Little Corn - Accommodations
posted on Feb 16, 2015 by Anna
Before setting out on our holiday, Aaron and I compiled the below list of accommodation options—and we annotated it a bit based on our experiences. It seems that only a handful of the better established places can be reviewed and reserved online.
Our exploration of the island also suggests that some new resorts will be opening within the next couple of years. This list should therefore not be considered any sort of exhaustive guide. We just wanted to share a bit of what we learned from our investigations. Also, for anyone wondering: a few adventurous travelers we spoke with didn't wish to book anything in advance and were still able secure decent spots and good deals within a few hours of arrival. In other words, it's not absolutely necessary to pre-book, and if you're trying to save money you might be better off just seeing what you can find on arrival. Camping, however, doesn't seem like it's an option on Little Corn (Steadmen's allegedly allows it, but we couldn't get confirmation and no other places that we asked would allow it).
Insider Tip: Little Corn enjoys near constant easterly winds—helping to keep the eastern and northern side of the island cool and reducing the number of mosquitoes and sandflies a bit. The western side of the island (the 'village' and port area) swelters in the sun most of the day.
West Side (the 'Village')
A few hotels near to Little Corn's western port. This is the area referred to as 'the Village'.
The Lighthouse Hotel
- url: www.thelighthouselci.com
- tel: +505 5731 3996
- price: US$15/night and up
The Lighthouse Hotel is a newer establishment situated on the highest point of the island. The actual lighthouse offers a 360° view on the island—particularly rewarding at sunset. Private cabins, a sun deck, and restaurant.
Yoga on offer. Cocktails and tapas at the restaurant. Discounts for weekly/longer stays.
3 Brothers Guesthouse
- url: http://cornislandhostel.com
- phone: +505 8658 8736 or +505 8927 072
- price: $10/12/15 for a variety of room types
3 Brothers Guesthouse is a family-run hostel located about 120 meters north of the port. Gusts have access top a shared kitchen, large dining/common room and outdoor patio with hammocks. Three brothers is regarded as both clean and relaxed.
- email: laspalmeraslittlecorn@Hotmail.com
- tel: +505 87450322 or +505 86506210
- price: rooms with one bed $20 per night, 2 beds $30 and one room with one bed and kitchen $40 per night.
Newer rooms located approximately 500 meters north (left) of the dock. All have queen size beds. Private courtyard with hammocks and palm trees.
- url: http://www.welovelittlecorn.com
- email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- phone: +505 864 15711 or +505 8544 4165
- prices: $40/$50 per night
The Sunshine Hotel is a large yellow building just a short walk north of the port. Rooms with one or two queen size beds available, including A/C, TV and private bathrooms. The Sunshine Hotel is part of the Colibri Hotel Collection. Aaron and I heard that some of the Yamaya staff reside here.
Features the ‘Right Here’ Tapas Bar.
- url: http://lobster-inn.com
- phone: +505 847 1736
- price: US$15 and up
The Lobster Inn is a large, bright pink building just to the south of the port. Private rooms available with a bathroom, fan, and double beds.
Hotel Los Delfines
- url: http://www.losdelfineslittlecorn.com
- email: email@example.com
- tel: +505 841 13572
- price: US$50 for doubles; US$60 for triple
Hotel Los Delfines is a large white building painted in green trim located south of the port. Air conditioned rooms with private bathrooms and their own televisions. Suggested to be one of the more "modern" of the hotels on the island. They have their own restaurant with new 'beach balcony bar' serving local fair and "better than average" Nica meals.
Mastercard and Visa are accepted.
- url: http://www.casaiguana.net
- email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- price: US$20 - US$85
Casa Iguana opened in 1994 as Nicaragua's first eco-lodge. The hotel is situated on a private 40 acre reserve that includes two private coves and a farm. The grounds are clean and well manicured, and the hotel is known as family-friendly. Casa Iguana has a mix of 15 cliff top casitas cabanas painted in a collage of Caribbean colors with wide verandas and views of the beach. Beds are regarded as 'comfortable' (though Aaron and I heard mixed reviews). Rooms have safes to lock up valuables. Their entry rate of $20/night is for cabinas with a shared bath. They also have an Internet cafe and free WiFi for guests. 24-hour electricity is provided by an off-grid generator (combined wind/solar). They also supply guests with potable well water so as not to sell water bottles & have recycling bins. Night watchmen guard the premises at night.
