Monday, December 6, 2021

[SOUTH CARIBBEAN COAST] So Where's the Corn?


Don’t ask me, I have no idea either. It seems to me that random trips brought about by impulse buying of flight tickets can turn out to be a good or bad decision depending on how well you plan things spontaneously. In the case of Corn Islands, the return flight ticket from Managua seemed a bit steep, but I thought hey we’re already here so why not try out our luck, right? And so, I purchased the flight ticket and booked the hotel online. We land at Big Corn, and then take the boat to Little Corn. Easy, no?


Of these two islands of Nicaragua in the Caribbean, Little Corn is said to be the prettier sibling, less accessible, unadulterated. Big Corn is the convenient stopover because that’s where the airport is. Big Corn has beaches of its own, but everyone will tell you that Little Corn has more despite its smaller size. Since the island is so out of the way, most flights to and from the capital have a de facto stopover in Bluefields, perhaps to make up for the expenses of flying a plane.


The stopover is a quick ten-minute landing, dropping off passengers, and then taxiing again at that small airport in Bluefields. It’s like riding a collective taxi except that you are all flying this time around. It’s been a while since I’ve been on a plane this small, and it does feel a bit more exciting given how it really dances with the wind up there. You can really feel each sway and swoop especially when there’s turbulence. The view, however, are more gorgeous because the plane flies on a lower altitude than your typical Boeings.


I guess the first wrong decision of this island staycation was choosing a hotel on the wrong side of the island. The eastern side has rocky beaches, not photogenic at all. I was convinced that Casa Canada was the best choice, though. Suggestion: if ever you find yourself establishing a base on Big Corn, choose a hotel on the western side of the island. The beaches there are more pristine, and the sand is fine. Arenas Beach is definitely way better than the rocky beaches I found myself at on the eastern side.


Arenas Beach Hotel is touted as the best on the island. I think I have to agree based solely on their restobar along the beach. In terms of comfort and room size, Casa Canada is ok but the biggest surprise of the day was how they apparently don’t have WiFi. Say what? It’s a good thing that my Costa Rica sim card’s mobile data stepped up and saved my work commitments. Otherwise, I would have been very, very angry. Casa Canada also has its own little infinity pool. If you just came here to chillax, it’s actually nice.


Because of the pandemic, the panga boat rides to and from Little Corn had a more erratic schedule than usual, so I just decided to let it go because I don’t want to jeopardize work if ever I get stranded there. At that point, this Corn Island excursion just became an overpriced staycation, which I still do not regret because I found the R&R I was looking for anyway. Whatever there is on Little Corn, I won’t regret not having seen them. After all, this is not our first Caribbean beach experience anyway.


And so that was Corn Islands for me, just the big one. Was it expensive? Yes. Was it worth it? I’d still say yes. If you are feeling lucky and the weather cooperates, then I guess you are bound to enjoy that beach-bumming adventure waiting for you. Otherwise, just wade in the hotel pool like I did. Relax. Enjoy. This is the Cariibbean, bruh.

[SOUTH CARIBBEAN COAST] So Where's the Corn?

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