Before recently venturing to Little Corn, I had never heard of this island paradise. I had even previously traveled to Nicaragua, yet didn't know this place existed. While I want LCI to stay tucked away, as to not lose its small island charm, this is definitely the kind of place that the AFAR traveler needs to know about.
To get to Little Corn, you have to hop a flight from Managua to Big Corn Island and then take a 40 minute panga boat over. Part of the island's uniqueness lies in the fact that there are no motorized vehicles on the island: no cars, no scooters, no golf carts. Nothing. Our hotel, Little Corn Beach Bungalow, sent two young men to greet us at the dock with a wheelbarrow to carry our bags, and we set off on foot through the jungle to cut through to the other side.
Residents said that Little Corn Island is what the Caribbean was like 30 years ago: untamed, relaxed and free. A beer on the island will run you less than a dollar, and you can enjoy a freshly caught lobster dinner for about $12USD (reason enough for me to come back time and time again). If you're a diver, LCI will be your Mecca: there are hundreds of dive spots teeming with wildlife only a short boat ride away.