Miller's Guest House - Reader Reports & Opinion

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Max Williams from Canada visited in August 2013 and awarded  Four out of Five

Our two families stayed at millers this summer and we were satisfied with our accommodation. It is great quiet and relatively safe get-away vacation spot. It is conveniently located across the bay (2 min walk) from a 1 km long secluded sandy beach with excellent maintained shaded area along the beach.

Accommodations are basic (you get what you pay for), but the hospitality is a1. Winston is a man of his word and will try to accommodate your every request.

Swimming off of the landing/pier in front of the guest house is great for the kids except it is where the local fishermen leave each day to go fishing and return with their catch, which they clean on the pier. Great selection and price for fresh catch of the day (which include lobster and conch), if you are into cooking for yourself. Fishing from the shore and the landing is also rewarding.

Restaurant meals are well prepared and the cost is reasonable, except, no openings on Mondays.

If you are into T & T street food, the Bamboo Shack (2 min walk down the road), provides a variety of choices for breakfast and lunch (no dinners). You can also order your special meal for the next day. Don’t forget to order the fresh prepared sour sop drink. Other street foods are available within 2 – 5 minutes’ walk down the road.

The convenience store close to the lights (a 5-minute walk away) has all your basic needs including beer and other local spirits. Check out the local street food vendor in front of the store every Friday evening. Local T & T specialities such as aloo pie, roti & curry, palouri & geera pork or chicken and hops (a bun), are available.

You must visit Buccoo Reef and the Nylon pool. Reservations can be made at the little hut at the end of the walkway, to the left of the Millers. Average price $120.00 T.T ($20 us) per person, but you can ask for discounts if you are part of a group (there were 9 of us and we received a fair deal).

Sunday is “Sunday school” time in Bucco. The action begins around 7:30 p.m. and continues until the wee hours of the morning – good food (check all the locations before you decide) at reasonable prices - $70.00 to $120.00 per dinner plate. Street food (souce, soups, roti, aloo pie etc) is also available at lesser prices. Great steel pan and DJ entertainment and reasonable priced souvenir stores. Lots of revellers and most of all, it is relatively safe. We found that Buccoo and most of Tobago is safe compared to Trinidad and other Caribbean islands.

Bus service to Plymouth or Blackrock or to Scarborough is available for $2.00 T.T each trip (peanuts), however there is a 2 hour or longer wait between buses and note, you have to purchase tickets before you get on the bus. the driver is not allowed to take cash. Taxi rides are reasonable - $5.00 T.T per person from Bucoo to Storebay. You can negotiate your price with a private hire car driver.

Storebay, pigeon point and crown point are the preferred swimming and beach hang-out points on the weekend for both locals and tourists alike (there is no cost to swim at Storebay – there is a cost to go to pigeon point). A 15 minute ride by taxi gets you to any of these locations from Bucco. There are however many other beaches on the island.

A good reasonable way to experience the rest of the island is to take a bus ride from Scarborough to Charlottesville, a quiet fishing village at the north-east end of the island, on the Atlantic side. Be warned however, it may be one the most hair raising rides of your life – lots of sharp turns, up and down very steep hills and the road is narrow most of the way -Typical Caribbean Island roads. Whatever you do, make sure you are ready to catch the 4:30 – 5:00 p.m. bus back to Scarborough. The last bus of the day which arrives any time after 6:00 p.m. does not return to Scarborough until 5:30 a.m. the next day. Your choice of overnight accommodation in Charlottville is limited and pricey.

If you are into fishing however, overnight stay is worth it – big game fish such as grouper, tarpons, blue marlin etc. can be found in these waters. Check out the 1005 lb. blue marlin caught at the 2013 Tobago international game fishing tournament held this year.

Any of the nature preserves on the island are excellent for day tripping. lots of tropical flora and fauna to be discovered.

All in all, our say met our expectations and we would return and recommend it to all our family and friends. but remember, it is a Caribbean island and things can and do go wrong and the pace is much slower and laid back than in the north. go with the flow and be patient and most of all enjoy your vacation in the sun.

Great family get away....

Max, Maggie, Maxwell, Rupert Susan, Nigel Olivia, Toni and Justin

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Jennifer Haggis from U.K. visited in May 2013 and awarded  Four out of Five

Please read all this review, don't be put off by my ramblings as im really hard to please! This is the second time my husband and i have stayed in 'Millers Guest House' and i'm not sure why? we booked a room prior to getting married and stayed for 4dys 18mths ago.The room was very basic, it had a bed....that's it,not a cupboard in site! Alright there is a bathroom! No tea or coffee making facilities, and the tiniest fridge you ever did see! so we book again because Winston (he is a nice guy) told me he would get a kettle in the rooms (because i'm english you see i need my tea!)and we hoped the sea view room would be better as it has a proper kitchen. The apartment itself is bright and airy and on first view looks beautiful, its only when you live in it that you see its flaws. The doors don't fit in the frame so no matter how much you spray, the mozzies gonna get ya! The locks are weak (i need proper locks!) and not very secure. The bathroom door is put on upside down and cannot be closed as it sticks. The dishes up on the shelves had dead flies in from previous tenants sprayings. Scariest of all is the room is one big goldfish bowl with shear curtains all round, so watch out when you get changed cos all your neighbours can see! Look i'm not saying dont go, the beach is around the corner ( just have to get past the buffalo and goats)the El Pascador restaurent has some lovely ladies to look after you, there is sunday school and some wonderful local bars (have one in Zan's Bar and ask for Freddie,say Jennie sent you)Kirt and 'Mrs Kirt' (our taxi drivers) are two wonderful people who took us, my mum and gran to church.I'm just saying if you want basic Millers is for you! Apologies Winston i can only be Mrs Haggis.

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Blanka Svobodova from Czech Republic visited in September 2012 and awarded  Five out of Five

As a travelling mother with 2yrs old kid ill with eczema, it is difficult to find a place according to ur needs - superclean, with perfect AC and kitchen to cook special diet. I got thru couple of Tobago hostels and have to say, Miller´s was the best, and funnily enough still cheapest place! I was so thankful for Mr.Pereira gave us the dorm and we were lucky to be there alone, the kitchen was equiped with all u can think and need (from knives, grater, seeve, bowls....which are missing everywhere else). Room had king size beds in 2levels, well tiny gap between to pass to bathroom, but cosy and for sleeping ok and for the day u still used the terrace at restaurant or kitchen table anyway....mostly appreciated was the brand new AC making 19C in 30min!!!! wow! We had a taxi from airport late night for ok price 70TT. Buccoo is nice but dead off the season, no shops with fruits at all, but I am not going to put minus points for that as it is not Mr. Pereira´s fault!!! Who wants can go to Scarborough for 5TT to shop.

Recommending to families, for sure up to european standarts, here not often to be seen. If u have kids, u will like the beach, plenty space, get a hammock, plenty of shade under the trees.

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Lincoln from Trinidad visited in June 2012 and awarded  Three out of Five

Miller's guesthouse is an excellent place when you need a hide away to relax and get away from the hustle and bustle or;

The guesthouse is located in a unique spot, You have a lovely view of Buccoo bay and the jetty, you can relax at the bar and enjoy the view as well; That guy Winston who owns the place, he cool.

I'll be planning another weekend soon, loved that room in which I stayed hope to get it again.

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Steve & Monika from U.K. visited in February 2012 and awarded  Three out of Five

This little Guest House provides good accommodation for Tobago; It is well maintained, and in a superb location on the bay. Winston (the manager/proprietor) is very helpful. But local facilities (eg shops) are very limited, as is taxi transport. You really need your own transport to make the most of the island.

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