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Sharon & Mick Pierson

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Post by Sharon & Mick Pierson » Sun Oct 11, 2009 8:59 pm

This is our seventh trip to the Caribbean but our first to Tobago. It won't be our last.

One of the ladies that we met on our trip to Tobago told us that we were lucky to have found Tobago and even luckier to have found Castara... she was quite right.

Castara is not a resort.... Castara is a working fishing village with a real community and a few apartments. We were made to feel very welcome right from the outset of our trip. Steve, the manager at Angel Apartments made sure that we had everything we needed and introduced us to some of the local people who have since become our friends.

The apartments are spacious and simply but tastefully furnished. We stayed in T1 - which is probably the best in the block ... on the top floor.... level with the canopy of the forest and a view over the bay. The furniture on the verandah is comfortable and it was very easy just to sit there and watch the birds eating from the feeders. The self catering facilities are perfectly adequate with the all important fridge for keeping the Caribs cool. A local man makes the trip around from big bay everyday with delicious fruit for you to buy.

The apartments are literally a stones throw away from the beach but contrary to other reports cannot actually be seen from the beach (unless you are twenty five feet tall). If you want discos and nightclubs.. don't go. If you want five star luxury and a la carte restaurants - don't go. If you want a place where you can enter in to the local culture and spirit of a place... this is the place for you. One of the comments on the Trip Advisor website says this is not a restful holiday because of the local wildlife. We're amazed. We sat on the balcony watching beautiful birds, listening to the sounds of the waves on the shore as the sun went down. Yes there is the odd cockrel that crows a bit before dawn.... yes there are the sounds of nature all around you..... this is Castara - between the sea and the rainforest - what do you expect?

Once a week the local Boat House bar/restaurant has an evening where the local steel pan group play and the local fisherman by day play the drums. The drums finish by midnight - and some local reggae music is played for you to dance to. This is a fabulous evening...... don't miss it wherever you are staying on the island.... join in! I'm sure Sharon and Brendon will be happy to welcome you to the Boat House anytime... they serve good local food...and the rum punch and Carib slip down a treat.

If you're not sure you can enjoy yourself in paradise... please don't go ... leave it to those of us who can....... and who appreciate it. We will certainly be going back!

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