Naturalist Beach Resort - Reader Reports & Opinion
Kathleen McTigue from U.S.A. visited in January 2011 and awarded
I stayed in the least expensive of the apartments, Bonito; it's on the ground floor and the decking above makes it a little dark, but I was mostly there just to sleep so it wasn't a problem. The room was clean and neat and had everything I needed; Ancle and the staff were friendly and responsive when I had questions. I arranged with Peter Cox for two different days out birding, which was BRILLIANT -- highly recommended!
Sada Creese from Trinidad visited in December 2010 and awarded
I based my decision to stay here due to two factors- this website with its reviews and secondly my need for a different Tobago experience. Typically, we would stay in the Bon Accord area but opted for a countryside experience. Castara is a beautiful countryside fishing village in which the Naturalist is appropriately nestled on the beach.
We stayed in the bonito room which was sufficient for my travel buddy and I for the two night stay. We only needed to walk with our clothes and a few grocery supplies. In the fridge there were complimentary beer and watermelon on arrival. There were sufficient towels, sheets, utensils, appliances and cookware for the both of us. The towels and sheets were clean as well as the room. If you are looking for the Hyatt's updated decor, then this is not for you. The decor was simple and appropriate for us. The beds were comfortable as we overslept on our first night and woke up feeling refreshed. The rooms were cleaned plus towels were replaced daily. They even provided liquid and bar soap. For the price we were thoroughly impressed. We would recommend it for someone on a budget that wants a very mellow Tobago experience.
Notable mentions include the Coffee Shop which served us delicious pumpkin ice cream, Maguerite's restaurant which served us great food(loved the fried plantain) and the Blue Mango restaurant which served us a free wild meat meal to ring in 2011 with them(yummy!!!). If you can, rent a car to reach up there. We decided to take the bus which was unreliable(hours late) and as a result I reached back from Scarborough too late and I did not have enough time to go on the hike to the waterfall. Thankfully Ancle was very accommodating and offered us a ride to Scarborough. He also dropped us on New Year's morning to the port with no fuss :)
I would return and recommend the Naturalist to family and friends.
Vijai Ramsawak from Trinidad visited in September 2010 and awarded
From check in to check out was warm & friendly. Place was very clean & comfortable. Room - salmon - was just d right size. It had aircondition,ceiling fan, stove and small fridge.
Its location was d best as we heard the waves crashing while we slept - this was soo relaxing.
property located on beach gave immediate access to Castara's main beach called Big bay by d locals. A short walk down Depot Road is Little Bay...jus heavenly...
There's food available right on the hotel's beachfront property & there's a Roti restaurant located on d Big Bay jus a few mins away as well. There's a supermarket located at the far end of the main beach ...about 7 mins walk...
I would definitely return to the Naturalist next time I'm in Tobago...as its location being jus 35 mins drive from Scarborough and being right on the beach makes it so relaxing.
Its a very good place to get away from the crowds.
Cons: The fridge is small - and made a noise at night...if this was larger then it was all that you would need.
Heard about freshly baked bread from the clay oven located on the beach...didnt see any of that...the fishermen come in around midday with fresh fish...so u have to be around to get fresh fish to purchase.
Highly recommended however. Just a wonderful place to unwind and relax...
I plan on making this a yearly visit.
Stanislav&monika Holman from Czech Republic visited in September 2010 and awarded
We spent one week at Naturalist. Ancle George was very helpful with his advises before and during our stay. The staff was very friendly and still smiling and so were locals of Castara. There were not many tourist at the time of our stay, beach was quiet and we spent some nights drinking sugar cane wine with locals or we experienced fishing with them. We also rented a car from Naturalist and explored the rest of Tobago. Naturalist beach resort is almost on the beach and I can really recomend it. It was just perfect honeymoon.
Jenny from Canada visited in August 2010 and awarded
I am Canadian born and live in Vancouver, British Columbia. My mom and I came to visit and our Trinidadian family and treated them to four days at the Naturalist. We occupied the Whale and Dolphin rooms. There were nine of us. Castara is one of many remote Carribbean towns. The beach is beautiful, the town has decent shopping for food and supplies, there are a couple cafes/resturants that I never tried(with one Trini Mom and two Trini aunties there is really no need to eat out)
Do not come here unless you have an appreciation or an open mind for the Carribbean, it's people, the culture, and how difficult it is running a resort on a small Carribbean island 45 minutes from the ferry in the middle of well...a small Carribean island
The rooms are clean, The two rooms on the upper floor is what you really want, but if you are on a budget the lower rooms are perfectly fine.
Next time, I will stay somewhere else. I like experiencing other places to stay.
I highly recommend checking out Castara and the surronding towns for some great snorkling!!
For female tourists:
If you are a woman, particularly a foreign woman prepare to be hit on ALOT. You would have experienced this in Trini, but being on the beach draws 1000x the men. ESPECIALLY if you have no man, and you are foreign. I am Canadian Trini/european and I was regualarly proposed marriage too.
Men in Tobago are hot! But never ever ever ever ever have sex without protection and be extremely aware that your safety might be in jeopardy, especially at night. So be smart! dont use drugs, dont buy drugs (you WILL face prison and go to Trini jail--there are tons of Caucasian women there!), dont go off with any guys you dont know! Dont get too wasted--this is not a safe place to get wasted and lose inhibitions (ahh there is no real place like that). Watch thr perpetual girfriend who drinks too much and sleeps with anyone. Tobago has a high HIV rate. Be smart! All the men are sweet talking--let em, thats the nice thing about Carribean men, but dont risk your health!