Little Corn Island

Slow down, trade the roads for sidewalks and leave your watch at home. Little Corn Island is the Caribbean island that resort development forgot, and it wants to stay that way. Pristine beaches, forests of sugar mangoes and the nicest people you will ever meet make up the postcard-perfect setting for the ultimate island getaway.

 Map of Little Corn Island Dec 2012


From Wikipedia: The Corn Islands, along with the eastern half of present-day Nicaragua, was a British protectorate from 1655 until 1894, a period when the region was called the Mosquito Coast. At one time, the islands were frequented by Caribbean pirates. In 1894, the Nicaraguan government claimed the area.

Under the Bryan–Chamorro Treaty of 1914, the islands were leased to the United States for a period of 99 years. The terms of the lease made the Corn Islands subject to U.S. law, but they remained Nicaraguan territory. The lease notwithstanding, the United States never maintained a significant presence in the islands. Once the laws of Nicaragua became common law, all these communities, which were ruled from Bluefields until the autonomous laws were enacted in the 1980s with U.S. acquiescence and the Nicaraguan government directed the local administration of the islands. The right of the United States to use of the islands remained until April 25, 1971, when the lease was officially terminated by the denunciation of the Bryan-Chamorro Treaty under the presidency of Anastasio Somoza Debayle, on July 14, 1970


The population of the islands numbered 6,626 as of 2005 (census of population, May 28 to June 11, 2005).

As of early 2009, local authorities estimate the population of Big Corn Island to be 6,200, and that of Little Corn Island to be 1,200. Distribution of tourits is estimated to be roughly 25% at Big Corn Island and 75 at Little Corn Island.

The islanders are English-speaking Creole people of mixed black heritage. In recent years there has been substantial internal migration by Spanish-speakingmestizo people from Pacific Nicaragua, and, increasingly, by Miskito people from the Caribbean mainland around Puerto Cabezas. English, long the island’s principal language, is being supplanted by Spanish and Miskito.

For another good source of Corn Island information, visit

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7 Responses to “Little Corn Island”

  1. Daniel17 November, 2013 at 8:40 pm #

    What is the weather like there in February? According to climate data on Wikipedia, it gets around 10 cm of rain. Does this all fall in big torrential downpours which then clear up? Or is it multi-day storms? I am planning on four days on the island around that time and am wondering that chances of being rained out.

    Thanks for any guidance!

    • Casey17 November, 2013 at 10:31 pm #

      Hi Daniel,

      Typically there is less rain in February than most of the rest of the year. You will see rain, but it is unlikely to be the week-long thunderstorms that roll through in June/July. February is the end of the windy season so you may still get some hard breezes, so the ride between the islands might be a bit rough.

      Of course I can’t guarantee 4 days of perfect weather, but I would say Feb is a good time to go.

      • Daniel26 November, 2013 at 7:49 pm #

        That is great information. We are looking forward to our trip! Your website has been super helpful in our planning.

  2. Britta Bjerre22 September, 2014 at 2:55 am #

    Hi Daniel

    I plan to go to Little Corn Island in January 2015 with 2 children aged 11 and 8 but the boat ride between BCI and LCI concerns me. I’m not very good in rough waters but do I need to be concerned and is it worth a visit in January if its very windy?

    • Casey22 September, 2014 at 7:29 am #

      Hi Britta,

      The boat ride is pretty rough that time of year. My suggestion would be to stay on BCI and take the morning panga to LCI for a day trip. The mornings are usually calmer than the afternoons, and going over is easier than coming back because of the wave direction.

      Have a good trip!

  3. Linus23 April, 2015 at 7:23 am #

    I’m thinking of moving to Little Corn Island in June. What is the weather like on a daily basis? Does rain fall all day/night during rainy season or just for several hours? Also how bad are the mosquitoes?


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