CORN ISLANDS: NICARAGUA CARIBBEAN PERFECTION
Corn Islands are located in the Caribbean Sea, 52 miles from the port city of Bluefields. Its population of approximately 2,500 is predominantly Carib. The largest of the Corn Islands is approximately four square miles in size. Little Corn Island, about nine miles northeast of the largest island, is a little over one square mile in size with a population of 250. Corn Island has almost 16,400 feet of white sand beach and crystal water which are ideal for swimming, snorkeling, and other water sports.
Just 17.5 miles from Corn Island are the Pearl Keys. They are practically unexplored and their clear waters are ideal for fishing and diving.
About a mile southeast of Corn Island divers can explore the wreck of Spanish galleon which lies in 72 feet of clear water. Since this area was a favorite haunt of pirates who roamed the Caribbean, it is thought that many other ancient wrecks – some most certainly still containing their rich cargo – lie in the waters off the Corn Islands.
Most of Nicaragua’s Caribbean coast is inhabited by Miskito Indians, descendants of the Caribs who were driven from the Pacific coast by the ancient Nahuas of Pipiles Indians. The Caribs spread through the dense rain forests which cover much of Nicaragua’s Caribbean coastal area settling along the large rivers which run through the area. Some still reside on the Corn Islands to this day.
Tourism is just starting even though the beauty of the sea and white sand beaches is incredible. Services still are influenced by the local relaxed way. Snorkel around the islands; beautiful coral formations.
- Coral reefs just minutes off shore surrounding the island. 10 to 12 feet deep, visibility 80 to 100 meters.
- Beautiful unspoiled beaches, some of them totally deserted with white sand and turquoise waters. Truly an undiscovered paradise. Don’t miss Little Corn Island.
Getting to The Corn Islands from San Juan del Sur: Get a shuttle or bus to Managua airport. From there, 2 (some days 3) 1:30 hr. flights are available from Managua with small aircraft operated by La Costeña and Air Atlantic.
Travel time: Allow yourself the whole day to get there.