Beach House - Reader Reports & Opinion
Penny & Bill Esdale from Canada visited in May 2008 and awarded
Our one week stay at the Beach House in May 2008 was a slice of peace and tranquility; far from the hustle and bustle of our everyday world. It was a wonderful experience and we thank everyone for making it such a memorable holiday. We hope to be able to return, perhaps even next year.
Much has been written about Castara and the Beach House but for us it was a truly magical experience that words just do not adequately describe. It far exceeded our expectations. We loved the weather, the scenery, the beach, the fish, Olga's fresh oven-baked pumpkin bread, and most of all we loved the new friends we had a chance to lime with and laugh with. We thank Carol and Graham for their wonderful hospitality, and Porridge for all his kindness, and look forward to seeing them again very soon.
Caroline Brookes from U.K. visited in March 2008 and awarded
We stayed in Palm Corner at the Beach House, Castara from 14 – 21 February 2008. The previous reviews say it all. It is a lovely location. We met Carol and Graham, the owners of the Beach House who happened to be staying in the top floor apartment. Their presence made our stay even happier. They are fun people to be with, and we shared good times with them. They laid on a BBQ for us and we shared a taxi to go to Sunday School. Everyone from Beach House went out in Porridge’s boat to Cotton Beach, where we had a BBQ, and fed the remains to a huge visiting sting ray. It is worth going to the Boathouse next to the Beach House on a Wednesday night for a meal and to listen to the steel band, followed by an African drumming band. We went on the night of the full eclipse of the moon. We were able to listen to the great music, and then drop out on to the beach to watch the eclipse. Carol and Graham introduced us to Steve Wooler. It is good to have met you face to face, Steve.
The only negatives to our stay in Castara was the two lots of building work that were ongoing in Heavenly Bay, and the loud music from neighbours (not from the Boathouse I must stress), both of these shattering the peace of the Bay. One lot of building work is being undertaken right next door and on the cliff above and to the side of the Beach House. Carol had managed to get an undertaking that they would only work from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. and we came to value the hour’s lunch break when peace prevailed. I must also say that the building work consisted mostly of hammering on wood, with the occasional circular saw being used. Nobody could understand why the neighbours played music with heavy base notes all day long, even though they appeared not to be at home. The noise affected all the surrounding homes. I do hope they will find it in their hearts to respect their neighbours.
The fruit and veg. stall in Big Bay is great with a good selection. How the lettice can be kept so fresh in the heat, I find amazing. We enjoyed roti at D’Almond Tree, and an evening meal at the very busy and popular Marguarite’s. Our favourite was Jemma’s at Speyside (closed on Saturdays)
Nick Turner from U.K. visited in February 2008 and awarded
My wife and I stayed at Breadfruit Grove at the Beach House for the last two weeks of February, our first visit to Tobago. Other reviews have already mentioned the mosquitos and sandflies (bring strong repellent); and some building work which will of course be temporary. However, once you get past the noise (and we did adjust quite easily after a few days)there is so much on offer here.
Carole and Graham, the owners, happened to be staying in the accommodation above whilst we were there. They are lovely people and went out of their way to make our stay even more enjoyable. Don't miss Handel and his crew at the Boat House, and have your percussive skills at the ready...
For us, the birds were one of the reasons for our visit. I was not disappointed and the Beach House provided us with unique photo opportunities. I saw 20 species of birds from the verandah on the first day but a species count does not do justice to the daily, close-up views afforded by many of them at sea and at our bird feeder. Some were very colourful - not least the blue-crowned motmot, and I would struggle to think of a more spectacular "garden bird"!
Lastly, a special thank you to Porridge. A warm, generous, humourous and lively soul who helped us get a feel of what Tobago was about - our boat trip and Saturday night out were unforgettable experiences.
A big thumbs up and a big thank you - we hope to be back soon!
Mogens And Lene Gjerlev from Denmark visited in February 2008 and awarded
After many wonderful years in Greenland and some great holidays in Thailand our expectations were high. But we were not disappointed.
With Tobago and Beach House we hit the bull's-eye. Castara is just a place for us. We found Beach House on internet,and we stayed 9 days in Coconut Height. We felt at home from the first day, and in short: We would love to go back.
(The only thing I had to get used to was the noise in nighttime from the breakers).
Wonderful nature, perfect climate, nice people and relaxing days - try Tobago and Beach House.
Kristin from U.S.A. visited in September 2007 and awarded
I so enjoyed swimming at sunset, eating breakfast with the birds, exploring, and chatting with Carole and Graham. I feel so lucky to have found the Beach House in Castara.
It was lovely, simple, perfect, and fun. It was also very personal, just right for us staying there.
As others have noted, Jemma's Treehouse was delicious, and so were the recipies from the "Naparima Girls High School Cookbook" that you can pick up there. The fruit and veggie stand in Castara was quite good, and I was pretty grateful to make friends with someone waiting for the fishermen to come in, who helped us get some really good fish to cook.
Living more simply was completely needed...swimming, snorkeling, chatting, eating, reading, hiking and drinking beer in breadfruit grove...it is everything you need and nothing you don't.
The weather was super hot, but swimming helped! The mosquito coils were a great idea, too.
I do hope we will be back. Cheers to you, Carole and Graham!