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Blue Mango
Ranked #51 of 98 Specialty Lodging in Tobago
Reviewed February 1, 2011

This place is great, we’d go back in a heartbeat! Me and my wife spend two glorious weeks at Blue Mango in October 2010, 5 nights in one of the Sweet Point Cottage apartments and 9 nights in the Sea Steps cottage. Sweet Point Cottage is nice, the views from the balcony is amazing and the place have all the amenities you need.

However, Sea Steps is the star of Blue Mango. The bedroom is good size, the bed is large and comfortable and the bathroom has a good shower with warm water and plenty of room. And still it’s the living room space that makes this place. Kitchen area, table and sun beds open to the ocean.
There were days we didn’t even leave the cottage. The ever present soothing noise from the surf breaking a few meters below you, the private stair down to your own little beach, the birds. If you are looking for peace and quiet you can’t do better than this.

The rooms are kept nice and clean. They are also very open to the elements, making it impossible for them to get stuffy but also enabling birds and the odd insect to find its way inside. It never bothered us, indeed it’s fun to watch the bananaquits fly around.

Rebecca is a great hostess and a talented cook, her simple yet tasty local fare is amazing. Even the crab and dumpling, although messy to eat. And she mixes a mean rum punch.

So we give this place all thumbs up, and recommend anyone seeking peace and quiet to go there, you will not regret it.

  • Stayed: October 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed December 8, 2010

Very quirky - great views but probably better in the dry season as sea very close and very noisy - could do with some maintenance & cleaner only turned up once at the beginnining of stay. Owners not around very much but lovely people.

  • Stayed: December 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed May 15, 2010

Most beautiful place, romantic and comforting. friendly staff. could not ask for anything more!! Highly recomended!!

  • Stayed: December 2009, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed April 7, 2010

BLUE MANGO CASTARA TOBAGO

We visited Colin, Rachel and Trinity at Blue Mango March 2010, our original idea for this holiday was to tour Tobago, having been twice before, staying a couple of nights at each destination, once we visited the website for Blue Mango we had to change our plans, we fell in love with this unique property straight away and just knew we had to stay there, as it turned out we decided to stay the whole two weeks and we are very glad we did. We appreciate the other units on site are very good but, if you get the chance stay in Sea Steps, this very special house has won us over with it’s quirky build it is certainly a one off, sitting above it’s own beach it is the envy of all who stay in Castara, true it has not got an easy access and if you have trouble of any kind in walking it may not be for you. The sound of the waves rushing against the rocks below your bedroom is wonderful, you soon get used to the noise, or you can do as my wife did and sleep under the stars in the hammock provided in the open lounge area ask for a mosquito net. We can not praise Colin & Rachel highly enough, nothing is to much trouble you only have to ask, as the old saying goes if you do not ask you do not get. For the first four days we did nothing but relax, swimming off the beach was easy just walk down the steps provided, access to the other two beaches is easy, either swim or walk. Going to the village for shopping is just as easy and the facilities in the village are very good, one large supermarket with numerous small shops that sell just about everything, if you have any trouble in getting anything go and see Mrs Walker in her shop/bar near the Coffee House. The eating houses are good in the main village you have the Coffee House, see Chevron as he can also help with fishing trips and tours, and just opposite Margurites and on a Friday night a must is Shirvans bar for the BBQ, there are other places like the Naturaluist, the Almond Tree and D Lime but we did not get to try them out so can not say if good or not, we enjoyed our meals in the Coffee House and Margurites, also The Coffee House has a BBQ on Saturday night. Of course we must not forget our very own Rachel with her Clay Oven which is now up and running providing local caribbean food every night with Friday night being dance night to live music when available, most enjoyable. If you want to go liming, the local of meeting up for a drink and a chat, just join the locals in the bar at the top of the hill near Blue Mango, you will be in for an interesting evening especially if the two ladies called Doris are in, get to know them as they have a wealth of information and one even runs a garden nursery which is very interesting. Take a walk to the waterfall along the river bed up past the football pitch for an early morning dip in the water below and swim with the many fish. The time will fly by, up at 6am to watch the Pelicans fishing, go for an early morning swim, breakfast and more bird watching, also by this time the fishermen will be going out to the boats, now time for another swim before going shopping, back for lunch time swim and eats, rest during the heat of the day, swimming/snorkelling during late afternoon, back for a quick cup of tea before going down to catch the sunset and a last swim around 6.30pm. Of out for the evening and a lime before and after your meal or cook in and just enjoy the real peace and quiet Sea Steps offers you as you will not hear any local noise except the sea.
The time may come when you want to explore the island as we did so just see Rachel or go down to Taylors on the small beach to arrange your car hire and you can get to all the local sandy bays plus a trip to the capital Scarborough can be enjoyed , whilst talking of the small beach, here you have The Boat House restaurant which is not run by locals, this becomes apparent when they have the Wednesday BBQ with live steel band and African band music with a meal included, the price for this is very expensive and to be honest we did not enjoy the meal as it was obviously cooked using cheap ingredients and was completely tasteless, the only good thing is if you can drink enough rum punch this is included in the price but, at 400tt$ against the very modest 80 – 100tt$ of the other BBQs you can see what we mean. By the way Chevron does include rum punch in the price of The Coffee House BBQ. If you want a holiday with all the trimmings do not go to Castara, if you want something completely individual, different and definitely quirky it can only be the Blue Mango and Sea Steps.

