My wife and I arrived on Big Corn island planning to stay for 4 nights. After checking in at Dorsey Campbell´s Yellowtail House, we ended up staying for 16! I think some travellers head straight for Little Corn Island, but I would definitely recommend checking availability at Yellowtail House first.
It is located on a beautiful spot on the north coast of the island, with a incredible, isolated beach right in front, and some fantastic reef, which is teeming with life, an easy swim from the shore. There is also a cracking seafood restaurant a 100m walk away.
The accommodation consists of two basic, but really well kitted-out, solid and secure stone huts, at around $25 a night per hut. They have large verandas with a view of the beautiful sea (perfect for beers on the rocking chairs!), a shower, a fridge and two hobs (for the fish brought in by rowing boats just down the shore - including yellowtail - and lobster!), and a large indoor space including a double bed with mosquito net. In the morning Dorsey brought us fresh coconut juice, straight from the trees on his land. A young guy also came by on his bicycle every day taking orders for delicious coconut bread, and Dorsey´s brother runs a shop next door serving incredible nacatamales.
Dorsey is a wonderful character. He´s an expert snorkelling guide, and an islander who welcomed us into the community and taught us about the history of the place. He´s also an wonderfully friendly and funny guy. You can be as independent as you like though, he is very laid-back! We were both so grateful to him for making our time on the island an unforgettable experience of the unspoilt Caribbean.
It´s not really possible to reserve a place at Yellowtail House, as I don´t think the phone numbers in the Rough Guide, Lonely Planet or Moon guidebooks are up to date, so I suggest just taking a cab from the airport for $0.75 and there will hopefully be a place for you!
- Also Known As:
- Yellowtail House Corn Islands, Nicaragua - Big Corn Island