Little Corn Island Remote Tropical Island Disclaimer
What exactly is a “tropical island disclaimer” as noted on your home page?
Good question. We don’t want anyone to be caught by surprise when they reach our little island and Little Corn Beach and Bungalow. We are NOT an air conditioned, 5 star (4, 3 or even 2 star) resort or restaurant with all of the comforts of home and your favorite local eatery. This is a remote tropical island that sometimes goes without power for up to 5 weeks (we do have a generator).
We implore anyone considering travelling to Little Corn Island to become totally familiar with the magical yet potentially frustrating nature of traveling to a remote tropical island where the above factors and many more could potentially alter your original dream of seeing this beautiful little island.
For example, Little Corn Island has no regular power, no mail service, no bank, ATM or Western Union, minimal reliable phone service or internet and almost everything is brought to the island in freighter which incurs large costs for any business here. This means you will pay more for anything that you purchase from any business on Little Corn Island compared to the mainland.
A good example is a simple floor fan, the exact same fan you can purchase in the U.S. for $25 USD is sold in Managua for $75 USD. That price does not include tax (15%) the cost of getting it purchased, put on a truck to Rama (a river port), put on an ocean going freighter which 4 days later brings it to Little Corn Island (if you are lucky), taking it across the island in a wheelbarrow.
If the freighter happens to have a bit of a leak in the hold and the fan gets wet and is ruined when it arrives at our hotel, too bad, order a new one and start the process again. These factors make the net cost around $100 USD (4 times more than if it was bought in the USA). Worst part? Six months later the sea air will have ruined the fan and the process starts again. Please be aware that these costs and challenges happen with everything.
What you can expect is an eco-friendly resort on a wonderful remote tropical island that is doing its best to provide relative comfort, good service, good fresh food and drink and good value at a reasonable price.
Please be aware that maintaining our staffs high level of service means that we are on an on going basis reminding, training and teaching our staff about customer, hotel and restaurant service and all that it involves. We use every reasonable professional tool at our disposal to help them improve their skills at our resort. We even use fun games and contests for prizes.
If having a well trained, professional, courteous and friendly staff and the processes that need to be implemented to create such a staff is offensive to you, please consider staying elsewhere.
Reasonable price is relevant to our location and what we offer. We provide what we believe are higher quality, fresh & tasty food and libations and a more comfortable accommodation (see “Air conditioning” question below) in a remote island setting on a beach bordered by jungle.
Everything our guests consume and experience during their stay has to be brought to the island by freighter or airplane then transported to our resort in wheelbarrows across the island.
We import many items not available in Nicaragua direct from the United States (often taking 3 to 4 months to arrive on Little Corn Island ). Due to this reality, we began planning for today many months ago. Due to that planning, we think your comfort levels are higher here relatively speaking and of course that means our rates are higher than some places on the island that do not offer the same level of comfort (although not higher than all).
We know that you understand we have no control over mother nature, insects, panga captains, muddy paths, unlit walkways, rain storms, airlines, village generator, your trip planning, internet satellites, etc. (though we would love to take credit when the weather is beautiful, there are no bugs and everything runs perfectly this “perfect storm convergence” actually seldom happens).
Please realize also that when we confirm your reservation, we reserve that space for YOU! When others try to reserve your room we say no because we promised to keep that cabin available for your use. So, if something happens that prevents you from arriving on your scheduled date, or causes you to want to leave early you will be responsible for that cabin for the dates that we reserved it for you and turned down all other requests.
Please be sure to read our cancel/refund policies and we strongly urge you to get “travel insurance” so you’re vacation investment is protected financially from any unexpected events.
Our guests should also be aware, for example, that the trip from Big Corn Island to Little Corn Island is by commercial panga (an open boat) and sometimes can be very wet and rough. But also we want you to know that we have no control over the operation of the panga, the panga captains or the conditions in which it operates.
We urge you to read our “things to bring”. Examples of must haves (although not a complete list, please check out the list on our faqs page) are: flashlight, bug spray, battery operated alarm clock (we have no wake up service), sunblock and a raincoat. Another BIG must have is trip insurance. Inexpensive to procure, it makes any of travels little problems the insurance companies cost and not the travelers.
We seemingly face a million obstacles daily and strive to tackle each and every one of these challenges without you suspecting that they ever existed. Our goal is to treat every guest with the respect and courtesy they deserve and let them leave the worries to us. In short, we want you to remember our little island and our hotel with the desire to someday return.