Well Colin & Rachel we sincerely it will not be to long before we are back in Castara and staying with you and Trinity, hopefully she will have quietened down by then, for another fabulous holiday, we can not thank you enough for the efforts you went to to ensure we had a great time and we promise you the hammock, (Colin provided us with a hammock to bring back to the UK) will be put up and used so that Sandy can lay back and think of Tobago, Castara and all the wonderful people we met on this trip, thank you all once again.

  • Stayed: March 2010, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank bumbleNorfolk
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Reviewed August 7, 2009

Staying at the Blue Mango in Castara Bay, Tobago is an absolute dream. The past two years my husband, son and I have spent time in the Sweet Point cottages. They are wonderful "off the beaten path" gems. The Blue Mango is for travelers who are looking to loose themselves in tranquility. If you are looking for a place jam packed with tourists the Blue Mango and Castara Bay are not for you. We find it to be both romantic and family friendly at the same time. The peace and quiet of the lovely surroundings are just my idea of a vacation. Whether it is the hummingbirds and butterflies that visit or just the sounds of the ocean. Both my husband and I are artists and found our stay to be truly inspiring. This year we had planned to further explore Tobago and were so happy in Castara Bay we didn't start the car once.

The Blue Mango offers private balconies and the bay views are just wonderful from sunrise to sunset. Some nights we even took our dinners to go so we could spend more time relaxing under the stars on ours. My husband even counted 13 shooting stars in two nights this year. Breezes through the rooms are delightful. The cottages are comfortable and nicely decorated so that they have a wonderful island feel. They are rustic, but cleanly and well appointed with linens. Having a kitchen in our room is ideal traveling with a child. It offered everything I needed to prepare meals and keep us well equipped with cold rum drinks. Visits from "the fruit king" put fresh mangoes bananas, watermelons and oranges right at our finger tips and the local grocery offered any items we needed. Having hot water in our shower was a nice surprise. Those in the know will tell you this not always an "off the beaten path" luxury. Much to our liking there are not phones to ring and interrupt unwinding or televisions to remind of the outside world. There is however wireless internet to use on which we sent messages home bragging of how much fun we were having.

The beach in Castara Bay is lovely. White sand, clear water and calm waves. It is quite satisfying to see tour boats show off the bay and know you get to just stay there. Watching the fishermen pull in the daily catch is even an event. They do sell to local restaurants and eating the king fish, dolphin or mahi mahi straight out of the ocean is just divine. Not to mention the yummy curry delights. Snorkleing off the beach to the right side of the bay is also nice. We saw parrot, angel, puffer needle fish and more. Having lots of schools of fish swimming all around was so peaceful. We were able to float on top of the ocean with absolute ease. There is even another small beach around the curve of rocks that is easily accessed.

Colin, Rebecca and Trinity have made the Blue Mango a home away from home for us. In every way they helped us to be comfortable and enjoy our stay. They became more than owners of the place we stayed. More like friends. If a small hike to a waterfall interests you, simply inquire and they will explain how to get there. This was the case with most anything we asked for. Rebecca even shared some of her plans for the Clay Kitchen restaurant they are renovating and I cannot wait to return and enjoy the ambiance and tasty local treats we discussed. My only complaint would have been that we would have loved to stay longer. My family is already day dreaming of our next stay at the Blue Mango.

