Drifter's Claim Corn Island

Our big adventure & our little jungle oasis

Drifter's Claim is a 2-acre parcel of land with a 2-level covintec & concrete "casita" that is almost finished being built. Our future plans are for an outdoor bar & restaurant, and 8-10 insulated suites (4 or 5 up/down duplex style cool casitas) nestled among our amazing 2 acres of plantain, mango and banana trees in the South End near Sally Peachy area of Big Corn Island. 


This property was used by some of the original settlers on the island (slaves), who built a protective rock wall in the 1700s which is still found here today.


We had as many as 9 employees (April & May 2017), although construction has stopped for the time being while we seek investors to move our project forward. We also do community volunteering such as garbage pick-up on the beaches, and volunteering with the once-a-year vet clinic "Big Corn Island Veterinary Expedition" (and then vaccinating dogs the rest of the year and handing out flea/tick prevention as well as administering antibiotics). 


We also do a large amount of cross promotion of other island businesses via websites, multiple Corn Island facebook pages, Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram.

The Early Stages

The Property

2 acres of thick jungle required a few strong guys with BIG machetes. :)


Nardo, Karel, and Mike had both acres cleared within about 8 or 9 days, all by hand with knives and a whipper snipper.

Covintec stacked, ready for installation.

The First Casita

This little house was started in April 2017 and is made from concrete and covintec (styrofoam insulated walls).

Gypsy Jo and Lillilu

Rescuing Puppies & Building Our Dream

A few rainy weeks that delayed the build didn't bring our spirits down. It gave us time to focus on saving lives and making new friends.

The Process

The first casita, Drifter's Claim Corn Island.

We Shopped Local for a Reason

While many people who build here buy their materials from the other side of the country (Managua), we wanted to contribute to Big Corn Island in a positive way, by giving people jobs, and helping the animals too. All while bringing additional tourism here to all businesses, not just ours. We used the 3 island hardware stores for almost every single item in our first casita, other than the bronze tinted glass windows. So the money it cost us to build our casita goes directly back into the community we will be living in and hopefully building a successful vacation rental business in! 

Faster Than Island Time

Construction began in April 2017 and stopped July 1, 2017 at approximately 85% completion.

The water is connected (town water, with meter, our cost is approx $10/month), power is hooked up (our cost is approx. $30/month), the road is cleared and drive-able, and the whole 2 acres is fenced. 


Just getting water to the property was a lengthy process because 1550 feet of trench needed to be dug, BY HAND with pick axes and shovels! 


We also built an ENORMOUS septic tank that won't be full for many years.... Corn Island doesn't have a septic pumper truck yet so we needed to mitigate that issue and built a tank to hold a LOT, as well as will add a leach-field soon (definitely up to Canadian standards!).

Where We Are

Our property is located in SOUTH END on Big Corn Island. We are a 5-minute walk to the bright red "Pulperia Ruiz" grocery store, a 10-minute walk to the beach down Silver Sands Rd, a 10-minute walk to the amazing "Pulperia Forbes" store, a 12-minute walk to the green "Sally Peachy" grocery store (they have great Italian sausage!), a 15-minute walk to Long Bay beach, or if you prefer wheels to walking, in the future you'll be able to rent one of our bikes, scooters or motorbike by the day or week (rentals are not currently available). 

We Are Pre-Selling Vacation Packages

Raising CAPITAL by giving you a great deal!

We are currently PRE-SELLING 2019 vacation packages by the week to help build our jungle oasis vacation rentals.If you would like to be part of the fun, please contact us! Packages start at $475 US per week! Please see details below. Vacation packages do NOT include airfare. Please see "How to Get Here" for more details on flights.


LOWER FLOOR VACATION PACKAGE: these prices are ONLY for pre-sales to help fund building the next casita.


Lower floor amenities: 20 x 20' room, french doors with screens, screens on all windows, queen size bed with ceiling fan, private bathroom, double kitchen sink, full size fridge, outdoor stove, covered deck (ground level). We are eco-friendly and do not have air conditioning, or cable tv. The property usually has a nice breeze and the styrofoam insulated concrete walls help keep the inside temperature very comfortable.


Package price for LOWER FLOOR includes: room rental (value $75 per night), airport pick-up & drop-off, driving tour of Big Corn Island (value $20 per person), rental of 2 bicycles for the duration of your stay (value $10 per day per person),  bucket of beer (4) each day (value $7 per day), full breakfast each day (2 people) (value $10 per day). Scooter can be substituted for bicycles for $50/week (scooter rental regular price $30/day, motorbike regular rental price $40/day).


1 week (7 nights): $475 US (total value: $850 US per week if you purchased room, bike rentals, breakfast, beer, driving tour, etc. separately)

2 weeks (14 nights): $900 US ($450 per week) (total value: $1700 US)

3 weeks (21 nights): $1275 US ($425 per week) (total value: $2550 US)

4 weeks (21 nights): $1600 US ($400 per week) (total value: $3400 US)


Multiple weeks do NOT need to be used all together. One week at a time, two weeks in 2019 and then 2 weeks in 2020, or however you wish!

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UPPER (TOP) FLOOR VACATION PACKAGE: these prices are ONLY for pre-sales to help fund building the next casita!


Upper floor amenities:  20 x 20' room, french doors with screens, screens on all windows, queen size bed, private bathroom, kitchen sink, bar fridge, upper roof-top balcony with stunning view of the jungle canopy and ocean. Lots of pictures and videos of the view, and the construction process, on our "Drifter's Claim Corn Island" facebook page! We are eco-friendly and do not have air conditioning or cable tv. The property usually has a nice breeze and the insulated walls help keep the inside temperature very comfortable.


Package price for UPPER (TOP) FLOOR includes: room rental (value $100 per night), airport pick-up & drop-off, driving tour of Big Corn Island (value $20 per person), rental of 2 bicycles for the duration of your stay (value $10 per day per person),  bucket of beer (4) each day (value $7 per day), full breakfast each day (2 people) (value $10 per day). Scooter or motorbike can be substituted for bicycles for $50/week (scooter rental regular price $30/day, motorbike regular rental price $40/day).


1 week (7 nights): $650 US (total value: $1025 US if you purchased each feature separately)

2 weeks (14 nights): $1200 US ($600 per week) (total value: $2050 US)

3 weeks (21 nights): $1650 US ($550 per week) (total value: $3075 US)

4 weeks (28 nights): $2000 US ($500 per week) (total value: $4100 US)


Multiple weeks do NOT need to be used all together. Mix & match your vacation time! 

Jo & Mike, the Canadian owners of Drifter's Claim Corn Island.

Jo & Mike, the Canadian owners of Drifter's Claim Corn Island.

Contact Us

Email

CONTACT US to pre-book your best caribbean vacation ever, or if you are interested in investing in our project!

 DriftersClaimCornIsland@outlook.com

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Family portrait

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