Basic Information about your visit to Little Corn, and Sunshine Hotel:
Here is some useful info to help you prepare for your trip:
Many major airlines serve Managua's international airport, including: American, Copa, Delta, Spirit, Avianca/Taca, United, Aero Mexico, and Nature Air. While planning your trip to Little Corn, besides your international flight, you will also want to reserve in advance with La Costeña airlines for your flight to Big Corn island.
Once you arrive on Big Corn, collect your bags, and catch a taxi to the wharf- a ten minute ride that costs 20 Cordobas (less than a dollar) per person (a heads's up: The hotels on Big Corn offer taxi drivers hefty commissions to steer business their way, so be prepared for possible coercive sales pitches).
Once at the wharf, purchase a ticket at the pavilion there for the boat to Little Corn.
From there, you'll be riding a "Panga", an open, high speed water taxi, about 30 minutes across to Little Corn. Pangas from Big Corn leave at approximately 10am and 4.30pm, and will generally wait if the plane is delayed a little. During busy season, there may be additional trips made, and weather can also be a factor. Panga rides can be bumpy and wet, so protect your personal items, and sit towards the back if you prefer a smoother (although sometimes wetter) ride. There is also waterproof luggage storage at the rear of the boat. Those with back or mobility problems should consult with their physician before traveling.
If you're staying in Managua for a few days before coming to Little Corn, let us know, and we can help you arrange reliable transportation around the city.
Little Corn Island is a remote place, and power is provided locally by a single, 500kw diesel generator. A quirk of the island is that it runs 17 hours a day, from 1pm to 6am, and that also can vary sometimes depending on fuel resupply and maintenance. But don't worry, there's so much to do outside of your room, that you'll find that the hours that it's off will have minimum impact on your stay. If you need to charge your phone or laptop during off hours, our upstairs lounge/cafe has back-up power that is on for 24 hours/day. WiFi is also on 24 hours as well. And nearby Tranquilo Cafe is solar powered, and offers free charging stations throughout the restaurant and bar, during all business hours.
Update: As of May 2017 Sunshine now provides 24 hour power for lights, fans, and charging in our Queen rooms as well as the upstairs cafe and lounge area during hours that power is off on the rest of the island. We care about our guests comfort, and we listened to your feedback. We're also investing in a solar power system, which will allow us to expand full time power to the rest of our rooms in the near future. Most other hotels on the island still provide power only when the island generator is running from 1pm to 6am, so it's good to check before you you make your reservations if that matters to you.
Free Wi-Fi internet is available to all guests at Sunshine Hotel, in all rooms as well as the reception and cafe areas. Perhaps somewhat surprisingly for such a remote location, the island does have access to the outside world... most of the time. Keep in mind that because of the island's remote location, internet access and speeds on the Corn Islands can vary a bit, subject to power and local provider availability (ie: it's not 100% available, and not always super fast). One perk of staying at Sunshine is that we use backup battery power for the WiFi system, so it's on even when island power isn't. Sunshine is one of only 2 hotels on Little Corn that provide 24 hour, full property WiFi. (The other is Yemaya Resort, which costs $400+ per night).
We're in the Caribbean, and like the rest of it, the weather on Little Corn is usually AMAZINGly sunny (bring sunscreen!), and often fairly breezy. The sunniest months of the year are usually mid-January thru September, when we rarely have any lingering precipitation. Rainy season generally begins in May, but that usually means occasional daily showers vs full rainy days. October and November are typically the months with a bit more rain, but still have plenty of sunny days as well. That two month period is also the peak of the Caribbean hurricane season, but fortunately Little Corn has only experienced two hurricanes in over 28 years, and we are not in the typical northern Caribbean hurricane "lanes", so the odds are pretty against one during your stay, even in those months. On the rare days when we get the occasional passing squalls, you'll find Little Corn is also a great place to catch up on hammock time, reading that epic novel, and socializing in the local cafes. We wish you the fairest skies and seas on your trip!
Stuff to bring
Stuff not to bring: Cares & worries.
Cordobas AND Dollars are both accepted in Nicaragua, including Little Corn. When using US currency, smaller bills are most welcome at locally owned shops, and many vendors do not accept currency if they have even small tears in them (It's a Nica thing). There is no ATM on Little Corn, but there is a bank and ATM on the bigger island. Some businesses accept credit cards on the island, and some only accept cash.
Tranquilo Cafe, among a couple of others, will do cash-back with Visa and Mastercard.
The best way to protect yourself from unforeseeable circumstances is to purchase trip insurance. Travel insurance can protect you in case of:
Some credit cards companies offer travel insurance through the card you use to book your trip, so be sure to check with them first.
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