  • Stayed: May 2009, traveled with family
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Reviewed December 21, 2008

My girlfriend and I stayed at the Blue Mango in September 2007 for six nights. We had requested the Sweet Point cabin but Colin, the owner, asked if we'd like to stay in the Sea Steps cabin because he was remodeling Sweet Point during our visit. He was very professional about the whole thing and offered us Sea Steps at the same price as Sweet Point as long as we moved to Sweet Point for the last 2 days of our stay once it was finished.
Castara is about an hour drive from Crown Point and the trip involves navigation of pretty terrifying mountain roads. We got a taxi which was intense enough. I can't imagine actually driving that route.
The Blue Mango is situated in the center of Castara village on a cliff that juts out over the Sea. The property consists of the Blue Mango cottage which is on the main road with scant sea views but very comfortable accomodations, Sweet Point cottage which is a two apartment unit on the edge the cliff that looks out over Heavenly Bay and half of Castara, and Sea Steps which dramaticaly sticks out over its own beach and the ocean.
Sea Steps is heaven. Pure heaven. You walk down a steep flight of stairs to an open air apartment that is pretty much suspended over the Caribbean sea. If you don't like the the ocean, don't stay here!
Sweet Point was very nice as well. After Sea Steps it was a bit of a let down but if you can't drop $200 a night on a room it is well worth it.
Colin, Rebecca, and Bobby are amazing. They really made our stay in Tobago special and they are a big reason we will be going back to Tobago.
If you are expecting an all inclusive resort that caters to your every need DO NOT STAY HERE! PLEASE! Stay up the street at Castara Retreats or some other resort. The Blue Mango is for people who want to connect with Tobago on a personal level. Please don't bother with this place if you want every comfort of home. Stay here if you want to experiance a getaway like no other where bannanaquits wake you up shortly after sunrise by chirping loudly on your bedpost and the roar of the sea is a mere 20 feet away.
I will be staying here again and bringing friends!

  • Stayed: September 2007, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 26, 2008

Please check the dates of reviews before you book this accomodation. We checked out Trip Advisor and as there were quite a few good reviews on Blue Mango, we decided to give it a try. We were charged £100 per night and stayed here for 4 nights.

I had really been looking forward to our trip as we were staying on a few islands on our 2 week holiday, and Tobago was our last stop before heading home. We arrived at the airport in Tobago and upon arrival we had arranged with Blue Mango to be picked up. We had given them via email all relevant flight and arrival information and had confirmation, but when we stepped out to arrivals, there was no one there. We tried to find the number and call the accomodation a few times, we ended up not getting through to anyone at all. We had to then negotiate a fare with a taxi, and endure a pretty bumpy and uncomfortable 2.5 hours to our destination.

When we tried to find the place, our taxi driver spent some time driving around as there is no clear sign post. When we eventually found Blue Mango, there was no one around at all to even direct us to where we were staying! The people we did find didn't seem to know what was going on. When a person who actually worked there came to help us, we were thankfully taken to our accomodation which was Sea Steps.

Now this is why i say CHECK THE DATE OF REVIEW as everything within the accomodation was so outdated, I feared it was a major health and safety issue. We have done camping out in the wild in Africa and other such trips, and don't mind not having the home comforts, but this was beyond a joke. Feeling sick from the fact we paid £100 a night (and also from the nightmare taxi ride to Blue Mango) it felt as though we had paid for the best seats at a show but were given the most uncomfortable seats to watch the show.

We did have an amazing view, especially when the sun was setting, but this is all I can really positively say. The place has a massive potential to be a fantastic get away, if the owners would look around and do some proper renovation work to the place.

The kitchen facilities were old and worn, the decking for the kitchen and living space, and balcony (which I have to add you can look thorugh the cracks in the floor and see a 25ft drop below you onto rocks and sand) were worn with rot and damage, the steps down to the beach were broken and could possible do some serious damage to anyone not paying attention, the bathroom was make shift and outdated, oh and the private beach below was not great for sunbathing as the sea rose to the rocky edge.

My major complaint about this place was the noise. I love sleeping close to the sea and listening to relaxing waves, but this sounded like the brink of a tsunami! The waves would come in from all directions, left, right and centre, and crash against the rocks. So as I tried to sleep each night, if I wasn't scared to death about the crashing rocks, I was scared that we would wake up to find our bed had fallen through the bedroom floor in the night and we were on the rocks or swept out to sea!

Good luck anyone else who chooses this location before some serious work is completed to make this the fantastic place it should be.

  • Stayed: February 2008, traveled as a couple
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Address: Castara Postal Agency | St David Parish, Tobago
Location: Caribbean > Trinidad and Tobago > Tobago
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Ranked #51 of 98 Specialty Lodging in Tobago
Price Range: $75 - $350 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 5
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Blue Mango Tobago, Trinidad And Tobago

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