Carlito's Place, Little Corn Island, Nicaragua


The year is 1972, the place is Little Corn Island Nicaragua, Carl "Carlito" Archibold and his cousin serenely swim the placid blue water surrounding their little island. As they circle the island they carry with them a sack which within a short time is filled with live lobster. Heading home to their small island community of 250 or so islanders they are ready for their daily feast of fresh lobster. They have to hurry though, it's getting dark and Little Corn has no electricity and thus no light.

Makes you wonder doesn't it, "What was I doing in 1972 while Carlito and his cousin were living in their island paradise?"


Carlito, after spending the last 20 years as a captain on a fishing boat based at various U.S. ports, and surviving a shipwreck at sea, decides it is time to return home. Back to Little Corn Island. His cousin, now a successful commercial lobster fisherman has stayed on Little Corn growing a business and a family. Carlito returns to an island not much changed. As a matter of fact, the day he arrives is the first day that the community water system starts.

Yearning for the land lubbers life Carlito and his family purchase a small hotel business on the windward side of this island paradise.


After years of hard work, Carlito's place now feature's 13 casitas, 8 with en-suite bathrooms and a new restaurant and bar (in late 2009). The restautrant and bar offer island favorites like Lobster and Carlito's famous fried chicken. Great food and good service set Carlito's apart from other island eateries.

New casitas and immaculate grounds along with the great prices, cold beer, and friendly, helpful service are what bring guests back time and again.


  • Breakfast - Lunch - Dinner ($5-$12)
  • Great seafood
  • Best Fried Chicken on the island
  • Tables on beach


  • Cold beer
  • Nica Rum
  • T.V. in bar
    (satellite -English and Spanish)


  • 12 casitas (8 with baths)
  • Both Spanish and English spoken
  • Safe, Family friendly enviroment
  • Native owned
  • On the beach (Windward side)
  • Clean beach

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Prices (last updated: Nov 19th, 2019)

  • Single cabin (2 people) $30
  • Cabin with kitchen (2 people) $30

For up to date prices and information - please contact Carlito


  • Water all day
  • In room fans
  • Independent power
    (2pm to 5am)
  • Mosquito netting
  • Hammocks

Larger Casita

  • 2 Bedrooms
  • A kitchen with cooking utensils and Sink.
  • Eating Area
  • Refrigerator

(Zoom in)A Casita

One of the casitas
A Casita

(Zoom in)The Bedrooms.

The Bedrooms.
The Bedrooms.

(Zoom in)View from the door

View from the door
View from the door

(Zoom in)The bathrooms.

The Bedrooms.
The bathrooms.

Karma Shack

Yoga, massage and meditation

The Karma Shack has been founded and built in 2010 by Leontien, a Dutch woman who has been living on Little Corn Island since 2005. She runs this little studio by herself, being both a yoga instructor and massage therapist.

The Karma Shack is set in a lush and colourful garden that is getting more beautiful every day. You can find the Karma Shack in the back of Carlito’s place, hidden between papaya and palm trees. The beautiful little wooden cabin opens up on three sides for yoga sessions surrounded by nature, but can also be closed up partially into a more secluded ambiance for massages. Adding a massage or yoga session to your stay at Carlito's Place will make your vacation into a proper little retreat.

In the Karma Shack Leo offers Swedish and Deep Tissue massage, Shiatsu Massage / Acupressure, foot reflexology, facial acupressure treatments, energy work, yoga and meditation sessions.

You can find detailed information about all Karma Shack services, opening hours and prices here, or find us here on Facebook!

The Larger Casita
The Karma Shack: A secluded, private massage in the middle of paradise.
The Bedrooms.
The Karma Shack: Located in a beautiful secluded spot with the perfect ambiance for yoga, massage and meditation

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A view of Carlito's place on the windward side of the island.
The Windward side

(Zoom in)The beach at Carlito's Place

The beach at Carlito's Place
The beach at Carlito's Place

(Zoom in)Casita

Casita with bathroom

(Zoom in)Main Street

Main Street
Main Street

(Zoom in)The beach nearby

On the way to "Gun Point"
The beach nearby

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