Living the Island Lifestyle on Little Corn

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Good day,

Writing this from my beloved patio with a fresh mug of ginger / lemongrass tea as a cool breeze chills the sweat on my brow and the island is coming alive. It’s 6:49am and I’ve been up for 2 hours doing things that gentlemen in parts of the world such as this do. They include but most certainly are NOT limited to: jogging around an island along the beach looking for whatever may have washed up while a large wolf like dog follows, going for a swim in the Caribbean Sea, finalizing a business deal and ordering a $0.50 coffee to be served at 7:15am before a 7:30AM Tee Time at the Little Corn Island Golf Beach & Country Club, indeed.

Sounds grand, yes? That is because it most certainly is. Without a doubt living on a tropical island is a dream for many but it’s not all sunshine, king fish and coconuts. In fact a gentleman I’ve become acquainted with and play golf with is writing a book, he described this island as “writers paradise” and he’s quite right. In fact as I look over from my office, I see him sleeping face down on his notepad. Not sure if he’s there from the night before or up early, does it matter?

Throughout the day a gentleman comes around yelling “PATTY” or it sounds like that selling fresh coconut bread and other delicious delectable. Some have vaults filled with jewels while I have a freezer filled with kilograms of seafood in case it’s not available fresh. There is a lobster ban, yes I know but managed to secure some. Behind me I hear some gents talking on the road and see them walking to what appears to be a fishing trip.

There are no real worries here, everything I want is here. Everyday the panga takes out the trash and brings in a new class of interesting smiles figures and forms from all corners of the earth. At times I think to myself “what if I had stayed home” where would I be? The grass is not “always greener” but I do believe it is human nature to sometimes ponder what they’d be doing had they chosen a different course in life. Something tells me I’d have high blood pressure and a crazy curiosity for what I describe to you now.

Have concluded that living in a guesthouse / hostel / hotel / resort on an island is infinitely different than say owning a house. Owning a house comes with lots of hassles and not to mention security issues, living in an established business makes everything easy and there are no attachments. Dependance leads to depression and if you “have to go somewhere” is it really as fun as being the exact place on the globe you choose to be? Who knows. You also typically don’t meet new interesting people on a daily basis sitting on your veranda at home, yes?

Seems like most travelers buy a piece of property half way through a trip then end up residing somewhere else saying “if I ever do build, I”ll go back” but they never do, none us do. We simply move forward on the escalator life until it just stops. Trying to think of how many other places I’ve “fallen in love with” only to be incredibly glad I didn’t get married a year later? Hmmmm.

The sun is rising and my coffee will soon be arriving. (have been on a serious caffeine kick after that 1 coke in Managua, ha) Most of the members have problems making this 7:30 tee time and it’s quite aggravating, ok it’s not. This ginger / lemongrass tea is not only delicious but soothes the soul and most certainly the throat. Have been eating like a king on a peasants budget, how grand? Yesterday a gent had 3 fresh fish, I added half a pound of shrimp and some veg and we fed 4 people comfortably for less than $5, huh?

Now, life is great here but it gets HOT. We’re April which I don’t know, but guess is the hot season? From 10AM-3PM it’s a sauna where there is little to do. Those who are hell bent on skin cancer just soak up the sun while those with brains in their skull lay low in the shade. Also the power turns off from 5AM-2PM so there is little place to hide from the heat. This, my friends brings me to the point of why I’m up so early and being so active…

If you go out drinking on one of these islands without electricity and have “too much fun” by means of staying out past 4am, you’re doomed. Once the power shuts off, the temperature in the room immediately escalates and becomes a perspiration prison. I awake often to the sound of the fan ceasing and once off, going back to bed is simply a fantasy. I see people who as pale as ghosts wander around uncomfortably in the misery they have made for themselves.

This place is heaven but if you go out to late, it will feel like hell. Also if you ever wish to move to a tropical climate, I suggest you visit from April-July when things get really hot. Won’t say it’s unbearable but you literally could fry your eggs on the sidewalk. It’s getting hot, the coffee is coming and a game of golf is to be had.

What I’m saying is that this place is best suited as an amusement park, not a night club, play accordingly.

In other news, working on a new structure here as thinking big is in fashion.

Tips hat,

P.S: Good looking produce is reason to get excited around here.

Author: iyashinoshigoto

23 thoughts on “Living the Island Lifestyle on Little Corn

  1. Taking care of business before 7AM, and then going golfing after to celebrate that fact … kickass!

    From my island (Mindoro Island, North-Central Philippines) to yours, I hope you have an excellent day!

    1. Indeed good sir, I look east and tip my at to you while sipping this delicious coffee that was just brought to my office.

      Stay well & stay curious.

  2. Hey Rob! Great read. I don’t envy the heat and electric fans, but the view from my desk is probably not as grand as from your patio lol P.s. How’s Gertrude?

    1. The view is definitely better and I hear you, it’s part of the “cost of doing business” and a small cost at that. Good to hear from you here again!

  3. Wow flood of memories. The corn islands are one of my favourite places in the world. There was a beautiful little BandB on Big corn run by an Italian family. I wonder if it still exists?

