My boyfriend and I stayed at LCBB in mid July 2012 for five nights.
In terms of position, LCBB is on the other side of the island from the port (eastern side) about ten minute walk across the island. Most of the restaurants/bars are on the port side (and they have wifi) and the only hotel with aircon, Delfines, is also there. The eastern side where LCBB is the windy side which is a plus for the bugs and heat, and less people. We also went for a walk to the northern beaches (farm peace love and ensuenos are two places to stay there) and the beaches are a lot nicer (although we didnt check out the accom, and it is more of a trek to get to them, more isolated). We heard Casa Iguana on the south side also has a better beach, but not as good accom. It depends what you are looking for- if you want more isolation and beautiful beaches head to either the north or south, if you want to be close to the action and/or air con stay on the port side at Delfines, and if you want somewhere in the middle go to LCBB!
We were upgraded to the Shackleton cabin as soon as we got there due to our original cabin being repainted. The cabin was great, cleaned every day, spacious, comfy bed, hot water, mosquito nets provided, fans as well, and even though we were right next to the restaurant we weren't bothered at all by noise. Comfy hammocks are provided, and most of the cabins are just a few steps from the beach.
Not sure why people complained about the introduction talk, ours went only for about five minutes and it was necessary to cover the different aspects of LCBB.
We had booked the D&A package before we came, thinking it would save us money. If you are a drinker, this package will definitely be good value. If not, I wouldn't recommend it. Breakfast is $3 to $8, lunch prices range from about $7 to $12 and dinner $12 to $20 so the two meals might only add up to half the cost per day. Unlimited beers, soft drinks and juice (canned only) are also included, and you get free kayak use and some discounts on activities (tip: you only get a discount on snorkeling if you use the hotels equipment, so make sure you grab that before you head out). The owners comped a lot of stuff for us, but we still paid more than the package and would have been better off without it (but we do take responsibility for that, we should have thought about it more before locking it in- it is very clearly set out on the website what is included and what isn't!).
The restaurant makes good meals, not the healthiest, but I think its hard for them to get fresh fruit and veggies to the island so they do the best they can. The lobster dinner was really good. Their meals are a touch more expensive than other places, but little corn is more expensive than the mainland in general (because they have to source everything from big corn or the mainland) so everywhere might feel like a rip off, but LCBB isn't much more than the others. The restaurant staff are really friendly.
The yoga lessons at B&B are fantastic, American instructor, $10 per lesson. She also offers massages for $60, I didn't get one for cash reasons but wish I could have, I think she would have been fantastic.
Also, make sure you take the snorkeling trips ($15pp), the locals take you out to some good spots, very close to shore (but too far away to reach yourself).
The owners are pleasant, we didn't talk to them too much, but were very impressed when our last day Scott saw a local selling a freshly caught (live) turtle on the street (presumably selling to a restaurant or a local to eat) and bought it off them to release back into the wild.
Overall, a good option, would recommend, especially for first timers to Little Corn who want a hassle free stay in nice accom and don't want to be too far away from everything.
- 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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