Drifter's Claim is a private parcel of land with a two-storey casita that is almost finished being built. Our vacation home - with two self-contained suites so family & friends can enjoy their stay with us - is nestled among an amazing spread 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 like to do community volunteering such as garbage pick-up on the beaches, social media marketing to boost tourism to both islands, and in January 2017 we volunteered for the week-long vet clinic "Big Corn Island Veterinary Expedition" (and then vaccinated dogs and handed out flea/tick prevention as well as antibiotics as needed until July.) We do a large amount of cross promotion of other island businesses via websites, multiple Corn Island facebook pages (Corn Island Vacations, Corn Island Tourism, Big Corn Island Nicaragua, Travel Corn Islands, Corn Island Weddings, Corn Island Tours & Activities), as well as Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram.
See photo gallery below for lots of pictures. Construction of this UP/DOWN duplex-style house began in 2017 and took 4 years to complete.
The house is 2 individual self-contained rental units, 400 sq ft each of indoor living space, and each unit has its own kitchen and bathroom. Both units are currently livable. The lower unit has a full sized propane stove/oven and apartment sized electric fridge. The upstairs has been set up to have a counter-top electric stove top (element burners - no oven) and apartment sized electric fridge.
These units could be rented as short term vacation rentals (at approximately $70-$85 per night) or long term living since they both have kitchens. Relax Restaurant is a 5 minute walk from the house. 3 small grocery stores are a 5-7 minute walk from the house. Silver Sands beach is a 7-10 minute walk from the house and Long Bay beach is about a 15 minute walk from the house.
Each unit is self-contained (they do not access each other - you need to use the outside stairs to go up to the 2nd level and rooftop balcony).
All balconies are now tiled (wood grain look), rooftop deck is tiled, inside both units also tiled (cream), and the indoor support posts are tiled to look like wood beams. The counter tops in both kitchens are white tile.
Total living space (both units combined) is approximately 2000 sq ft (indoor and outdoor).
The driveway will remain shared to allow access for the house as well as access for us to the remaining property.
We have lots of videos of the property on our Facebook page.
Rental Price (UPSTAIRS UNIT ONLY AT THIS TIME):
2021 rate: $75 per night
We will be building another house for us, another small cabin-style rental or two, as well as building a small house for the amazing family currently living here taking care of the house and keeping the property chopped. They would make the best property managers ever, if you planned to use this as a vacation rental when you aren't using it yourself.
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UPPER UNIT: $90,000 US (includes 400 sq ft upper rooftop covered balcony),
LOWER UNIT: $80,000 US (includes lower level outdoor tiled patio space)
or purchase both units for $155,000 US (with small yard; HOA strata fee still applies).
HOA strata: $200 US monthly per unit (this covers all exterior maintenance, grounds keeping, septic maintenance, as well as your POWER and WATER!) If you wish to rent out your unit and have us and/or the on-site caretakers manage your rentals, this will be an extra fee.
FUTURE PLANS for the surrounding property: 1-2 additional vacation homes / vacation rental units (1-level cabin style each), plus a small quaint palapa-style lounge/restaurant (seating for 12-15 people for a low-key, fun, friendly vibe), yoga classes, bicycle & kayak rentals (on site).
Click on the Professional Services page on the Corn Island Vacations site to a list of lawyers who do property transactions.
Please note our sales prices are firm. It is not easy or cheap to build on a remote caribbean island! Every single thing to build with is barged from the mainland!
Contact Mike & Jo to inquire about this property. Serious inquiries please.
The original plot we purchased was 2 acres of thick jungle that 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.
This little house was started in April 2017 and is made from concrete and covintec (styrofoam insulated walls).
Each studio suite is 400 sq ft and includes a livingroom/sitting area, kitchenette, bed, and private bathroom.
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. Lillilu was a 6-week old puppy living under a house in the dirt. She was lethargic and on the brink of death, with severe eye and jaw trauma when we found her while out on a "vaccination day" in the barrios. Her owner didn't know what had happened to her, didn't have the ability to provide all the emergency care she needed, so we brought Lillilu home. The original plan was to foster and rehabilitate her to give her back to her owner, but her owner later said we could keep her. Today Lillilu is a healthy, happy adult!
