Beach House - Reader Reports & Opinion
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Gill Overton from U.K. visited in April 2016 and awarded
We stayed at The Beach House for two weeks in April. This was the 7th time we had stayed there, and it won't be the last.
From the moment we arrived, we felt all our stresses just drift away.
We find the noise of the waves at night relaxing, although some light sleepers might need ear plugs, as local dogs and cockerels don't always respect the quiet of night time ! I love waking up to the sounds of the birds, and sitting on the deck watching the bay come to life.
The Beach House is always spotlessly clean when we arrive, and Carlene (sp ?) comes by every 3 or so days to change the bedding and towels . There are brooms and mops provided for your use during your stay.
The kitchens are well provided with plenty of utensils and pots and pans. We tend to eat in mostly, as my husband is a keen fisherman , and you just can't beat freshly caught mahi mahi , kingfish or tuna. There are several stores in the village selling fruit and vegetables, although we do tend to go to DJ's shop on the corner of the road to the big beach. He is such a lovely man, and stocks all sorts of things in his shop as well as fruit and veg.
The apartments all have hummingbird feeders, which , this year in particular , have attracted loads of humming birds , including the spectacular Ruby Topaz. If you want an amazing spectacle, leave the feeders out at night and watch the bats come and take the sugar water. (or take the feeders down at night if you don't like bats !)
The Boathouse restaurant next door, hold drumming and music nights on a Wednesday evening. These are good fun, and the rum punch is great !
Porridge and Jeanell who look after visitors to the Beach House, are always a delight, and SO helpful.
We always take a trip or two out birding with Newton George, who is a fantastic bird guide. He will pick you up from Castara if you don't have transport. This year we went over to Trinidad with him for a day..amazing experience, especially seeing the Scarlet Ibis come in to roost on the Caroni Swamp.
If you want to go fishing, then Anaconda is your man. He is now based at Buccoo but will collect you from Little Bay. Another good guy is Jade who has a boat in Castara.
To sum it up, the Beach House for us is perfect, and I have never been more at peace than when I'm lying in the hammock listening to the waves, and watching the frigate birds sail overhead.
Can I come back next week please ??
Nora Kropf from Austria visited in April 2016 and awarded
We stayed at the Beach House in Castara for 6 nights in April and had a great time! The location and openness of the flat is great. It is private and hidden, tough very central - a paradise with all our nice animal- and human neighbours. We feed the hummingbirds (Kolibri in german) Porridge gave us the recipe: mix one cup of white sugar together with three cups of water, then boil it, let it cool down and ready is the sweet nectar. By the way not only humming birds like it, in the night the bats came and served themselves. It was so interesting to watch them and all the colourful birds. Some people mentioned to bring earplugs, I personally loved the sound of the sea and the birds and the breeze, provides you with beautiful tropical dreams. But if you are sensible as my partner was, than they can be useful. I needed them just once for the Wednesday night party – best is to celebrate that night; just we had to stand up early for a planned dive. Little bay is very personal and great place for snorkelling - along the coast is a lively reef you see turtles, barracudas, big big sting rays, sometimes the visibility was not the best because of waves and wind but most of the days it was good. What I loved so much in Tobago was that most of the animals are free and you share the open space with chicken families, goats, cats, very nice friendly dogs ...(they care for you and become your best friends if you like them, if you are not a dog lover they notice it immediately and leave you alone). As many people mentioned, it is nice to rent a car and drive around – as there are no street signs, you better stop and ask the locals, even if they sometimes seem to look a bit grumpy they are very nice and helpful. Take care of the cows as they love to sleep on the streets; therefore they are called Tobago’s speed bumps. I will come back for sure. Nora
Ulla Kuronen from Finland visited in March 2016 and awarded
Tobago for the sixth time, and the third in Castara Beach House.
When we wake you up in the morning to the sound of the waves we can only be happy to be there again. To see the fishermen in their boats heading for the day´s catch, you know the food is so fresh it ever can be.
The rhythms of soca, steel bands and reggae live side by side with the preachers message through the loudspeakers at the nearby churches. Everything is even more perfect when the roosters and dogs join this polyphonic choir.
We could see the stingrays from our balcony and we even swam with them. The hummingbirds came in the afternoon for a drink and after them the small bats. Lizards started to keep us company already in the morning.
The Beach house has been good for us. There is good equipment for cooking and relaxing in the apartment. It stands so near the sea that you just take you snorkel and you are in a minute among the corals, turtles and millions of colorful fishes.
We already miss it.
Clive Allen & Rudy from U.K. visited in February 2016 and awarded
This place provided us with the most wonderful 3 weeks during the winter.
The location overlooking the beach enabled a quick walk to the water and ability to arrive at the most calm part of the day.....where the water is beautifully warm with enough coral life to make an interesting swim every day. Furniture was well chosen for comfort, as we spent a lot of time reading in the living room/porch overlooking the sea.
We especially appreciated the well equipped kitchen......however, plentiful restaurants in the area made interesting nights when we decided not to cook.
Netting around the bed was very easy to deal with, however, mosquitoes were not a big problem.
The only downside to this location was the fact that it is right next door to a restaurant that plays very loud music one night a week.......well into the morning....., a bit annoying for those who like to go to sleep early.
However that being the only negative about this rental......we would love to spend more time there.
Janet from U.K. visited in December 2015 and awarded
Well what can we say....paradise!
Seriously feedback as follows:
1) LOCATION - we stayed at coconut heights, the 1st floor apartment of the Beach House which is probably the best location in the Heavenly bay area, fantastic views, easily accessible unless disabled or someone with restricted mobility. The local bar serves great food and their Weds evening Bongo drum night is a MUST to attend however it does go on late so be prepared for a late night/early morning. Cheno's cafe in the village serves a fab breakfast and has free Wi-Fi so emails can be collected. The locals are welcoming and extremely friendly. We would advise car hire to be able to explore, alternatively there is public transport two hourly that goes to Scarborough. The shop at the top of the road/hill offers everyday supplies and fresh Tuna can be purchased at 3pm daily from the fish market, other fish such as Mahi mahi, red snapper and kingfish are available a little later subject to the days catch.
2) The Apartment: probably the best appointed apartment we have stayed in. Very much a home from home, a good cooker, fridge/freezer, bbq, plenty of dishes and utensil. Seating comfort is limited but understandably so as due to the nature of the apartment needs to be waterproof. We were adopted by a local cat and were escorted on our first visit to the village by a friendly dog! Every morning we put fruit and sugar water out for the birds and had some fabulous visitors including some wonderful bats at night and early morning.
3) Downfalls : if you react badly to sandfly bites take antihistamines with you, the nearest chemist is in Scarborough and their supply of drugs is limited. Take ear plugs, the Cockerels start calling no later than 3am with dogs barking also. Castara retreats Fine Dining Restaurant is NOT fine dining as we know it in the UK however get a taxi or hire a car and visit The Deck at Bucco, Curtis Duke runs a fabulous restaurant which offers the best food on the Island (Curtis has extensive industry experience having spent time at Raymond Blancs Le Manoir des quatre saisons amongst other establishments). Also try the Seahorse and Watermill restaurants. The area is very quiet, so if you like clubs, shops and being busy this is not for you.
We had a fabulous holidays and hope you will to.