Castara holiday villa and studio apartments, Tobago


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Responsible tourism: Castara holiday villa and studio apartments, Tobago


Our location is truly off the beaten track and provides the perfect surroundings for birdwatching, hiking and simply relaxing. Just a 3 minute walk from the beach, and there are bars and restaurants within walking distance so you won't need to drive everywhere and can easily keep your carbon footprint to a minimum with ease.

Castara is wonderfully unspoiled and local people and visitors alike to do their best to preserve its beauty and biodiversity for the future. The birdlife is amazing and a huge draw for many nature lovers, as well as the fruits and fauna which grow naturally in abundance. Organic, locally grown fruit and veg is just what we've eaten since the beginning and this helps to keep environmental impacts lower. Manta Rays are often spotted from the shore, parrots come down from the rainforest, and mangos, avocados, bananas and oranges are just some of the fruits to enjoy when in season from our garden. Castara is nestled on the edge of the oldest protected rainforest in the Western Hemisphere.


We now live in the UK but our roots in Tobago go back a long way! We built the house on land handed down through my family, and I've always been supportive of tourism which helps local people. Many of the locals in Castara sustain their livelihoods through fishing, and there are also some great low key guesthouses run by friendly locals rather than larger companies.

It's great to see the kind of tourism which supports local people and also goes hand in hand with local tradition. My community is still very traditional and this is typical in more unspoiled areas on this side of the Island. The village is very proud of its community foundations and everyone works together to keep things this way long into the future. I myself am a keen African drummer, I led children's dance groups and ran traditional stilt walking groups when I lived in Tobago.

The house is looked after by my young nephew and sister. All work is maintained by local people and we can also recommend local, licensed guides for both sea and rainforest trips and to provide information about local places and the area's heritage.

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