We stayed at seascape for 4 nights, we would have stayed longer if it were available (the next hotel we stayed in was a serious step down). This place is so beautiful, we had little reason to leave (only to swim and gather supplies). We stayed with our son, and the manages did a great job baby proofing the balcony for us (Thank you!)
Castara is a wonderful, easy place to stay. The supplies at the local stores are enough (no need to come with anything other than coffee).
1st time ever in Tobago, stayed at Seascape, Sunset apt... and had an amazing vacation. Seascape is exactly as portrayed on the website. We were very comfortable, very little bugs bothered us at night, and the people in Castara were very friendly, and helpful when we had questions. LaVorne and Rolling(Managers) stopped in all the time to see if we needed anything. David(owner) answered our multiple questions prior to our arrival, and steered us in the right direction for Diving(Ritchie)...the diving was superb! He had great equipment and was very safe. We found Roachie for our Rainforest guide...he was incredible! Called a ton of sought after birds in!!!! Eamon in Black Rock for Mt Biking! We did rent a car..LaVorne helped us out with that..Keno...very nice car and fair price. The driving is pretty crazy, but worth it. Englishmans Bay is just a 10 min drive and well worth it. Everywhere we drove, people went out of their way to help us out(there are very little signs) Never ever felt unsafe in any of the towns...people greeted us w smiles everywhere(sometimes laughing at us, I'm sure)
Our favorite meals......Hazel and Binky have a little market(lots of fresh fruit/veggies)t at the top of the hill...have to go meet them...they also serve food, something different everyday...definitely worth stopping in. Also loved DeAlmond on the beach, and Castara Retreats.
Also made a trip to the Waterfall almost everyday...just follow the path by the soccer field...Refreshing way to end the day
Note about accessibility...I do not think this is the place for anyone who may have a hard time getting around(young&old). Lots of steep stairs, uneven rocky stairs, etc. We loved it, but were a little relieved that our 2 year old granddaughter was not w us, or I could not imagine my parents trying to negotiate the rocky stairs at night, coming home from restaurants.
I see some reviews about the noise of the village at night...well... you are staying at a village on the ocean...I personally loved every single noise I heard...roosters, dogs, lots of birds and yes of course, waves, sometimes so loud, that they wake you...but to us, it was all part of an amazing community...I hope it always stays exactly like it is, and tourists, don't try to change this beautiful village.( or Castara will try to change for tourist preferences). Please do not build any condos, or try to squeeze more rental homes in...leave it as is.
Totally agree with other reviews on this site. The video on the apartment's website shows you exactly what to expect and the apartment delivers. Great views, the sound of the waves underneath you, comfortable and spotlessly clean. Excellent support from Rolling and Lavorne.
My wife and I stayed at seascape, wavesong for 9 nights in February and we loved it. The view from the balcony is second to none, the birds that came a visited us there were beautiful and there was a great variety, in fact we saw far more birds from our balcony than we did on the rainforest walk we went on. The rooms were light and clean and furnished to suit all our needs. The property managers Lavern and Rolling were very friendly and helpful! The location is excellent, just a 2 minute walk from little bay and a 5 minute walk from the big beach. We enjoyed every minute of our stay in Castara and hope back again someday soon!
My wife and I were fortunate to stay here for an entire week in January of 2015. It is every bit as beautiful as the website and photos would lead you to believe. I can highly recommend this place, so long as you read through this review and understand the caveats.
The village of Castara itself is friendly - beautiful in not only vista but in the abundance of flora and fauna, and in the good people that live here. It is one of those places where exotic birds are around every corner, there is a fantastic abundance of tropical fish, the view is amazing, and the local birds will gladly eat the fruit you offer them on your deck.
The best meal of our trip was right up the road at the little vegetable stand. The lady there (you may have to ask for her) is named Hazel. She cooks different food on different days. Custom bread loaves, bbq, etc. but our absolute favorite was the "Buss Up Shut"! Incredibly great and savory local meal!
The beach is right below you at SeaScape, but because of the layout you have to backtrack down quite a few stairs, and then walk down the steep road past a smelly chicken coop to get to it. But after that, it is probably even more than you would expect. The highlights of the beach itself for me were the world-class snorkeling (best of my life) only a few feet into the bay (and even better if you swim around the corner to "Emerald Cove"), the dive-bombing pelicans that smack the water with incredible intensity in pursuit of their food, and the glorious sunsets that look like a painting. A note on the tropical fish and snorkeling: I have a 55 gallon tank, and have snorkeled here as well as in Jamaica, Antigua, and Barbuda. This was, by far, the best experience, with the brightest and most diverse fish of great sizes, that I have ever had.
