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This is a three apartment two one bedroom and a two bedroom the prices are $160:00,$65:00 & 60:00 us
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1 Bedroom, 4 Bathrooms, Sleeps 8
Castara, Tobago, Trinidad and Tobago

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mat M
1 review
“brand new, american style beach house"”
Reviewed March 11, 2015 for a stay in March 2015

Excellent accomodatins. Kurt was very nice. We spent most of the day in the beach but the cool a/c and balcony was so inviting. we had a candlelight dinner the 4 of us. It was very nice. Castara is probably the best beach for families who want the private beach experience. homemade icream shop, small family owned restaurants, scattered bars around. It's nice to see the slower pace so warm and friendly.

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Liked best: wifi was excellent, price we paid (given brand new)
Liked least: nothing. no complaints.
Traveling group: Young Children
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Mar 19, 2015
Thanks very much for your review and wish you come again cheers
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MayGodBle...
Toronto
2 reviews
“Immerse yourself in Tobago”
Reviewed March 3, 2015 for a stay in April 2013

My husband and I travelled with our 2.5 year old and stayed for about a week. I had always wanted to experience life in a Tobago fishing village, but needed convenience and security with a little one. Mr. Kurt's place was ideal - a few steps from the beach, safe (he is a well-respected policeman), comfortable (air conditioned) and well-equipped. With no car and a little one, we appreciated that it was level with the beach and had a lovely flat garden, as most other places in Castara require a steep walk. Mr. Kurt and his family were so helpful and discrete at the same time. The airport pick up and drop off was really appreciated. Castara is lovely, with beaches, rainforest and waterfall hiking, fresh bread made by the ladies of the village, and several convenience stores all in walking distance, so you don't need a car. Be prepared that eating out is very expensive in Castara, and we really appreciated the couple of times when Mr. Kurt's wife cooked for us - the best meals we had. Overall, people are friendly, but there are a few unsavoury characters hanging around the beach, so I avoided going there alone.
We appreciated Baywatch apartment even more when we saw our friend's accomodation up the hill - a steep climb up, that was bat infested and not clean or safe for little kids (dealing with the foreign owner by email was incredibly unpleasant as well).
You would be fortunate to experience Mr. Kurt and his family's true Tobagonian hospitality and lovely place, especially at this price.

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Liked best: The simplicity and serenity and kindness of hosts
Traveling group: Young Children
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dbcha
Norwich, United Kingdom
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15 reviews
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“If you can find better in the Caribbean let me know please, I will book it immediately.”
Reviewed February 3, 2015 for a stay in February 2015
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Kurt and Ivy are lovely people and make terrific hosts. They live on the premises and always ensure you have everything you need.

Our new, spacious apartment was well furnished and immaculately clean. Midway through our 6 day stay Ivy changed the linen and thoroughly cleaned the apartment again.
The beach is 1 minute at a slow walk,there are several places to eat and drink all within a 5 minute walk.
If you want solitude don't come here, you are in the middle of a fishing village: the poeple make noise and so do the birds and chickens. We loved them all.

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haltj
Saskatoon, Canada
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6 reviews
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“Clean, comfortable and great location.”
Reviewed December 29, 2014 for a stay in November 2014
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Baywatch apartment is ideally located in the heart of the village, short walks to the beach, restaurants, fish market, and clay oven bakery. The apartment was very clean, with excellent wifi, the best reception we encountered on our entire vacation. The kitchen space was tight with room for only one person, but adequately stocked. Kurt and Ivy were gracious hosts, making sure we were comfortable. Gated secure yard to park a rental vehicle.
They were presently building additional rental units on their property while we were there.

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Liked best: Proximity to all amenities.
Liked least: Small kitchen
Traveling group: Spouse/Partner
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Retired H...
Emsworth, England
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“Great location with friendly helpful owners.”
Reviewed October 23, 2014 for a stay in March 2014

We stayed here for one week in March and it was a great experience. A lovely location close to the sea in a small fishing village. If you want a quiet vacation in a friendly local village this is the place to stay. There is good snorkelling right off the beach. The owners are very helpful and as locals are able to give you all the information you need. We would certainly stay there again

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JillPhoen...
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“Clean, safe and just what we were looking for.”
Reviewed December 17, 2013 for a stay in December 2013

Kurt and Ivy are wonderful hosts, very pleasant and helpful. Castara is a great little fishing village that gives you a great feel of the island. It was a bit rainy when we were there, so we spent time "liming" at the table and chairs outside the apartment. Everyone in the area is friendly. They would say "good day" as they passed by and were eager to assist in any way they can.

The apartment is clean and bright, there was just what we needed to fix the meals we made, and having Curt pick us up and take us to the airport was great. He showed us some of the island in both directions.

We like to travel and stay where we can cook an occasional meal as well and get a feel for the people and culture, so we would much rather stay in an apartment like this than a hotel. Transportation is available just up the hill from the apartment, but sometimes you have to wait a bit. The bus service runs on it's own schedule but there are cars and taxi's that pass that are much more reliable.

