Beach House - Reader Reports & Opinion
Gill And Shaun Overton from U.K. visited in April 2006 and awarded
This was our first trip to the caribbean, let alone Tobago, so we didn't really know what to expect. After staying at the Beach House, we will definately be returning next year.
The position on "Heavenly Bay" was perfect. We loved the sounds of the waves, and the birds which wake you in the morning,(although the first morning we were woken before daylight by an unearthly racket which we later discovered was a cocrico!)
My favourite times of the day were; first thing in the morning when only the birds are about, and watching the sun set in the evening. I could not have imagined that anywhere could be so relaxing. After dark we would sit on the veranda, sharing a beer or two with some friends we made; watching the fireflies dance.
Shaun was in his element, with fishing 20 yards from the Beach House. He also really enjoyed a couple of trips out with Anaconda, who was a really genuine guy. We rarely ate out,as Shaun kept us supplied with a variety of fish for dinner. We did eat at the Boat House once, which was very good, but unfortunately it was shut for most of our stay.
We found the Beach House perfect for us. We spent a lot of time on the veranda watching the birds, and lizards feeding on the fruit we put out for them.
We did hire a car from Porridge for a week, and travelled around the island, but it felt so good to be back in Castara at the end of the day. Porridge and Jeanelle were incredibly friendly and helpful. Try Jeanelle's cooking; it was delicious, and excellent value.
We are so looking forward to returning to the Beach House next year. Truly paradise!
Gail Hampshire from U.K. visited in April 2006 and awarded
The beach houses are in an ideal location on the beach,and the waves sent me off to sleep , as did the hammock!
Kitchen is well equipped, which is just as well as not many eateries to choose from in this idyllic, get away from it all, location.
Good snorkelling,birds, animals ..a naturelovers paradise...unfortunately this includes Mosquitoes!
Porridge and his wife could not have been more helpful.He even polished out the scratches put on to our hire car by a stray cow, how about that for service?
We hope to go back again to this lovely laid back Island.
Richard And Alice from U.K. visited in February 2006 and awarded
OK - The holidays now over (we were out from 25th Jan - 7th Feb) and it's back to work for us but - what a fantastic place the Beach House is......we stayed in Coconut Heights
The memories we have of the place will stay with us for along while yet and we're enthusing about it to anyone who'll listen!!
There are plenty of reviews of what you can expect at the Beach House and they are all true so I won't expand on those.
Our stay crossed over with the owners who were fab - we shared a passion for camper vans which gave us plenty to talk about!!
Brenton's bush rum is to be avoided at all costs unless you want a night you can't remember...having stayed up drinking the bush rum with Brenton and Marvin I over endulged and now can't bear the smell of the stuff. The next day Brenton was back on it!!!
We toured around and stayed at Kariwak and Footprints as well as the Beach House and there are many people who'll offer you boat trips. My advice is to ask for Marvin (Nature Boys Tours) who'll look after you.... We went out with him (we shared the trip with all the other people staying at the Beach House) and went to the Nylon Pools - Coral Garden - Bucco Reef and Marvin went at our pace and knew all the best spots. The added advantage with Marvin is that he is also one of the fishermen from Castara and grew up in Castara so is a great source of information and fish!!
If you can get to the Beach House and want to have your own place on a small quiet beach over looking the caribean sea then - look no further...
We'll be back as this place is great
Carloline Ladd from U.K. visited in January 2006 and awarded
The beach house is in a stunning location, right on the beach, but beware it is very noisy, especially when the sea is rough!!
Since there is no glass in the windows, we found the moisture from the sea and air made the bed and soft furnishing very damp.
Also, the mosquitoes were quite a nusince.No hot water in kitchen or bathroom sinks so had to boil saucepans, which again was a pest.
Steve And Helen Vesty from U.K. visited in January 2006 and awarded
Spent an all too short 6 nights in Coconut Heights. What can we say that hasn't already been said. Overlooking the beach, loads of space and everything you need from hammock to fully equipped kitchen. Castara is really laid back and non commercial and Porridge and Jeanelle couldn't be more helpful, including hire car if you need it. Shopped on the way in but plenty of local choices for dinner if you don't want to cook. We didn't try Jeanelle's cooking but wished we had after hearing the reports. Kelly can take you on an excellent local rainforest walk and the Argylle Waterfall is well worth the climb. Just don't expect much sleep - between the crashing surf, the mad cockerel (thinks sunrise is 3.30 am!) and the occasional late night action at The Boathouse next door, most of our snoozing was caught up on during the day!
Would definitely go back though - a real gem.