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Big Corn Island

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==Understand==
Great Big Corn Island was originally colonized by the British, and most native islanders have more in common culturally with other English-speaking Caribbean islands than they do with the mainland of Nicaragua. Many have English surnames.
Tourism on Great Big Corn Island is still in its infancy as most tourists gather on Little CornIsland. There are almost none of the things one usually associates with tourists traps (tourist markets, huge beachside developments by major hospitality corporations, time-share condos, etc.). The people are typically friendly and genuine.
==Talk==
There are also three options for ferries from Rama (via [[Bluefields]]). This is an all-day plus overnight trip. [http://www.bigcornisland.com/river]
 
Schedules are always changing. For the latest transport information on how to get to Big Corn Island, view the updated graphic [http://rightsideguide.com/2118/how-to-get-from-managua-to-the-corn-islands/ Managua - Corn Islands]
==Get around==
Getting around the island can be done by taxi (anywhere on the island for 15 cordobas =75 cents U.S.), by bus (anywhere on the island for 5 cordobas =25 cents U.S.) per person.
One can rent bicycles,golf carts, cars, or motorcycles if one wishes. A taxi will generally pick up other passengers along your route - don't panic, this is normal.
==See==
Kalahari Desert (Botswana) and the Hawaiian Islands (USA)
Tierra del Fuego (Argentina or Chile) and Lake Baikal (Buryat Republic)
Galicia (Spain or Portugal) and the South Island of New Zealand
Find out more at http://www.souloftheworld.com
==Do==
Snorkeling, scuba diving, and ocean fishing are all excellent. "Nautilus" [http://divebigcornbigcornisland.com/nautilus.html]
, an island institution, can arrange any such trips (including scuba instruction).
==Eat==
Be careful eating here if you are a picky eater or have dietary restrictions. Most of the menus have the same items (usually fish and other seafood), and vegetarian and vegan food is rare and unvaried (mostly pasta and french fries). Fresh vegetables and produce are hard to find and very expensive (salads typically are small and cost around 100 cords).
The best restaurants on the island for typical island cuisine are Casa Canada (South End), Restaurante Sabor at Sunrise Hotel (excellent breakfasts & Sunday Bar-b-q) --right next to Casa Canada, Seva's (Dos Millas) & Paraiso. Paraiso has a fantastic menu including deserts, but is one of the most expensive on the island. The food is rico es rico varied from pasta and bruschetta to traditional island dishes and fresh fish. They also make the best pina coladas and coco loco'sricos . They use coconuts cut from the tree. Nautilus restaurant offers gourmet island fusion dishes, pizza rico and vegetarian dishes.  No trip to this island would be complete without trying the 'Rundown'! It's basically an island stew consisting of multiple types of seafood (generally lobster, shrimp, fish), taro, yucca, and plantain, and is cooked in coconut milk. Some places will require you to order it 24 hours in advance, which is a good idea anyway as this allows them to get fresh fish. A good place to go for this is Comedor Maris (Danet's house), here you will receive great food and better yet, great hospitality. You can find her on the north end, and you can ask any taxi driver, she is well known. The cook at the Picnic center does an excellant excellent job with local dishes, going to great lenth length to prepare them correctly. Lobster fishing is a huge part of the island's economy, and lobster is on the menu at almost every restaurant. When the lobster are in season, lobster dishes cost $5 to $8(as of 2012, you will only find ceviches and cocktails at those prices, any main dish will be $10 and up), and are available at all local restaurants. Lobster is the primary industry in the Corn Islands, so lobster and conch are plentiful. Be careful of lobster tails under 5 inches long or under 5 ounces in weight because they are illegal. When the season is closed in early March time frame, the lobster dishes tend to go up slightly in prices, but are still reasonable in prices. For a very inexpensive lunch or dinner check out one of the little taco jannae stands on the beach on the south end near long bay. They have fried tacos with salad that are excellent. There isn't a name on the establishment, but a taxi driver told us the locals call it "specitos" because the owner wears glasses.
It is not unusual to wait 40-60 minutes after ordering to receive one's meal. Everything is prepared from scratch after you order, so order before you get too hungry and be prepared to pass some time waiting for the results. After you place your order, typically the chef will make a trip off on his bicycle to fetch the needed ingredients for the dish you have chosen. This is typical of the relaxed pace everywhere on the island. It will be unusual to see anyone in a hurry to get anywhere or do anything.
There are a variety of places to stay on the island, ranging from extremely basic backpacker accommodations costing only about $10 U.S. per night to clean/comfortable/air conditioned places for $30-50 U.S., to a few more upscale places (which are still usually less than $100/night). Travelers reviews can be found easily online.
*<sleep name="South End Sunrise Hotel " alt="" address="" directions="" >falls in the middle pricing structure, but the rooms are very clean and spacious, and the proprietors (Lanmar and Ina) are very friendly and helpful.</sleep>
