Naturalist Beach Resort - Reader Reports & Opinion
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Naturalist 2017 Update 22 Jan 2017
Paul Tallet from Yorkshire visited in January 2017 and awarded
I am sure that everybody knows that the Naturalist has been my home from home for the last 17 years and that I am incredibly biased so my posts are really just an update on the services and standards of accommodation.
I stay in the Blue Marlin and I have already reserved it again for next Christmas. Over the last year Ancle has provided a lick of paint and wood stain here and there. The suite remains as rustic as ever ... not luxurious but right by (or over) the sea ... the setting can only be matched by the Sea Breeze Apartments in Heavenly Bay, but mainly because they are more discrete (more privacy). However the access to and intimacy that the Blue Marlin has to the main Beach is unrivaled.
If you have children you can closely watch them play in the sea from the Blue Marlin and you can also see when the Sting Rays arrive and get down there real quick to swim with them. You can also watch the fishermen hauling in the seine nets.
The Blue Marlin covers everything ... the best views of the Pelicans and Boobies diving into the sea for fish and then the majestic Frigate Birds chasing the Boobies and robbing their catch ... sights of fish jumping out of the water as dark forces below press shoals of them into tight balls, leaving them with no other place to go.
Brown sugar in the feeding tray invites numerous bananaquits, blue and green tanagers and the occasional unwelcome pigeon and then with bats at night. You cannot get bored.
And finally, Ancle's biggest investment so far is his new employee, Alan Keys, who is brilliant at fixing things ... so if anything breaks or needs adjustment just ask Ancle or Tracy to send Alan over to sort it.
Brilliant place, brilliant staff ... basic accommodation, but an unbeatable karma/setting.
Don't book for Christmas though !!
Darwin Zook from U.S.A. visited in November 2016 and awarded
Staying at the Naturalist the last several years with my family has been an incredible experience. The Naturalist is located right on a picturesque and stunning Caribbean beach. The town of Castara is a fun and beautiful beach town with true local flavor. The water is ideal, the sunsets breathtaking and the vibe so relaxed. If you truly want to get away from city life and experience a true throwback beach town that has been the same decade after decade, this is your spot. It is nature at its finest. The Naturalist offers all the necessary modern comfort and amenities, including TV with satellite, WIFI, kitchen and anything you would want in any resort. Do not expect loud music, crazy clubs or wild parties. This is truly a place to chill, relax and enjoy nature. Tobago is a special place and if you want the best place to stay, that Naturalist is where to go. The staff is so friendly and helpful in every way. I am already counting down the days till my next visit!
Jim & Tricia Black from U.K. visited in April 2015 and awarded
It was our first visit to Tobago and we were certainly pleased with our choice of The Naturalist Beach Resort at Castara. Ancle offers a very good quality of accommodation with a relaxed feel and a location second to none! Tracey organised our stay with the minimum of fuss arranging taxis to and from the airport, excellent value car rental and plenty of good advice to help you enjoy your stay in Tobago. Hope to return soon.
Castara is a great place to see the real Tobago with good restaurants and bars run by friendly locals. We had a memorable day on his boat with AliBaba (and the famous Duck) snorkelling on the beautiful buccoo reef and nylon pool with a fun barbecue at ' no man's land' , oh and the rum punch!
Altogether an unforgettable holiday - recommended!!
Genevieve from Canada visited in March 2015 and awarded
We stayed in three different areas on the island and this was our favorite! Ancle, the owner, came to pick us up from our previous hotel at Pigeon Point and drove us to our next destination in Black Rock. We were able to chat about the island and he pointed out some landmarks on the way. He was also more than willing to help us book tours if we wanted to. The Naturalist is a great location right on the beach in the small secluded town of Castara. The waves were quite big but fun to swim in and there were very few rocks on the beach and in the water. If the water visibility is good, there are some good snorkling opportunities (including turtle and stingray sightings) at the adjacent Heavenly Bay. Unfortunately, we had poor visibility so we couldn't see either. There's also a trail nearby through the rain forest that leads to a waterfall and a small pond to swim in.
There are a few restaurants in the town but they seem to be on rotating schedules in terms of when they are open. There's also a mini-mart nearby and a fruit and vegetable stand up the street if you want to make your own meal. We also recommend going to the fish market where you can buy the catch of the day fresh off the boat from the fisherman himself! If you get there early enough you can watch him carry the fish from the boat to the shore. Make sure to get there before 4pm to claim your fish because they go fast.
The hotel offers complimentary breakfast (toast, cereal, cheese, bake, tomato, etc). Guests can use the beach chairs free of charge. We stayed in the Dolphin room which had a partial view of the ocean and beach. It has a balcony with a table and lounge chairs which we thoroughly enjoyed. We would cook our dinners in the kitchenette in the room and enjoy eating on the balcony while listening to the waves and then relaxing after dinner on the lounge chairs. The room was very clean, the air conditioning worked well, and the bed was comfortable although the pillows were a little flat. If there's a rain storm though, don't be startled by the sound of downpour on the roof.
We had a great stay at the Naturalist and in Castara. If you are looking for a relaxing place, this is the place to be. The price and value can't be beat!
Kathy from Canada visited in March 2015 and awarded
Thoroughly enjoyed our stay in a 1 bedroom suite (Wahoo ) at the Naturalist, in a beautiful bay in quaint Castara, overlooking the beach and ocean. Great features including helpful staff, air conditioned bedroom, large patio with lounge chairs and table, great breakfast, and free use of beach chairs at the beach.