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Little Corn Island

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Near the port
There's not a whole lot to see on the island, per se, other than the deep blue sea. There are a couple of tiny and uninteresting '''churches''', and a couple of '''sunken boats''' to gaze at offshore.
A run down '''"lighthouse"''' lies on the northwestern-ish part of the island, next to the giant cell phone tower that dwarfs it. It´s climbable and offers an awesome view of the whole island, but take care on the ladder, and think twice if you´re afraid of heights.
There is a '''football (soccer) field''' in the center of the island which might see an impromtu match a couple times a year, and a newly renovated '''baseball field''' further north from the lighthouse. When there's a local series going, you can see the equivalent of the best of old fashioned small town baseball, with a great mix of local islanders, ex-pats, and tourists in the bleachers.
==Do==
 
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*<do name="Dance &amp; Party" alt="" address="Happy Hut &amp; Eagle Bar" directions="" phone="" url="" hours="" price="" lat="" long="">Two Local dance clubs, on a Saturday nights full of locals & tourist having a great time on the dance floor & in the party cene...</do>
 
*<do name="Radio Likkle I" alt="" address="By the Basketball Court" directions="" phone="" url="www.radio-carib.com" hours="" price="" lat="" long="">Local Community Radio Station also offers Cheap Internet and has local music for sale as fundraiser to help their operations...</do>
===Diving===
* <do name="Dive Little Corn" alt="" address="" directions="just south of the dock" phone="" url="http://divelittlecorn.comnet/" hours="8AM-5:30PM daily" price="" lat="" long="" email="infodivelittlecorn1@divelittlecorngmail.com" fax="">A well-run 5 Star Gold Palm center dive shop (awarded to dive shops that excel in all of PADI's environmental, safety and certification standards), that can do PADI courses up through assistant instructor. The first shop in the country does three dives daily and has certified several local dive masters. Join them for regular trips to Blowing Rock or beach cleanup days. Check with their webpage for updated specials. Kayaks, snorkeling trips and gear available. Visa and MC accepted. One of the largest local employers on the island. Same owner as Casa Iguana.</do>
* <do name="Dolphin Dive" alt="" address="at Hotel Delfines" directions="south of the dock" phone="+505 8917 9717" email="[email protected]" fax="" url="http://www.dolphindivelittlecorn.com/" hours="" price="">Managed by a new team, this is the other well-run dive shop on the island. PADI courses are available up through dive master, they employ locals, and profits remain on the island.</do> ==='''massage/yoga'''=== '''Firefly Yoga and Massage Studio''' located at Little Corn Beach and Bungalow (LCBB) offers daily yoga classes (mats provided) and Swedish and Rolfing type massage by appointment. The comfortable environment is enveloped by jungle with jungle sounds and the sound of the sea in the background. The Studio is open to all island visitors and residents. Little Corn Beach and Bungalow owners provide free yoga classes for their employees on Thursdays. Contact Firefly Studio at [email protected] or call LCBB at 011 505 8 333 0956.
===Fishing===
Fishing out of Little Corn is casual and often productive. No license required, just rods in PVC rod holders while trolling ballyhoo baits from an open 20 ft panga. Elvis and Alfonso can be contacted by asking in the village. Elvis charges $35 per person for a 3 hr trip. King mackerel, barracuda, and mahi mahi (dorado) are surprisingly abundant. They offer the best in locally guided trips, and are great guys who will make your day, no matter what you catch.
'''Fly Fishing Little Corn:''' A great guy named Brandon offers a full service fly fishing charter on Little Corn Island. Try your hand at catching the elusive Bonefish, Tarpon or Permit. Or go for all three for a "Grand Slam". Along with these on shore fish, you can to go for big game fish off shore. He offers lessons in fly fishing and casting, he'll have you casting and catching fish in no time. No equipment? No problem. Fly Fishing Little Corn has a selection of rods, reels, and lines available to be booked with our charters. Prices start at $50/person. Check out the website for more information: '''www.flyfishinglittlecorn.com'''
'''Little Corn Fishing Charters'''
==Eat==
 
*<eat name="Little Corn Beach & Bungalow" alt="" address="Cocal Beach, Breezy Side" directions="Directly East from the dock" phone="01150583330956" url="http://littlecornbb.com" hours="open daily" price="from $30" lat="" long="">Little Corn Islands newest eco friendly resort has immaculate bungalows all with ensuite bathrooms with hot showers situated right on the beach. Turned Turtle Restaurant and Bar has great margaritas and Pina Coladas and serves bistro style food with an island flare at good prices with the most timely and friendly service on their side of the island. Breakfasts start at $3.50 and they offer a bottomless cup of brewed coffee bar, lunches start at $4.50, four course gourmet dinners start at $9 and require no reservations. Kayak and snorkeling rental available. Another plus, owners manage and live on site.</eat>
 