If you are looking for pampering and fancy, this is not your place. If you want to see what Tobago life is like in a small village, this is the place for you. You have most of what you want just a few steps away, with a beautiful beach and lots of charm.

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Liked best: The flavor of the area
Liked least: Nothing
Traveling group: Spouse/Partner
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R P
London, United Kingdom
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70 reviews
24 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 86 helpful votes
“PERFECT - IN EVERY WAY!”
Reviewed May 8, 2013 for a stay in April 2013
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We stayed at Kurt and Ivy's "Baywatch Apartment" after finding it through the MyTobago website. The apartment is downstairs, at the front of their immaculate home, in the centre (i.e. the non-hilly bit) of the beautifully located village of Castara. Kurt collected us from the airport, and half an hour later we arrived in paradise.

Kurt and Ivy's house is by far the best maintained in the village. You can also walk to everywhere you'll want to go to from here, unlike other places that are up steep hills. The Coffee Shop is a 2 minute walk along the road, the waterfall 15 minutes walk, the beach is right there. It's is also close to the cashpoint, the bus stop, the bar and the restaurants - as I say everything you may need.

The apartment is well appointed, with a bedroom with A/C, with a kitchen just off it, and behind a small eating area, and a bathroom area. It works well for a couple. The bed was comfortable. Outside is a covered seating area (which doubles as the carport - you can keep a rental car locked inside the walled/fenced compound), where you can sit and watch the village go by. Out back there is a pretty garden which you can use, where there are a couple of deckchairs and a table and seats. We would often sit out there in the morning. You have a small seaview from the apartment - the house is set back from the beach, but on the beach side of the main road, so is literally a minute's wander away.

Kurt and Ivy are well known and well respected people in the village - anyone they put you in touch with will be of similar standing, so take their advice when making plans. If you are concerned about safety while in Tobago (you shouldn't be), stay here. Not only is the apartment secure, the garden area is too - while Castara is safe, on top of this, nobody would dare step foot inside Kurt and Ivy's property uninvited because of their professional standing - i.e. the jobs they do. It made us feel reassured.

We preferred the main beach to the smaller beach (Heavenly Bay) in Castara. It was cleaner, the sand wider, and less cluttered by buildings behind. The apartment is in the village area just behind the main beach. Tip - walk to the beach and turn left and walk to the end. A guy there rents beach chairs, or just pop a towel down. It's the quietest bit of beach, but you can still see everything else that's going on. One real advantage of Baywatch Apartment is you could nip back from the beach to use the bathroom, reapply suncream, pick up drinks or books, or whatever - from the end of the beach to the apartment is less than a five minute walk. Perfect.

The apartment is in the village centre - some will love this, others may prefer to be further out. There is a general hubbub during the day (though hubbub in Tobago is relative, and in Castara it's a very quiet hubbub). At night you may here the odd sound - a dog barking, the odd car going by (but not at any speed), and you may hear people chatting out in the road. It didn't annoy us, in fact it added to the experience of being in a small tight knit village. However, if you're a very light sleeper, consider bringing earplugs so if you do get woken you can just pop them in. The only noise we found a little irritating at first was the cockerels, but that will be the same anywhere you stay in Castara because wherever there are houses there will be cockerels crowing! The earplugs blocked this out for us, plus the whirr of the A/C machine. Again, you get used to it, and it's part of the experience. I doubt you'll find anywhere much quieter in Castara than the Baywatch Apartment - when inside you feel quite 'cacooned'. We are very noise conscious, and one of the determining factors of whether we return anywhere is noise disturbance - we would return to Baywatch Apartment in a heartbeat.

It has everything you will need, but without being over the top in any way, and keeping things to the simple things, thereby making for a carefree holiday. The apartment was immaculately clean when we arrived - Ivy and Kurt had even put a couple of beers in the fridge for us! If you're looking for Nespresso machines, or need a kitchen stocked with gadgets, this won't be the place for you. If you need hot water pouring out of the shower from the moment you turn it on, again the apartment won't be for you (the water does get hot, fear not!). The bathroom area is a tad strange, with a curtain across in front of the loo, but as a couple we had no problem with this because if someone was using the bathroom area, the other just stayed in the bedroom and closed the door.

Kurt and Ivy should be one of the reasons you stay here - they are both delightful. Ivy is very chatty and you'll find yourself finding out more about life in Tobago. Kurt is quieter, but has an interesting background, and again will inform you of the real Tobago. They seem to like meeting other people from elsewhere, and hearing about their experiences. We felt that we arrived as strangers and left as friends, even though we stayed in Castara for only a few days. We have been in touch with them since. As I've said above, we would return to Baywatch Apartment, and also to Castara.

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Liked best: The owners, Ivy and Kurt, the location and condition of the property
Liked least: The bathroom curtain felt a bit odd, but we got used to it
Traveling group: Spouse/Partner
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
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Management Response
May 7, 2013
We at Baywatch Apartment appreciate your comments very much and I must say it was our pleasure having you stayed here. I must say you are welcome again in the future.Bye have a great time
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