Corn Islands

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Two small tropical islands off the Caribbean coast of Nicaragua, Big and Little Corn, surely epitomise the barefoot paradise of your imagination. The English-speaking people are friendly and helpful: you can just sit back and relax.

Day 1: Fly from Managua airport to Big Corn. Transfer by taxi to the very comfortable bungalows of the hotel Casa Canada, with its delightful infinity pool, on the wilder east coast.

Days 2, 3: The beaches really are pristine, golden or flour-white, usually empty and fringed by rustling coconut palms. There are hilly, forested walks and a coral reef just offshore: some of the best and most accessible Caribbean snorkelling and diving can be enjoyed here.

The folksy infrastructure recalls how the Caribbean must have been in the 1950s. One lonely, scenic road follows the coast dotted with brightly painted, wooden- stilted houses and family-run, open air seafood restaurants; ferries and fishing boats come and go from the little port. You can hire guides at the hotel to take you walking, and boats for snorkelling trips or a visit to Little Corn.

Day 4: Fly to Managua, overnight in Los Robles, a colonial-style hotel with pool, in a residential area with restaurants and bars close by.

Day 5: Continue your holiday or transfer to the airport for your international flight.

UK clients arrive home the following day.

Breakfast daily

5 days from £656pp