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Little Corn Beach and Bungalow
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Reviewed 21 February 2017

My husband and I stayed in the Livingstone casita for three days and loved it, though we could have slept on one of the many spacious, sturdy hammocks on the property and enjoyed it just as much! There is such a positive feeling in the air at Little Corn Beach and Bungalow. Jay and the rest of the staff were kind, efficient and informative. Per my request, they prepared a homemade birthday cake for my husband's special day and preceded it with glasses of Champagne for us. This was a post-supper celebration at the restaurant at Little Corn Beach & Bungalow; the dinner menu is pretty good, and the breakfast and lunch offerings are stellar. In our 10 days traveling Nicaragua, I had the best breakfasts and lunches here.
LCB&B seems to attract really nice visitors; we met people from Alaska and England who were all smiles all the time. The property works for all kinds of vacationers: We saw people doing yoga on a raised platform in front of the beach, couples playing volleyball, and visitors doing stretches on their beach towels. And, of course, swimming in the calm, clear waves of the ocean.
Thank you, Little Corn B&B, for your hospitality. We had such a special time with you!

  • Stayed: February 2017, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 21 February 2017

We have just returned from a 7 day stay at Little Corn B&B, we echo all the previous comments about how beautiful this place is, the rooms impeccable, the food delicious, the views outstanding. What makes this a slice of heaven is the incredible owners and how they have trained their staff to make your stay perfect. There are so many people behind the scenes that work endlessly to make your stay heavenly. I have traveled the world over to find the place that had the "it" factor, I believe I have now found it. They are sincerely the kindest group of people I have come across in a very long time. We cannot wait to return again next year. Thank you all for making this such a wonderful trip for my husband and I.

  • Stayed: February 2017, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 16 February 2017

LCB and B was the perfect island escape. Right on the ocean with really good meals and drinks. We stayed in a cabin in the back that had little view but was nice a secluded. Do get the RAD Deal because there are not many other places around to go eat and it does get dark at night.

  • Stayed: December 2016, travelled as a couple
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noplansnoreserve, Manager at Little Corn Beach and Bungalow, responded to this reviewResponded 17 February 2017

Super happy you guys were happy staying with us. People that cherish a bit of privacy and comfort, usually really like our garden Master Suite Gullivers. Please come see us again.

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Reviewed 12 February 2017

My family just spent four relaxing days at LCBB and we would definitely go back. I think they do a really fabulous job of providing creature comforts in an extremely remote place. Our room was clean, comfortable, and attractive, and literally steps away from the beach! It was a pleasure to watch the sun rise from our porch and the comfortable beds and hot showers helped us to relax and enjoy, as did the many hammocks and chaise lounges scattered among the palm trees for guests' use. The food was varied and fresh -- the best we've had in Nicaragua despite the fact that everything, and I mean absolutely everything, has to be imported from the mainland. LCBB is on the eastern, quiet side of LCI which we were very happy about. It's an easy 15 minute walk to "town" if you want to go diving or eat somewhere different, but away from the tourist crowds, which we prefer. This also means that it is on the windier side of the island, but we found the water to be warm and gentle despite this and spent many happy hours swimming.

There are some downsides to LCBB and LCI more generally, however. As others have mentioned, LCBB is not cheap -- actually it's probably one of the more expensive places to stay on the island. And, yes, the tone of the LCBB emails/website is a bit harsh and their focus on the bottom line ($$) can be a bit off-putting. I would definitely suggest that the gringo owners, who place a high degree of emphasis on training their Nicaraguan staff to provide friendly, attentive service, applied this ethos to their electronic interactions with guests as well. While we really appreciated the fact that LCBB has a water bottle refill program, and that they maintain their beachfront property impeccably, we ended up wishing that the owners were doing more to help improve the serious plastic garbage problem on LCI overall. Though LCI is billed as a remote "paradise" the amount of plastic that washes up on its shores is truly a devastating indictment of the state of our oceans. Given how tiny LCI is we couldn't help thinking that it wouldn't take much to mount a serious clean up campaign (work with the other hotel owners on the island to sponsor a beach clean up day once a month and ask every tourist to fill one black garbage bag with plastic that they pay to ship off the island) that could quickly return its shores to more pristine condition (and improve business as well). It seems truly myopic to only clean the tiny piece of beach that you own and not consider the really unsightly garbage just 200 meters down the beach. My husband and I are big beach walkers and literally every where we went there was plastic that had washed ashore. Clearly this problem is not of LCI's making, but we wish that the businesses who are making money off of the island (who, by and large, are not native islanders and not even Nicaraguans), felt a greater sense of moral urgency to do something about this problem.

Lastly, getting to LCI is somewhat of an odyssey and not for the faint of heart. You have to fly from Managua in a 12 seater plane, take a taxi to the pier, and catch one of two daily pangas (oversized, open motor boats) to LCI. If the weather is bad, the pangas are canceled and you can end up stuck on Corn Island indefinitely until the weather improves. It's important to know this as you may miss one or more days of your vacation if this occurs, as happened to us. You may also get absolutely soaked on the 45 minute ride over as you're going against the wind and the ride can be pretty choppy if it's windy. If you're up for the adventure, it's a good time, and worth it to get to your ultimate destination, but good to be forewarned.