Jo & Mike, the Canadian owners of Drifter's Claim Corn Island.
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 involved in.
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!
Construction of the house began in April 2017, and the lower level was livable by the end of June. 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.
We then took a 2 year hiatus from building. House sitters were given the opportunity to live in the downstairs of the house rent-free in exchange for taking care of the dogs and land. In July 2019 we returned to do additional work on the house and property, we added a leach-field.to the septic system, and spent some much-needed time with our fur kids. In 2020 we completed the tiling of all living space indoors and out, including the upper rooftop deck. We also had a concrete kitchen counter built in the upper unit, and re-did the downstairs shower to add glass blocks to allow the natural window light through the entire bathroom.
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 7-10-minute walk to the beach down Silver Sands Rd, a 10-minute walk to the very well-stocked "Pulperia Forbes" store, a 12-minute walk to the green "Sally Peachy" grocery store (they have great Italian sausage and they are also the only ones on the island who make rye bread!), a 15-minute walk to Long Bay beach, or if you prefer wheels to walking, in the future you'll be able to borrow one of our bicycles when you come to visit us. :)
Want to come see Big Corn Island? You’ll need to fly into Managua first, and then hop on what we affectionately call a puddle jumper (small plane.) Please see "How to Get Here" for more details on flights.
We came to the realization that 2 acres was a huge undertaking and we really didn't need that much land for vacationing. So in spring 2020 we sold half of the upper acre which leaves us with 1.5 acres, still including the two-level house.
We have numerous pictures and videos of the view, and the construction process, on our "Drifter's Claim Corn Island" facebook page and Instagram!
Jo & Mike, the Canadian owners of Drifter's Claim Corn Island.
For friends and family who want to come stay with us, or house-sit for us, the lower acre has the house: we have a 20 x 20' room, french doors with screens, screens on all windows, queen size bed, private indoor bathroom with toilet, cold-water shower and a window, the open concept kitchen area has a double sink, full size fridge, propane stove/oven, outside is a covered tiled concrete deck (ground level) plus use of the upper tiled rooftop balcony with views of the jungle canopy and glimpses of the ocean. We are close enough you'll hear the waves!
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. Also, we got the FLOORS and POSTS TILED in the summer of 2020! (This pic is from 2019). Floors are tiled in a cream tile. Posts now look like wood beams!
Our kitchen has all the amenities of home: pots, pans, dishes, cutlery, fridge and stove. In this picture the counters are concrete but we installed white tile counter tops in summer 2020! Corner and ceiling posts are now tiled in wood-grain tile to look like it is post and beam construction! (But it's hurricane proof concrete!)
Upper floor amenities - friends and family can enjoy a spacious 20 x 20' self-contained suite, french doors with screens, screens on all windows, king size bed, private indoor bathroom with glass blocks to let the natural light shine through, a kitchen sink, apartment sized fridge, 2-burner stove top (no oven), a tiled balcony out front plus use of the tiled upper roof-top balcony with stunning views of the jungle canopy and glimpses of the ocean. We are close enough you'll hear the waves!
INTERNET: We do NOT currently have wifi. You can stay busy picking fruit, listening to the bird songs and distant waves, or taking a 7 minute walk to Silver Sands Beach.
Internet (an 8 gig USB 'stick' good for 30 days) can be purchased downtown for $30 if you bring your laptop. We hope to have unlimited wifi in the future but it is not available to the property at this time.
Cell phone packages in Nicaragua can be purchased at the Managua airport and are very economical. This gives you data anywhere on the island, which is a nice convenience for those who can't unplug for any length of time.
FREE wifi is also available in the kids park (Parque Rodrigo Campbell) which is just a few minutes' walk from the house at the bottom of our road.
CONTACT US with any questions!
Please check out our VIDEOS and TONS of PHOTOS on our Drifter's Claim Corn Island facebook page!
Search for us using #driftersclaimcornisland as well as #bigcornisland and #dogsofcornisland!
We've got some fun "Big Corn Island" and "Drifter's Claim" blank notebooks available on Amazon. These are great for journalling, writing down your future travel plans, writing about your travel adventures, or whatever else comes to mind.
THIS LINK will take you to Boondocks Publishing so you can see what's available without needing to search all of Amazon.