Worth the long trek to get here

Trip Start Sep 10, 2006
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Friday, February 16, 2007

The journey begins on the 6th when we left Leon for the capital city Managua. We bought our bus and boat ticket to get us as far as Bluefields, stored our bags and headed to the Metro Centro to wait for our 9pm departure. Entering the mall was like stepping back into the USA, this mall is big and expensive. Probably the most expensive place we have been in Central America. Did some email and headed to the food court for lunch. Subway was our choice after turning down BK, McDs, and other fastfood chains. We then went to see a movie 'Little Miss Sunshine.' It was good, depressing and hilarious at the same time. Back to the fabulous food court for dinner before our taxi ride back to the terminal to get our bus. It was a real bus with reclining seats which was a nice change from the chicken buses. 7 hours later after many pee stops we arrived in Rama at 4am. Casey slept a bit but I did not. When the sun came up we left Rama in a speed boat for and 1.5 hour ride down the river to Bluefields. Here we got our tickets and got on the boat to the Corn Islands. Once we were settled in and had claimed a place to sit, we were all kicked of the boat so they could read names off the passenger list one by one to let people back on the boat, very efficient. This ride was a bit choppy and having no sleep did not help any, it was a long 5 hour ride across the sea. The locals just spread themselves out on the deck and slept the whole way, I don't know how they do it. Finally 17 hours after we left Managua we were in paradise! Our hotel was sweet, facing the beach with a huge balcony overlooking the ocean. Got a good lunch and explored the main town and relaxed at our room since we were both exhasted.
 The next day we had a relaxing morning before snorkling right from our beach. The water was super clear and the colors were vibrant. We saw a spotted eagle ray. After swimming around the reef for awhile we took a walk in which we circomnavigated the whole island, with a stop at long bay for some good beach time. The locals on the island are very friendly and the island has a very relaxed feel 'the carribean way of life'.
 The next morning we went over to Nautalis Dive shop to get our gear, meet our divemaster, and go diving. In less than 10 minutes we were at our dive site with only 5 of us on the boat we were in the water and exploring the reef in no time.We spent about an hour at 60 feet swimming over amazing corals. It was a sunny day so the colors were amazing. It was a great dive even though we saw nothing big. After the surface interval we went to our second site, this time we saw some rays and a nurse shark sleeping on the bottom. Another great dive, these dives were a bit different than in the Bay Islands but we are definitely hooked on diving. Back on land we played some cards over drinks and then cooked some dinner and relaxed on our balcony for the evening.
 The 10th was another snorkle day. We snorkled off the deck of a restaurant over the water. It was a great snorkle with a huge bariccuda being the highlight. Afterwards we chilled on the deck enjoying a horrible local beer with amazing vistas of the ocean. The colors of the waters are so beautiful, all different shades of blue. Our next stop today was Picnic Center Beach, a super clean, white sand beach with no waves. The ocean was as calm as a swimming pool and just as warm. It was tough but we managed to spend the rest of the day chillin on the beach. It was another great day in island paradise.
 The 11th was a baseball day. Yes baseball, apperently it is very popular in Nicaragua even way out here on the island. On our walk over to the field we chatted with a player and he filled us in on the days events. The first game was an old timers game, all the players were old dudes who had played in the 70s and 80s, this was a funny game. Some in jeans, most with potbellies, and one who was barefoot. The second game was the real one and a championship game. It was fun to watch a baseball game and listen to the locals yell to the players and get real excited about the game. I had to explain how the game of baseball works to Casey and she eventually got way in to the game. We had to leave the game early to catch our boat over to Little Corn Island. This was a quick calm ride. We walked to the far side of the island and settled into a small bamboo walled cabin with a shower and toilet but no sink, go figure. A quick jump in the ocean before cooking some dinner and relaxing on our porch. The hotel called Cool Spot is just that, very cool. The cabins are all crazily painted with pokadots and weird decorations. But its right on the water.
The 12th was a relaxed day. We explored town and the island which is a lot smaller than Big Corn. Town is basically a sidewalk with some hotels and tiendas intermixed with homes. No cars on the island just lots of bikes and wheelbarrows.  We walked the beach back to 'Cool spot' and got some beach chairs and relaxed on the beach with a snorkle just to stir things up a bit.  Another great day!
I know this is getting redundant but what else is there to do on a small island.
 The 13th we spent on our poarch reading. This was a do nothing day because it was Casey's turn to be sick.
The 14th was probably the best snorkle day yet. We decided to go on a boat snorkle trip instead of just swimming out from shore. The water was a bit deeper than where we usually snorkle but the visibility was great. We swam over the coral and sandy patches for a bit longer than an hour. The waves were pretty big but not rough. During this session we saw around 10 nurse sharks, and eagle ray, a sting ray, barricuda, a sea turtle and some fish we had never seen before. WOW! what a great snorkle. There were also divers in the water below us, it was cool to watch them from above as well. My parents asked which we like better snorkling or diving. I think they are so different and similar at the same time it is hard to compare. They are both amazing. The afternoon was spent on the north side of the island chilling on the beach and snorkling form the shore. Walked the beach back to Cool Spot to clean up before our Valentines Day date. We had dinner at a fancy restauant that was so over decorated for valentines day it was sick. Casey had shrimp and I had an African dish called Mofi, it was very good. We actually stayed out past 10pm and chatted with some other travelers we met.
 The 15th we said a sad goodbye to the Corn Islands as we retraced our long journy back to Managua. This time however the boat ride was calm and we had to overnight in Rama before getting the bus back to the capital city.
 The journey to get there and back was definitely worth the long travel days and rough boat rides to spend a week in island paradise.
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ekohn
ekohn on

Snorkel or Dive
How do you choose between great and great? You can't..just enjoy both! Wow is all I can say about the beautiful settings you two have shared..including cheesey dinners for Valentine's Day! Much love...

snorkelina on

Your report sounds exactly what I was hoping for! Can you tell me how much the casita was at Cool Spot, and was it situated on the tradewinds side of the island? I can hardly wait to get down there to snorkel my life away!! I imagine the Corn Islands to be what the Bay Islands used to be a long time ago...I lived there for a few years but it was already too touristy by then....thanks for a great post!

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