Beach House - Reader Reports & Opinion

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Gill Overton from U.K. visited in April 2016 and awarded  Five out of Five

We stayed at The Beach House for two weeks in April. This was the 7th time we had stayed there, and it won't be the last.

From the moment we arrived, we felt all our stresses just drift away.

We find the noise of the waves at night relaxing, although some light sleepers might need ear plugs, as local dogs and cockerels don't always respect the quiet of night time ! I love waking up to the sounds of the birds, and sitting on the deck watching the bay come to life.

The Beach House is always spotlessly clean when we arrive, and Carlene (sp ?) comes by every 3 or so days to change the bedding and towels . There are brooms and mops provided for your use during your stay.

The kitchens are well provided with plenty of utensils and pots and pans. We tend to eat in mostly, as my husband is a keen fisherman , and you just can't beat freshly caught mahi mahi , kingfish or tuna. There are several stores in the village selling fruit and vegetables, although we do tend to go to DJ's shop on the corner of the road to the big beach. He is such a lovely man, and stocks all sorts of things in his shop as well as fruit and veg.

The apartments all have hummingbird feeders, which , this year in particular , have attracted loads of humming birds , including the spectacular Ruby Topaz. If you want an amazing spectacle, leave the feeders out at night and watch the bats come and take the sugar water. (or take the feeders down at night if you don't like bats !)

The Boathouse restaurant next door, hold drumming and music nights on a Wednesday evening. These are good fun, and the rum punch is great !

Porridge and Jeanell who look after visitors to the Beach House, are always a delight, and SO helpful.

We always take a trip or two out birding with Newton George, who is a fantastic bird guide. He will pick you up from Castara if you don't have transport. This year we went over to Trinidad with him for a day..amazing experience, especially seeing the Scarlet Ibis come in to roost on the Caroni Swamp.

If you want to go fishing, then Anaconda is your man. He is now based at Buccoo but will collect you from Little Bay. Another good guy is Jade who has a boat in Castara.

To sum it up, the Beach House for us is perfect, and I have never been more at peace than when I'm lying in the hammock listening to the waves, and watching the frigate birds sail overhead.

Can I come back next week please ??

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Ulla Kuronen from Finland visited in March 2016 and awarded  Five out of Five

Tobago for the sixth time, and the third in Castara Beach House.

When we wake you up in the morning to the sound of the waves we can only be happy to be there again. To see the fishermen in their boats heading for the day´s catch, you know the food is so fresh it ever can be.

The rhythms of soca, steel bands and reggae live side by side with the preachers message through the loudspeakers at the nearby churches. Everything is even more perfect when the roosters and dogs join this polyphonic choir.

We could see the stingrays from our balcony and we even swam with them. The hummingbirds came in the afternoon for a drink and after them the small bats. Lizards started to keep us company already in the morning.

The Beach house has been good for us. There is good equipment for cooking and relaxing in the apartment. It stands so near the sea that you just take you snorkel and you are in a minute among the corals, turtles and millions of colorful fishes.

We already miss it.

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Clive Allen & Rudy from U.K. visited in February 2016 and awarded  Five out of Five

This place provided us with the most wonderful 3 weeks during the winter.

The location overlooking the beach enabled a quick walk to the water and ability to arrive at the most calm part of the day.....where the water is beautifully warm with enough coral life to make an interesting swim every day. Furniture was well chosen for comfort, as we spent a lot of time reading in the living room/porch overlooking the sea.

We especially appreciated the well equipped kitchen......however, plentiful restaurants in the area made interesting nights when we decided not to cook.

Netting around the bed was very easy to deal with, however, mosquitoes were not a big problem.

The only downside to this location was the fact that it is right next door to a restaurant that plays very loud music one night a week.......well into the morning....., a bit annoying for those who like to go to sleep early.

However that being the only negative about this rental......we would love to spend more time there.

