Naturalist Beach Resort - Reader Reports & Opinion
Gavin Parsons from Canada visited in November 2007 and awarded
We loved our stay at the Naturalist. We had stayed a couple of days up the road at the Sea Level and it was like moving to the Hilton after that experience.
Ancil, the owner, was very accomadating and informative.
The room, although small, was very clean and well maintained. The staff looked after the room every day and we were very pleased with their service
The best part is the location, right on the beach.
The village is a very friendly place to be, although it can seem small after a few days. We bought all our food and bread from the local venders. Also it is great to get the fresh seafood in the afternoon when the fisherman come in from their day on the ocean.
The two beaches are great for sunbathing and swimming and there are some nice walks, especially up to the waterfall.
We rented a car from Ancil, which was in good condition and well priced. It is almost essential to rent a car if you want to see any of the country. Other transport is just to unreliable. We reccomended the Naturalist to our honeymooning son & daughter-in-law. They stayed in the Kingfish room and agree with our synopsis.
I would highly reccomend "The Naturalist" to anyone going to Castara.
Marva A Lovelace from Trinidad visited in November 2007 and awarded
I was an extremely satisfied customer. Ancil ensured that our needs were meet. I have and will continue to recommend the Resort to my friends and family. The location is safe, clean and relaxing.
Duncan Wells from U.K. visited in June 2007 and awarded
I found the accomodation at the Naturalist Beach Resort simple and clean with all the facilties for self contained accomodation including en-suite shower/toilet, double bed, kitchen and Air conditioner for $40/night per room. Excellent price.
Ancil George, the owner is ready to sort out any problems you have and also has cars for hire.
Its location was right on the beach with access to a Cafe, as well as three resturants and bar within 5 mintues walking distance. I recommend the Almond Tree.
Castara is a quiet "working" fishing village in the central part of Tobago. Is within 30 minutes from the airport and no more 30/40 minutes to the north of the island and Central Ridge for birdwatchers. It is definitely a place to relax and chill.
But you can get access to a variety of tours/activities in Castara including trips to Trinidad.
It would be adviseable to change some travellers cheques/dollars at the airport. Although, you can usually change dollars at the beach resort and/or one of the resturants at a fair rate. My advice is to take US dollars as opposed to TC's.
Crime in Tobago is little or non-existent. I felt safe walking both around Castara and beyond loaded with camera equipment.
And the people are extremely friendly and usually ready for a good chat.
K.Armstrong from Ireland visited in June 2007 and awarded
My husband and I stayed in the Naturalist for 4 nights in mid June. It was our first time in Tobago, and having done our research on accommodation we were pleased to find that we had definately made the right choice.
We stayed in the Kingfish room which is at the front of the building and has a little porch with beach views. The room was basic but spotlessly clean (in fact it was cleaned every day!), and with the seabreeze we found no need for aircon. It was great to walk 10m from our room, straight onto the beach, and have a swim - it is one of the few properties in Castara which is right on rhe beach.
Ancle (owner/manager) lives 'on site' and was most helpful during our stay without being overbearing. He was always on hand, and we hired a jeep from him for one day to go to Charlottesville.
Because we were only in Castara for 4 days we chose not to do too much self catering - cafe delight (under the blue marlin suite) served breakfast, and we were able to get lunch or dinner at the almond tree or marguerites - other restaurants were closed as it was low season. We found dinner prices to be a little higher than expected but the food was always tasty. We also enjoyed meeting some of the locals at the recently opened 'D Lime' bar.
In summary, would highly recommend the Naturalist -friendly staff, clean well priced rooms, and a great beachfront location in one of the nicest villages on Tobago.
Tony Tarleton from U.K. visited in March 2007 and awarded
Our stay at the naturalist resort was superb. Notably this was thanks to the generous hospitality afforded by Ancle and the easy going approach to life there. We stayed in the "jacks", a simple double room with bathroom and included aircon and fridge, all that was required when only using it as a base. Having the fridge was extremely handy as was the 10 second walk to the beach!
The room was cleaned everyday, and was basic but more than suitable if your reason to visit Tobago is to explore and get to know the local way of life rather than have a 5* facilities. What the Naturalist did provide was 5* hospitality and that was worth its weight in gold, highly recommended.