Just 45 minutes from Tobago's international airport, Castara beach and village are found on the Caribbean coast in a beautiful bay with white cottages dotted on the hillsides and overlooking two stunning beaches. The village is backed by the longest conserved rainforest in the western hemisphere.
The village has amenities which include an ATM machine for organising cash in local dollars, several local restaurants and bars, and a cluster of simple stores selling food, vegetables and basic household goods. You can cook for yourself in your apartment or eat out, either at Cheno's café or in one of the two or three other restaurants serving local food in the village. The Coffee House café also offers a great barbeque on Saturday evenings.
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 barbeques, snorkelling, bird watching or rain forest explorations; 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 clay ovens by local ladies, is for sale beside the school on Wednesdays and Saturdays.