So, we had a lovely time and would go back to LCBB, but would love to find the island in more pristine condition upon our return, thanks to the efforts of environmentally minded business owners.

  • Stayed: January 2017, travelled with family
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noplansnoreserve, Manager at Little Corn Beach and Bungalow, responded to this reviewResponded 17 February 2017

We are so happy that your family enjoyed our resort, service and food. Our hard working Nicaraguan staff do such a great job and we are very grateful to them for their efforts.

Little Corn Beach and Bungalow (LCBB) is and has been very active in trying to keep Little Corn Island shores free of washed up plastic and man made debris. LCBB has been committed for over 7 years to keep clean a ½ mile of public beach to the North of the resort. All trash that we collect off of that beach, or that is created here at the resort as a matter of fact (that shouldn't be burned), is shipped on our own volition and at our expense to the mainland to lessen the unwanted burden of man made trash on the island. We are the only hotel or restaurant on the island that we are aware of that performs this service.

Anyone on the island that asks us to help collect trash receive as many garbage bags as they need to clean all they want. Then, LCBB ships that trash at our expense to the mainland for proper disposal as well.

For around 2 years (until about mid 2015), Little Corn Beach and Bungalow created, sponsored and paid for B-ECO-I (Beach Environment Cleanup Organization Initiative) at the cost of several thousand dollars a month. Our hope was that other island businesses would find it easy to join in the effort with a program in place and only in need of willing participants/volunteers/co-sponsors.

B-ECO-I employed island young people in “clean teams” that periodically cleaned every beach on the island. Recyclables that were collect were shipped to Managua at Little Corn Beach and Bungalows expense and the proceeds from the sale of those recyclables were donated to the island community.

After 2 years of carrying the load for the program, and little active participation from others, both island and non Nicaraguan, Little Corn Beach and Bungalow just could not afford to continue B-ECO-I.

We had to make a choice that we didn't like, but, unable to carry the burden any longer, we committed to keeping our neighborhood (½ mile of public beach) clean, ship our own garbage to more proper disposal on the main land and continue to focus on using less (water bottles, straws, rain water recycling etc.) and doing what we could.

As an alternative, we started donating a substantial amount of money to the island communal government each month so they could make their own decisions on what were the most important ways to spend that money to benefit the island community. We believe that we are one of only two businesses on the island that does this and we do so to this day.

We wish we could do more. But the only thing we can do, is do the best we can, be the best neighbors possible and hope that we are responsible island inhabitants.

When guests stay with us, they are helping not only provide almost 30 quality jobs to Nicaraguans but also helping us take care of the island. And for that help, we sincerely thank all of you!

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Reviewed 7 February 2017 via mobile

I stayed for 5 nights in a Crusoe cabin.

Pros:
Exceptional service. Courteous, genuinely friendly local staff. Really impressive.
Exceptional restaurant meals. I tried almost everywhere else on the island and the restaurant at this place, the Turned Turtle, was a stand out. Very well priced. I saw many others from other hostels eating here. Simply fantastic.
Nice layout of hammocks and chairs. You can chill here easily.
Cons:
The place is overpriced for the accomodation offered. USD139 p/n is about $39 over what it's worth. Lonely Planet is right about this. Competition will change this. It's well above other accomodations in price save for Yemaya which is ridiculous at around USD400 and MILES away from any human life. This being said, the cabin I stayed in was clean, basic but rustic and felt like an old fibro holiday house on the beach at home (Australia) with a Bali toilet reno. I think the absence of competition at this level and the 'island charm' concept drive customers here.
The beach at LCBB is not much chop - it's always choppy and I saw one couple swim there in the week. But it's nice warm wind, they do a great job of cleaning the beach daily and the wind does keep the mozzies away. The best beach is at Yemaya about 20-25 mins walk away.
The life on the island happens in the village, a 10 minute walk away. It's a bit of a chore day in and day out when you can't swim off the beach and you feel like some variety. At night, it's a bit of an adventure, especially if you want some nightlife and you come back from the Village through the jungle a few sheets to the wind.

All said and done, I knew about the cost when I booked, it's distance from the village and the only thing I didn't know about was the so-so (but clean) beach. Add the great restaurant and the genuinely friendly and competent local staff who have been excellently trained and it's a worthwhile option.

Stayed: February 2017, travelled solo
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noplansnoreserve, Manager at Little Corn Beach and Bungalow, responded to this reviewResponded 15 February 2017

Thank you for the very kind comments about our resort, staff and restaurant.

We are sorry for the amount of sea weed on the beach during your visit. We work diligently every day to keep the beach as clean as possible. Sometimes though we have what we call "sea grass events" like we had while you were here. No matter how much we clean at those time, more just keeps coming. Thankfully, things have settled down and recently we have had far less work to do to keep the beach clean.

We do appreciate your feedback and hope to see you someday back on LCI.

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Address: | Cocal Beach, Nicaragua
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Region: Nicaragua > Southern Atlantic Autonomous Region > Corn Islands > Little Corn Island
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Suites
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Ranked #1 of 7 Hotels in Little Corn Island
Price Range: €92 - €295 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Little Corn Beach and Bungalow 2.5*
Number of rooms: 9
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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