Beach House - Reader Reports & Opinion
Garry & Julie Reeves from U.K. visited in March 2009 and awarded
What a wonderful place to stay for a relaxing away-from-it-all holiday.
We stopped for 11 nights 15-26 March 2009 in Coconut Heights and were blown away with the whole setting. The sunsets were to die for. A tip for those stopping here with regards to the waves breaking on the beach, just like sleeping with someone who snores, try to get your own breathing in synch with the waves/snores and you will soon drop off.
Thanks to Porridge who really looked after us well and knows just what you need/want by intuition. One of life's real genuine good people!
I recommend putting some titbits in the bird feeder 1st thing in the morning and just lie in the hammock (I've got one since returning) and watch the variety of size/colours etc of the birds that come to feed there.
The Boathouse next door was great - friendly and really good service. I recommend Hazel's above Max's store for lunch - a real taste of the local food at a great price.
Get snorkelling if you can and you will be well rewarded.
Mark Gibbens from U.S.A. visited in March 2009 and awarded
If you've settled on Castara for your vacation, or for that matter any of the small villages in the northeastern part of Tobago, I doubt you can do much better than the Beach House. A highlight of my stay (in one of the two small units)was just sitting on the porch enjoying the beautiful views of Castara Bay, and of course a wonderful small beach and swimming area is just a few feet away. This is a huge advantage, in my view, because most of the accomodation in Castara is well away from the water. Also, the porch is very sheltered and I used it during a couple of heavy rains and stayed completely dry. The inside portion of the apartment was very clean and basic, the bed comfortable, the kitchen well equipped. It's small, but you won't be spending much time indoors but for sleeping or maybe cooking anyway. The caretaker, Porridge, will take good care of you. I had a very good sense of privacy even though the other units were occupied when I was there. Since the House is slightly above the beach, and separated by a line of vegetation, the beach users also don't intrude on your privacy. I would have no hesitation recommending this place to my friends.
Bill & Diane Mollison from Canada visited in February 2009 and awarded
Diane and I stayed at the Beach House for our first trip to Tobago and because we loved it so much we have already booked for next February. We stayed in one of the lower units and found it met our needs perfectly. We cooked in some nights using the kitchen which was more than adequate for our needs. Other nights we went out to the local eateries in Castares, which are plentiful and all had great food. Locally there are places to buy groceries and fresh fruit and veggies.
The porch became one of our favourite places to be, watching the local fishermen going out in the morning, waves on the beach, birds at the feeder and those glorious sunsets in the evening.
The Beach House is only steps from the water's edge where swimming and snorkeling is great.
Porridge was very friendly and a great help to us. We also met Carol and Graham, the owners, who were friendly and great company.
We found our stay at the Beach House in Castares to be both restful and enjoyable and can hardly wait to get back next year.
Jose L. Gonzalez from U.S.A. visited in February 2009 and awarded
This was my second visit to Tobago. After my first visit in 2007, I knew I had no need to fly in to Trinidad so I flew directly to Tobago. I knew one week was not enough so I stayed two weeks. I also knew the Beach House in Castara was the best accommodation for the best price on the whole island. It's the one place that truly delivers on ACTUAL beach front access, privacy, serenity, and a fun schedule of local activities throughout the week, should one choose to participate. On each visit I rented a car and circled the island. In my opinion Castara's beach is by far the most relaxing, calm, and unencumbered beach on the whole island. I can not say enough about the local residents and business owners of Castara who genereously share their paradise with visitors from all over the world and help us explore and appreciate their village and island. I especially love Sharon at the Boat House!! Porridge and the rest of the Beach House staff offer their services without being intrusive. Clean sheets and towels mysteriously appear every 2-3 days and your kitchenette and room are suddenly a little cleaner then you left it. Car rental, driving tours, laundry - you name it - just ask Porridge. I highly recommend scheduling your visit during J'Ouvert and Carnival. Baccanal and beauty in one place. All the more enjoyable if you let loose!! The final deal closer for staying at the Beach House is the spectacular beauty of the sunset each evening around 6-ish visible from from the comfort of the Beach House. It's a great opportunity to invite friends for appetizers, wine, and music. Finally, if you are lucky enough to be at the Beach House while the owners, Graham and Carol, are there invite them to your/their place for an evening. They are wonderful company with many fun life experiences and stories to share! I fell in love with them. Visit Roxborough, Scarborough, Crown Point, etc., but stay at the Beach House in Castara! I must also thank Alison for all her help and patience in helping me focus on my vacation. She did the rest! Gracias.
Keith@jacqui Egglestone from U.K. visited in January 2009 and awarded
What a fantastic seven days. The accomodation was perfect, everything exactly as described by former holidaymakers on 'My Tobago'. Jacqui spent hours on the beach (which she had to herself for much of the time) while I enjoyed time on the veranda,reading and videoing the many birds which visited the bird feeder. The village shops were more than adequate and the locals very friendly and helpfull. Didn't need to dine out in the evenings as we had the best table on the island by staying at home. Only slight problem was that we had no gas on arrival and we were unable to contact Porridge for a couple of days, when it was quickly sorted. Many thanks for the opportunity to stay at your wonderfull
house - we hope to go back again if you will have us.
I fell in love with the Beach House from the minute we walked in. The location was stunning with views from the balcony straight onto the beach. Every minute of the day the view changed from sunrise as the first rays of sunlight hit on the water and the birds arrived on the birdfeeder for breaksfast , through to the most amazing sunsets. After dark the bats flew around, and for the first time I saw fireflies like small stars darting around in the trees.
Even cooking was a pleasure in the well equipped kitchen, as I looked out to the plants below to see the humming birds flitting from flower to flower.
It was however, not just the location that made me fall in love with the beach house, it was beautifuly decorated, from the hammock where I loved to read my book after coming up from the beach at the end of the afternoon, to the many collections of shells, driftwood and various pictures and ceramics of tropical fish. It was an absolute privilege to have a week here, my idea of paradise.
p.s. Well worth trying the local bread in Castara ~ which is made locally ~ for 2009 on Wednesdays and Saturdays (at the back of the school). Best to go down at 9am to order what you want, and it will be ready to collect lunchtime. And it freezes really well.
p.p.s. Hair straightners don't work in Tobago, so be prepared to be have curly hair for the duration!