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Part of the beauty of Big Corn island is that its reputation is almost totally eclipsed by its more famous neighbour, Little Corn island.

This allows the larger, more overlooked of the two locations to retain a feeling of true remoteness — this, despite the fact more than 10,000 people live there.

But because most of them are locals and because most tourists head straight to Little Corn, for the visitors who really give the bigger island a chance, they’ll feel as if they’ve discovered their own little slice of paradise.

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Most visitors to the Corn islands will head straight for the car-less, dive-heavy, party-dense, island of Little Corn, where under 1000 people live and the diving is said to be far superior.

But don’t sleep on Big Corn. It might just surprise you…

Here’s why you should absolutely make time for Big Corn island as part of your Caribbean vacation.

Tucked away 70km east of Nicaragua’s Caribbean coast, Big Corn is defined by crystalline waters, polar-white beaches…

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Creole and Spanish speaking locals…

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(Who will invite you into their home)…

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And more fresh fish than you can shake a coconut at…

img_7199Tourism is the second-largest industry after fishing here…

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And should you ask them, local fishermen will drop their trade to take you out on their boat, for a day trip… (always haggle the price)

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The island is sprinkled with colourful little houses and abandoned boats…

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And come evening, the sun melts into the sky as it meets the sea…

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The food is good…

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The beer flows a little too easily when sitting on bleach-white sands…

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Some days, you may not see any tourists at all if you come during low season…

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Don’t expect luxury everywhere on Big Corn though…

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But do expect authenticity…img_7499

And a hell of a lot of natural beauty…

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Get here — before everyone else does. (Or don’t, that’s good too).

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