Big Corn Island VS Little Corn IslandI’m going to put it to you like this: the Corn Islands are a lot like siblings. They share a good deal of genesย and as such it’s entirely possible to like them both.

But you’re probably not going to like them equally.ย So which is better?

Being unattractive is clearly not a problem in this family ;-)
Being unattractive is clearly not a problem in this family ๐Ÿ˜‰
Big Corn Island vs. Little Corn Island

Let’s go ahead and use my brother and I as the said siblings, just for fun.

Here we are!
Here we are!
My brother is Little Corn Island…

He’s a bit smaller than his big sis (sorry bro!), but he’s definitely cuter, he’s more charming, and he likes a touch of the luxury. All the while he is totally unaffected and has the ability to make you feel cozy and special at the same time.

He is aware of his charms and might charge extra for them (ok that part is JUST Little Corn and doesn’t apply to my little brother ๐Ÿ˜‰ ) but you never find the time to complain too much because it feels good to bask in his light (it’s the sun – get it?).

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Then you have his big sister, me…err…Big Corn Island

Big Corn is not completely without it’s charms but they are a little harder to find. She is somewhat more rough around the edges, doesn’t particularly aim to please, and though she can offer you beautiful things you really need to dig to find them. In short, she’s more work and not for everyone.

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In other words?

If you are looking for a relaxing time and relatively unconcerned with the amount of culture you soak in, I suggest skipping Big Corn and heading straight to Little Corn for a few days to a week.

If you like adventure and rambling around a bit (which is not to set your expectations too high because there really is very little to do on either island and that’s a good thing, I promise), check out Big Corn for a couple of days.

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So, what’s up with Big Corn Island?

That wasn’t a rave review, right? But honestly Big Corn is a beautiful place, it’s just not cohesive. The island is a bit bigger and everything is sporadically located all along the coast line.

Which is not to discount the beauty of said coastline...
Which is not to discount the beauty of said coastline…

You have to take taxis most places, which adds up finanially and is kind of a bummer. Want to check out that restaurant you saw on Trip Advisor? Great, it’s a 20 cordoba taxi ride and there will be nothing else there. You’ll likely have to walk a ways and catch another taxi to head to the beachfront pub you read about afterward for a nightcap. Then it will be another taxi back to the hotel.

You get my drift. It’s not a dealbreaker but it’s certainly a little less tranquil then puttering around everywhere barefoot.

What to do on Big Corn Island

One of my favourite things we did on the island was to rent bicycles ($2/hr) late one afternoon.

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It gave us a chance to circle nearly the entire island at our leisure, stopping wherever we wanted to take photos, and trailing off the beaten path (and getting just a little lost, of course). If you do decide to spend a few days here, I’d highly recommend it.

Having a terrible time, clearly.
Having a terrible time, clearly.

If it really is full-on luxury you’re after, or if you can’t imagine living without WiFi or reliable electricity, then Big Corn is still your gal (both were extremely inconsistent and sometimes rare for days on Little Corn).

The two nicer resorts, Casa Canada and Club Paraiso are the kinds of places you can go and stay a week to relax and have all your needs met. If you’re a budget traveller I recommend theย G & G hotel and restaurant. Cheap and decent rooms, if not noteworthy, for $15. Cheap and decent food, if not noteworthy, for $3-7.

And that’s really all I can recommend to you. There’s Long Beach…it’s a long and very pretty beach but it was totally deserted when we were there (maybe that’s a good thing?) with one little shack-style restaurant down towards one end.

Yes, my overactive imagination thinks this man was sitting in his abandoned home pining for his lost love. That, or he was tired from biking. Guess we'll never know.
Yes, my overactive imagination thinks this man was sitting in his abandoned home pining for his lost love. That, or he was tired from biking. Guess we’ll never know.

There are no other beaches of particular note, though there are plenty scattered all around the island. It just depends where you want to stop. Long Beach is the pretty white sand one, but you can find smaller patches of the same elsewhere.

The boyย and I actually ended up spending three full days there and we were pretty bored by the end (talk about spoiled!).

Obviously not *really* complaining.
Obviously not *really* complaining.
How to get there

GO BY PLANE. I repeat, go by plane to and from Corn Island. It really is not worth the experience of the cargo ship/boat/panga/bus route. I promise you. From one person who loves adventure to the next, don’t bother.

In the end I am pretty sure we spent more money on finding our way in and out of Corn Islands than we would have spent on the flights if booked in advance.

But hey, at least I can say I slept in a swinging hammock at the back of a cargo ship stuffed with fresh fish, right? It’s all about the experiences!

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I wanna hear from you! Have you been? Did you love the islands equally or, like me, do you have a favourite?

6 Comments on Which is Better? Big Corn Island vs. Little Corn Island

  1. MarkDee
    June 18, 2015 at 5:53 pm (2 years ago)

    So is little corn Island single? He sounds dreamy!

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    • cynthpop
      June 18, 2015 at 6:01 pm (2 years ago)

      He is! At least, last I checked. Let me get back to you ๐Ÿ˜‰

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  2. Claire
    June 18, 2015 at 5:58 pm (2 years ago)

    Your posts are the highlight of my day. It’s like Christmas every time I get a new one in my inbox.:)
    Though I have to say, you’re underselling yourself in this post. You’re WAY more amazing than you give yourself credit for!

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    • cynthpop
      June 18, 2015 at 6:02 pm (2 years ago)

      I have literally started to think “I hope Claire finds this funny/gets this/likes this story”!! Thanks for being my biggest fan, my friend!

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      • Claire
        June 19, 2015 at 4:47 pm (2 years ago)

        Aww!! See? You are just the sweetest! I really do adore your blog and “Cynthia’s Biggest Fan” is a title I would wear with great pride! Thanks for giving us windows into your life and other worlds! ๐Ÿ™‚

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