Corn Island Vacations
What to Do on the Corn Islands, Nicaragua
There aren't busy beaches filled with motorized everything, or helicopters overhead. There is no bowling alley. This is the Caribbean....but original Caribbean-style! Laid-back. Super relaxed. Quiet. Think "hammock on the beach" kind of activity. Perhaps holding a beer or rum punch. "That" kind of quiet.
What is there to do?
Hike Mount Pleasant for a 360 degree view of Big Corn Island. Guided tours can be booked for a nominal fee.
Rent a bicycle, scooter or motorbike (on Big Corn only, nothing motorized on Little Corn Island), or paddle board. Contact us for a list of where to get these rentals from!
Rent some snorkel gear if you didn't bring yours. Both islands offer aMAIZing snorkeling spots.
Go diving and see some of the world's best reefs. Contact us to book your dive!
Eat at locally-owned restaurants and meet locals who have lived here their entire lives.
Go on a Big Corn Island pub crawl by taxi or tour vehicle. Yes there are unique drinking establishments all around Big Corn Island, and drivers to take you to each one. Taxis charge 20 Cordobas per person, per destination. Tour drivers put together organized tours around the Big island, which can run you $10-$50 per person depending on the activities. On Little Corn Island where there are no vehicles, the pub crawl is on foot... or actually beach-crawling if the rum in the sunshine hits you a little too hard.
Volunteer to help clean up the communities and beaches. The plastic recycling program started in December 2016 and has not yet gained traction. There is litter. The municipality is working on clean-up programs, as are the local residents and business owners. Picking up a bag or two worth of beach litter will make you feel good!
Go fishing. Even hand-fishing without rods and catching small "grunts" or yellow tail for dinner makes for a great day. Or depending on the season you might get bigger fish, barracuda, or others. Contact us with questions on who can take you fishing!
Mingle in the upstairs office/kitchen at Mimundo Hostel and meet other travelers from every corner of the globe.
Do yoga. Sleep in a hammock. Reflect on your life and try to figure out how you are going to permanently move here. :)
Is it safe?
Yes. As safe as any other tropical travel destination or as safe as your own town.
Just use your common sense. Meaning, don't wear flashy jewelry or leave your expensive camera gear sitting out in the open while you go off snorkeling. Whatever you wouldn't do at home, don't do it here either. Common sense with a dash of over-precaution prevails, always.
The best advice when it comes to your stuff and your safety is if you would be sad to lose it, don't bring it - leave it at home. If you have something valuable that someone else might want, you could become a target. This goes for anywhere in the world - not necessarily here. But this is a very poor area of the world and you do need to use your smarts. That being said, both islands have a very low crime rate.