Many reviewers have waxed lyric about this establishment and it deserves its reviews. It is easily the most tasteful and upmarket place on Little Corn Island. Nonetheless, my review will be more nuanced.
The place is well run starting by the prompt responses to e-mail by the owner, the wheelbarrow boys waiting with your name on a board as you disembark the boat from Little Corn, and the friendly reception you get upon arrival. The wait staff too are exceptional.
I had a Gulliver Bungalow and found it simple but very comfortable and clean. My unit was called Shackleton and it is right next to the dining area. When there are guests with loud voices or they play music you hear it from the bedroom. Fortunately, this was only on Saturday night and since the restaurant closes early, you can still get a good night’s sleep. However, most guests have to walk past this unit and can look right into the window as you come out of the shower or your bedroom to change in the main room of the bungalow. No biggie but request another unit if you value your privacy. WIFI I is available in the afternoon and evening and is via satellite. As you can expect, it’s therefore slow and cuts in and out because of low bandwidth but it’s for e-mail. I’m grateful they had such a good signal in such a remote place. Staying in Shackleton means you don’t have to go to the dining room to access WIFI.
This lodge is right on the beach and gets a lovely cool breeze—at least in the
spring. If you come for a beach holiday, note that there are far better beaches in the Caribbean or even in Nicaragua (but the Pacific coast beaches have stronger waves and are colder and have black sand). At high tide, the water comes almost to the top of the sand line so lying on the beach isn’t possible and there is plenty of seaweed on the beach at Little Corn. Big Corn Island has better beaches. (Check out the beach by the Arenas Hotel.)
Other reviewers have raved about the food, but I agree with the reviewer who said that while it was good, it was stodgy. I like healthy, preferably vegetarian food and other than the fruit plate which you can only get at LCBB at breakfast found fruit and veg. in short supply. (They do serve a few forkfuls of salad and veggies with the main course, but appetizers tend to be bread, entrees include heavy creamed potatoes, and there’s cake for desert.) The owner responded to the reviewer who said the food was stodgy by explaining the logistical difficulties of getting fruit and veg. to the island, but most of the other places on the island do offer fresh fruit juices. Tranquilo, near the Dolphin Dive , does a roaring trade in fresh juices, yoghurt parfaits, salads and veggie fare so I ate all my meals there after my first day at LCBB.
Lastly on the food front, note that while LCBB doesn’t allow smoking in the bungalows, it does in the dining room. While the dining room is open air, because of the breeze they have a plastic tarp around part of the restaurant which means that if there are smokers, you will smell it. And, there are a surprisingly large number of guests here who smoke! Because my bungalow was so close to the dining room I ended up eating on my porch to avoid this.
I came to dive and from a logistics perspective, staying at LCBB wasn’t ideal because it takes 20-30 minutes to walk to the other side of the island where the dive operators and most other hotels and restaurants are. I had my own gear so carting it through the fields in the noon day heat across such a distance wasn’t ideal. (Consider leaving your dive gear at the dive shop when you come off the boat from Big Corn. Both dive operators met the boat and hand out leaflets.) If you are doing multiple dives a day you won’t be able to get back to LCBB in between dives. It will also be tough for you to do a night dive as you will get back at about 7:30 PM and then have to walk back across the island in the dark. That’s a shame because they have bio luminescence on Little Corn so night dives are pretty cool.
LCBB has an arrangement with LC Diving whereby they give you a discount, but I was never able to get them to respond to my e-mails except when I complained to their rep. who met the boat from Big Corn. The owner then responded to my last e-mail (three days later), but by then I was booked into Dolphin Divers where the owner is very efficient and does respond to e-mails. He also offers discounts if you have your own equipment. (The best rates at both shops are reserved for dive pros. If you are a DM or above, you pay only $25 a dive.) I was glad I chose Dolphin Divers as not only is a very good operation but LC Diving’s TWO boats broke down the day I arrived and they had to cancel their dives. In LC Divers’ defense, they get very good reviews on Trip Advisor, so my experience may have been a fluke.
While I enjoyed my stay at LCBB, if I were to come back to Little Corn to dive, I’d stay at the Hotel Delfinos next to the dive shop. (It gets good reviews from divers and has 24 hour power and air con so a very good option in summer.) It may be more generic than LCBB but far more convenient for serious divers and those who want to be close to restaurants serving healthy food. Diving on Big Corn island is also a good option—there seem to be more fish there than at Little Corn Island. Note, however, that you can dive Big Corn’s Blowing Rock from Little Corn Island for a small surcharge. These trips usually depart on weekends.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Both Little Corn Beach and Bungalow (LCBB) and Little Corn Island were recently listed in the New York Times #1 Best Selling Travel book, "1000 Places to See Before You Die." Recently, the Travel and Leisure website listed LCBB as 1 of 27 "Best Affordable Island Hotels" in the world. Come and join us on this beautiful remote tropical island. Experience an extraordinarily scenic and unique Caribbean world while stepping back in time. We offer relative comfort while respecting the island's delicate eco system. No cars, motorcycles, golf carts or airport disguise the fact that it is relatively easy to find this paradise. Come and see Little Corn Island before it becomes just another Caribbean island. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Little Corn Beach And Bungalow Hotel Little Corn Island
- Little Corn Beach And Bungalow Little Corn Island, Corn Islands, Nicaragua