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The Beach House, Castara, May '04   

Ruth Marcantonio

We spent 2 wonderful weeks in Tobago, returning at the end of May. We stayed in Castara and place really touched our hearts, so much so that we've started to arrange our wedding there for Feb '06.

We stayed at Mount Hay for the first 2 nights, which was a wonderful, secluded guest house, set on a hill not far from Black Rock. Went spent 2 days just walking about getting a feel for the place and was immediately charmed by the friendliness of everyone. We spent a night at Sunday School which is not to be missed and ate at Sashas stall which was fab.

On the Monday, we were collected by Porridge (a suberb guy) who took us to Castara. Ah the first view of the bay takes your breath away and then down you come into the village, everything so green and vibrant, the multi-coloured blues of the water glistening in the sun's rays.....

We stayed at the Beach House. A beautifully and sensitively built property right on the small beach, set amongst breadfruit trees. We had booked Coconut Heights which is the whole of the top floor, we had looked at the pictures many times on the website but nothing could compare to first seeing the view "WOW" was all we could both say. The balcony/living/dining is huge, with low slung comfy chairs and cushions, there are lamps and candle holders for evenings and a hammock you can hangout in, your are surrounded by mobiles, windchimes and birdfeeders the atmosphere is truly the most relaxing and chilled out I have ever experienced, like an indoor outside room. There are so many little touches, probably because the owners holiday here too. The kitchen is fantastically stocked and many a night one of the locals, Overload, Marvin or Oracle would come and cook the most delicious meals, caught fresh that day and we would spend the evening liming, those rum and cokes go down so easily!

The bedroom was cool and airy and we slept in a woodern four-poster bed which you could cover with a mosiquto net. We even had warm showers.

Porridge and Jenell look after the place and they are truly wonderful people as is everyone we met in Tobago.

We ate at Marguerettes which was lovely, fresh and tastey.

Overload took us on a boat trip and snorkelling to Englishmans bay, but the snorkelling in the Castara at the small beach never ceased to amazed us. The abundance of fish you can see just metres from the shore was always a delight. We saw a baby turtle, squid, barracuda and everyday we would see the stringray that feed in the bay an awesome sight, so graceful. We even had 2 dolphin visit us one morning.

We did hire a jeep for 3 days and drove through the spectacular rain forest along the mountain ridge. We stopped at Speyside to have lunch at Jemmas which was absolutely delicious, our most expensive meal (about $17 each). We actually found everything to be really reasonable in Tobago and had trouble spending our money. We visited Charlotteville and Pirates Bay which we had to ourselves.

Castara also has a lovely little waterfall which you can trek upto quite easily, we had the place to ourselves and the water was so fresh your skin tingled when you got out. Bliss!

We didn't have that great weather, more cloudy/rainy days than sunny. The dry season was very short this year and the rain had come early. And yes it would have been nice to have a few more sunny days but it really didn't matter we had such a fantastic time and a truly wonderful experience of a beautiful country.

And a big thank you to you guyz at mytobago, all your information was the best help I could have had in deciding to choose Castara the place was just perfect for us. :D

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The Beach House, Castara   

Jo Mills

There is one huge downside to Tobago - leaving!

What a wonderful, special, beautiful island - and the same can be said for the people. We stayed in Coconut Heights at the Beach House in Castara for our honeymoon. It was already dark when we arrived, so we drank our complimentary chilled champagne on the huge balcony, able to hear the waves crashing on the beach but see nothing of the view. It was wonderful waking up at 5am to see the Caribbean Sea directly in front of you through the mosquito nets! An experience we will never forget.

Porridge and Jeannel look after both the apartment and you during your stay and they couldn't be more friendly and helpful. All the local people are wonderful - we were even invited along to the school sport's day!

Marvin of Nature Boys Tours took us out on his boat for the most amazing 1 week anniversary trip. After snorkelling in Englishman's Bay, he then took us to No Man's Land where he filleted and barbecued superbly the tuna my husband caught along the way! Marvin produced an abundance of beautiful local food, beer, rum punch and even a lace table cloth for lunch before taking us out for a dip and a rum punch in the Nylon Pool.

We cannot recommend Tobago and especially Castara highly enough. Whilst I am sure the big resorts are lovely, there is no better way to go than to experience the local life in a small fishing village. What can beat watching Brenton arrive in on his boat in the morning and shout up to us that he had lobster for lunch that day if we would like some!

We cannot wait to go back and very much look forward to seeing all our new friends again.

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The Beach House, Castara   

Lorraine F


I'm currently planning a trip to Tobago next year (sometime between September - December 2007 - any suggestions on best months to visit?) and really like the look of The Beach House, Castara. How does this compare to Alibaba's Sea Breeze in similar location? Any suggestions?

Also any comments on sercurity at either accommodations?


Lorraine :D

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Finnish Guest Report   09 May 2013

Kuroma from Vantaa, Finland

This was our second time in Castara and our 5th on Tobago, this time with 3 good friends. They still are.

The Beach house is our favourite and we all had our own sanctuary. The house is located perfectly right on the beach. We could fall asleep to the sound of the waves and wake up with bird song sending the fishermen to their work. We snorkeled among the corals, sting rays, turtles and rainbow colored fishes...

Mr. Porridge, our omnipotent fixer of everything; a djungle trip with the bird specialist Newton George, a beach safari with his son Jackhill, and all kinds of assistance by Jeannel, his ever helpful


We all found our professional angles too, Ms Sirpa got a set of lovely promotional pictures of her artisan objects, Mrs Ulla paints her next art exhibition on motives above and under the water, and Mr Tapani sketched and painted a years supply of aquarells.

Looking forward for the next time in Castara Beach House.

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