*<eat name="Tranquilo Cafe" alt="" address="Front side" directions="On the beach, conveniently situated between the two dive shops" phone="001-505-8361 3758" url="http://www.tranquilocafe.com" [email protected]com" hours="11-9 daily (closed thursdays)" price="$2-$8.50" lat="" long="">American style bistro/cafe with quality food, and excellent, fast (especially for Central Am.), service. Appetizers include Bruschetta & "Catch of the Day" Ceviche. Entrees: Big and juicy cheeseburgers, fresh fish tacos, grilled chicken sandwiches, and quesadillas. Great veggie offerings as well. Nightly dinner specials that include home-made mac & cheese, wing night, fish & chips. Huge home-made chocolate chip and peanut butter cookies, brownies, & home-made rum cake. Ice Cream. Fresh brewed hot and iced Nicaraguan coffees, local fruit juice "frescos", smoothies, cocktails, and ice cold beer (including Guinness!). The place to go before or after a dive. Famous for their twice weekly Bonfire Parties, "Pub Quiz", and DJ nights. Also features free WiFi, a gift shop that showcases local crafts, as well as t-shirts and traveler necessities</eat>
 
* <eat name="Cool Spot" alt="" address="" directions="south of the port" phone="" url="" hours="" price="mains C$75-135" lat="" long="" email="" fax="">This popular place straddles the sidewalk, but it´s all about the beachside stand where you can pull up a barstool and get something cold to drink, or partake in their simple but tasty meals.</eat>
* <eat name="Habana Libre" alt="" address="" directions="just north of the port" phone="" url="" hours="" price="mains from C$100" lat="" long="" email="" fax="">Open only randomly during a recent visit, this spot serves up delicious chicken and pork dishes. Some of the specialties require advance ordering. If you hang around long enough, you'll get an ear full from the owners about their anti-foreigner sentiments, which is ironic since the husband is from Cuba.</eat>
* <eat name="Farm Peace &amp; Love" alt="" address="" directions="north side of island, just east of Ensueños" phone="" url="http://www.farmpeacelove.com/" hours="" price="" lat="" long="" email="" fax="">Paola is a lovely Italian woman, cooking up truly superb Italian fare out of her house. A 3 course dinner runs US$15/person, and ingredients are often grown fresh on her farm. Reservations are needed 24 hours in advance, either by dropping by or having Dive Little Corn or Casa Iguana contact her by radio.</eat>
 
*<eat name="Casa Iguana Bar, Restaurant &amp; Lounge" alt="" address="" directions="towards the southeast, head south from the port and follow the signs" phone="" url="http://www.casaiguana.net/restaurant.html" hours="" price="" lat="" long="">Guests and visitors are welcome to dine and lounge in the spacious lodge. Traditional breakfast served with fresh fruit in a timely manner for $6. Small snacks & free organic fair trade coffee are available self serve station all day long (patrons can donate money to the children's reading room). Fresh fruit juices and cocktails, great view of the entire breezy side of the island. A 3 course meal every night prepared with local ingredients and fresh caught fish for about $15 US. A vegetarian option/dietary restriction options are always available. Full bar. Sample menus and details on website. </eat>
*<drink name="Dereks Place Bed and Breakfast" alt="" address="Little Corn Island, Nicaragua" directions="NE Corner of island" phone="" url="http://www.dereksplacelittlecorn.com" hours="" price="$4-9+" lat="" long="">No matter if youre a guest or not, you must make reservations to eat in the "Family Style" meals. Delicious meals, meat or vegetarian dishes. Specialties include Brick Oven Pizza, Coconut bread, fruit dishes. Often with a cozy bonfire and hammocks on the beach.</drink>
Beer is available at most guesthouses and restaurants around the island, as is the usual Flor de Caña rum.
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==Drink==
 
'''Little Corn Beach and Bungalow's "Turned Turtle Bar and Restaurant"''' on Cocal Beach offers what they term "island famous" margaritas, homemade Pina Coladas and the island version of a mudslide, "Jeff's Mudhole". Homemade corn chips with salsa and guacamole and maybe the islands only "crispy" french fries are all offered along with their friendly beach side service. The bar and beach is a great place to laze the day away in a hammock and enjoy a drink or three.
'''Tranquilo Cafe'''. Front side. Lots of Happy Hour Specials from 5-7pm, and the best place on the island to be "seen", share travel stories, and enjoy the view and sunset. Besides beer (including Guinness), it has the largest cocktail menu on the island. Also fresh brewed hot and iced Nicaraguan coffees, local fruit juice "frescos", smoothies. Famous for their twice weekly Bonfire Parties and DJ nights. Also features free WiFi until 10pm for those who can put down that iPhone while chilling. Until late, depending on the crowd.
===Near the port===
 
