United and American offer one-stop flights from all three Washington-area airports to Managua, Nicaragua. Taca offers one-stop flights from Washington Dulles, and Delta and Spirit offer one-stop flights from BWI Marshall. From Managua, La Costeña (www.lacostena.com.ni) flies to Big Corn Island, stopping briefly in Bluefields. Reserve well in advance. The only transportation to Little Corn, about 30 minutes away, is via public panga boat, weather permitting. About $4.50 one way.
WHERE TO STAY
Simple but charming cabanas, plus a dining room and lounge, all facing the beach on Little Corn Island. Rooms from $35.
Yemaya Island Hideaway
The first upscale hotel on Little Corn Island, described as “eco-chic,” offering 16 cabanas on the waterfront, starting Nov. 1. Rooms from $300.
WHERE TO EAT
A seafood restaurant run by a charming local family, right off Little Corn’s main footpath. Place your lobster order early in the day. $8 to $15.
Brig Bay South, Big Corn Island
The best place to sample rondon, the Corn Island specialty. $12 to $15.
WHAT TO DO
Dive Little Corn
A dive shop directly on Little Corn’s main footpath, offering the full range of rental gear for snorkelers and divers alike. Trips arranged daily, and night dives are also possible, conditions permitting. Snorkeling $15-20 per person; diving $35; fishing $100.