Sandcastles, Castara

2 apartments on outskirts of Castara.
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Christopher Jones

Sandcastles, Castara

Post by Christopher Jones » Wed Mar 24, 2004 12:03 pm

We'd like to add an appreciative review of Sandcastles, standing on the hillside to the west of Castara. It was a lucky choice in a last-minute decision to take an 8-day "let's relax before the next job" break in Trinidad and Tobago in turn. And our first time on either island.

On our 4 day visit to Tobago we wanted somewhere on the north coast and we were searching internet during Carnival week, so not many people replied to our e-mails. Adam Hanlon did, even if through the haze of a post-carnival hangover. The guesthouse is run by Adam and his wife Ria, and we found it is only the first phase in an ambitious plan that may see first a restaurant terrace and then other guest villas further up the steep hillside. Maybe they will even reveal the Spanish fort that was once at the top of the hill.

There are several good places to eat in Castara village, but we had a special treat on two evenings with Ria cooking Caribbean for us as we sat on the balcony, stars and moon above, and the distant wash of the sea. It's a great place for a restful week - the village keeps a lot of its fishing village charm, the two beaches are unspoiled and shaded by trees along the edge. The ocean rollers give you a chance for some invigorating exercise while cooling down, and there are some interesting rocks for snorkelling.

Chris and Jana

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