The Corn Islands are two islands on the Caribbean side of Nicaragua. I had heard lots of good things about Little Corn Island and any place with a beach always appeals to me. I flew from Managu as I had heard horror stories of the overland trip to Bluefields, then a very long rough boat ride. Flight goes to Big Corn Island and from there you take a panga to Little Corn. The island was much bigger than I expected and the beaches were small and isolated. It was a funky place to spend a few days. I went fishing with a young couple from Canada, captain was impressed I knew how to bottom fish and I caught quite a few. Back In Managua I took a bus to Granada – that city deserves its own post – and then to an island in a lake.
The island of Ometepe is formed from two volcanos. It was too bad its rainy season, so the tops were always cloud covered. I took a boat that cost $. 40 for a ride lasting more than an hour. As you boarded you had to print your name, age, and nationality. I know it was so they could identify the bodies when this thing sank. It was the perfect example of the boats you see on the news “Marine Disaster – hundreds killed”. There were not enough seats, so I had to stand. I felt something crawling up my leg – big cockroach! The village here was nice and small, and I took a bus around the volcano to the village on the other side. The countryside is lush and green. Big cattle farms with healthy looking cattle and horses. I bought a whole watermelon for 40 cents – and it was so good.