Snorkeling the North End of the island

Little Corn Island Travel Blog

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Little Corn Island, Nicaragua: The beach on the east side of the island.

After a great breakfast of golden brown pancakes at the Casa Iguana kitchen we head out to explore the beach some more and find some snorkeling spots towards the north end of the island.  We continue down the beach we walked yesterday but go further.  Along the way we don't see very many people at all (Maybe 5 people).  The beaches area beautiful, narrow swaths of sand licked by the sea.  At one point there is a tricky little spot getting around a rocky headland but we skitter along the rocks there and make it through.  Beyond this there is a nice secluded beach where we go out and check out the snorkeling.  To find the snorkeling here you have to look for spots of brown (which are the rocks and coral where the fish hang out) among the brilliant blue/green spots which are mainly just turtle grass.

Little Corn Island, Nicaragua: Fish in the corals.
  About 100 yard out we find a spot of staghorn coral where there are colorful fishes hiding among the corals..

Continuing along the beach there are a couple of places to stay at which look primitive but interesting with their palm thatched roofs and rough wood walls  Along the way it looks like there might be a couple more spots to snorkel where the water looks like it has corals.  The beach continues to be beautiful the whole way with palm trees hanging out over the beach and water.  We get to the northern point of the island and I try another spot to snorkel.  It is about 100 yard out to a spot of rocks and coral and when I arrive there there is a school of baracuda which looks at me a little weird by circling around me once and then slinking away.

Little Corn Island, Nicaragua: Derek's Place on the east side of the island.
  Baracuda always seem a little weird around people.  On the seaward side of the coral there is a bit of a dropoff that has some good snorkeling scenery and there is a 5 foot long nurse shark resting on the bottom.  Pretty cool.

We continue along the beach and look for a trail that we know exists because it is on a map of the island.  The trail gets you back to the main part of the Little Corn Island sidewalk.   There are a couple of more places to stay on the north end of the island that look rough but interesting.  We stop and talk to a couple who are walking the beach.  They have been out in their sailboat for over a year exploring the carribean.

Little Corn Island, Nicaragua: The beach on the north side of the island.
  Oh what a life.  We finally come apon the trail back to the central part of the island (by the blue cabin) and take it back to town.  It is much hotter in here without the breeze from the ocean.  Half way through we come across a big opening in the jungle where there are playing fields for a baseball game and a soccer field.  Just beyond that the cement sidewalk starts and there are houses for the inhabitants of Little Corn Island.  There area some rustic looking houses but there are also some not so bad houses complete with TV's and everything.  Some of the houses have little signs outside them saying they sell coconut bread or ice cream.  But I am sure that if you live here you know who sells what because there are more people selling things from their houses.
Little Corn Island, Nicaragua: Two girls at our table as we were waiting for our lunch.

We arrive back to the main sidewalk of Little Corn Island and look for a late lunch spot.  There are a couple of places but we choose one that has some tables out on the sidewalk and their kitchen is just off the livingroom of the building.  We order some tacos (which are the best typical thing to get on the island).  They don't serve beer at this restaurant so I go on a little search for some cold beer in town.  I check out a few of the little stores in the front of some of the houses but I can't seem to finda any. Finally one local lady sees that I am looking for something and she shows me to a little store in the front of a house that sells beer.  They have a gate at the front door and you look back into their living room to the store and tell them what you want.

Little Corn Island, Nicaragua: The view out over the reef from our deck on our casita.
Their child is playing on the floor just inside the gate.  I get our beers and head back to the restaurant.  Service is slow on the island so I get back in plenty of time to get my fish taco which is served fried like a spring roll.  This s a different style taco from what you normally see outside the Corn Islands but good.

We head back to our side of the island to relax in the relative coolness of the east side of the island because the breeze blows across the reef here and it feels much cooler compared to the west side of the island.  Dinner tonight at Casa Iguana is ribs, which are tender, easy to eat (as ribs go) and delicious.  For drinks we try some of the bartenders homemade coffee liqueur which is mostly alcohol based but good.

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