    1. Fiona- it does still exist. (Buena Vista I believe) I was there in Feb for lunch.. had the most amazing pizza known to man. They were the sweetest couple. Def a place to check out.

  4. Rob! I love reading your entries. How long will you be there? Maybe I should come for a visit since we never got to catch up in South Florida.

    1. Thanks and I think I’m here until June. Have a feeling coming here for Nov-Feb each year would be ideal and let us discuss.

  5. As one who will turn 44 years of age tomorrow, and having been to LCI just this past winter, and having dreamt of what you’re doing for a few years already…must say I love reading your dispatches. Thanks for giving a realistic take on the es and minuses of LCI living. It’s close to paradise, but hard to think any one place is completely perfect. Carry on and hope the golf game went well.

    1. Happy Birthday in advance and glad you can relate to the updates I make as frequently as possible. It’s easy to get lost here for a few days or weeks for that matter.

      Golf game was good, hit the home plate on the drop from outfield, awesome.

  6. I am looking to travel to Big/little Corn island in August.

    A few questions:

    Is 8 days enough to get a ‘feel’ for the islands and possible island life?

    Are the Corns a place where I would want to hang my hat (forever!)?

    I am a professor at a university and an author, and will be able to ply my trade via online from anywhere in the world. How is the Internet and the electricity?

    What about prices/availability of certain stable items that I would need to survive:
    Captain Morgan?
    Jack Daniels?
    Diet Pepsi/Coke? (No brand preference.)
    Marlboro Menthol/Kools/ Newports?

    Are there any gyms on the island? If so, are they expensive?

    Do I need an auto or will a golf cart do?

    How expensive is a small house (1,000 sq ft) on or near the beach?

    How about spiders? Not the ones you can squash with your thumb, I mean the big furry ones!

    Thanks for your help.

    As I get responses, I would hope that we can exchange emails etc. I would love when we get there to have a guide of sorts to point us in the right direction!

    Peace…
    Biagio ‘Bill’ Sciacca

    PS. Please resond via emailif you don’t mind. I get my emails sent to my phone and I can respond faster. Again, thank you…thank you…thank you!!!!!

    1. I am looking to travel to Big/little Corn island in August.

      A few questions:

      Is 8 days enough to get a ‘feel’ for the islands and possible island life?

      ** Yes but you may end up staying longer.

      Are the Corns a place where I would want to hang my hat (forever!)?

      **Probably not but maybe.

      I am a professor at a university and an author, and will be able to ply my trade via online from anywhere in the world. How is the Internet and the electricity?

      **Electricity is from 2PM-5AM but most cafe with internet have from 10AM on. You can get a claro stick for $60 a month, shoddy and must be on port side.

      What about prices/availability of certain stable items that I would need to survive:
      Captain Morgan? – No idea
      Jack Daniels? – No idea
      Diet Pepsi/Coke? (No brand preference.) – Plentiful
      Marlboro Menthol/Kools/ Newports? – Marlboro

      Are there any gyms on the island? If so, are they expensive?

      **None.

      Do I need an auto or will a golf cart do?

      ** No motorized vehicles allowed and a bike would be more of a hassle.

      How expensive is a small house (1,000 sq ft) on or near the beach?

      ** Maybe $600-$1000 but be careful of security on beaches that aren’t well secured.

      How about spiders? Not the ones you can squash with your thumb, I mean the big furry ones!

      ** Saw a massive one last night, huge but 2nd time I’ve seen one.

      Thanks for your help.

      As I get responses, I would hope that we can exchange emails etc. I would love when we get there to have a guide of sorts to point us in the right direction!

      Peace…
      Biagio ‘Bill’ Sciacca

      PS. Please resond via emailif you don’t mind. I get my emails sent to my phone and I can respond faster. Again, thank you…thank you…thank you!!!!!

      ** Whoops, too late.

      1. Rob, Thank you so much for you time. I look forward to seeing you in August to chat in person (Ah, if you don;t mind, that is!)

        Peace…

        Bill

        PS, Why did you say prob not, but maybe, as far as living on LCI is concerned? Thanks again!!!!

        1. Just it is missing a lot of comforts most people like. Also, like anywhere you’ll have to feel it out yourself.

          They do have Flor De Cana which is an amazing rum, fyi.

          1. Thanks Rob,

            You are very helpful! Do you live on LCI year round? And, if so, are there any times when tourist types take over the island? I heard that their might be. If so, how hard is it to make it thru that time frame, and how long does it last?
            I promise, this will be my last communication with you. I hate taking up so muc of your time, but this is a rather big move and I want to plan it correctly!
            Peace…

            Bill

            PS. Perhaps I lied! I may hit you back as to your opinion when I am looking for a hotel of some kind in August!

          2. I just come here to relax and do some work, quite like it. Only started coming here late last year so this is all new. I recommend you come visit the place before making any plans, too hard to convey in words what you’ll see and that is what you need to base all decision on.

  7. Easy reading, Guess this is pretty close to Utopia for a lot of dreamers. at certain times in their lives.

  8. Are you saying it is too hot to nap in a shaded hammock mid-day? That image is one of the first to come to mind when one thinks “Island Paradise”

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