If location is everything in creating a perfect Caribbean holiday, then Castara Retreats is close to perfection, perched upon the hillside, looking along the spectacular coastline and down to Castara Bay and the village.
Castara is a small fishing village of 500 inhabitants on the Caribbean coast of the island, just 50 minutes’ drive from the airport at Crown Point. Many consider Castara to have the best Tobago beach which runs along the length of Castara Bay with a coral reef, beautiful water, and stunning views down the Caribbean coast. Castara faces west so the sunsets present a daily light show of ever-changing colours and textures.
The village is backed by the oldest protected rainforest in the Western Hemisphere. The village residents support themselves with a combination of fishing, tourism and environmental work.
Local shops and eateries
The village is a 4-5 minute walk from Castara Retreats. The village is a four-minute walk down the road from Castara Retreats. The shops are simple, the people are delightful.
For food shopping, L&H Supermarket has a good range of basics but it’s best to shop on your way from the airport to make sure you get everything you want. Similarly, DJ’s has fruit and vegetables on a daily basis but for a wider range you need to go to Scarborough.
The Village Bakery
The Village Bakery – a traditional clay oven on the green by the school - is run by local ladies who make wonderful range of breads and cakes, including pumpkin bread, coconut bread, and coconut cakes twice a week on Wednesdays and Saturdays. They ladies can be a bit standoffish until they get to know you. They also put most of their attention on their baking rather than on western style customer service. It is a privilege to be able to witness them in this traditional village role. The best time to call is between 11am and 1 pm on Wednesdays and Saturdays.
Visit the Castara Waterfall
Or turn inland just before the village by the side of the stream and head into the rainforest and spot tree frogs and Cocrico birds hiding in the foliage, before reaching the wonderful waterfall that cascades into a rock pool surrounded by hanging lianas.
Boat Trips from Castara
Porridge offers wonderful boat trips on his boat Sun Arise which include snorkelling in secluded bays, fishing, and a beach BBQ. Have a look at the Boat Trips section in Notes for Visitors when you arrive in your accommodation, which gives the options and prices. Porridge is a great source of information and help on all such matters, including guided tours, boat trips, and rainforest tours.