How do I get to Yemaya on Little Corn Island?
You fly into Managua. Then you fly with La Costeña airlines to Big Corn Island (Please book the afternoon flight to and from Big Corn Island). Then you go by boat to Little Corn Island.
Can you arrange my flight to Big Corn Island and the boat across to Yemaya?
Yes we can help you to arrange the booking of your flight (cost is $170 return per person) and we can book your seat on our transport ferry ($50 per person each way) direct to Yemaya. Or you can take the public panga which only costs $6 per person each way.
What are the rooms like at Yemaya?
All of our rooms have sea views, are large, with terraces, 24 hour power, hot water, king beds, overhead fans etc. See Oceanfront Suites. We try hard to conserve the island’s precious water supply so we only change sheets and towels every four days unless requested otherwise for special requirement. Each room has an AC unit, but AC is not included in the basic room only price (Essential Package). Also WiFi is available in room, although it can have issues depending on weather and the carrier network. It is also not available with the basic Essentials Package. You can choose a standard room with a balcony, or treat yourself to one of our 5 rooms which comes with a plunge pool!
What are the food and beverage options in Yemaya?
Meals are served in our stunning beach front restaurant using local, fresh ingredients. According to the package you chose, you may have some meals included during your stay.
Breakfast and lunch offer a simple a la carte menu which can change depending on the availability of ingredients on the day.
In the evenings, we invite you to join our family style table where we share Caribbean and Creole specialties in the traditions of our beautiful island hosts and other dishes even including some Thai specialties! Dinner will consist of a daily changing menu, including soup, 2 or 3 main dishes shared family style and a dessert.
Please let us know before 10 am each day, if you are planning on having dinner with us.
Our Driftwood Bar serves simple drinks like, Rum & Coke, Beer and Soft Drinks.
Can you accommodate dietary restrictions and special requests?
We are remote and items can take weeks to arrive from Managua. We will always do our best but please forgive us if we might say no to your request. We do however always offer a simple vegetarian meal option.
Is there a clinic or hospital on the island?
There is a very basic clinic staffed by a nurse. Any serious injury or illness requires a boat ride to Big Corn Island where there is a hospital and doctors. And for severe cases, a flight back to Vivian Pellas Private hospital in Managua which is an excellent facility. Please always have Travel Insurance to pay for any unexpected transport or emergency medical expenses!
Is the island expensive?
Yes, and No. Many items including food and drinks can be expensive in comparison to the same products found in Managua or even more so in comparison to western countries. Remembering that this is a small island, the cost of transport logistics adds a premium. Waste and spoilage is also high. The salty climate also takes its toll on many things that must be replaced often so this must be factored into prices. However, if you eat at local places with simple island fair it can be inexpensive.
Can I get cash out of an ATM on Little Corn Island?
There are no ATMs on Little Corn Island. There are however ATMs in the main terminal at the Managua airport, and also on Big Corn Island. Some places do take credit cards on Little Corn Island. Yemaya does take Visa and Mastercard. Amex can be accepted by special arrangement.
Do you have security?
Yes, we have security guards throughout the night. We also have set times when a guard can escort guests at night to and from the town. It is a 25-minute walk and guests should never go at night without a guard.
We have room safes and encourage all guests to keep their valuables locked safely away at all times.
WHAT TO BRING
Yemaya recommends the use of biodegradable products such as sun block and mosquito repellents, to help protect our environment. You can bring a refillable water bottle, which can be refilled for free in the restaurant. Street lighting is limited on Little Corn Island so it is recommended to bring a small flashlight. Please check the weather forecast before your arrival to bring appropriate clothing.
We can help you book activities during your stay including scuba diving, snorkeling, & fishing. We have some stand up paddle boards and kayaks for rent as well.
There are no ATMs on Little Corn Island and only a few places accept credit cards. The island does accept usd cash as well as cordobas (approximately $32 cordobas to each USD). There is an ATM on Big Corn Island but there is no guarantee that it is always in service. We recommend using an ATM at the international Managua Airport before your flight to Big Corn Island as well as notifying your bank and credit card providers that you are traveling to Nicaragua. Yemaya accepts most major credit cards with a 5% processing fee.
RESTAURANTS AND NIGHTLIFE
In the main Village there are several restaurants and bars with different offerings. There are also a few restaurants and bars scattered over the island at different hotels. Bars generally close at 12pm. We insist that you are escorted by one of our guards at night. Never walk alone at night. We have a guard leaving Yemaya at 7pm and returning at 9.30pm. Other times by special arrangement for a fee of $10 per trip.
Little Corn Island has a very basic clinic only. On Big Corn island there is larger hospital with facilities for most minor injuries and requirements. For major issues Managua has full service hospitals. We recommend travelling with a first aid kit.
Little Corn Island runs generators to supply town power between the hours of 7:30 am to 12:30 am.Outside of these hours Yemaya also has generators on site allowing us to provide 24-hour power for our guests. We do our best to ensure there are no disruptions in power supply however things can go wrong of course. When this happens it doesn´t normally take us too long to get things working again.
Being on a tiny island lost in the Caribbean comes without many of the standard services we are all used to. We treat all of our waste water on site using a top of the line biodigestor plant. This mini eco system is delicate and for this reason we ask that our guests respect our rules of not adding any paper or other non bio materials into the system. This helps us run an efficient processing plant and avoids contaminating the pristine island environment.
We do our best to reduce our waste as much as possible. All organic waste is composted and used for our gardens. Any other non biodegradable waste must be shipped back to the mainland for disposal.