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Janet from U.K. visited in December 2015 and awarded  Four out of Five

Well what can we say....paradise!

Seriously feedback as follows:

1) LOCATION - we stayed at coconut heights, the 1st floor apartment of the Beach House which is probably the best location in the Heavenly bay area, fantastic views, easily accessible unless disabled or someone with restricted mobility. The local bar serves great food and their Weds evening Bongo drum night is a MUST to attend however it does go on late so be prepared for a late night/early morning. Cheno's cafe in the village serves a fab breakfast and has free Wi-Fi so emails can be collected. The locals are welcoming and extremely friendly. We would advise car hire to be able to explore, alternatively there is public transport two hourly that goes to Scarborough. The shop at the top of the road/hill offers everyday supplies and fresh Tuna can be purchased at 3pm daily from the fish market, other fish such as Mahi mahi, red snapper and kingfish are available a little later subject to the days catch.

2) The Apartment: probably the best appointed apartment we have stayed in. Very much a home from home, a good cooker, fridge/freezer, bbq, plenty of dishes and utensil. Seating comfort is limited but understandably so as due to the nature of the apartment needs to be waterproof. We were adopted by a local cat and were escorted on our first visit to the village by a friendly dog! Every morning we put fruit and sugar water out for the birds and had some fabulous visitors including some wonderful bats at night and early morning.

3) Downfalls : if you react badly to sandfly bites take antihistamines with you, the nearest chemist is in Scarborough and their supply of drugs is limited. Take ear plugs, the Cockerels start calling no later than 3am with dogs barking also. Castara retreats Fine Dining Restaurant is NOT fine dining as we know it in the UK however get a taxi or hire a car and visit The Deck at Bucco, Curtis Duke runs a fabulous restaurant which offers the best food on the Island (Curtis has extensive industry experience having spent time at Raymond Blancs Le Manoir des quatre saisons amongst other establishments). Also try the Seahorse and Watermill restaurants. The area is very quiet, so if you like clubs, shops and being busy this is not for you.

We had a fabulous holidays and hope you will to.

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Susan from Germany visited in October 2015 and awarded  Five out of Five

It was my first time in Tobago and in Castara. A friend of mine was there twice and the last time he stood at the Beach House.

I booked one week upstairs at the Coconut Height and one week downstairs.

Coconut Height: It is a very lovely, very clean, large thought out apartment. The balcony is so huge, I would assume it's over a half of the apartment. It feels like one huge room even the sleeping room, bathroom, shower and the clothes room are kind of separated. The view is breath taking, when it goes bright or when you watch the sunset and you just walk 30 seconds to swim in the Caribbean Sea. The apartment is mainly shadowy, what's in the view of the heat, very comfortable. But outside of the entry is a small terrace where you can make a barbecue or just take a sunbath in the early afternoon.

The whole very beautiful house is build from wood and love of the nature and the island. The area is very quiet if you don't mind to hear the sea 24/7 or the music from the boathouse or out of the cars from people who meets there. I didn't mind because I loved everything of it and I was on vacation. You can feed the birds and hummingbirds or the bats in the evening with sugar water.

You can see the fishermen going out in the morning and at the afternoon you can watch the sting rays close to the beach from the balcony when the fishermen throw the fish craps back into the sea.

The time when I was there the owner Carol and Graham were also there. Both are very loveable, in my opinion adorable, people which I enjoyed also very much. After three days I decided to stay upstairs and since Carol and Graham would have just moved upstairs when I were supposed to move downstairs it wasn't a problem to schedule it.

Since I was alone on vacation I felt very safe there. Sometimes I went to bed and realized the next morning that I left the key in the lock outside. I don't want to say that you should try it but just show how safe I felt. The residents of Castara are very nice too. I felt welcome the whole time and not just because I was a tourist.

My conclusion: I'd come back to Castara always and I'm recommending the Beach House to everyone who wants to learn to know the meaning of 'Welcome to paradise'.

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