THE CORN ISLANDS
Just away from Calala by boat, you’ll find the Corn Islands, or Las Islas del Maíz’. Divided into Big Corn’ and Little Corn’, they’re remote, rugged, and utterly romantic. Remember to pop sandals and hiking boots in your luggage for exploring the broader island, before coming back for a luxurious spa treatment at the hotel.
Perhaps surprisingly, Big Corn is the less touristy of the two isles. With a larger population, and more inland areas to explore, it gives you a feel for local life in the NiCaribbean. The food is simple and flavoursome, reflecting the understated island ethos. Enjoy the freshest seafood, along with pasta and potatoes – and be sure to try the island’s fluffy pan de coco, or coconut bread. Then work it all off by scaling Mount Pleasant to reach the island’s watchtower – a natural lookout where early inhabitants could watch the seas for signs of buccaneering activity.
With under 1000 residents, Little Corn is somewhat more isolated – there are no roads on the island, and it’s a good idea to bring cash as ATMs are virtually non-existent. But the result is an untouched island with spectacular clear seas, teeming with exotic and rare wildlife. The food on Little Corn is a little more diverse due to the more eclectic mix of visitors, and the island-grown fare is a particular treat for vegetarians.