It is possible to walk around the island in about 2 hours, following the paved road and trails. The southern point, 'El Bluff', involves some rock-climbing, therefore requiring solid hiking shoes. A tower near the soccer field at South End provides some excellent views of the island.
Hiking around at Big Corn Island ï¿½ or in any other part of Nicaragua ï¿½ requires water and sunscreen. It is recommended to hire a guide.
Baseball on Sundays
The baseball games at Big Corn Island are great to watch while enjoying a beer or other drink with the locals. Baseball matches will be played throughout the whole day (from 9AM until 5PM), and afterwards you can join the island-style disco Torito in Long Bay for some dancing with Granny and the grandchildren.
There are often nice waves at Waula Point beach and Long Beach for bodyboarding. Cafï¿½ del Mar and Nautilus rent boards.
Visiting the Soul of the World Project
This worldwide project of artist Rafael Trï¿½nor involves sculptures representing the corners of an immense cube placed in the interior of the earth. At eight different points in the world these sculptures surface, and as antipode for the corner on the Cocos Islands (Australia) there is a sculpture placed at Big Corn Island. Read more on the target="_blank artist's website.
Every now and then local musicians jam at Myers Bar near the dock or at the Nautilus restaurant. Listen to Calypsos and Mentos from the good old times. Motorbike, Golfcart, and Bike Rental
There are several ways to explore the island. Hiking is one, but in order to see more in less time, a bike, motorbike, or golfcart can come in handy.
The paved road of the island is 12 kilometers long and there are several dirt roads that lead into the different neighborhoods. Prices for motorbikes are around $17 for half a day; golfcarts go for around $24 for half a day. They can be rented at Hotel Arenas Beach and Hotel Sunrise. Bikes are about $10 per day, and they can be rented at Hotel Morgan.
Photographer: PH. ARUN