Scarborough to Castara by public transport

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Scarborough to Castara by public transport

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Regrettably just one day in Tobago.....yes, on a cruise s… would love to see Castara but taxis all seem so expensive, have been quoted 120 USD from Scarborough to Castara and back.
Is this the going rate, or can I get there cheaper?

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Re: Scarborough to Castara by public transport

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Hello Julia

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Yes, that sounds about the going rate. You are unlikely to get it cheaper from any of the established taxi services when a cruise liner is in, because of the demand and general mayhem and confusion not being able to park and hanging about waiting for the guests. One cheaper option would be to hire a car for the day, but if you don't know the island, navigating to Castara might be an issue and there's always the danger that if you get lost, you may miss your sailing departure.

Public transport is not an option for you, given the limited time frame and if you don't know your way around Tobago.

Sad, but if I think of any solutions, I'll certainly get back to you. Hopefully someone else might come up with something.
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Re: Scarborough to Castara by public transport

Post by Juliabusybee »

Hi, so nice of you to reply, I understand all the points you make , didn’t really want to go on an organised trip to Argyll falls , but hey maybe it would be ok 👌
Thanks again , looking forward to seeing some of your lovely island
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Re: Scarborough to Castara by public transport

Post by PaulMakin »

against my usual, i would have to suggest that you join one of the organised excursions. i'd also say that it would be better to select an area to visit and stick with that - eg, the argyle falls are on the atlantic side but castara on the caribbean. you could do both in one go but there would be no opportunity to stop and sample things. this route will almost certainly not be freely available as an "a la carte" excursion and you would need to negotiate privately with a driver which increases your hassle factor, cost, stress etc.

although small, it can/does take a long time to get to most places on tobago and should you be travelling independently and experience a problem then you will be at real risk of not making your sailing.

not sure when you arrive but avoid any tours concentrating on pigeon point, store bay etc. right now both are effectively "out of order" following recent weather events. anything heading north of scarborough would be my thinking. a visit to argyle falls will show you a lot of the atlantic side on the run up so wouldnt be a bad choice at all IMO. remember to look up as well as down as you drive along !

the itineraries for these stopovers are extremely tight and most of the cruise line recommended operators will be well accustomed to getting passengers around and, more importantly, back to the port when required.

i feel that it would be far too stressful on, what is after all a vacation for RnR, to try to go it alone.

paul

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