SeaScape, as well as all of Castara, is built upon the very steep hills that comprise much of Tobago. As such, I would use caution if you are elderly or in any other ways limited physically. I do not believe it is handicapped accessible, and Castara in general may not be the place for you unless you can find a truly special place that you could drive right up level to your accommodation. Even then, it may be difficult to truly explore much of Castara that is not beachside.
One thing that did annoy me is that Castara, and SeaScape and other resorts close to the Ocean in particular, was very noisy. Something about the ocean and the shape of Heavenly Bay makes the waves very loud. My wife couldn't Skype on the deck and had to go to a back room in order to hear and be heard effectively, if that is any indication. But the ocean noise is only half of it. The roosters couldn't tell time, yelling at all hours, and the local dogs (which seem very nice during the day) had blood-curdling fights at night. It literally sounded like someone had ran over a dog's leg on a few occasions. SeaScape is a very open layout, and there was not a lot of sound barrier as a result.
Nevertheless, the incredible-ness outweighs the bad, and it is a wonderful lodging and vacation experience if you love great views, incredible snorkeling, and awesome bird-watching.
I highly - HIGHLY recommend having a rental car here. Taylor's auto rental is great. I would not, however, make your first drive at night. Bad idea. Once you have one, however, DO NOT MISS the following:
Englishman's bay. Most peaceful place we found on Tobago, with some of the best lunches at Eula's. A mere 10-minute scenic drive east of Castara on the main road - look for the sign.
The local food - note the Buss Up Shut from Hazel if you can get it. Other highlights included Castara Retreats as an ok gourmet spot with an incredible view, and Margueritte's as a good food option as well.
Mt. Dillon - a steep exit off the main road before you enter the village (coming from the direction of Crown Point) will give you a wonderful high view of Castara and the surrounding area. Well worth the drive up.
Additional notes and warnings:
The ATM in Castara DID NOT WORK with my Visa Debit!!! We had to drive for 30 minutes to Crown Point to find an ATM that worked ok.
Cheapest beer we found was at Cheno's coffee shop. Something like $3 US for a Guiness(!) Less for the Carib or Stag, etc.
Enjoy this interesting little fishing village and burgeoning tourist destination, it is a wild and special place.
Outstanding accomodation! SeaScape has an excellent location and it is tastefully built and decorated. Castara is the perfect choice, being far enough from the rather busy Western part of the island, offering beautiful beach and views, with not too many tourists. It is though a real, picturesque village with shops and restaurants. And the appartment´s kitchen is well equipped for cooking. The temperature is perfect day and night both in- and outdoors!
The property manager, Rolling, is nice, reliable and helpful. And the guide Errol Roach (Roachees Tours) took us fishing, showed us amazing corals and the nearby tropical forest, Scarborough etc. Knowledgable and really pleasant person! One feels very safe and welcome in Tobago.
We spent unforgettable moments during our 5-days holidays in the WaveSong apartment. Every day we were sitting at the balcony looking at the Carribean Sea and marvellous Little Bay and feeding the birds with bananas and other fruits. Besides of Bananaquits, blue and green Tenagers, we were visited regularly by colourful Mot-Mot bird. Unfortunately the sea was rough during our stay in Castara so we regret not to see the coral reef, but watching birds and picturesque sunset was also very relaxing and pleasant. Whole apartment is made of wood and have no glass in windows so in the night we were feeling like sleeping hanging directly over the beach. It was amazing but also a little annoying because the sound of the sea was quite loud and we couldn’t sleep deeply at night. For us it was also a little bit too hot for sleeping and sea-brease “air-condition” wasn’t enough to cool down the apartment. Be careful with the food and keep everything organic in the fridge, otherwise the ants will be everywhere. Nevertheless definitely the greatest advantage of SeaScape is the localisation directly at the sea side and the feeling that the time has stopped for a while. The most convenient is to rent a car and buy some food in a supermarket in Scarborough, Carnbee or Canaan. We also recommend a trip in the rain forest with Fitzroy Quamina. The other places worth visiting in the north part of Tobago are: calm and charming Charlotteville with the most beautiful Pirate’s Bay, as well as Argyle’s Waterfall.