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Caribbean: The Corn Islands in Nicaragua

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Strange thing for Nicaragua, was in Central America where Spanish is spoken, the official name of the two islands is in English: Big Corn Island and Little Corn Island. It ‘a reminder of the time, between the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, the two islands were part of the British protectorate of the Mosquito Coast, the coast of mosquitoes. Many mosquitoes and many pirates, who came here to hide.

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Tourism here has developed mainly thanks to fans of diving, happy to swim in the crystal clear waters of the coral reef that surrounds the islands, particularly rich in fish. Among the marine inhabitants of these seas, manta rays, hammerhead sharks, nurse sharks and turtles.

Big Corn is populated by a Creole population who live in colorful wooden houses, many of which were built or along the main road that circles the island. And although tourism is the second largest local resource, behind the lobster fishery, here you do not run the risk of seeing the mega hotels.

Little Corn, though smaller, attracts more tourists, with most of the visitors who choose to stay the structures very approachable, they do so Robinson Crusoe. The dive sites are the most beautiful on Little Corn, the jungle inside creates a wild, the food is generally very good. Negative note: During the high season there may be more foreigners than locals. Ah, Little Corn, there are no roads or means of transport: it runs only on foot.