Beach House - Reader Reports & Opinion
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
Renate Goerner from Switzerland visited in January 2006 and awarded
We arrived in the dark at the Beach House and "wow" the ocean was so close that we had the impression it's running through our bedroom. In the morning we woke up and were delighted of this amazing view from our balcony. Just sun, beach, palms and breadfruit trees. Well, there was something else calling our attention this first morning: a hen! She wanted to come in our apartment but we weren't that responsive of her idea. In the evening of our first day (Saturday) we tried the "Boathouse" for dinner as they announced a live band. This little restaurant is just nearby the Beach House. Brenton, who is running the Boathouse, started dancing with the tourists and later on he was entertaining us with a couple of songs, obviously well known to the locals, who had much fun, too. The next day we put something in the feeder of our balcony to get the birds attention. It took not more than 15 minutes and the first arrived. We saw motmots and other rare species very close. In the evening (Sunday) we went with Porridge to the Sunday School. If you like to drink Rum while listening to a great steel band and if you like to dance: don't miss this experience! On Monday evening we had a little chat with a local at the Boathouse. We told him about the visit of the hen and that it would be nice if she were laying an egg. Guess what we found that evening on one chair of our balcony? We were not sure if this wasn't a joke from the locals so we decided to keep a straight face. To make a long story short: the next morning the hen came on our balcony and sat down on the chair ready to lay one egg more. We got three eggs in one week and I think if we hadn't disturbed her several times it would have even been more. By the way, the eggs were delicious! The next day we went on a boat trip to pigeon point and had a great barbecue on no mans land. Have you ever been eating fresh pineapple standing on a sand bank with your feet in the water? On our last day we went on an island trip. The vegetation is very beautiful; one bay looks nicer than the other... This is the place to stay!
One word to the organisation: You will find exactly what is promised on the Website of the Beach House. Read carefully the instructions you get by e-mail because they are very helpful. Then your stay at the Beach House will be one of the nicest holidays you've ever had. On your ride from the airport or your first day ask Porridge about things to do (like boat trips, island tours etc.).
Renate & Nadja
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.
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.
David Bray from U.S.A. visited in November 2005 and awarded
Tobago, Castara, The Beach House...I've been to over 50 countries and have never considered returning to the same place until now. The Beach House is everything promised and more than can be described in words. The accommodations were tidy, cozy and romantic. The location was one of the best on earth...breath taking views, secluded beach, tranquil atmosphere. The Beach House isn't beach front front it's a part of the beach. Then there's Castara...just enough amenities to make vacationing comfortable, but not enough to feel like a resort area. It was easy to get to know the community within in a couple of days. The people are willing to offer their services, but aren't yet jaded by the tourist trade. The area seemed to be equally enjoyed by both romantic couples and families with small children. All this for about the same price as Motel 6.
Just a word of advise, although there are a few place in Castara to eat out or get basic food stuffs and sundries, you would be well advised to stock up at the market in Scarborough with everything you will need for your stay.