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.
What are the rooms like at Yemaya?
All of our rooms have sea views, are large, with terraces, 24 hour power, hot water, king sized beds, overhead fans etc. We try hard to conserve the island’s precious water supply so we only change sheets and towels every four days, unless otherwise requested. 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 network carrier. 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 come with a plunge pool.
What are the food and beverage options in Yemaya?
Our restaurant is a casual affair, perched on a small bluff overlooking the stunning Caribbean Sea. We try to use as many ingredients as we can from the island and the sea that surrounds us. Dining out on our terrace, gazing out across the mesmerizing colors of blue and turquoise, or under a starlit sky will be one of those memories you and your partner will carry with you forever. Love is in the air! Breakfast, lunch, and dinner all consist of a simple menu, inspired by local ingredients and traditions and can change depending on the availability of ingredients on the day. Our bar has a limited wine list, local Nicaraguan rum, beers, and some of the classic cocktails if you are in the mood for a mojito, piña colada or margarita, all-island style of course. And for a special occasion, we might even find a bottle of bubbly or two.
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 and only a few places accept credit cards. There are however ATMs in the main terminal at the Managua airport, and also on Big Corn Island. The island does accept usd cash as well as córdobas (approximately C$32 córdobas to each USD). There is no guarantee that the ATM on Big Corns Island 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.
Do you have security?
We have room safes and encourage all guests to keep their valuables locked safely away at all times.
What happens if there is bad weather?
Please be aware that you have chosen to stay on a beautiful and remote island, which makes weather a big factor to consider when traveling to and from Little Corn. Every now and then even the beautiful Little Corn Island can receive bad weather. When this happens the public boat between the islands can be canceled for safety reasons. Usually, the bad weather passes quite quickly and can have minimal impact on your visit to Yemaya, however, should it last slightly longer and impose additional costs to your travel, Yemaya is not responsible for covering these costs in any way. If bad weather delays your arrival to Yemaya, we will, of course, try to reschedule your reservation as best we can depending on availability. If you have to reschedule your stay with us we will give you credit to use for a future booking for any unused nights lost due to bad weather. If you personally can not travel in the next 12 months we will offer the option to transfer the credit to a friend or family member. Please note, that in these circumstances, we are unable to offer a refund, if this is something you would require please be sure to take out adequate travel insurance and check the terms and conditions.
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 have room safes and encourage all guests to keep their valuables locked safely away at all times. The island does accept usd cash as well as córdobas (approximately C$32 córdobas to each USD). There is no guarantee that the ATM on Big Corns Island 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.
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.
Restaurants and Night Life
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.
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.