The rides in taxis, small aircraft and a crowded boat made the trip worthwhile as we ventured through the jungle on a narrow path to Casa Iguana on Little Corn Island. The occasional sign on a tree with a picture of an iguana, along with the sound of the ocean let us know we were getting closer. After about a 7 minute walk, we came to a fence with a sign that read, ‘Please ring bell we soon reach’. We rang the bell and a girl came to greet us. Camille, the manager, then showed up and let everyone know which cabin they were staying in. We walked along a path of carefully planted coconuts which had sprouted small palm trees and arrived at the Grand Casita. Unlike the others it featured hot water, a coffee maker and a CD player, not to mention a grand porch with room for two hammocks overlooking the beach and coconut trees.
The Casita was spacious with a double bed and a futon, an indoor toilet, outdoor shower and plenty of windows which let the ocean breeze cool the room. The room also featured a sink, a double gas burner with a kettle and a small safe. It was quite comfortable and had everything we needed. The tap water was good, almost sweet and I never had a problem drinking it. I was never bothered by bugs which is a first for me on an island. Also for the first time, it seemed that the locals weren’t on ‘island time’, meaning it takes forever to get something done. Meals were served in a timely fashion and you never felt like you had been forgotten about.
Breakfast and dinner were served at the lodge and you could pick up sodas, water or juice from the coolers on the porch. They believe in the honor system and you wrote on a little whiteboard (one for each room) what you had ‘bought’. Be it breakfast, internet access, dinner, drinks or souvenirs. It was tallied up on your last day (a very sad day, to say the least).
The island as a whole was very friendly and most of the time the locals would say hello to you. The staff at Casa Iguana couldn’t have been better. They were all very attentive and willing to stop what they were doing to help you. The meals were out of this world and the fish was fresh, typically caught by one of the guests that day. Dinner was always plentiful and usually we were asked if we wanted seconds. Home made desserts were always served and everyone seemed to find comfort in that.
It was enjoyable to meet the people that somehow found their way to this tiny part of the world and shared stories of their travels. It seemed you had something in common with everyone just by the fact that we found ourselves in the same place.
The island’s lush jungles, friendly people and beautiful deserted beaches will remain in my memories forever. The fantastic sea life and vast coral reefs make me wish I were still there. The walk through the jungle early in the morning was unforgettable, almost bringing tears to my eyes as I felt so fortunate to be in this special place. I will return some day and spend more time there, as four days just wasn’t enough. Thank you Little Corn, for the opportunity of a lifetime.
- 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