Big Corn to Paradise Little Corn
Small open ‘panga’s leave from the main dock on Big Corn at 10am and 4.30pm taking around 30 minutes to make the crossing. They often wait if the plane is late so you don’t miss the ride, so the evening panga especially can run up to an hour late at times.
Prices are $5 or 150 cordobas and tickets must be bought at the office at the dock an hour before boarding the boat. There is a dry storage area for your main bags, but both yourself and any hand luggage may get wet so be prepared, or buy a sack to keep belongings dry, especially when windy.
Panga from Big Corn to Little Corn
Panga from Little Corn to Big Corn
First get to big corn
Flights run three times daily from both Managua and Bluefields, operated by La Costena. Flights can be booked on their website, or in person at the airport (note that you usually need to buy tickets a day or two in advance, up to a week in advance in high season). You may be able to purchase tickets by calling their Managua office and tickets are usually cheaper this way, but the airline will usually direct you to their website for purchases and date changes etc.
Flights depart Managua at 6.30am, 11am and 2.30pm, taking between an hour and an hour and a half depending on the plane they use and whether is flies direct or stops in Bluefields on the way. Return flights from Big Corn to Managua run at 8.10am, 12.45pm and 3.45pm.
It is advised that you make reservations before your journey as seats can be limited, especially in busy periods. A return journey from Managua costs from $164 and tickets are cheaper if bought in person or by phone, but you may have to wait a few days to travel.
Please note though that checked in baggage is limited to 30lbs per person with an excess charge of $1.20 per pound over this. Note also that excess baggage is treated as standby baggage so according to the airlines website there is no guarantee it will arrive on the same flight as you, but in reality it usually works out fine.
BY TAXI FROM THE AIRPORT TO THE DOCK
Once you arrive at the airport you can get a taxi to the wharf for the panga to Little Corn for 20 cordobas
By Bus and Ferry
There is now a new daily direct bus service between Managua and Bluefields, C.300 each way. Buses leave Mercado Israel Lewites in Managua at 8pm, and leave Barrio San Pedro in Bluefields at 8am.
Express buses leave from the Costa Atlantica Terminal in the Mercado Ivan Montenegro each evening at 9pm, arriving in Rama at approximately 3am. The cost of this service is $8 or $16 including the boat fare to Bluefields.
Chicken buses leave from the Mercado Mayoreo at 6am, 8am, 10am, 2pm, 6pm and 9pm and cost $7, but make many stops on the journey.
Once in Rama the boats to Bluefields operate when full, starting when it gets light, and cost $9.
On occasions there may be other supply boats running from the mainland to Big Corn but there are no schedules available for these so it’s just a case of being in the right place at the right time.
Please note though that boat times may vary so it is worth getting there in advance to check sailing times and to reserve a space.
TAKE A FERRY FROM BLUEFIELDS TO BIGCORN
The Rio Escondido passenger ship runs between Bluefields and Big Corn, taking 5-6 hours and costing $12 each way. The boat leaves twice a week on Wednesday and Saturday mornings 9am from Bluefields, returning from Big Corn at 9am on Thursday and Sunday.
Cargo ships may take passengers on Thursday or Friday from the mainland, but departure ports and times are not fixed and spaces may not be available.
They do take passengers back from Big Corn to Bluefields/Rama though on Sundays, check locally for times as they vary.