Little Corn Island is an unexpected gem. On La Isleta, as Spanish-speakers refer to it, footpaths wind through lush palm forests to reach uninhabited beaches, splendid coral reefs sit just offshore, and a small, close-knit community welcomes visitors. The swimming and snorkeling are great on the far side of the island, and a shipwrecked fishing boat, just visible above the surface of the reef, makes for good exploring. The lighthouse on the island's highest point is climbable and yields a sweeping vista. Sportfishing is excellent; snag some giant barracuda and get a fine dinner. With some asking around, you may be able to tag along with a local fisherman for free or for a gas contribution.
Two daily pangas run from Big Corn (9am and 4pm, return 6:30am and 2pm, 50C) 18km away. Reason enough to come is the outstanding Casa Iguana, up a 1km-trail from the panga drop-off. This is idyllic ecotourism at its pinnacle; the American owners grow or catch most of their own food, generate their own electricity with sun and wind, an collect rainwater to drink and use. Nearby, a sweeping, white-sand lagoon offers great snorkeling and swimming, and the hotel can arrange for fishing and picnic excursions. This is a great place to meet fellow travelers, with its family-style meals and a guest lodge stocked with books and CD's. The secret is out; during high season (Dec-Mar.), Casa Iguana can book solid up to six months in advance, but it's often possible to walk up in other months........"
Permission of Let's Go, 2001. page 396.
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