Blue Mango Cottages - Reader Reports & Opinion
Meredith from U.S.A. visited in October 2009 and awarded
If you are a simplistic nature lover who needs only the sunset and wildlife for evening entertainments Blue Mango is for you! My mother and I stayed in Sea Steps; it was exactly like the pictures and how the reviews explained it...you will drift off to sleep with the crashing ocean below and the breeze blowing through the open holistic structure. You wake to shy geckos clinging to your bedroom walls. Birds and lizards are daytime visitors who seemed at home sitting on the dining table watching you eat.
The uniqueness of Blue Mango is that you feel on your own, you walk a few minuets and you are in town to buy food at the little huts/markets to cook on the hotplate provided. There is still fresh bread being made (Sat and Tues) in the traditional brick oven on the beach. At Blue Mango Rebecca's food in the Clay Kitchen is sure to please anyone who loves traditional Caribbean cooking!
I always felt safe, comfortable and welcomed both at Blue Mango and in Castara. If you are looking for a simple, quiet, beautiful, and friendly atmosphere Castara and Blue Mango are for you. If you want a resort experience with daily housekeeping and a concierge to do everything for you, this is not the place.
Ingrid from Norway visited in August 2009 and awarded
My boyfriend and I had a wonderful time living at Blue Mango in Castara. We ended up staying there the whole holiday as we didn't want to leave the place and the georges (almost) private beach. We really enjoyed living so close to nature and listening to the sound of waves, watching the birds, looking at the fishingboats. The host and hostess were really friendly, warmhearted and helpful.
A perfect place for naturelovers, relaxation and secludedness.
Sarika Maharaj from Trinidad visited in July 2009 and awarded
It was a special trip for my 35th Birthday!I knew exactly what I wanted, the sights and sounds and general ambience that I wanted to be emersed in and most importantly,wake up to.
I found it all at Blue Mango!
An innocuous looking place upon arrival but I was soon swooning when I looked out from my deck onto Castara.. the village, the fishing community, the coastal road winding down into Big Bay and Little Bay, all backdropped by the Main Ridge (the first Protected Area in the Western Hemisphere). The panoramic view from Blue Mango was worth much more than I had spent on the accommodation here and anywhere else I have ever visited.
The infrastructure of Blue Mango is unpretentious, basic, quirky and charming, with self contained wooden cottages and most importantly for me..unobtrusive. No phones, radio, AC or television (as I said..basic) but that's really not what you will be coming to Castara for anyway right?!
I loved that I could buy FRESH fish from the depot every day, walk down to the private beach or hop/swim over to either of Castara's beaches. Or jump in my car and drive to ANYWHERE. Castara is not far at all from the main areas..20 minutes to Bucco or Scarborough..no need to be stuffed into the concrete areas like Store Bay or Buccoo.
Castara is definitely one of the best areas to stay in Tobago and Blue Mango is a big winner!
Claudette Forbes from U.K. visited in July 2009 and awarded
Blue Mango was one of 3 guesthouses I stayed at during my six week stay at Castara.
Fabulously situated and built with real vision. Truly original. I stayed in one of the one bedroom cottages for one night. The owners, Colin and Rebecca, were fabulous hosts and I enjoyed their company throughout the whole of my stay in Castara. They were most hospitable, and I was fortunate enough to attend 2 of their impromptu dinner parties, attended by fellow guests. Huge fun!
The steps down to the tiny bay situated directly below Blue Mango gives the feeling of having your own private beach.
In my view, Castara Bay is the best place to stay in Tobago. Perfectly quiet, with the right mix of facilities for visitors. One of my favourite places in the Caribbean.
Roger Coate from U.S.A. visited in June 2009 and awarded
Blue Mango's See Steps Cottage is a secluded paradise for those seeking a true eco-adventure without sacrificing modern comforts. Located on the windward side of the island and perched on the side of cliff, you are treated to beautiful ocean views, astonishing sunsets and refreshing sea breezes. You wake up to a morning chorus of songbirds, and your very private daily commune with nature begins anew. The open kitchen gives way to the large covered deck, so you can enjoy morning coffee [some of the world’s best , afternoon tea or evening cocktails while being visited by the beautiful resident blue-crowned motmots, hummingbirds, and many of Tobago’s other 400-plus species of birds. Two converging sets of stairs [thus the name: sea lead down to your private beach in what locals use to refer to as “lovers’ cove.” If you swim around the rock barrier on the right you find yourself in another slightly larger cove [great for and Little Beach, with its Boat House, an idyllic tropical bar serving killer rum punch and live music every Wednesday. Go passed the rock barrier to your left and your on Castera’s main beach, where you can buy fresh fish from the fishing village’s daily catch. If you do find you want to explore more of Tobago’s best, you’re only a short drive away from gorgeous Englishman’s Bay and the World’s oldest preserved rainforest, and Colin, your delightful host at Blue Mango, is always quietly in the background, standing ready to assist to make your sojourn a rewarding and memorable adventure.