Castara Cottage - Reader Reports & Opinion
Slava F from U.S.A. visited in August 2012 and awarded
We had a great week. Anne is more than helpful and welcoming.I would definitely take up her offer for ear plugs next time , we never got used to the roosters :))) We will try to be back soon.
Ian from U.K. visited in March 2012 and awarded
We stayed at Tamarind cottage, one of 3 beautiful apartments that make Castara cottage. the cottage was just yards from the beach down a fairly steep track, the only difficulty being whether to turn, right for Little Bay or, left for Castara Bay. Tamarind is surrounded by trees making the verandah completely private but still offering perfect views across to the bay.The apartment is really spacious and the bed really comfortable. We found the standard of cleanliness to be very high, the shower was surprisingly powerful and the water hot.
Our breakfast were a delight with brightly coloured birds coming to check on what was available. The people of Castara were very welcoming, and this is very much a working community who happen to attract a few.visitors. It is definitely not a tourist resort, more a place that will allow you to be absorbed into the daily life as much or as little as you want. There are local lads who will be keen to take you on boat trips for snorkelling and even offer to cook for you, but you won't be hassled in the way that can happen in busier islands. There are plenty of places to eat and its well worth going to the coffee shop for, breakfast.,., menus are rare, just ask what is on offer then, sit back and watch the world go by whilst it its freshly cooked for you. evening entertainment could be had at the Boat House, which is right on the, beach, where you could try your hand at, limbo, also bbq at the coffee shop with steel pan band, plus a party night at Blue mango, or travel further to Buccoo to experience the not to be missed Sunday school. A great holiday in beautiful surroundings
Jovan Kilibarda from Canada visited in July 2011 and awarded
We definitely loved our stay at Castara. It was very interesting, beautiful, unusual...
Firstly and most importantly to mention is that this is not all you can eat, non-stop entertainment, resort style vacation. This is about spending time on a beautiful tropical island, among villagers whose life is not revolving only around tourists but around... fishing, mostly, I guess.
Secondly, we were there at summer time (July 2011) which has two significant implications:
1. It is the time for the rains - beautiful quick warm tremendous downpours; the only problem is that bugs love them too and thrive in those rainy days.
2. As there are more bugs, there are fewer visitors so you get more of the island beauty and attention from the locals for yourself.
Long pants are highly recommended: mosquitoes (or sand flies, or both, or whatever) bite, usually under knees. Not having exposed legs and feet helps a lot.
Apart from the beautiful scenery, beaches, water, what truly made our trip special and memorable were the people; they were all sincerely friendly, helpful, spontaneous, relaxed, generous. We made many good friends there.
We loved our Castara Cottage Tamarind apartment - it felt like a home: cosy, colourful, spacious. The deck was everyone's favourite spot. The living room could be turned into balcony as well – two walls are actually boards that open for even more breeze to come in; there are no glass windows anywhere and you definitely do not need them. We also enjoyed it's location very much. The bathroom had only very basic functionality; a hose outside was helpful. The kitchen was modest but offered everything we needed to make meals.
Nigel Fearnley from U.K. visited in March 2011 and awarded
My wife and 3 year old daughter had a fantastic two week stay in the Tamarind Apartment back in March. The whole experience from beginning to end was very easy and relaxed. Ann, the owner, prides herself on customer care and couldn’t have been more friendly and helpful in responding to all my queries before we booked the apartment as well as providing some very useful information packs. Joshua the manager was also fantastic, he regularly called by to check we were ok, but without being intrusive, he shared his local knowledge with us and we also asked him to cook us a fish bbq one night which was really tasty and a nice authentic experience.
The apartment was comfortable and well-equipped with attractive local character. It had a spacious and airy lounge, and a large private and shaded veranda, where you could eat outside, and sit and relax enjoying the local birdlife and the view and lovely sunsets over little Bay. The location was also perfectly positioned for easy access to both beaches less than 5 minutes walk away, and also the main village centre.
Yes there are the occasional sounds of dogs and chickens at night, but you can also hear the relaxing sounds of the waves breaking, the cicadas, and occasional rain showers in the night. None of this was ever a serious issue for us, if anything it only adds to the authenticity of the expereince. All in all, the Tamarind apartment and the village of Castara offer the perfect place to spend a holiday that is much more immersed into the local surroundings and way of life than staying in a hotel resort in a much more tourist developed area.
Conrad Fowler from New Zealand visited in March 2011 and awarded
We extended our stay in Castara Cottages because of the friendly and honest service by manager Joshua, relaxing and refreshing character of the cottages, and the village of Castara- an authentic and welcoming village which had us flying home with a very special experience to remember. Highly recommended!