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Little Corn Beach and Bungalow
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Denver, Colorado
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Reviewed 30 June 2011

Staying at Little Corn Beach and Bungalow was an absolutely wonderful experience! The grounds are gorgeous, the prettiest beach on the island is right there, and all of the staff were very friendly and helpful!
We stayed in a bungalow, it was spacious and clean. We slept with the windows open and the fan on at night which helped a lot with air flow, it's definitely hot, but tolerable! The food and drinks were delicious, they serve 4 course meals every night, with plenty of variety. You are able to put meals and drinks on your tab, which is really nice, that way you don't have to carry money on you all of the time. You also have the option to tip at each meal or you can give one larger tip at the end which the owners split up amongst all the staff. We thought this was a nice way to thank all of the hard working staff for making our stay so enjoyable! In addition they have a great water recycling program, you can pay half the price of a bottle for a refill of purified water. This also significantly helps to decrease the number of plastic bottles littered on the island!
There is good snorkeling just a short boat ride off the property (it is possible to swim), we saw lots of fish, eagle rays and hammerhead sharks! You can rent snorkel gear from the hotel or from the folks who take you out. You can also rent sea kayaks from the hotel. The water is clear, turquoise and fairly calm for the most part, which makes for great swimming as well!
You can make your way over to the other side of the island, which includes a walk through the jungle, be sure to bring flashlights/head lamps if you plan to make the walk at night. Plenty of bug spray is also key for pretty much anywhere on the island. They sell it at the hotel if you don't feel like bringing it along. There were a few good restaurants on the other side, but if you don't want to leave Little Corn Beach and Bungalow, you don't have to!
If you are looking to travel to a beautiful place, that is off the beaten path, and a bit of an adventure, then Little Corn is the place for you. If you are looking for 5-star high rises with lots of people/crazy night life, you should probably find somewhere else!
Little Corn island is a hidden gem, and Little Corn Beach and Bungalow made our experience nothing but enjoyable! Thanks for everything Scot and Kristine!

  • Stayed June 2011, travelled as a couple
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Gresham, Oregon
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Reviewed 30 June 2011

Loved staying at this place. But in order to enjoy the whole Little Corn Island experience you have to be somewhat of a hard-core traveler. The bungalows where basic but nice (I wouldn’t recommend the bunk house). The restaurant was somewhat overpriced for Nicaragua standards, but the food was over the top with a different dinner menu each night. Located right on the beach, the grounds were beautiful. I would highly recommend having plenty of mosquito repellant on hand. There is Wi-Fi that works pretty well when the island has electricity.

Please note: If you are looking for a typical hotel experience this is not the place. That place does not exist on Little Corn Island. For a more primitive and extraordinary unspoiled beauty, you can't do better.

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  • Stayed June 2011, travelled with friends
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Harker Heights, Texas
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Reviewed 25 June 2011

This is a nice place if you are going for the beach bungalow experience (some like it, some don't). The staff and owners were very friendly. It is more "expensive" compared to everywhere else on the island, but it is completely voluntary whether you stay here, down the beach, or on the other side of the island (this goes for where you eat as well). I have read some reviews about guests being surprised at their bill at the end of their stay and in no way did the owners or staff "hide" the prices. I recommend you check out what accommodations are available on the island (there are only a certain amount per price range)...and make your decision based on what you can afford.

Things to consider - it is on the eastern side of the island so a bit more remote and a 15 minute walk into town. Some may value this remoteness, and others may want to be near the social scene (on western side). Take care coming back and forth to the hotel at night. By being on the eastern side it is a bit more breezy, which makes up for the lack of AC..but again it is a beach bungalow, not a hotel. Up and down the beach are the more economic places...look at them and choose.

Ultimately, my wife and I enjoyed our stay, and I would recommend it to friends.

This is definitely the more "ritzy" of the places on the island.

  • Stayed June 2011, travelled as a couple
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San Anselmo, California
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Reviewed 15 June 2011

My two sons and I spent five nights at LCBB, occasionally exploring the rest of this island paradise, but often content to go from bungalow (Gulliver's view is unbeatable) to hammock to LCBB mini-restaurant for excellent fish tacos and the best toasted coconut pina coladas anywhere. The staff is warm and friendly, the beautiful grounds well-tended and the beach couldn't be better. Shoes are barely needed unless you head to the village on the other side of the island. There's hardly anything I would do to change it except the coffee and perhaps the addition of screens to ward off at least some of the night visitors.

  • Stayed June 2011, travelled with family
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Chicago, Illinois
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Reviewed 10 June 2011

We opted for LCBB thanks to a recommendation from our friends at Las Islita in Granada. LCBB puts forth a tremendous effort to deliver a secluded, yet more upscale experience relatively speaking.

Everyone we encountered while staying here was very friendly. Upon arrival, we ran into a couple on the beach grilling the fish they had just caught. We sat down and had a few beers with them, and ended up hanging out with them all week. The island seems to be very popular with the Canadian crowd right now. The owners were out the week we were here, but the staff took great care of us.

Our casita was well equipped with two beds, mosquito nets, and a bathroom with hot shower. The shower was surprisingly nice. Like many places in Nicaragua, you're not supposed to flush toilet paper down the toilet, but rather put it in the waste basket. This may be difficult to get used to for some. If you're a couple using only one bed, I would put your belongings under the other bed's mosquito net to keep any critters out.

