Islas de Maíz/Corn Islands
The Corn Islands are two small islands fringed with white coral and slender coconut trees, perfect for relaxation.
, the smaller of the two and far more idyllic, escaped serious damage in the 1988 hurricane and can be visited by boat from the larger island,
, a one-hour ride by
. On Little Corn Island there is no electricity and no phones, just pristine white-sand beaches and some of the Caribbean's finest undisturbed coral reefs. Big Corn is a popular Nicaraguan holiday resort (the best months are March and April). The nicest beaches on Big Corn are on
(walk across the island from Playa Coco)and
, by the dock.
If you climb the mountain, wear long trousers as there are many ticks. On Little Corn you can climb the lighthouse for fantastic views of the whole island (not recommended if you are uncomfortable with heights). The language of the islands is English. The islanders are very friendly but petty thievery has been reported. Be wary of touts who greet you at the airport, posing as impartial guides; they may charge you for their services. Make sure you take enough money with you to the island as credit cards are not accepted and everything is more expensive than on the mainland; dollars are widely used.
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