The Beauty of Corn Islands

Big and Little Corn Islands (Islas del Maíz) are veritable tropical paradises in an isolated corner of the Caribbean. Both islands boast clear turquoise water, white sandy beaches fringed with coconut palms, excellent fishing, phenomenal coral reefs to explore and an unhurried, peaceful pace.

When To Go

You might want to avoid the Corn Islands between mid-May and mid-September, when the wet season brings almost daily rain and lots of mud as a result. November and December also have quite a lot of rain.

Like many other destinations in South and Central America, you might like to organize your Corn Islands jaunt in advance if you’re planning to travel there around Semana Santa (Holy Week).

The islands’ main festival is the Fiesta del Cangrejo (Crab Festival), which takes place towards the end of August. The festival commemorates the abolition of slavery on the Corn Islands, and celebrations include beauty pageants, sporting contests, street parades and – of course – the enthusiastic consumption of many crab-based dishes.