Beach House - Reader Reports & Opinion
Gillian Macnamee from U.K. visited in January 2015 and awarded
Myself and a friend had an idyllic week staying at the Beach House. Many plus points include the fantastic location, the cleanliness, the bird and reptile life! The sound of the waves( can't understand why people object to this???), the excellent beds and mosquito nets.
Only downside was a general feeling of dampness- it was very hard to get clothes and soggy beach towels dry, even on the small washing line- perhaps cutting back some of the vegetation might help, with boh the view and the air circulation?
Will definitely be back!
Ella Greaves from U.K. visited in August 2014 and awarded
Myself and 3 friends stayed at the Beach House for a week, we loved Castara and the Beach House so much that we ended up booking in for a further 6 days for the end of our 3 weeks in Tobago. The rooms were clean and tidy and had everything you need. The most amazing thing is waking up in the morning to the sounds of the waves and the birds, opening the blinds and gazing out to the crystal clear waters is nothing short of a perfect start to the day. The veranda overlooks the bay and is a great spot for breakfast/cocktails/bbq's (which we did plenty of).
We saw plenty of stingrays and tropical fish, and even spotted 2 or 3 turtles which was a once in a lifetime experience to swim with them. Bingi shop up the road near the liquor store provided all we needed, including his lovely wife's excellent homemade coconut bread and pumpkin bread which you have to pre order the day before. The avocados were the best we've ever had and the selection of groceries was always fresh and in season. The people of Castara were accomodating and friendly and we met some good friends on our stay who arranged boat tours, island tours, bbq's on the beach, and trips to the local waterfall which is highly recommended. Porridge and Janell were very helpful and friendly and provided us with car rental and 1 or 2 trips to the Castara retreats where we indulged in some of the best cocktails we've had, made by Kenny. Don't be afraid to ask for anything here-everyone is happy to help with any questions you may have. The beach house was even better than we expected it to be and we will be returning one day soon, my favourite place yet!
Martin And Debbie from Trinidad visited in July 2014 and awarded
We have stayed at Beach House several times, and every time offers a comfortable, warm, relaxing little slice of heaven. Located right on the beach, you can choose to relax in the comfort of the house, or on the sand, and still be treated to the sounds of the surf and the surrounding nature, with front row seats to fabulous sunsets. Heavenly Bay is undoubtedly one of the nicest beaches in Tobago, and the cool, clear water is inviting and refreshing. Sting Rays are regular afternoon visitors, and the braver souls are very comfortable swimming with them
The house is comfortable and cozy, and immediately feels like home. Everything you need is on hand. Get your food supplies and essentials before you go, as Castara offers only the basics in small neighbourhood shops.
Fabulous, fabulous place to stay!!! Will return again and again.
Damon & Lynne Osborne from France visited in March 2014 and awarded
Coconut Heights, The Beach House, Heavenly Bay, Castara, Tobago
This March / April we spent 17 days in Coconut Heights. It was a wonderful experience. The Tobago climate is very near perfect and a habitation does not need to be weather proof, it only needs to keep the showers off. Coconut Heights is very open with the beach and ocean in front of you and tropical greenery all around. It is an apartment with a lovely lounge terrace. The bedroom is also open to the terrace but can be closed off. Outside is another small terrace with a BBQ which we used a lot. The kitchen is very well equipped and good to cook in. So far I have described only layout, the real thing is how beautiful it is. All decorated and ornamented with shells, carvings murals, driftwood and family photos. This is not a bare bones holiday let but near paradise in my opinion. A variety of fabulous birds came every morning to be fed. We gave them bread and bananas and other surplus fruit. Humming birds too.
The fishermen brought their catch to the end of the garden and sold us mai mai and tuna steaks and red snapper for 5 euros a kilo.
The beach bar and car hire are also on the doorstep. We hired for the duration but we could have saved money by hiring when we actually wanted to go somewhere which was only half the time.
If you need to take the 21st century with you this is not for you with no WiFi or telly but if you want tranquillity and a magnificent view I highly recommend Coconut Heights and Tobago.
Damon & Lynne Osborne 2014
Jo Mole from U.K. visited in February 2014 and awarded
The Beach House is wonderful. We stayed in one of the studio apartments and then moved up to Coconut Heights, and while Coconut Heights is bigger and better appointed and it is lovely to be up in the trees with the birds, the studio was also very welcoming. I don't think we have ever, or will ever, stay in a better location, where the sea is so close, where you can watch all the comings and goings in the bay, where there is so much wildlife and where we felt completely at home. To be able to come back each day (when we could tear ourselves away) and relax looking out at the sunset with a rum punch was magic. The village is a lovely place to stay and Little Bay (Heavenly Bay) is wonderful for swimming. Having The Boat House next door is a bonus, where you can go on a Wednesday to hear the drummers, and where you can sit and eat or have a drink on the balcony overlooking the sea. The only downside are the mosquitos in the evening - do take enough repellant for your stay. I would recommend The Beach House unreservedly for anyone who likes wildlife, a beach location, feeling part of the local way of life and totally relaxing. We could hardly bear to leave.