Beach House - Reader Reports & Opinion
Greg Smith from U.S.A. visited in May 2013 and awarded
Spent a delightful week at the Beach House in Castara. Location was steps from the beach and next to a bar/restaurant. We had the upstairs 1 BR apartment which was spacious and well-appointed and had a beautiful view of the bay. We were lucky enough to be there at the same time as the owners who stayed in one of the studios. What a fun couple. Our only complaint were the mosquitoes which came out at night but a quick spray before retiring around the netted bed solved the problem. The property manager visited daily and was very accommodating, helping us get a tire replaced on our car thereby saving a journey into Crown Point. He also provided us with a boat and captain at a very reasonable rate, and could provide connections for virtually any outing or activity. The kitchen left nothing to be desired and the barbecue worked great. I wish we had stayed longer. It was a very relaxing setting.
Volker from Germany visited in May 2013 and awarded
My wife an me stayed for 1 week and had a perfect time. The location is the absolute paradise if you do not expect a lot of entertainment and 5 star hotel standards.
You will find everything you need in the appartments and the best beach you can think of just outside your veranda. The fishermen land their catch right beside the house and you can purchase fish and lobster, grill it youself or get it cooked in the Beach House Strand Bar. We rented a car from Porridge`s wife. He also arranged our Airport transports and was always offering help or advise. We wille definitely come again - if it is not totally booked after our review ;-)
Eric Fenske from U.S.A. visited in February 2013 and awarded
If you are looking for that picturesque setting of easy going beach life, the Beach House may be the best place in the Caribbean. It offers a 'rustic' feel but with just the right amount of amenities of modern living. We stayed at Coconut Heights which provides a one bedroom flat on the second floor of the building. The view from the flat is unbelievable looking out at the bay with the sun set every night. It couldn't be any more ideal. The location is perfect for those people looking for a less 'touristy' holiday. Castara is a beautiful fishing village with just the right amount of tourists to have proper tours, restaurants, car rental places, etc. but without the constant t-shirt and trinket shops.
The flat itself has a nice size bedroom with a full bed, a bathroom, a shower, a kitchen, and a very nice living room/dining room. The walls are almost all open in the common areas (which is great since the weather is perfect) with slatted window closures in the bedroom and bathroom for privacy. The entire flat is decorated with the home owners decoration making the entire place feel very much at home. The furniture and bed are both comfortable. The kitchen provides all the plates, pans, utensils, etc. to prepare any dish your heart desires. Just be sure to stock up on supplies before heading out to Castara (or even better - ask Porridge, the caretaker for a pick up from the airport and he will take you there).
Be sure to put fruit and bread in the bird feeders. You're in for a treat with all the different birds that will eat at it each morning. Be sure to lay in the hammock and watch the sunset. Be sure to relax and have fun.
We plan on going back as soon as we can.
One last remark - those looking for a '5 star experience' should probably stay somewhere else. The Beach House provides enough 'comfort' from home, but assumes you will be able to care for yourself and find and an adventure for yourself which is ideal for my holiday trips.
Alain & Heidi from Belgium visited in February 2013 and awarded
We fell in love with this place 10 years ago when we married on the beach in front of the beachhouse. We came back this year to celebrate our anniversary and it still is 'love on first sight'. A lovely romantic place with a stunning private view on little bay and that is a real luxury today.
Richard And Alison from U.K. visited in January 2013 and awarded
We loved it! We stayed in one of the lower apartments (Palm) for 5 days in mid January 2013. It is basically a bedsit, compact but very well equipped, with ample hot water and enough space to move around, particularly with the addition of the spacious verandah area. There is a little wooden gate leading directly to the beach and a fantastic view over the bay from the veranah. Surrounding trees provide just the right amount of privacy. The whole area is very uncrowded - we never saw more than about 10 people on the beach at peak times and we usually had it to ourselves for our first swim in the morning. Little Bay is self-contained but it is a short walk to places to eat and shop. "Idyllic simplicity" sums up our experience and we had the added bonus of the company of the charming owners Carole and Graham in the apartment upstairs. With transport, a rain forest trip and a boat trip competently arranged by Porridge, we couldn't have asked for more. This was definitely the right choice for us, and we enjoyed our stay there much more then our earlier (expensive!) stay at Coco Reef !