Nicaragua’s Corn Islands

Nicaragua’s golden Caribbean kernels—The Corn Islands—dwell just 43 miles east of the steamy Atlantic Coast.

In terms of climate and culture, they are a world away. Ocean breezes keep things cool.

The atmosphere is relaxed and reggae-rich. Creole English is commonly spoken in lieu of Spanish.

Palm-lined brown sand beach with caribbean blue ocean in corn islands Nicaragua on a family vacation

Yoga, Scuba, Hiking and Fishing

The first European sailors named the area “the Skeleton Islands”—once home to a fearsome tribe of cannibals known as the Kukras.

In the 16th century, the islands became a base for marauding English pirates.

Today, friendly fishermen, coconut farmers, yoga instructors, and dive operators inhabit these shores.

Big Corn Island

Big Corn Island’s four-square miles of hilly interior slope down to white and gold sand beaches, mangrove estuaries, and clear waters.


The best diving is found off the island’s wide northern end, where the coral reef supports:

  • Hammerhead Sharks
  • Snapper
  • Parrotfish
  • Angelfish
  • Eagle Rays
  • Green Sea Turtles

The oblong southern end of the island shelters its best beaches.

Little Corn Island

Little Corn Island, twenty miles to the north, is accessible by ferry—forty minutes from Big Corn.

Fishing boat on the white sand coast of Nicaragua's Corn Island

Overall, Little Corn is the more pristine and enjoyable island.

Here you’ll find wide beaches and six miles of honeycombed coral reef.

Scuba, Snorkeling, Fishing, and Hiking

Visitors can dive, kayak, fish, snorkel, and hike.

The entire island—all 1.1 square mile of it—is free of cars and most other motorized transportation.

Regularly scheduled flights connect Brig Bay airfield on Big Corn Island with Managua and the coastal town of Bluefields.

cabana house with palm trees growing near its rear corner

Flight times to and from the capital average 75 minutes.

The Corn Islands are an emerging travel destination—accommodations are basic, but improving.

Privately-Guided Scuba Tours

Privately guided dive tours can be arranged from either island.

Winds are likely in March, and hurricane season extends from August to early December.

A private, pristine beach, with a piece of driftwood in the sand and clear blue Caribbean water off the shore in Corn Island Nicaragua

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