* <sleep name="Sunshine Hotel" alt="" address="" directions="" phone="(505) 864-15711" url="" checkin="" checkout="" price="" lat="" long="" email="[email protected]" fax="">Comfortable rooms, 1 minute walk from the port, rooms include A/C, TV.</sleep>
* <sleep name="Lobster Inn" alt="" address="" directions="" phone="+505 847-1736" url="" checkin="" checkout="" price="Rooms with private bath and fan, from US$20" lat="" long="" email="" fax=""></sleep>
===The east===
*<sleep name="Little Corn Beach and Bungalow" alt="" address="Cocal Beach, Breezy Side" directions="Go directly east across the island from the dock, take every right turn including once you hit the beach, go 100 mtrs south on beach or 500 meters north of Casa Iguana on Cocal Beach" phone="01150583330956" url="http://www.littlecornbb.com" checkin="varies" checkout="9:30AM" price=" Bungalows, $30 and up" lat="" long="">Currentlyl rated #1 hotel by Trip Advisor on the Corn Islands, Little Corn Beach and Bungalow is located right on Cocal Beach. 8 of 9 Bungalows are only steps from the water. The newest eco-friendly lodge on the island is only place on Little Corn that recycles rainwater for in bungalow use. Immaculate en-suite bathrooms (with hot water showers) include towels as well as beach towels. Clean nice sheets, quality beds, in room fans (some with ceiling fans), rechargable power keeps fans on in the nicest cabins, free in cabin satelite wi-fi (for guest with own device), french doors and 14 foot verandas open on to beautifully landscaped grounds and the sea. Three bungalows are Master Suite Gullivers with King size bed, refrigerator, sitting area and larger verandas. One Gulliver has a simple kitchen, fridge and a separate bedroom with a queen bed and bamboo ladder accessed loft with double bed. LCBB's new Firefly Studio, a 500sq foot screened in Yoga and Massage studio sorrounded by jungle is a unique environment to relax mind and body. Daily yoga classes and by appointment Swedish massage make for a great way to spend a couple hours. Added plus, owners manage and live on site. Accept mc and visa (hotel guests only and a hefty convenience fee applies), have recycle bins (owners volutarily ship at their cost all non-recyclable waste that can not be properly disposed of to Managua for more appropriate disposal), sponsor annual free veterinary clinics on the island and have facilitated the construction of the NEW reading room building on the island. </sleep>
 
* <sleep name="Casa Iguana" alt="" address="East Side" directions="towards the southeast, head south from the port and follow the signs" phone="" url="http://www.casaiguana.net/" checkin="" checkout="10AM" price="US$20-85; Mastercard and Visa accepted" lat="" long="" email="[email protected]" fax="">Opened in 1994 as Nicaragua's first eco-lodge, Casa Iguana sits on a private explorable 40 acre reserve above two private coves, with a farm and a long stretch of white coral sand beach. 15 Casitas with wide verandas and views are painted in a collage of Caribbean colors and are constructed to allow the trade winds to pass through them. The beds are comfortable, in-room safes are provided, and the restaurant serves great food and cold drinks while you marvel at the view (breakfast, lunch and dinner). The lodge is also a popular hangout with travelers and guests perusing the book exchange, boardgames or drink menu all day and night. They've got potable well water so as not to sell water bottles & have recycling bins. Prices can a bit higher than the other lodging on the island, but their entry rate of $20/night for a cabina with shared bath is a great deal-they have beautiful, clean grounds and views, are relatively easy to get to, and family friendly. 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. 3 types of accommodation; Internet cafe; Free WiFi for guests; Bath towels and beach towels; 2 night watchmen at night; 24-hour electricity provided by an off-grid wonky generator/wind/solar set-up. 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. </sleep>
Further south, there are 3 places all next to each other, which have the cheapest huts on the island, beachfront restaurants in the sand serving whatever is available that day, and little to distinguish them from each other. While some have an official name, most are known by their owners name. From top to bottom:
===The north===
* <sleep name="Derek's Place" alt="" address="" directions="at the northeast point of the island, take the trail from the north of Dive Little Corn and stay straight at all crossroads" phone="" email="" fax="" url="http://www.dereksplacelittlecorn.com/" checkin="" checkout="" price="US$35-40">Probably the most desirable spot on the island to many, they´ve got 4 beautiful huts made creatively from natural materials strewn across a bright green grassy lawn overlooking the sea. Derek and Anna are both quite interesting, and serve up 3 meals on request. There are 3 huts with double beds, and 1 larger hut with 2 double beds and glass bottle walls, all with comfortable mattresses. It´s about a 20 minute walk through the jungle to get here from the port, or if you´ve made a reservation you can request Derek to pick you up from the port in his boat.</sleep> * <sleep name="Ensueños" alt="" address="" directions="head north from the port and follow the signs for about 20-30 minutes" phone="" url="http://www.ensuenos-littlecornisland.com/" checkin="" checkout="" price="From US$25" lat="" long="" email="" fax="">Along the north of island, this place, run by the friendy Ramon, is fairly remote and popular with long-term travelers. Huts are decent and unusual, and everything is set further back from the beach than most, under the palm trees. There´s a restaurant on site which serves surprisingly gourmet meals (Andrea' the chef is amazing) on request.</sleep>
==Stay safe==
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