Carpe Diem - Reader Reports & Opinion

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Reader Satisfaction Ranking:  Weighted ranking based on 63 votes = 5  (max 5)

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Linda from Sweden visited in July 2017 and awarded  Five out of Five

Very nice apartment with balcony in the middle of the village. It located up a hill so the view is amazing! The apartment has everything you need for a comfortable stay. The kitchen is nicely equip for making breakfast and other meals if you dont feel like eating out.

The village of Castara is a gem, no place like it! There is tourist around but not to many. The beach is one of the best of the island and there is still local life here.

You get greeted by all kinds of beautiful tropical birds on the Balcony, even lots of Hummingbirds and if you are here in mango season they will almost fall right in front of your feet, its paradise!!

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Bruce Bloy from U.S.A. visited in April 2017 and awarded  Five out of Five

My family had the pleasure of spending a week at Carpe Diem in April, 2017. Castara Bay has two beaches within a five minute walk, each with a “boathouse”, serving food, soft drinks and beer, with a third beach, Englishman’s Bay, a couple miles up the road. The village has a nice selection of restaurants and the people are very friendly and helpful.

The guest house is designed to allow an open living area facing the bay, fronted by a large deck with an excellent view of the bay and several birdfeeders attracting a large variety of birds with colorful plumage, and a perfect place to put your feet up, and read a good book with the sounds of the ocean and the jungle in the background. Owners Yvonne and Chris were wonderful hosts, guiding us to the best spots in the village for food and entertainment – not to be missed are the drum ensemble, and the steel drum performances at a number of venues.

It was a great week at a very attractive place.

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Tom West from Germany visited in March 2017 and awarded  Five out of Five

All in all my 3 weeks in Tobago / Castara was the best vacation so far! The 2 different appartments I stayed in, have been a huge factor, as I wanted a nice view and troublefree accomodation. The balcony has just a stunning view at the coast, ocean and sunset! The room has everything needed and is big and clean. Mosquitos have not been an issue and the internet-speed, if needed, is due to a fiberoptics-connection just beautiful (approx. 25mbit/s down / 20mbit/s up). Yvonne and Chris have been very kind and helpful. If you need some insights what is happening in Castara or Tobago the "Professor" is your guy =)

The walk to the beach takes abt. 5 minutes. There are a couple of small shops for daily stuff within just 2-5 min as well (fruits, vegetables, eggs, meat, bread & beer...). You have a huge variety of birds just in front of your balcony, which can be happily fed. Chickens are hopping around as well. From time to time they could wake you up in the middle of the night, like some dogs down the street. But I had ear-plugs and could sleep very well in the big comfortable bed. Waking up to the ocean sound (and view) is included in the price as well! Loved it.

If you decide to go, you are guaranteed to have a good time in Castara! Have fun and a good travel!

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Lauren Andrew from U.K. visited in March 2017 and awarded  Five out of Five

Hosts Chris and Yvonne are genuine, friendly and helpful. Accommodated my partner and I on short notice. We're always around but never intrusive.

The studio is well equipped for a self-catering Holiday. It’s super clean and tidy with a very stylish mosquito net they picked up in Germany which kept us bite free.

location is perfect for an evening sunset and nature watching.

Beautiful Birds always stopping by to say hello (and the occasional colony of Bats)

It's a very short walk to parking, Castara village shops, restaurants and beaches.

Gets quite warm at night without Air-con but there are plenty of fans provided to help with that. I'd happily stay there again.

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Julie Bourne from Australia visited in February 2017 and awarded  Five out of Five

A little hike up the hill is definitely worth it. Carpe Diem is virtually mosquito free with cool breezes and a beautiful view of the bay. A short walk down the hill brings you to the centre of the village where you can dine at a different restaurant every night.of the week. Alternatively the kitchen is well kitted out if you want to cook. The beaches are just another short walk away, and even closer is Mr Wallace's bottle shop so there's a ready supply of beers to drink while watching the beautiful sunsets from the bay on your verandah. Yvonne and Chris put sugar syrup in a dish on the upper verandah which attracts humming birds by day and bats by night. The bedrooms are cool and comfortable with mosquito nets and fans which ensure a comfortable nights sleep with the doors to the verandah open. We took our fifteen year old son along and he was very content in the Green room. Yvonne set up a study for him in the Garden room where he was able to do his half term homework in the afternoons (excellent wifi).

Yvonne and Chris are very knowledgeable about Castara. They are on good terms with the local restaurants and if you say that you are staying in the "Professor's House" you can be sure of a warm welcome. It is worth taking their advice on when and where to go for supper etc.

We enjoyed Breakfasts of locally baked bread on the verandah. Then would head down to the little beach for a swim and lunch at the Boathouse bar. Later we watched the sun go down on the verandah before heading out for supper. We didn't venture out of Castara because everything we could wish for was just there. It's a difficult place to leave and we will be back soon!

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