Getting to know Corn Island

Its white sands, turquoise waters, coconut groves and the kindness of the locals is what characterizes the paradisiacal Corn Islands (Corn Islands)

Its white sands, turquoise waters, coconut groves and the kindness of the locals is what characterizes the paradisiacal Corn Islands (Corn Islands), in the South Caribbean of Nicaragua, an archipelago formed by two islands and that each day It attracts more tourists.

The Corn Islands, formed by Corn Island and Little Corn Island (Isla del Maíz and Islita del Maíz), are a true holiday destination for any tourist, since they offer the possibility of exploring a part of the Caribbean side of Nicaragua, with its natural beauty almost unknown.

El archipiélago tiene 14,000 habitantes.

– The archipelago has 14,000 inhabitants. –
A Corn Islands, located about 70 kilometers east or off the Caribbean coast of this Central American country, is reached by sea transport from the nearest port or airway, from the Augusto C. Sandino International Airport in Managua.


The Corn Islands, which are on old maps with the name of Skeleton Islands, because they inhabited the Kukras Indians, who were considered cannibals, is an archipelago of transparent waters, pristine beaches, abundant palm trees and great harmony with nature .

The archipelago has a population of 14,000 inhabitants, mostly indigenous, Afro-descendants and mestizos, where English, Spanish and Creole are spoken.

The paradisiacal place has services of hotels, restaurants and local tour operators, mainly in its biggest island, Corn Island, which has an area of ​​10 square kilometers.

About 8 miles northeast of Corn Island is Little Corn Island (Islita del Maiz), with only 2.9 square kilometers of surface, a less populated and much more peaceful territory, but with an equally stunning beauty.

The two islands are perfect places to appreciate the sensational reefs and marine life through diving, as well as fishing at sea or simply relax to enjoy the landscape and explore the surroundings with total tranquility and security.

To the paradisiacal Corn Islands a monthly average of 2,800 foreign tourists arrives in low season, that is to say, 93.3 visitors per day, said to Acan-Efe the sub-delegate of the Nicaraguan Institute of Tourism (Intur) in that archipelago, Lesther García.

According to García, of the total number of tourists arriving in the Corn Islands, at least half of them visit the island, for various reasons, including the forest cover that it still conserves.

In Islita del Maíz there are no roads, no vehicles, and electric power flows a few hours at any time of the day, he explained.

The two islands, in their majority, are visited by tourists who come from Europe, Canada and the United States, specified the sub-delegate of the Intur.

On the two islands, you can fish at sea or simply relax to enjoy the scenery and explore the surroundings with total tranquility and security.
“I came about six months ago, I heard from the island that it was a virgin site and that’s why I decided to come. It’s wonderful, “said Belgian tourist Galina Janssens, when asked by Acan-Efe about the appeal of Little Corn Island.

Improve services
ADVANCES Tourism projects are still under development on both islands, although various services are already offered, including hotels, bars and restaurants and in each one, as a welcome, there is never a lack of Afro-Caribbean music.

“I have lived here for more than two years, I came as a tourist because a friend has his house here, but I liked it and then I made a business, a small hostel,” Canadian citizen Gray Noreau told Acan-Efe.

In October 2013, the paradisiacal Islands of Maize, sighted in the sixteenth century by Christopher Columbus, who baptized them with the name of Mangrove Islands, were declared a National Tourist Heritage by the National Assembly of this Central American country.

In January 2015, the authorities of the archipelago resolved to gradually ban the use of plastic bags to defend the natural attractiveness that characterizes both islands.

Corn Island and Little Island are among the main tourist destinations that Nicaragua promotes internationally.

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