Naturalist Beach Resort - Reader Reports & Opinion
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!
Dietmar Schenk from Switzerland visited in May 2010 and awarded
Staying at the Naturalist Beach Resort was very relaxing. It is great to have the beach of Castara so close and the best beach in the world (at least for me :-) ), the Englishman's Bay, close. Ancle was a great host, very unburocratic (I am sure the spelling is wrong...but I am too lazy to look it up now...you sure understand it anyway) and relaxed.
It was great that the apartment was cleaned on a regular basis.
The only points of improvement I can mention are:
*) The room anchovy could be lighter...it is kinda dark.
*) the internet connection is sometimes extremely slow
Another good thing about staying at the Naturalist was that I found it pretty safe.
Altogether you get very good value for your money.
Castara is a very relaxed village. If you are scared off by tons of tourists and look for a place where you are recognized as an individual then this is maybe the best place for you to go on the island.
If you are looking for a lot of action then you might get bored in Castara.
For me it was great as I belong to the first category. :-)
Kimberly Digiacomo from Canada visited in April 2010 and awarded
I had the distinct pleasure of staying at "The Naturalist" for the first the first three weeks of April...not knowing what to expect before or after arriving I can say that my stay in Castara was more than expectations can put in to words.My stay at the Naturalist was relaxing and glorious, with Ancle (the Owner/Manager) and his very accommodating staff can be given 5 stars for their treatment of their guests. The people who live in the Village of Castara could not have been more friendly and charming, if you are planning a trip to Tobago and you want a bit of everything, quietness, swimming,great food,great company, Turtle watching boat tours, waterfalls excursions and of course Sunday School you must make Tobago your next trip and stay at The Naturalist. A special thanks to Ancle and his staff, Loady and Soca Boat Tours, Catherine @ the Bake & Shark Shack on the beach (by the local hangout :) Marvin @ D'Lime Bar, Stella at the little place where I got my souvenirs and so many more wonderful local people that I had the great pleasure of meeting and hanging with while I spent my time in Castara. Oh and the Boat house at Little beach next to Castara Bay and Rebecca at the Blue Mango Restaurant, so many special people whom I'll never forget...When in Castara do as much as you can, Wednesday & Sat the local woman bake bread and rolls in clay ovens (yummy) ... try the Bake & Shark, Roti, Dolphin, Tuna, Kingfish, Crab & dumplings, baked chicken and special rice...Oh and you must book a boat trip with Loady out to the Nylon Pool and No-Man's Land it's a day you won't forget... BBQ fish & chicken and the most delicious potato salad :) ... try the mangoes, papaya, breadfruit and guava it's simply exquisite.
I plan to come back to Castara very soon and visit ... but this time I will plan to stay longer there is so much to do in Tobago a timeless, unchartered, unspoiled, charming Island that is so easy to fall in love with ... you won't want to leave. <3<3<3