The layout of LCBB has the casitas surrounding the restaurant... The beach is a 20 second walk from any given point. At any given time you're likely to be the only person on the beach. It really doesn't get any better than that! if you want a little more seclusion you can walk 20 or 30 minutes north and be alone at the most beautiful beaches you've ever seen. There's a great map of the whole island in the restaurant. The "other side" of the island is a 15 minute walk. You can either walk along the beach to Iguana and from there there are fairly well marked paths (including an actual paved sidewalk connecting between that's under construction) or you can walk the opposite way and it's more direct but a little less marked paths through the woods.

The restaurant is great. The food does come from your friendly big box wholesaler in Managua I believe, but the preparation of it was top notch. (Though I'm kind of "over" Costco's mixed vegetable ensemble). If you're getting lobster tail it's probably not local either, as the season is very short. The dinner menu had 4 or 5 choices, but every night we had dinner here they had things scratched out because they ran out. If you're picky show up early. The dinner portions are very large, but I found lunch portions to be on the small side. There are squeeze bottles of a green sauce on every table, Lizano Salsa, that's delicious on just about everything.

It's true that their mixed drinks (margaritas, mud slides, etc.) are on the expensive side ($7) relative to third world pricing. Thankfully they have a never ending supply of Tona and Victoria. And it's convenient for both them and I that you can just constantly go and order them on your tab.

Looking at their web site I see they now offer an "dining & activity" add-on that's $48/day/person, which seems like a pretty decent deal, maybe even a "great" deal depending on the length of your stay. It includes two meals and unlimited beer among other things.

If you come to the island, bring cash, and lots of it. There isn't a single ATM on the island (though with the very new direct plane service from the mainland, maybe this will change, I wouldn't count on it). Every place that accepts credit will do so with a surcharge on top of your bill, LCBB charges 10%. Other places nearby do it for slightly less (5%). If you need actual cash, other places nearby will do it at an even higher surcharge in exchange. Also, unless you're prepared to pay $20/bottle, bring bug repellant and sun screen. They sell bug repellant, but we had a difficult time finding sun screen (and in Nicaragua mainland, sunscreen doesn't seem to be something natives need to use, so it's expensive even on the mainland). Our newly-made friends at LCBB hooked us up though (Canadians are so nice..!)

Nearby LCBB there are 3-4 hostel-type places that have bars/restaurants, but we didn't try them. 10 minutes down the beach is the Casa Iguana which is probably the closest "rival" to LCBB on the island. We hung out there a few times and had breakfast there, met some friends, etc. Things are slightly cheaper there, but the food isn't as good from what we had. They do have a "farm" but none of their food comes from there as of now. The rooms look a bit more run down in comparison to LCBB, and the place had more people in general. It's worth a visit even if just for a drink on their deck that sits up on a cliff.

This is one of those places I hesitate to even review, because everyone knows one day it just won't be the same. This really is the very best of the Caribbean. Potentially life changing for some, it's that special of a place.

  • Stayed March 2011, travelled as a couple
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NYC
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Reviewed 6 June 2011

I traveled alone to LCI and felt right at home here. There was the warm company of the friendly staff when desired and otherwise solitude. As I was taking a diving course on the other side of the island, upon request, it was quickly arranged for me to have someone accompany me from LBB to Dive Little Corn. In addition, on my last day, Scott noticed I was looking at a map of Managua, as I was taking the morning panga and La Costena flight back to Managua the following day, and upon telling him I wanted to go to a market, he called a travel partner in Managua - a gentleman by the name of Rogelio - who took me to the Masaya Volcano and then to the market in the town of Masaya. He was a wonderful tour guide and that experience topped off an already fantastic one at LBB.

  • Stayed March 2011, travelled solo
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Ashburn, Virginia
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Reviewed 5 June 2011

Visted for 5 days. Needed a break and got exactly what I was looking for, a mix of relaxation, snorkling, swimming, beach soccer with frineds, great food, and really great hosts. Stayed in the crusoe type bungalow, right off the beach, with a great choice fo hammocks right in front and an whole reef a few hundred yards out beyond to explore.Between the constant and welcomed breeze and the tranquil surf, I was right in my element. Met poeple from litterally all over the world who made their way to this island, and each on a friend in the making. Its amazing how a relaxing and laid back scene will bring out the best in people. Also a shout out to the staff at the beach and bungalow who made our stay even that much more enjoyable. And to Scott and Kristine, you help in getting my laptop back was amazing. And to anyone reading this, don't bring your laptop if you can help it. Doing work and hanging out in littlecorn don't mix.

  • Stayed May 2011, travelled with friends
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Property: Little Corn Beach and Bungalow
Address: | Cocal Beach, Nicaragua
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Region: Nicaragua > Southern Atlantic Autonomous Region > Corn Islands > Little Corn Island
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 7 Hotels in Little Corn Island
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Little Corn Beach and Bungalow 2.5*
Number of rooms: 9
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Both Little Corn Beach and Bungalow (LCBB) and Little Corn Island were recently listed in the New York Times #1 Best Selling Travel book, "1000 Places to See Before You Die." Recently, the Travel and Leisure website listed LCBB as 1 of 27 "Best Affordable Island Hotels" in the world. Come and join us on this beautiful remote tropical island. Experience an extraordinarily scenic and unique Caribbean world while stepping back in time. We offer relative comfort while respecting the island's delicate eco system. No cars, motorcycles, golf carts or airport disguise the fact that it is relatively easy to find this paradise. Come and see Little Corn Island before it becomes just another Caribbean island. ... more   less 
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