. They've also got a decent kitchen which is nice, because things can get expensive on the island.
Just a personal plug here. We spent a few weeks out there in September 2013 and it is incredible! September was a great time, just after the heavy rains and before the mad rush. If you can make it out in the future, hit up that time. And also a fun little Little Corn Island Backpackers Survival Guide that will see you get the most out of your trip; Little Corn Island Survival Guide
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