The question has come up several times in the past couple of months asking if the unrest in many areas of the mainland is affecting the Corn Islands.
The Nicaragua mainland is experiencing a very tough time right now. Peaceful protests in some areas have been met with violent reaction by the government. One form of protests are roadblocks intended to slow down national commerce. Some cities, like Granda and San Juan del Sur are more affected than the main city of Managua, which is fully accessible (except when some of the scheduled protests occur, which blocks traffic in select areas). It is still uncertain how long this period may last for the country.
The Corn Islands, part of the autonomous region of Nicaragua, remain calm, safe, and largely unaffected by the main national situation (other than a recent large drop of tourism). There have been no protests or unrest of any kind here, and that is not expected to change. The residents, businesses, local municipality, and excellent island police departments are all together on this. They don't call us the autonomous region for nothing, and we really are a world away from the rest of the country.
Transportation to get here also remains safe and reliable, and La Costeña is still maintaining a full schedule of flights and all major airlines continue to fly in and out of Managua. For those who time their flights well, when you arrive, you simply walk from the main International terminal to La Costeña and catch your flight to Corn Island without having to leave the airport.
If your international flight gets into Managua later in the day, there are good hotels across the street, and within a short free shuttle ride from the airport.
The airport has also remained fully operational at all times (in spite of some rumors).
Some local hotels and restaurants have closed due to the reduction of business, but most remain open and are hoping to weather out the situation. If you want to experience these amazing Caribbean islands with zero crowds, now is a good time to do it, especially since hotel rates here are deeply discounted right now. Dive Shops & snorkeling businesses are still running, hammocks are still swinging, the beaches are still as beautiful as ever.. and of course the beers are still cold, and the island people are still as beautiful and welcoming as ever.
Everyone has a different risk level for possible inconvenience that they are willing to assume when traveling, and it's true that for some areas of the country it's not a good time to visit. But since we are such a remote location, we are also well removed from the conditions affecting the mainland. If you do want to come down, as many people still are with no problems, it's also not bad advice to get trip insurance, just in case.
This was posted just for your basic information. If you have any questions, I'll be happy to answer them honestly. The truth is, as a business owner all of us here are doing everything we can to keep our businesses going so that we can keep supporting our local workers and local economy, which is hurting right now. You'll find everyone here more accommodating and appreciative of your business than ever before. If you've been here before, you know how beautiful and serene the Corn Islands are and that hasn't, and hopefully never will change.
We continue to watch the situation in the mainland and hope for an expeditious resolution that best serves the Nicaraguan people. I'll post updates here (as, of course, everyone else is welcome to do) if anything changes.
Hope to see you down here soon :-)
We'll keep a cold one ready for you, and point you to that really sweet snorkel spot when you get here. (Oh, yeah, and Lobster season is back!)