Castara Cottage - Reader Reports & Opinion
Johann Klinger from Austria visited in February 2008 and awarded
We stayed for 15 days in the Tamarind apartment at Castara Cottage and it was a great time !
Castara Cottage is just located perfectly in Castara.You have the choice of two beautiful beaches - it`s one minute down to Big Castara Bay and 2 minutes to Heavenly Bay.
We also got a nice view over both beaches from our apartment.
The wooden house is offering good vibration to you from the morning to the night.
We used to have our breakfast on the terrace enjoying the start of the day and watching our kids feeding the birds.In the late afternoon the sun is setting the whole house in a wonderful light.
The house itself is decorated with love and Brigitte the manager is always there if you need some help.
We`ve been to a lot of countries around the world always searching for peaceful places where you can stay without big hotels and get in contact with local people - Castara is one of the best places we have found !
The people of Castara(as on the rest of the island!) are really friendly and helpful - for boattrips ask Duck/for bushwalks ask Carlloyd - we had a great time with these guys.
It`s also a good idea to get a car and explore Tobago on your own - we rented a car for two weeks and explored the island from Pigeon Point to Speyside.Especially Charlotteville/Pirates Bay and Pigeon Point/Buccoo Reef are places you should not miss !
We just hope that Tobago will stay the way it is and tourism will not get to strong on that paradise island.
Johnny,Eva,Yvonne,David & Sarah
John Hogarth from Canada visited in October 2007 and awarded
Castara cottage is a very special place, given its simple beauty, practicality and stunning setting.
I went looking for beach and birds, armed with my cameras, and found the perfect place at Castara Cottage. The two beaches below the cottage are as beautiful as any in the world, and only a stone's throw away, with easy walking access by the roads on each side of the ridge. The site also has tantalizing views of the Caribbean, through lush foliage.I enjoyed the bats, birds and chickens that visited me in the house. I pulled in a huge variety of birds on the porch railings outside, with cracker crumbs, etc., and shot many dozens of still photos and miles of video footage. I had the opportunity to snorkel (nice coral and fish on the north end of the beach), swim, laze, people-watch and film at the beach - including the famous fishermen's take from the beach with their nets - one catch captured a ray and that provided considerable excitement when the net reached shore! I befriended a large local family on the beach as they routinely came to swim near the end of each day.
I also thoroughly experienced Englishman's, Parletuvier and Bloody Bays, and drove through the forest reserve on my way back to Crown Point .
Met Fitzroy, the guide - he kept popping up like an old friend - at the cottage, at Englisman's Bay - he even flagged me down on the reserve road as I motored to Roxborough! I enjoyed our encounters.
Back to the Castara and the Cottage.........utilitarian cottage but nothing was missing. The fans are essential but did the job. Mosquitoes were not a problem. Slept like a baby. Much sun, little rain. Wonderful music from around town, including live band and singers at the church up the way on Sunday. Ninety-nine percent friendly people. Few other tourists but talked with some really nice Brits. Sorry that Castara is "growing" -apartments and the like - as the character and mood will eventually erode, I think. Was aware of neighbours upstairs but we co-existed just fine. I enjoyed the outside shower.
I believe rates are appropriate. Housekeeper Brigitte was unobtrusive and accommodating.
When I first arrived I was surprised to discover the road below so close - but it was not a problem - little travelled by vehicles. (I quickly discovered the short-cut through the railing.)
The mood and character of Castara are rare and precious in our fast paced complex and often difficult world. Castarians are fortunate to live at one of the few remaining oases on earth.
I have no doubt that I will make every effort to return as soon as possible, and bewail the fact that northern Canada is SO far away from Tobago.
Sarah MacLennan from U.K. visited in August 2007 and awarded
We spent two wonderful weeks at Castara Cottage in August 2007. The accommodation is simple yet very well equipped and totally authentic, and the apartments are managed to a high standard by extremely friendly and helpful people. The village of Castara is unspoilt and un-developed and very beautiful, with two beaches both within a minute's walk from the Cottage and with simple restaurants and shops. The apartments are airy and open to the natural sights and sounds of the surrounding rainforest, sea and village. If you want a holiday which is completely relaxing, informal and unpressured but which allows you to participate in local Caribbean culture then Castara Cottage is highly recommended.
Gavin Nicol from U.K. visited in April 2007 and awarded
We had a lovely week staying in the Cinnamon apartment at Castara Cottage. The location is great, very close to the beaches. The apartment is well maintained by Brigitte, who pops in every day or so to check all is ok.
One thing to watch was the mosquitos - our kids suffered a lot of bites before we really noticed anything. Best to use repellent, nets, coils and spray from the first evening you're there (mosquitos had a habit of creeping inside the nets from under the beds!).
Apart from this, an idyllic place with the right balance of peace and quiet with the chance to socialise on the beaches - most of the locals very friendly.
Veronica White from U.K. visited in February 2007 and awarded
We had a wonderful two weeks at Castara Cottage. The appartment was simple but comfortable with everything you needed, including a hot water shower, which many other local appartments lacked. We were fortunate enough to be there at the same time as the owners who were charming and very helpful. They also had useful information available in the appartment on good rain forest tour guides,boat trips etc for when they were not there to help! A two minute saunter down the hill brought you to 'Heavenly Bay' and the name says it all! Excellent swimming, snorkelling and a beach side bar for drinks and tasty meals. At the end of our two weeks we were so relaxed we were practically horizontal and can't wait to return.