Beach + Island

Car-Free Destinations for Your Big Summer Trip

by Marisa Lascala

Little Corn Island
Nicaragua

In the Caribbean, 45 miles off the coast of Nicaragua, Little Corn Island is for those looking to unplug completely from their daily lives, as even electricity here is scarce. But who needs it, when there are beaches and jungles to explore, and drinks to be had in thatched-roof, open-air cafés? Plus, roughing it has its advantages, especially when it comes time to settle the bill. Little Corn Island is more affordable than many of its Caribbean brethren: A private, oceanfront 24-foot-by-16-foot cabana at the popular Casa Iguana, for example, costs just $75 per night (based on double occupancy, and rates might go up during high season).

Getting Around: With no paved roads on the 1.1-square-mile island, walking is your best bet. If you plan on venturing out at night, a flashlight is advised.

Getting There: The only way to get to Little Corn Island is by hopping over from the neighboring Big Corn Island by panga, an open ferry. Word of warning: These rides have a reputation for being rough and getting the passengers wet, but that's all part of the fun, right?

FYI: Make sure you have cash before taking the panga trip. As would be expected in an island with spotty electricity, there are no ATMs on Little Corn Island.

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Information may have changed since date of publication. Please confirm details with individual establishments before planning your trip.

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