Unlike some other posters on here, this was my family’s first trip to LCI. I am the one who booked the trip, and I thought long and hard about where to stay on Little Corn. It is pretty tough to know after reading the reviews what you should be believe/dismiss. For me, the reason I chose Little Corn instead of Big Corn was to get away from it all…no roads being the first thing that jumped out at me. There is simply no way to know the true picture of what the lodges are from an online review. However, if you’re going to Little Corn, like we were, for a bit of escape I suggest you look no further than Casa Iguana. It’s the old real estate saying to me that applies even more strongly here “location, location, location.”
LCI Beach and Bungalow might have better accommodations – we only walked by on the beach and did not look at their rooms. But their cabins are very closely located next to other cabinas from other establishments. Casa Iguana, on the other hand, was completely on its own. It stands at the southern end of LCI, on 30 (?) acres of land. The dining area is up on a bank and the view us absolutely unparalleled anywhere else on the island. So if you’re going to LCI to get away from it, your only choice should be Casa Iguana. If on the other hand you want a social scene with more people on the beach, chose a place other than Casa Iguana that might be cheaper. That is not to say Casa Iguana is isolated – it isn’t – but you do get away from groups of people.
On to other items, my blonde-haired, blue-eyed wife is a human pincushion when it comes to mosquitoes. The entire time we were on LCI we had a strong (!) ocean breezes from the east. My wife did not apply insect repellant a single time, yet sustained not a single bite. I have traveled to Latin America many, many times in my life. I am all too painfully aware that mosquitoes can find the smallest opening to penetrate into a room. They could have the finest mesh cover the doors, but the small gap at the bottom of the doors would provide sufficient entry for a female mosquito with a voracious appetite. So while there are some holes in mosquito netting on doors/windows in some of the cabins, the mosquito netting over both our bed, and that of my parents (in another casita) were without holes. Then again, we never even considered using that netting.
Some of the comments on here really had me questioning whether to stay at Casa Iguana or not. It seemed many were unhappy with interrupting the private party of the staff. After staying there, I have to wonder what planet those people who made those comments were from. Margaret, Emma, Megan, and Doug always greeted us with a smile and willingness to answer any question or help with suggestions for fishing/snorkeling/other dining choices. We never once ignored. And Elsa, the Nicaraguan lady who will wait on you during many of your meals here is quick with a smile and helpful “insider” information. And at 50+ years of age, neither my wife nor I are into the “party” scene, so that had nothing to do with how well we were treated. Engage these wonderful folks in conversation and you will be rewarded. We visited with our eight-year old son and my mid 70’s parents. We represented three generations there and all of us were very happy with Casa Iguana.
As for cost, yes Casa Iguana is more expensive than other places on the island. But as the saying goes, you get what you pay for. The location alone is worth the price. And I refuse to gripe about $2 beers when you consider who difficult it is to get anything to this island.
Also consider this if you’re a coffee drinker. Each morning a few people were at Casa Iguana at 7 for a cup of coffee. These were folks who came to Casa Iguana just to have a cup of the outstanding coffee. I have no clue how anyone could claim it was watered down. And it is outstanding. You also must bring your appetite and try the coconut bread French toast. Be prepared though, it’s four pieces…four large, thick, coconutty pieces.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Caribbean as it used to be: An island, a culture, and a way of life that hasn't yet felt the impact of the 20th century. Opening its doors in 1994, CI became Nicaragua's first eco-lodge. Relax on its 40 acre reserve and explore its secret coves, jungle and farm. Whether or not you are a guest at Casa Iguana, we invite you to join us for our famous breakfast, lunch or dinner and enjoy cocktails and lounging in our lodge to take in the best view on the island and meet interesting people! ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Casa Iguana Hotel Little Corn Island
- Casa Iguana Little Corn Island, Nicaragua - Corn Islands