Travel guide

How to travel from Managua to Corn Island

  1. By Plane with la Costeña airlines.  Every day 2 flights Managua – Corn islands .  Round trip 175$ ,  I recommend to book your flight ticket by phone +505 2298 5360
  2. By road and plane . Let your car at Bluefields airport parking and take the plane with costeña airlines. Bluefields – Corn Island 106 $ , round trip
  3. By road and by boat

Take the express bus from Managua to Bluefields at the mayoreo market. The trip is 7 hours long, via Nueva Guinea. the bus stop twice for food and bathroom. It cost 10$. Bluefields has a variety of hotels, you can have a confortable room from 10$ at doña rosa hostal, Amy’s room, hotel Quinto, mini hotel central o Doña vero hostal in the center of the city. 

The ferry boat from Bluefields to Corn Island travel wednesday and saturday at 9 am, and come back from corn island to Bluefields, thursday and Sunday. The ride is 6 hours.

Check ferry boat news and updates on their Facebook page,. EPN Bluefields. When weather is bad, the ferry don’t travel

During national holidays there are sometimes more boats traveling, also during special events like crab soup in august. Empresa portuaria nacional , phone , +505 2572 2668 or 2266 3039

If you travel with your own car, you can let your vehicle at the red cross parking in Bluefields, it cost 2.5 $ per day.

Bus schedule from Managua to Bluefields

Salida:   6 am   ,   9.15 am     ,  11.15 am, 12 am,  2:30 pm ,  5 pm, 7 pm,  9 pm, 11 pm

Bluefields to Managua: terminal pericon

Salida:  5:30 am , 6:30 am, 10 am, 12 am, 1 pm, 4 pm, 9 pm, 11 pm

Boat schedule from Bluefields to Corn Island, Wednesday and saturday:  9 am

Actually two boat are travelling from bluefields to the corn islands, the ferry Hilario Sanchez and a small passenger boat Rio escondido. The trip is 6 hours long and coast 8 $.

The boat leave at the municipal warf in Bluefields on wednesday and saturday at 9 am.

Boat schedule Corn Island to Bluefields : Thursday and sunday at 9 am. 

I recommend to travel with the ferry, he’s bigger, have seat and air condition, and if you bring a matress or your hamaca you can sleep on the second floor.

ferry boat corn island

How to travel to little Corn Island ? 

There is a public boat » Panga ride» who travel every day at 10 am and 4 pm.

the ride is 30 minutes and cost 6 dolars.

Public boat from Bluefields to El Bluff beach. 

If you want to enjoy the beach when you are in the city of Bluefields, take a public boat at the market. the panga ride take 20 minutes and cost less than 2 dolars. El Bluff is a small fisherman village, with a long beach with restaurants and bars.

bluff beach
playa El Bluff

Travel to the corn islands from Costa Rica

Cross the boarder at Los Chiles, go to San Carlos Nicaragua and travel to Nueva Guinea. There is a new road that go direct to Bluefields. The distance is 240 kilometers.

Bus San Carlos Nueva Guinea – 3 hours , cost 5$

Bus Nueva Guinea – Bluefields – 3.5 hours – cost 6$

travel to corn island
road from costa rica border to Bluefields, in the caribbean coast of Nicaragua

Accomodation near the kitesurf spot

The kite beach is located on Lulu beach, north end neighborhood on big corn island.

kitesurf , paddle , bike and snorkel rental

The kitesurf shack is at Lulu vacation rental, who offers rooms, and apartments with kitchen and bike rental.

On the kite beach there is a nice restaurant, Sea side Grill.

Captain Peter offer snorkel tours with his boat and transfers to Little Corn Island

Lulu rental, offers private rooms from 35 to 60$ per night, with fan or AC and private bathroom.

1 Apartment , 1 bed room, kitchen, AC, private beach 50$/night , 250$/week, 400$/month

1 House with 2 bedroom, 6 people, kitchen, AC , garden, 80$/ night , 400$/week, 550$ / month

for bookings, whatsapp +505 88 48 85 80

kitesurf corn island map
bike and snorkel rental in corn island

Near the spot , there are several hotels:

villy’s cottage , rooms with kitchen, starting from 20$ . +505

alal suite,

ocean view, apartment with kitchen

big fish

island bakery and sweets

Restaurants in Corn Island

Sea side Grill, for sea food

G and G hotel , the best for breakfast, good prices

Pizzeria Italia

Darinia’s kitchen, suchi, sea food,

bus schedule , bluefields, corn island

Activities in corn island

Trips to Pearl cays, fishing, snorkeling, diving

Activities at Lulu beach

snorkel rental , 5$

Snorkeling tours with boat , 25$ per person

wakeboard, 40$ , 70$ for 2 people

stand up paddle

Fishing trips

Bicycle rentals, 10$ per day

Scuba diving at Dos tiburones

Kitesurfing spot on big corn island