20 Amazing Things to Do on Little Corn Island, Nicaragua

By on Published: September 24, 2015 | Last Updated: February 20, 2020 in Budget Travel Ideas, Central America, Latin America, NICARAGUA with 23 Comments

20 Amazing Things to Do on Little Corn Island, Nicaragua

Oh Little Corn Island, what a tiny drop of paradise you are!

There you sit in the Caribbean Sea, a minuscule pearl, shining with simplicity and serenity.

I fell in love with you from the first moment I saw you – loving everything about your tropical charm and beauty.

With no cars, no roads, banks or shops, you provide the perfect escape, the ultimate haven.

But many presume you lack the excitement and interest of grander destinations.

Here I want to prove them wrong.

I want to show them that they need only dig a little deeper to unearth in you a wealth of adventure and fun.

I want to show them your best bits, your local bits, your hidden bits; so here I start…

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#1 Spend a day walking round the entire island, enjoying the view from every angle, getting sand between your toes and joy in your heart.

#2 Borrow a snorkel, fins and a mask and explore the waters around the island to spot tropical fish, turtles, dolphins and stunning coral formations.

#3 Don’t deny any part of what your nose is happily telling you and ensure you devour the hot, steaming coconut bread fresh from a local kitchen bakery.


Little Corn Accommodation
When it comes to budget accommodation on Little Corn, you can’t go wrong with the excellent Green House Hotel, owned by the wonderful Rob!


#4 Watch an incredible Caribbean sunset above the forest canopy from the fire tower and see the whole island spread before you.

#5 Stretch and greet the day with a morning wake-up yoga session complete with real-life lapping wave and birdsong soundtrack at The Karma Shack.

#6 Cheer on the local team in true island style as you watch a Sunday afternoon baseball game at the Little Corn stadium.

#7 Push your fear boundaries as you join hammerhead sharks in their own territory, and marvel through your scuba suit at their sleek beauty.


Dolphin Dive Shop


#8 Indulge in the best Italian food in Nicaragua at the wonderfully hospitable and delicious Cafe Desideri.

#9 Volunteer at the local primary school to test your energy levels and creole understanding.

#10 Enjoy the silence by lying on the town jetty at night; watching the stars above you and the eagle rays glide gracefully underneath you.

#11 Up the paradise factor by experiencing the deserted Pearl Keys via a sailing day trip – they make Little Corn seem like the smoking city in comparison.


Me on a Palm


#12 Enjoy a fishing trip with respected local Randy, as your ears fill with the stories and legends of slaves and pirates from the past.

#13 Let your hair down with a beer sipped at a Tranquilo Cafe evening beach bonfire. This is paradise after all.

#14 Pick free mangos during the season and watch amazed as these plentiful fruits turn the colour of the island floor from vivid green to warm sunshine yellow.


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#15 Get lost and endeavour to find the secret beach, a perfect place to soak up paradise uninhibited.

#16 Relax and lose yourself in a wonderful massage.

#17 Discover the elusive beauty of the string of pearls in a night dive with Dolphin Dive – one of the few places in the world where these naturally suspended illumination chains can be seen.




#18 Taste the seafood coconut delight of the local ‘rondon’ delicacy, cooked over a hot fire in a large earthenware pot with yams and tradition.

#19 Swing in a hammock, watch the world go by and get some perspective; it’s amazing how different it looks when you’re horizontal.

#20 Arrive… and stay. It’s the best thing to do on Little Corn Island.




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  1. Debz says:

    Looks like a perfect island to relax, would love to visit South America!

  2. Kenny says:

    Hey Steph, great read. Heading over to the islands this coming week.(hope we get the weather).
    I was wondering how you went about volunteering at the local school. Also keen on some fishing.
    Any advice will be great.
    Thanks in advance

  3. Gemma says:

    Planning mode! Very excited to be going in Feb / March.

  4. Lindsey Medina says:

    My brother lives in little corn island, and I absolutely fell in love with it! I can’t wait to head down there again this summer.

  5. Danielle says:

    Wow this sounds truly perfect! I’ve been hearing such great things about Nicaragua recently! You sold it to me in the first point alone 😉

  6. Yasser Foster says:

    Hello, i would like to know if the activities like to do diving is expensive, cause i am going in a few days 🙂 btw this review was awesome

    • Steph says:

      Hi Yasser, thanks for such a great question. It depends on what you think is expensive. A single tank dive with Dolphin Dive Centre on Little Corn costs $35SUSD and a double tank dive is $65USD. The more you do, the greater the discount you can negotiate of course. It really is worth it in my opinion. They aren’t many places in the world you can see a hammerhead shark for $35!

  7. Daniel says:

    I’m doing a school assessment on Nicaragua and was wondering if you knew where I could find some prices?

  8. Tania Batalama says:

    Hello! I am visiting Nicaragua on the 27th of November with two of my friends and we definetely plan to go to Little Corn. I was wondering if you could give me some info about organizing a trip to the Pearl Keys (e.g. tour operators, prices, dates of excursions) from Little Corn (we will have 3-4 days in Little Corn). Thank you in advance!

    • Steph says:

      Hi Tania, thanks your comment… and a great question. Pearl Keys tours would be better organised from on the island, as you’ll need to join a group in order to make it worthwhile. Speaking to your accommodation provider on Little Corn, or the guys at Tranquillo cafe would be a great option if you want to know whether there is a trip going out or other people that are interested in making one. From my experience, these trips tend to be organised on an ad-hoc basis and therefore can be tricky to fully arrange in advance or from off the island. I went with the local panga captain – Luis – when I was there. This might also be someone to seek out and ask. Sorry I can’t be more specific, but this is Central America so pinning things down isn’t always the easiest!

  9. Tiffany Reynolds says:

    Hello, I’m trying to book a flight from BWI to Nicaragua, & then to Little Corn Island. I saw that there is only one reliable boat & it leaves on Wednesday’s. Um, I booked from a Monday to a Thursday. Any help is much appreciated. I just need a vacation, not a math riddle. Thanks, Tiffany

    • Steph says:

      Hi Tiffany – if you have a tight schedule like that, I would definitely recommend flying to the Corn Islands, rather than taking a flight as the bus / boat can take up to 2 days all in all from Managua. La Costena are the airline that fly to Big Corn from Managua, so check out their website for bookings. From Big Corn, you can then get the twice daily panga to Little Corn. It takes about an hour, but does not run in rough weather!

  10. Nikki says:

    Hi. Planning on visiting Little Corn later this year, can you tell me how you get there in more detail. Also as there are no banks do you take all your cash with you. What’s a budget daily allowance you’d recommend. Also can you take your PADI there or does it need to be somewhere else. Many thanks. Love your blogs you’re a poetic writer. Wonderful

    • Steph says:

      Hi Nikki, in answer to your questions…
      #1 Yes, take all the cash with you
      #2 How much cash you will need depends on where you stay, how long you travel for, what you do there and how much you eat / drink
      #3 Yes you can take your PADI there. I recommend Dolphin Dive
      So glad you enjoy the blog and safe travels 🙂

  11. Ralf says:

    Hi, I was wondering if you did the sailtrip yourself and how you organised / booked this? Realy keen to do this when I am there next week

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