Just 45 minutes from Tobago’s international airport, Castara village is found on the Caribbean coast in a beautiful bay with cottages dotted on the hillside and overlooking two stunning beaches. Behind the village is the oldest protected rainforest in the western hemisphere.
The village has amenities which include an ATM machine for cash in local dollars, several local restaurants and bars, and a variety of stores selling food, vegetables and basic household goods. You can cook for yourself in your apartment or eat out, in one of the five or six restaurants serving local food in the village.
The coral reef on the Little Bay offers excellent snorkelling and is easily accessible, even for modest swimmers. Castara Waterfall is a 10 minute walk into the rainforest and offers a delightful swim in fresh water that is slightly cooler than the ocean.
There are several local providers offering wonderful excursions into the rainforest and on the ocean, whether your inclination is towards fishing, beach BBQs, snorkelling, scuba diving , bird watching or rain forest exploration , all available at reasonable prices.
There is fish for sale every day, fresh off the boats that arrive back each afternoon, or from the seine fishing nets that are pulled in onto the beach. Home-made bread, baked in a clay oven by local ladies, is for sale beside the school on Wednesdays and Saturdays or bread made 6 days a week at Shirma’s cafe / bar and bakery opposite the ATM.