Let me say at the outset that TripAdvisor is not my usual source for travel information or reviews. It's been my experience that far too many of the folks who take the time to review on this site seem overly interested in upscale amenities and what I'll refer to as "stateside" comfort. Let's be clear---Casa Iguana is located on a small island, far off the coast of a third-world country. Every time I visit--and I've been many times---I marvel that I can have a glass of Chilean wine with a dinner prepared by a Chef trained at the Culinary Institute of America!
Anyone surprised by the casitas at Iguana must not have checked out their excellent website www.casaiguana.net. The photos, if anything, make the accomodations appear more basic than they are. The platform beds are simple, but extremely comfortable, and each comes with a mosquito net that I have never found the need to use---and I've been there at all times of the year. The view from a hammock on the deck of your Casita is unmatched anywhere in the Carib. Anyone who objects to taking a solar shower in the great outdoors (although completely private!) just shouldn't be on Little Corn. To have the option of a flushing, ensuite toilet in a cabin on a cliff set in a seaside jungle---magical! Casa Iguana has constantly evolved since it's original owners, Grant and Cathy, first built it. As improvements have been made, and amenities added, expectations have been heightened, and it seems that what began as a truly offbeat, eclectic undertaking has begun to attract some folks who don't understand the beauty of a simple, friendly, spectacularly beautiful hideaway of a sort that can't be found in the Caribbean anymore.
The food is the best on the island--bar none! If guests are successful fishing that day, we share their catch for dinner. To have your own casita (not a room!) with a deck overlooking the Caribbean in a meticulously maintained but altogether natural setting for under $100 is a bargain. The staff aren't there to entertain you---if you need entertainment beyond diving, snorkeling, fishing, hiking, playing volleyball with the locals or just hanging out in "town" waiting for the fresh bread to come out of a local's oven, you probably should consider somewhere else. And as for the boat ride over---the website makes it VERY clear that it's bumpy, and that you're likely to get wet. While some may find that a nuisance, most of us who make repeat visits just smile and know that it's what keeps away those you don't want to share this paradise with.
And I haven't even mentioned the diving. It may lack the diversity of Bonaire, the walls of the Bay Islands, or the corals of the Indo-Pacific, but I can tell you this. The diving on Little Corn is much better than one might expect, with sharks on nearly every dive, (including a resident Hammerhead!) spotted eagle rays, turtles, beautiful gentle drift dives, and spectacular bioluminescent night diving.
I've been to 62 countries, stayed in everything from the Ritz to Nepalese huts with squatters, and Casa Iguana is one place I always look forward to returning to.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Caribbean as it used to be: An island, a culture, and a way of life that hasn't yet felt the impact of the 20th century. Opening its doors in 1994, CI became Nicaragua's first eco-lodge. Relax on its 40 acre reserve and explore its secret coves, jungle and farm. Whether or not you are a guest at Casa Iguana, we invite you to join us for our famous breakfast, lunch or dinner and enjoy cocktails and lounging in our lodge to take in the best view on the island and meet interesting people! ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Casa Iguana Hotel Little Corn Island
- Casa Iguana Little Corn Island, Corn Islands, Nicaragua