Corn Islands

If you consider yourself a traveler and not a tourist – the Corn Islands are for you. Positioned just east of Nicaragua’s Caribbean Coast, Big Corn Island and Little Corn Island remain relatively undiscovered by most vacationers. Bustling resorts are replaced with thatched roof cabanas and hammocks. Traffic problems are eliminated thanks to Little Corn being a car-free island.

Attractions are limited, but no less spectacular. Fill your days with diving and snorkeling, especially on Little Corn. Explore the nameless, well-preserved Spanish galleon off Big Corn’s Waula Point. Wake boarding, paddle boarding, tubing, and kite surfing are other options.

Although the laid back environs of the islands will rejuvenate you instantly, some time spent at Firefly Yoga will melt away a lifetime of stress. It’s just steps from the idyllic beach, and encompassed by luxuriant tropical gardens. Their well-trained yoga instructors and massage therapists help you achieve a state of peace you didn’t know existed.

Lobster fishing is the Corn Islands’ biggest industry, and that’s reflected in most menus. Stop in Habana Libre for Cuban fare – and don’t miss the lobster in jalapeno sauce. Popular with the locals, Fisher’s Cave serves up fresh and delectable seafood. Café Desideri is a great choice for breakfast and brunch (plus they offer free WiFi). Some locals sell street food out of their homes, too. You can’t get much more authentic than that.

February through April is the best time for a Corn Islands visit. However, lobster season ends in mid-March, so foodies should plan accordingly.

We recommend the Corn Islands to those seeking a beautifully basic and authentic Caribbean experience. If days filled with snorkeling, diving, and fishing meet your agenda criteria; you’ll be sated here. Budget travelers should definitely keep the Corn Islands in mind.