Castara Bliss Apartments - Reader Reports & Opinion
Steffi C. from Canada visited in January 2013 and awarded
I have travelled quite a bit and I count myself very lucky to have experienced this little piece of paradise. This was our second time being in Castara and specifically at Castara Bliss; last year in Tobago we were 3 and this year, 11! Convincing our friends to join us this year was not at all difficult. And as soon as they arrived, they knew we had chosen well! Imagine waking up (yes, to roosters and dogs, but the gentle fan and ocean breeze will mask these sounds), stepping out on the veranda and seeing a flock of green parrots fly and squawk animatedly across the sky; other birds such as bananaquits, blue-grey tanagers and even motmots are regular visitors. The ocean provides a lovely backdrop to the village, soccer field (who needs the NHL?!) and homes below. It is a mere 2-minute walk to Castara Bay, and the beach is gorgeous. Perfect for swimming, sometimes body-surfing, and tanning (plenty of shade as well!) with a cold beer in hand. Magnificent frigate seabirds, boobies and pelicans rule the sky, while you can catch a glimpse of harmless manta rays cruising in the water or order freshly caught fish of the day! Castara is a lovely, sleepy village (there is an ATM but be prepared to use your visa with the machine) with some amazing restaurants (you will need t&t, perhaps also U.S. dollars). Castara Bliss is a peaceful place, clean, with kitchen amenities. Joshua and the Williams family, including Chino (who runs the great Coffee Shop), are absolutely wonderful hosts. You will not go wrong with Castara and the Castara Bliss apartments! Enjoy!
William Chappell from Canada visited in December 2012 and awarded
This was the second year in a row that we stayed at Castara Bliss, and this year we brought more people along. Joshua is the best host one could ask for. the view from the porch is great, the atmosphere at the Coffee Shop downstairs super, and the beach is but a 3 minute walk away. I would highly recommend Castara Bliss.
Miranda from Trinidad visited in August 2012 and awarded
I've been to Tobago quite often but First time I stayed at Castara Bliss and I had a wonderful time am ready to come again soon.I love the view, and the places to lime every thing at walking distance and right at your door.I loved it.
Inge Berlow from Canada visited in January 2012 and awarded
We have enjoyed our stay at Castara Bliss very much. The apartment was basic, but very clean. The water pressure was great and there was hot water at all times. The owner, Joshua Williams, went out of his way to make our stay pleasant and immediately fixed whatever problem arose. The deck was a great place for bird watching and feeding and offered a nice view of the ocean and the village scene.
Bring good quality earplugs for the roosters and dogs. They are everywhere on Tobago! The stairs up to the apartment are steep, but they will keep you in good shape!
The bed has mosquito netting, but still - don't forget to bring bug repellent.
We will go back there for sure!
Rebecca Townsend from U.K. visited in January 2012 and awarded
I really enjoyed my stay - the accommodation was very comfortable and clean, with great views. Everyone was very friendly and Joshua, the owner, was very helpful and patient.
I felt very safe due to the location of the apartment (above Joshua's property and other houses lived in by his family) and the friendly atmosphere in the village.
Cheno's, the restaurant down the hill, was also tasty and welcoming (large tables meant I could join another group of guests).
The view from the balcony was great and it was super fun to watch all the exotic birds (watch me).
The beach at Big Bay was great (apart from the sandflies) for sunbathing (there was also shade!), snorkelling and swimming. I saw lots of tropical fish when I snorkelled in Little Bay, in spite of the weather meaning the conditions weren't ideal.
I loved the fresh fish market and the laid-back atmosphere in the village overall. It was fun to watch the fish being brought in (using a seine net) and also the preparation and selling at the fish market. Unfortunately, I missed out on the fresh bread due to the order system but I got some coconut drops (?) instead which were very fresh and delicious.
The wildlife which is just around every corner is also fun: bananquits (?) and blue/grey tanangers (?) having breakfast on my balcony, fireflies at night, flying fish and stingrays in the water.
I went on a couple of trips (a boat trip which included snorkelling and a barbeque at No Man's Land; a forest walk in Tobago Forest Reserve) which were pricey but also gave me another view of the island.
Fresh coconut water and other fresh fruits are a highlight.
Having travelled widely in South/Central America, I was so pleased to visit somewhere which had interesting things to see/people to meet but where I felt safe and the hassle factor was close to zero.
I was pleasantly surprised by how warm and friendly (but not intrusive) the people, both tourists and locals alike, were. I have been raving about my trip since I came back and would not hesitate to recommend it, and Castara Bliss, to anyone (especially anyone travelling on their own).
A special mention goes to Ann from Castara Cottages who organised the booking of Castara Bliss and my airport pick up (I recommend Ferris!) and overall gave me tips regarding my visit.
I only regret is that I live so far away as I would love to be able to visit more often.