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Casa Iguana - On Little Corn Island, Nicaragua

No cars... No phones... No cocktail umbrellas...
No Jet Skis... No movie stars... No worries.

Dan Polley © 2007

View from our lodge

Little Corn Island is a tropical island paradise, far off the beaten path, unspoiled and completely unaffected by tourism.

Located in the Caribbean 45 miles off the eastern shore of Nicaragua, Little Corn Island is inhabited by 750 or so, English speaking traditional Caribbean people who earn their living from lobster fishing. It is a short 30 minute water taxi ride from Big Corn Island, yet a world away.

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Beautiful view of Casa Iguana from the air
Casa Iguana Eco-lodge, Beach and 40 Acre Reserve

Map of the Iguana Reserve-click for enlarged map

Situated on a high bluff at the Caribbean's edge, Casa Iguana's 40 acre ocean front reserve is located on the remote and breezy southeastern shore of the island. It is here where Casa Iguana became Nicaragua's first eco-lodge in 1994 and unassumingly opened up adventure travel to Nicaragua by putting the Corn Islands on the international map. We've been working hard to maintain Little Corn Island's mystique and appeal by working closely with island leaders to limit development, increase sustainability and conserve resources.

Each of our fifteen private, individual cabins are right on the water and feature a wide veranda, a hammock and a spectacular view of the ocean. The cabins are spaced apart properly for privacy and daily housekeeping service keeps them tidy.



Breakfast, lunch and three course gourmet dinners prepared by a California Culinary Academy graduate are served in the spacious lodge, where tables are set with fruits and vegetables from our garden. Seafood is gathered daily from the surrounding sea. All visitors to Little Corn Island are invited to join us for a great meal, drink and legendary view. Important to know: Contrary to two kindly supportive publications, beers on Little Corn are not $3; they are half that. Woohoo! Tested and treated drinking water is available from our well for guests and patrons. We also have free WiFi in the lodge for our guests and the first and original internet cafe on Little Corn. Learn more about our lodge/lounge/restaurant and menus and prices.


Alternative Energy and Ecotourism

Casa Iguana is 100% off the grid. 24 hour electricity is provided by a sophisticated solar energy system and wind powered generators. Casa Iguana was the first hotel on the island and in Nicaragua to employ environmentally healthy practices such as self-sustainability, conservation, composting, using rain water catchers, biodegradable products and available organic goods from market or our own farm and garden. You will learn more during your stay. Reduce-Reuse-Recycle.

Casa Iguana is proud to provide our guests with Sol Simple organic and fair trade certified coffee, jam, solar dried fruits; plus skin care products likes mosquito repellent, soap and sunscreen from these environmentally responsible companies available in Nicaragua and the US at Whole Foods Market:
Sol Simple Organic Coffee and Solar Dried Fruit

Sport Fishing & Diving

The sport fishing is extraordinary. Kingfish, dolphin, jack, snapper and barracuda abound less than a mile offshore. Fly fishermen land tarpon and bonefish right from the beach. Our super panga, equipped with GPS, VHS, down rigger and high-speed planer is available to guests for hire. Our accomplished fishing guide is available for fly fishing or sport fishing.

And for those who prefer the view from under the surface, directly in front of Casa Iguana lies what  Fodor's Travel has called "...the finest snorkeling reefs in the Caribbean."  The PADI 5 Star Gold Palm certified Dive Little Corn on the leeward side of the island takes three trips a day, plus a night dive if you wish a nocturnal adventure. Instruction for all levels is available. They also offer affordable snorkeling trips.

Cave dive

What else is there to do?

SCUBA diving
snorkeling sport fishing deep sea fishing charter


paddle boarding fly fishing
windsurfing surfing kiteboarding

All of the above are options on Little Corn Island. Click on the link to learn much more. Or read Kite Surf magazine's article about kiting on Little Corn right here, or Dom Moore's (the editor of Kitesurf Magazine), personal account and advice on kitesurfing in Little Corn. One can join us for a volleyball match on our professional beach court. Most interestingly, we offer seaplane charters to come visit Little Corn, the Pearl Keys or Rio San Juan.

Aside from the more typical vacation diversions, many guests delight most in simply exploring Casa Iguana's 40 acre reserve, which encompasses a farm and garden, 2 private idyllic coves plus a separate stretch of Caribbean beach. Also, venture out to discover the many deserted beaches, hike the narrow trails through the surrounding hills and bush, or just visit with the locals. One can especially relax when we have a visiting yoga instructor or massage therapist. Whatever you choose to do while a guest at Casa Iguana, you will be guaranteed a sense of a very unique and special place.



For more information and  reservations, email us at [email protected].

Be sure to include your phone numbers in your correspondence.   (There are no phones at the hotel, but we like having your number for convenience.  Our email correspondence is done through a satellite system.) If you desire to keep in touch with the outside world during your stay, the high speed satellite internet cafe is open all day-everyday.

You can also learn more about how to get here, what to bring, rates and room descriptions, and scuba diving -- all right here on the web! Also, check out our F.A.Q.

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"We have created an adventure travel experience that doesn't forfeit comfort, relaxation and personal attention -- those things one would expect in the more conventional resort settings that blanket the rest of the Caribbean. But, make no mistake about it, we are way out here, at the far reaches of a very remote part of a very underdeveloped country. This is 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." 

- The Founders

Casa Iguana Nature and Beach Reserve

The 40 Acre Reserve

Jungle, farm, garden, two coves and a long stretch of white sand beach - all for our guests' enjoyment.

The top 10 reasons we might not want you to visit Casa Iguana.

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Unbiased Reports on Little Corn Island
Casa Iguana has collected and posted all of these since 1994
- make sure you check out the full story!

Click here to read (dating back to 1972!)

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