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Corn Islands

The Caribbean coast’s biggest tourist draw is actually 43 miles (70km) offshore, on a pair of enchanting islands with crystalline coves, horseshoe bays and underwater caves. Great Corn is larger and peopled by a Creole population that lives in colorful wooden houses, many of which are sprinkled along the main road around the island. And though tourism is the second-largest industry, behind lobster fishing, you won’t see mega-developments here.

Little Corn, a tiny, jungled jewel, actually attracts more tourists, with visitors suitably seduced by myriad dining options, creatively realized beachside cabañas, plenty of cheap hostels and even a luxury resort. The dive sites are also more diverse on Little Corn, which explains why so many transit the larger island and head directly to this car-free utopia. During high season there can be more foreigners than locals, but the charms of Likkle Corn, as locals call it, cannot be overstated.

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