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Nicaragua's Corn Islands: Where to Stay

There's shade as well as sun at a guest room at Casa Iguana, where writer Diane Wedner savored the view from a wind-swept patio. She paid $55 a night, and her room featured a toilet and sink -- the shower was outdoors. As for the hotel's name: Cat-sized reptiles scurried across a path being used by the writer as she made her way from town to Casa Iguana. No harm, no foul.
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