A bit south of the port is a trail cutting across the island that leads to (just follow the signs). For those who book in advance, a staffer meets the ferry at the port to greet arriving guests and will have your luggage carted directly to your casita and back to the dock after your stay.
Casa Iguana's restaurant/bar overlooks a long stretch of white sand beach. The restaurant is rumored to serve great food (Anna and I didn't try) and cold drinks. The lodge is also a popular hangout with travelers and guests perusing the book exchange, boardgames or drink menu all day and night.
Casa Iguana also supports a US women's college by sponsoring an annual trip of biology researchers to study the reef and island aquifer while educating locals on their findings.
Accepts MC/Visa and personal checks.
- price: $10-$15 per night
Steadmans offers basic wooden shacks that appeal especially to those looking on a very tight budget. Located right next to the beach and adjacent to LCBB. Rumored to have camping available.
Little Corn Beach and Bungalow
- url: http://www.littlecornbb.com
- phone: +505 83330956
- price: Bungalows $30 and up
Little Corn Beach and Bungalow (LCBB) is an eco-friendly lodging establishment on Cocal Beach. Most of the bungalows have private verandas and are only steps from the water. The en-suites are known to be clean with quality beds, in-room fans (some with ceiling fans), nice bathrooms (hot water showers) that come equipped with bath and beach towels. Wi-fi is available for guests with their own devices.
LCBB's new Firefly Studio, a 500 sq foot screened in Yoga and Massage studio surrounded by jungle is a unique environment to relax mind and body. Kayak, paddle board and snorkeling rental available.
LCBB's owners invest a lot of time and attention to helping sustain Little Corn Island's ecosystem and to helping to local community. They purify rainwater for in-bungalow use and promote recycling of waste products. They voluntarily ship (at their cost) all non-recyclable waste to be properly disposed in Managua and sponsor the B-ECO-I beach cleanup initiative. LCBB community investments include free annual veterinary clinics as well as the construction of a 'reading room' building.
Great food. Breakfasts start at US$2.99 and they offer a bottomless cup of brewed coffee bar, lunches start at \$4.50, four plate gourmet dinners start at \$9 and require no reservations. The menu features numerous vegetarian friendly items and features only the freshest available ingredients.
To get to LCBB from the port, cross east across the island from a path just south of the dock. When you hit the beach, turn right (south) and continue about 500 meters past Steadman's. You can also reach LCBB by walking north from Casa Iguana.
Accept MasterCard and Visa for hotel guests only (a convenience fee applies).
- price: beach huts $10 with single bed, mosquito net, fan & shared bath; cabanas $20-50 with private bath.
- tel: +505 2575 5014
Elsa is the name of the charismatic elderly woman who runs this inexpensive lodging establishment. Huts are set back a bit from the beach; the prime real estate is dedicated to the restaurant, which turns out a tasty fried fish.
Grace's Cool Spot
- url: http://gracescoolspot.com
- tel: +505 8617 0239
Grace's Cool Spot offers clean and quaint rooms beach views, decorated with island-style rasta paint. All beds have mosquito nets.
Grace's Cool Spot also offers snorkeling trips, fishing trips, sunset cruises, beach volleyball and bonfires twice a week. If you want to grab your snorkel you can also head straight into the water. They have lots of hammocks if you prefer to just curl up with a book.
Grace's Cool Spot also has a nice little beach restaurant that serves both classic Caribbean dishes and international fare with an island twist (e.g. coconut bread French toast).
Credit cards accepted; reserve through website.
Carlito's Sunrise Paradise
- url: http://www.carlitosplacelittlecorn.com
- price: US$35 - US$60
Carlito's offers a variety of accommodation options, from single-bed cabins up to a two-bedroom suite with a private kitchen and bathroom. Some huts are on stilts to help distance you from critters. Guests can also join in yoga and meditation at the Karma Shack.
Carlito’s restaurant arguably serves the best fried chicken on the island as well as fresh fish and lobster.
Accepts credit cards.
- url: http://www.dobedos.ca/
- prices: $20 per night and up
Secluded place set back from the beach along the path to Yemaya. Relatively new cabins and a house available for daily, weekly and monthly rental. Kitchen available for use.
- url: http://www.littlecornhotel.com
- price: ca. US$400 day, with occasional off-peak dsicounts and some shared cabin pricing options are also available.
