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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