Big Corn Island was a British protectorate for two centuries until it was ceded to Nicaragua in 1894. It's located 40 miles off the country's wild Caribbean coast, which remains hard to reach due to poor road access. Sleeping options on Corn Island are basic, but Arenas offers a set of more comprehensive suites and bungalows, draped around a golden shore. A beach bar with wooden chairs dotted amid brightly painted boats, Caribbean music and ice-cold beers add to the laid-back ambience.
Arenas, Big Corn Island, Atlantic (00 505 2222 6574; arenasbeachhotel.com). Doubles start at US$104 (£65), room only.