On the Caribbean coast, 50 miles off shore from Bluefields–lie idyllic (and English-speaking) Big Corn and Little Corn Islands. Fringed by sandy and quite wonderful beaches, crystal-clear waters and three pristine coral reefs, Big Corn Island is ideal for fishing, excellent diving and snorkeling, kayaking, wreck-diving for Spanish galleons, fresh seafood dining, and yes, just lying on a beach. The larger visitor infrastructure—including small hotels, well-equipped dive operations offering open-water and advanced courses, and golf carts for hire to go exploring—-is on Big Corn Island (4 sq. miles). Stunning beaches here include Picnic Beach, located on the south bay.
Boats depart from Big Corn for the 20-mile run to Little Corn Island—the boat ride and the local accommodations are for those looking for a rustic, barefoot, car-free, often electricity-free place in the sun. Lobster is cheap and hammocks are plentiful on this snack-bite-size island—a little over one square mile. It’s surrounded by more than four miles of coral reefs that serve as a playground for colorful tropical fish, rays and nurse sharks: yes a haven for snorkelers and divers.
Getting there: Big Corn Island is an hour by air from Managua

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