I arrived on Saturday 9/9/2006 and stayed a week. What can I say... you start out on a commercial plane, then switch to a much smaller plane, down to a panga boat, then a wheel barrel awaits for you at the Little Corn Island shoreline. It was the best stay ever! The weather was fantastic.. only rained the last day there for only a brief moment.
I stayed in the Grand Casita... nice.... view was great walk down a few steps and snorkeled before breakfast. Which my favorite breakfast was coconut bread french toast... mmmm...
Casa Iguana has a really cool Canadian chef named Kevin.... Man what that man can do for fish! Every dinner outdone the night's before. I did go to a Cuban restuarant down a bit from the dive shop. Twalia is the island historian (owner) and her husband cooks the best cuban pork and flambay lobster!
Little Corn Dive shop has the best PADI instructors. My dive master was Andrew. He was very professional considering the guy wears a skull & crossbone do-rag and has some braids in his beard! If ever you dive with him check out the bottom of his flippers! Andrew helped me in my advanced classes after 16 years of not diving he made it fun and comfortable. Audrey and Estaban were the other PADI instructors and they certainly have a good teamwork there. 'Rock-on Little Corn Island Dive Shop'!
Sam 'the fishing dude' is driven to catch that 7ft sailfish, kingfish, baracuda, etc. He is definitely in the zone when fishing with him. Always looked forward to see what everyone caught on their fishing trips with Sam. Almost always they come back with fish! Shows how good Sam is at being the 'fishing dude'. When there is a catch that day it does go to Casa Iguana to cook for the dinner. And yes, I think you should pay for the dinner, even if you did catch the fish. Worth having Kevin cook it....
I managed to meet Cathy and Grant while I was there. They are definitely wonderful people to meet. Environmentally friendly and I support that.
Electricity goes off at the crack of dawn and I always drank water from the sink with no problems. Bugs weren't all that bad.. even less than Texas.
One thing to remember while you are there.... UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES DO you find yourself in the village going back to Casa Iguana at night WITHOUT a flashlight!! Luckily in the pitch black an islander found me and brought me straight to Casa Iguana.
I never was mugged or felt in danger of being mugged. I saw the Police there so I think things have changed since the last person who was mugged there.
I managed to see also the Corn Island baseball series. Yeap.. they play baseball seriously and a scout should definitely check a few of these players.. Man they were good!
I will definitely take my teenage sons there next year. For sure.
It reminds me of the summer camps.. if you can get past not having electricty, tv, phones 24/7 then by all means go! Especially if you grew up loving summer camps!
I meet some incredibly wonderful people both locals and those on contract to work at Casa Iguana.
They say.. plant your toe in the sand and in a short while it will grow another... That is so true...
I have planted my toe and great memories have sprouted!
Thanks Casa Iguana and Little Corn Island Dive shop!
- 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