We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Casa Iguana in late March. While it is the most expensive option on Little Corn, we feel it was worth the extra expense for what you get in terms of accommodations, convenience, and security.
Our room was really cute, very comfortable, and more than adequately met our needs. We had a platform bed that stood at window height so we could lie there and stare straight out at the palms and the sea-- beautiful! There was also a futon, which meant it could comfortably sleep as many as four people. The back deck was complete with two chairs, a hammock, and a view to rival any other in the Caribbean. The shower was, indeed, outdoors and unheated, but the sun warmed the tank and I found it to be fully enjoyable (and I'm not usually that type). It was so hot out anyway, a luke-warm shower was truly refreshing. Of course, our room did have some "amenities" included, free of charge, that were maybe not so ideal. We saw several giant roaches and some little lizard friends on our walls, but they were harmless...just kind of icky. I only mention it because I realize some people would not be able to handle being that up close and personal with nature, but considering you're in the middle of a jungle, it's to be expected. One thing I was surprised by was the lack of mosquitoes. I honestly expected to be eaten alive, but I think the wind on that side of the island helped to keep them at bay.
We were admittedly a little put off by the service during our stay, at times, but found it to be satisfactory overall. There were occasions, for example, when we went to the bar and were ignored by gossipy employees to the point where we gave up on getting a drink. But other times, the staff could not have been more accommodating. I suppose it can be chalked up to human nature, and sometimes they just felt more hospitable than other times. I can't really fault Casa Iguana for this anyway, because the service we experienced everywhere on the island was typically slow and perhaps not so friendly as one might be accustomed to in the United States, but it was just something you had to roll with. Maybe it just seemed offensive at Casa Iguana because many of their staff are American, so their behavior couldn't be attributed to a cultural thing.
Something Casa Iguana really has going for it is its location. It's far enough off the "main drag" for it to feel completely secluded and wild (just what we were looking for), but not so far that you feel cut off from the rest of the island. In contrast, at one point we took a walk along the beach up to Derek's and Ensuenos. While it wasn't that far and we aren't thaaat lazy, we were thankful we didn't have to make that trek every time we wanted to grab a mojito down at Habana Libre. Furthermore, we got lost on the way back while cutting across the island on a series of little paths. We wound up in an area of sketchy little huts that made us a bit nervous, and while I'm sure we would have been fine, we erred on the side of caution and retreated to the beach. This is worthy of note only because I never felt scared on the grounds of Casa Iguana, or anywhere else on the island, for that matter. Overall I think it's pretty safe, but it's good to be aware.
I guess I could sum it up by saying that we were so impressed by Casa Iguana that the day we arrived, we arranged to stay two extra nights--forgoing our stay on Big Corn, as we weren't very thrilled by it during our brief wait for the panga. No, we didn't get 5-star accommodations here, but then, that's not what we were expecting. What we did get was a clean and comfortable room in a gorgeous setting that was without all the frills of a resort (and all the annoyances of one, too!). If that's your ideal vacation, I can't recommend Little Corn Island and Casa Iguana enough.
- 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