Yemaya is one of the island's newest places to stay--having opened in November 2013. This up-scale "eco-tourist" resort (we use quotes here because this label is a bit dubious) comprises 16 luxury cabins, most of which are located on the beachfront. Also features on site wellness facilities with yoga, massage etc.
Yemaya is by far the most luxurious place on Little Corn Island. The quality of the rooms rivals that many of the 5-start hotels where Aaron and I have stayed in the past. The batheroom alone is bigger than some of the dorm-style rooms we stayed in during our days at university—we even had our own in-shower plant! The bathroom finishings appear to be stones of ground coral tile (coral tiles wouldn't be terribly sustainable, would they?). Rooms have king-sized beds as well as an extra single bed (presumably for children or guests). The resorts also has a wooden deck path between the cabins and the restaurant that is illuminated at night (but depending on the direction that you are walking, it can be hard to see the steps; they end steps should probably be be painted to help keep guests from tripping). Yemaya also has probably the best beach on the island; certainly it's kept clean by their staff.
To get to Yemaya, guests can avail of their private shuttle service, which brings you directly from the airport on Big Corn to the resort on Little Corn. The round trip costs 50 dollars per person. Otherwise, to get there, one would walk from the port along the village road and subsequently a small dirt path through the jungle. The trek would be pretty challenging for anyone carrying a lot of luggage. Alternatively, one might be able to negotiate a ride on some private boats from the dock up to Yemaya. [Aaron and I took the private transport rather, which turned out to be pleasantly easy.]
Some minor annoyances: Paying 50 dollars, and yet still having to tip the people at the dock for "bag services' before they let your bar go. Restaurant that everyone raves about, but which we found to be very uneven. Exceptionally high prices.
Accepts credit card.
- url: http://www.ensuenos-littlecornisland.com
- price: US$25 and up
Ensueños, owned and operated by Spanish man named Ramon, is popular spot among long-term travelers. Set a bit back from the beach under the palm trees, the property comprises several interesting huts: artistic yet sturdy, built from local materials, and looking like something out of Swiss Family Robinson. The restaurant prepared meals on request and with advance notice.
To reach Ensueños, take the path north from the village (right at the fork), across the baseball field, and follow the signs for about 20-30 minutes. If you end up at the beach next to Yamaya, turn east (left) and follow the beach about 500 meters.
Farm Peace & Love
- url: http://farmpeacelove.com
- directions: north side of island, just east of Ensueños
Farm Peace & Love is a private farm, situated a bit back from its beautiful white sand beach and surrounded by lush tropical forest. Conditions are comfortable but not luxurious. It's not a hotel or hostel as such, but rather two private quarters for visitors in the east wing owner Paola's private cottage home. The farm is both quaint and fully self-sufficient: growing not only food but also coconut, vegetables, tropical fruits, organic coconut oil, natural soaps and other products. They also maintain horses, goats and chickens, and have both cats and three dogs. Families with children are welcome.
Farm Peace & Love offers relaxed and unhurried horse-back riding to some of Little Corn's more remote spots. They also help to arrange private fishing and snorkeling trips.
Paola is also known to cook up some truly superb Italian fare with ingredients grown fresh on her farm. Farm Peace & Love's website notes that she's not operating a restaurant. Meals are for guests and on request only. Reservations are needed 24 hours in advance.
Getting to Farm Peace & Love is achieved via the same pathway as one takes to Ensueños and Yamaya.
- url: http://www.dereksplacelittlecorn.com
- price: US$35 - US$55
Derek's Place has a few huts made creatively from natural materials scattered across their bright green grassy lawn overlooking the sea. Three of the huts have double beds; one larger hut has two double beds and glass bottle walls. The mattresses are regarded as comfortable. Meals are prepared on request and served family-style for those guests who make reservations.
Getting to Derek's is a 20 minute walk through the jungle from the port. Derek or his staff will pick up visitors from the port in his boat on request (and with an advanced reservation).
- Little Corn Island Travel Guide
- Lonely Planet: "Little Corn Island".
- The Corn Islands, Nicaragua: "Big Corn Island & Little Corn Island, Nicaragua".
- Go Nomad. "Nicaragua: In Dreams on Little Corn Island"
- Vianica: "Corn Islands".
- Wikitravel: "Little Corn Island".
- Rightside Guide. "Places to Stay in Little Corn Island"