Beach House - Reader Reports & Opinion
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.
Lou Pegg from U.K. visited in January 2013 and awarded
It has to be the best spot in Castara. We stayed upstairs 'Coconut Heights'. If you want the most beautiful unspoilt view, and to feel like you really are a part of the place, this is for you. Right on the beach at Little Bay, with a totally uninterrupted view of the bay (Little Bay is the more beautiful of the 2 beaches in Castara)this place soon felt like home. We wanted for nothing. The bed is super comfy, the bathroom is basic, but works really well (great shower with loads of hot water), a well equiped kitchen and a fantastic living space which is open on 3 sides. No air conditioning, but that's not a problem as there are no solid walls, so there is always plenty of air moving through making the nights very comfortable. I slept really well every night, well until the cockrels start their morning chorus anyway. We wanted for nothing and felt lucky to be able to spend time here. It is well maintained and feels well loved. We can't wait to return.
Tina Maryan from U.K. visited in January 2013 and awarded
I stayed at the Beach House, Castara, in one of the studio apartments and couldn't have asked for anything more. The studio apartments are simply and attractively furnished and right on the beach, and the balcony overlooking the sea provides a constantly changing but always beautiful view. It is possible to snorkel from the beach and see fish, turtles and rays on the small coral reef. Castara village has places to eat and drink and the Wednesday night drumming session in the bar next to the Beach House is great fun. I was made to feel really welcome by Graham and Carol, the owners, and Porridge, the manager, and by the many local people I met in Castara. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend the Beach House and Castara.
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 !
Darren McGehee from U.S.A. visited in December 2012 and awarded
Fantastic in every way Great! location in a friendly, safe and seanic village. On the beach, great snorkeling, cought lobsters right in the bay! Clean and well apointed for the West Indies. Very near other graet villages on the less developed Carribean side.