*<sleep name="Cabanas Vientos del Norte" alt="Ike's Place" address="North End" directions="About 1 mile NE of the dock" phone="505-8836-7188" url="http://bigcornisland.com/vientosdelnorte.html" checkin="" checkout="" price="$10-$50" lat="" long="">Vientos del Norte is a great place on the North End of Big Corn Island. Ike Siu is the owner, and he has 8 rooms about 50 feet from the ocean. His rooms range from $10 per person in a dorm style up to $50 oceanview with AC/Fridge/microwave, etc, although you may be charged extra for using a credit card or some of the amenities. Also has wireless internet for guests. Ike will do just about anything for his guests. You can use the kitchen. Free airport/boat pickup and dropoff. Food is available. </sleep>
*<sleep name="Paraiso Beach Hotel" alt="" address="Brig Bay2" directions="Shipwreck Beach" phone="+505 2575 5111" url="http://www.paraisoclub.com" checkin="any time" checkout="any time" price="$35 - $65" lat="" long="">Paraiso Beach Hotel is a well known Corn Island resort, able to accommodate 45 people in 15 rooms, all decorated in traditional Nicaraguan style. They are made to make you feel right at home. The cabanas are built 80 meters from the beach. Paraiso Beach Hotel has bathing, diving, fishing, waterskiing and snorkeling. Coral reefs are just minutes off shore surrounding the island 10 to 12 feet deep, visibility 80 to 100 feet. Has a restaurant- basic breakfast is great, and free with your stay. Has a computer with internet access for guest use.</sleep>*<sleep name="G and G" alt="Hotel/hostal" address="Brigg Bay" directions="Reggae Palace" phone="" url="http://gandghotelbigcornisland.com" checkin="When you reach" checkout="11am" price="$18 - $50" lat="" long="">Very lively new hotel with good bar and restaurant. New rooms with TV, private bath, fan and A/C,very secure. Free wifi for guests. Their rooms offer 1, 2 or 3 beds.  They are located about one minute from a very calm beach, perfect for families and snorkeling. They offer a pretty good restaurant but there are other comedores (streetfood) where you can get a bite just a short walk away. The neighborhood is kind of the downtown of Corn Island, so nothing is more than a few minutes' walk. Overall g and g hotel is a pretty good deal.</sleep>*<sleep name="Hotel BELLAVISTA" alt="" address="Playa Shipwreck, Brig Bay2" directions="next to Paraiso Beach Hotel" phone="(505) 8 941-2959" url="http://www.bellavistacaribe.com" checkin="any time" checkout="any time" price="$30 - $50" lat="12,1692" long="-83,0659">Corn Island Hotel BELLAVISTA is an italian owned family hotel located only 10 meters away from the beach of Brig Bay 2 (Playa Shipwreck). Six beautiful beach rooms in the typical Caribbean style can accommodate up to 14 people. Furthermore they have one private Seaview house for up to four guests. BELLAVISTA also has a restaurant but for hotel guests only. WiFi is available in the whole area, also at the beach itself.</sleep>*<sleep name="Fishers Cave" alt="hotel restaurant in big corn island" address="acostado al muelle" directions="" phone="" url="http://fisherscavecornisland.com" checkin="afternoon" checkout="morning" price="$25 - $45" lat="" long="">Conveniently located right at the wharf where the boats leave for the little island and Bluefields, Fishers Cave restaurant and hotel offers the best breakfast you will find on the island, including vegetarian options. They also have comfortable, clean rooms and are very attentive to their clients. Some even have a view of the outdoor aquarium that sports a nurse shark and barracuda, along with other colorful reef fish. Wifi, cable television, air conditioning and hot water showers are all available for guests. They accept major credit cards and you can book online. </sleep>*<sleep name="Hotel Morgan" alt="Morgan's Place" address="North End" directions="" phone="" url="http://bigcornislandhotelmorgan.com" checkin="" checkout="" price="$18 +" lat="" long="">Hotel Morgan is located right on a breezy little point in North End with nothing but the road blocking the view between the hotel and the blue Caribbean sea.  The rooms are well furnished with all the amenities including fan/ac, private bathrooms, big beds, television with cable etc. The upstairs rooms have balconies and the there are lounge chairs and hammocks throughout the grounds. It's nice and quiet here; a perfect place for families. The restaurant on site is one of the best on the island. Kerry, the owner, cooks up some of the best seafood you will eat.  The Corn Islands are known for their friendly people and Hotel Morgan is a great example.</sleep> 
==Stay safe==
The island is relatively safe, and few travelers encounter problems, but you should definitely take the normal precautions and not let the peacefulness get your guard down. Violent incidents are rare, but have happened in the past.
 
It's wise to take a taxi after dark, because there are no street lights. Most locals seem to be friendly, but alcohol use in the evening sometimes causes tourists to get harassed.
One other note of significance is the electricity, which typically goes out on a nightly basis for several hours and almost always goes out when it rains hard (still the case as of June 2009). There are hotels (Casa Canada, Morgan, Martha's B&B, Hotel Paraiso, Anastasia's on the Sea, Picnic Center, Vientos del Norte) that have their own generators to cover the gaps in electric service. Verify before booking.
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