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Little Corn Island, Nicaragua: The bed in our room at Casa Iguana is next to the window.

We wake up in our bed next to the window in our cabin perched near the edge of the cliff overlooking the beach and reef and realize that we have found a little bit of paradise.  We get up at a nice comfortable time and have a great breakfast at the Casa Iguana kitchen.  They serve a great breakfast with a choice of about 5 things.  After a few days we opted for a change but what they do have is great.  I get some scrambled eggs which is served with Pinto Gallo and some very tasty coconut bread toast.  Coconut bread is "famous"on the island and becomes a favorite snack of ours on Little Corn Island.

After breakfast we go for a walk down the beach to explore some of the island.  We head a ways down the beach and find beautiful beaches all the way.

Little Corn Island, Nicaragua: Looking down the beach towards Casa Iguana.
  A ways down we see a restaurant (currently closed) and there is a trail that heads inland into the jungle.  We decide to give it a try to see if it gets us back to the other side of the island.  It is a bit more steamy in here without the breeze on the beach but we eventually make it out to the other side after passing by some locals homes (huts) and connect up to the cement sidewalk.  We head over to the Dive Little Corn dive shop to check out the possibilities for getting my dive training completed.  I had done the classroom studying online so all I need to do here is complete some confined and open water dives. We arrange to do these in the next couple of days.  The dive shop is hot and stuffy and I am glad that I got my classroom work done at home in front of my computer (PADI.
Little Corn Island, Nicaragua: The beaches on our morning walk on the east side of the island.
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) .  We wander down the sidewalk and then head back to our side of the island.

Back at "our" beach we decide to check out the water for a snorkel.  There is supposed to be some pretty good snorkeling off the beach.  The breeze the last couple of days has been pretty strong and the waves are pretty choppy.  There is a reef a ways out breaking up the waves but it is still seems a little rough inside the reef.  The snorkeling turns out to be a little disappointing.  After a while I find a small spot with some coral and fish but it takes a while to battle the surf to get out to where the action is.  I do see a trigger fish, a manta ray and some colorful little fish so it is not a total loss.

We decide to get a late lunch and head back toward the other side of the island to try a place we had seen on our scouting trip in the morning.

Little Corn Island, Nicaragua: The (closed) restaurant on the beach where the trail to the other side of the island is.
  The name of the place is Comedor Casonä (see review below) which is a small homey place that specialises in conch, fish and lobsters that the owner catches.  It is not lobster season and everyone is supposed to be serving "frozen" lobster which seems to be easy to get (if you know what I mean).  Today the owner has a choice of Hogfish or Snapper that he got spearfishing.  He holds them up for us to see.  They are over 24 inches long.  We were hoping for some conch but he tells us that if we come back tomorrow or the next day he will have some for us, and maybe some lobster too.  We chose the Hogfish and it was delicious.  He had a couple of small scraps of conch that he threw into the deal that he grilled up.  Conch is a little bit tough and fishy sometimes but this was good.
Little Corn Island, Nicaragua: Houses along the trail on the island.
  As we were waiting for our meal the owner's kids were running around the yard playing.  Very cute.

Back at our casita we took a shower in our outside shower.  The water is up on the roof in a black drum where it is supposed to get warmer but it was still a little cool which actually turns out to be quite refreshing.  The shower has plywood walls and plastic pipes coming out of the drum.  It is pretty primitive but that is what makes it fun.  We take a lazy nap (we are on vacation) after our shower and then head over to the CasaIguana dining room for dinner.

At the lodge we try some of the drinks they make with flavored rums.  We tried the cinamon one tonight with lime, peach nectar and a little sugar and it is very tasty.

Little Corn Island, Nicaragua: The Dive Little Corn shop on the main sidewalk.
  Tonight's dinner entre is shrimp with alfredo sauce over bowtie noodles.  Oh so very good.  The meals here at Casa Iguana do not really have a Nicaraguan flair but they are very well prepared.  Desert is a ginger spice cake with a dollop of whipped cream on top.    After a little relaxing it is time to head back to the casita for bed.

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Little Corn Island Restaurants, Cafes & Food review
Nicaraguan Fisherman Food
Comedor Casona is a cute little restaurant with a homey Nicaraguan feel to it. The owner is a fisherman who goes out and spearfishes and hunts for co… read entire review
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