Although Little Corn was our ultimate destination, we felt we would be doing ourselves a disservice if we did not stay on Big Corn for at least a couple of days to experience what it had to offer. It did not disappoint. We were able to book a flight from Managua so that we arrived early in the day. The only way to get cross the roughly 8 miles of ocean to the smaller island is by speed boat, or panga, and they only run twice a day. (At the time of this writing, due to the economical situation in Nicaragua and the season, the Panga is only running once a day.) We decided to forgo the panga the first day and spend a night on Big Corn. We found a room at Hotel Bellavista, which was right on the beach and had incredible views. Once we secured the room, we rented a motorbike and explored the island. Big Corn, though not as small as Little Corn, is still quite small itself; only about 3.9 square miles. There is only one paved road that is about 7.5 miles long that circumvents the island, so even an amatuer navigator can make their way around the island. We rented a bike for about C$800 for the whole day. We were able to make it all the way around the island easily in one day and have plenty of time to explore. We could stop at a beachside bar for lunch and drinks and know that we could take our time because we knew it would not take us long to get back to the hotel. As there is only one main road on the island, it would be quite difficult to get lost, so we felt quite safe venturing out and doing a little exploring. After a fantastic day on the bike and a lovely night at Bellavista, we caught the 10:00 panga to Little Corn the next morning.
Once we arrived on Little Corn, we knew this was going to be a place we would have a hard time leaving. As with all our trips, we weighed our options as far as renting vs. resort. We were able to find an incredible deal at Yemaya Island Hideaway & Spa and we just could not pass it up. Yemaya is located on the north side of the island and the pangas come in on the southwest side. That is also the side of the island that the majority of the bars and restaurants are located. There is a well-worn path that takes you from one side to another, and we walked it pretty much daily. You can walk right out of the resort and enter the path. It is about an hour walk and once you hit the baseball field, you know you are about halfway. About halfway between the baseball field and the town area is The Lighthouse Hotel. It is situated near the tallest part of the island where you can find fantastic food and drinks, as well as taco Tuesday where you can choose catch of the day for your tacos. It is a bit of a hike, but totally worth it. We highly recommend visiting and they also have fantastic, inexpensive accommodations.
No vehicles of any kind are allowed on Little Corn, so all travel is done on foot or by bicycle. We would take the path across the island and have lunch or dinner at one of the quaint bars and restaurants that are all along the beach. Once we were done for the day, we would take the path back. We were sometimes fortunate enough to be accompanied by one of the dogs of the island, and as soon as we were escorted safely home, off he went back to the other side.