|Minimum Stay||5 nights|
Carpe Diem Villa was completed in late 2007. Half timbered construction over a block ground floor. It is our house and was designed for US to live in and constructed of local materials using all local labour. The whole point of the house was to take advantage of the view of Castara Bay. It is set back and 80 feet above the Northside Road in the village of Castara, a small unspoilt fishing village on the Caribbean coast of Tobago. You will not find jetskis etc but you will find peace and quiet and a chance to really relax. The beach is safe and kept clean by the villagers. Lifeguards are on duty during the day. There are NO hustlers! They are usually asked to 'move on'. In the village are guides and boatmen to take you into the rainforest, visit waterfalls, take you fishing & then to a bbq the catch on a secluded beach. The local bars are friendly with locals, expats and visitors all 'liming' together. Crime is almost non-existent. The property is covered by 8 security cameras .
Come here & write that book you always meant to write! For more reviews (130! ) and photographs check out what guests have said on Trip Advisor !
Both rooms are furnished exactly the same! Both share the same view out over the bay with loungers. Perfect for alfresco meals.
Both studios have their own access. There is a shared BBQ area.
We have a 'Graco' cot available for a baby or toddler.
It has it's own mosquito net.
There are drop down bamboo blinds along the whole balcony for shade in the afternoon. There is a shared BBQ area.
I have spent all my working life to date making things happen for others. Building this house is Yvonne and myself making it happen for us and as a bonus we have been able to create a beautiful place for others to enjoy as much as we do. We have both had and still have pretty stressful jobs. I am in the live music production business and Yvonne was a property manager for a local estate agent in the UK. We have worked hard and still do as few of us are really ever able to retire early and enjoy the fruits of our labours. We call it semi retirement.
You only go around once so you cannot let life pass you by. We all do and then it is too late, you do not get a second chance. We love life.
Living or staying in Castara is about as good as it gets!
Chris Runciman purchased this apartment in 2006
I was sitting on the hillside when it was all scrub looking out at the view of the bay after I found out the land was available and said 'This is it!'.
We decided we needed to stop thinking about a house in the sun and actually build it before we were too old to enjoy it!
Then we could share it with family and friends. We fell in love with the village after coming here on holiday and getting involved with the aftermath of the only hurricane to hit the island in a 40 odd years. We were made welcome from the start.
The area and the village, beach, the people etc just tick all the right boxes for us. You only get a chance to do something like this once.You can say lets look elsewhere and then think why did we not stay in Castara.
Opportunities like this only come once in lifetime...Carpe Diem..."Seize the day"
Castara is a friendly working fishing village set at the edge of the rain forest..., it has its own waterfall & pool, great beaches, rain forest, a reef, good fishing, sunshine, I am sorry but we would have been mad not to have said yes!
It is away from the busier south of the island with it's more tourist oriented areas but still less than an hour from the airport and main town of Scarborough if, and it is a big if, we ever need to go there!
We can walk down to either beach , shop go for a drink without needing a car. We buy fresh fish or catch it ourselves, local produce is there at the end of the road or actually in the garden. The best mango tree is behind the house, they drop, roll down and end up by the kitchen door!
At the end of the day we have the one of the best views in the village and it would have been selfish not to want to share it.
This was our honeymoon trip so we wanted something special, and we weren't disappointed. We arrived at night, which meant that we got to open the door and see the view for the first time the next morning. We both gasped when we saw it!
The apartment is clean and maintained to a very high standard, and the information provided in the folder was excellent; both accurate and up to date.
We love the wildlife that surrounds the place. The birds and bats are fascinating and great fun to feed, and the snorkelling in the bay is amazing. We saw a stingray, a turtle and an eel all in the space of 5 minutes while snorkelling one day!
The locals are friendly, warm and welcoming. You can't go wrong if you smile and chat to people. Just watch the rum punch ;)
It's our new favourite place and we'd love to visit again!
We stayed for 2 weeks in September, what a wonderful experience, the studio at Carpe Diem is very comfortable, the veranda provides a wonderful place to sit and admire the bay, the rainforests and the beautiful birds, flowers and other wildlife.
Castara is a lovely place to stay, the people are warm and friendly and the shops and eateries provide an enjoyable experience.
In all its a slice of paradise, just the place to go to recharge yourself, can highly recommend.
My wife an myself spent 9 nights at Carpe Diem Villa. It was the perfect place to relax after those busy Carnival days in Trinidad. We stayed in one of the Studio Apartments which was absolutely clean and fully equipped for self-catering. The bed is big and very comfortable. The balcony has a lovely view over Castara Bay and is surrounded by lots of pretty plants and birds. Everything is well organised, fresh linen and towels are provided every 3-4 days. Within short walking distance you can find little shops for your basic needs. The few restaurants in the village offer excellent fresh and cheap dishes. The locals are very friendly and entertaining. Just have a "lime" at the little rum shop across the road on a friday evening and find out by yourself. PS: Beware the Puncheon!
Special interest holidays:
The main thing people come to Tobago for is the fact that it is a small island & has the oldest rain forest in the world.
It also has the largest brain coral!
Tobago is good for snorkeling & diving-my wife saw Hammerhead sharks on one diving trip at the the Sisters!
There is a local dive operator close by.
The fishing is really good either off the beach in the evening or out on a boat with a local guy. Fly-fishermen come here every year.
The rain forest comes down to the sea, perfect for bird watchers & photographers. There are lots of trails to walk or you can get deep into the forest with several government registered guides for company.
You can watch birds & fruit bats from the house visiting the feeders.
Mountain bikes are available to hire in the south if you are that way inclined. As there are a lot of hills on Tobago people do come from overseas to train here.!!
The village has 2 beaches divided by a small headland which you can wade around. You have to hold your towel and camera above your head but it is at most 4-5 feet deep. The sea is safe and the beach and the sea floor sandy. Both beaches are about 200 & 400 yards from the house. The swimming is safe and there are lifeguards on the main beach. The snorkeling is great with coral within a short swim off the beach. All the beaches on this side of the island are good. the coastline is breathtaking.
The airport is at Crown Point in the south 45 minutes by taxi/car. It is actually quicker & much more romantic to go by boat back to Store Bay about 200 yards to the check in!
Ferry to Trinidad 1hr.
Hire a car in the village if needed. Otherwise it will just sit there most of the time. Driving round the island will take a day or 2 out visiting villages, beaches and checking out the highlighted points in the Rough Guide!
There are buses up and down the coast and hitching a ride is a local 'ting.
We are in the village on the hillside between the 2 beaches. Scarborough is about 45 minutes but it is hot there and we only go when necessary.
Further up the coast is the beautiful Englishman's Bay (10mins drive or some people do walk it! It takes about an hour...), Parlatuvier, Bloody Bay and of course Charlotteville are all within easy reach.
The roads are manly good but do have lots of turns and the occaisional pothole. Signposting is not particularly good so just ask if you get lost
Local shops have all the basic necessities.
Local fruit and vegetables etc all tend to be grown without chemicals!. The fish is available everyday from around 3pm and is incredible.
Fresh bread is baked most days in the village.
The nearest supermarket is in the south. It is a good idea to stop on the way up and get a few items to tide you over for the first day whilst you find your feet or if you want slightly more European items such as fresh OJ or boxed wine as it is cheaper than a buying by a bottle.
The main beach is manned by lifeguards & good snorkeling can be found right off Little beach.
Scuba operators will pick you up off the beach to go to various dive sites including the Sisters Rocks ( My wife 'swam' with hammerheads there!)
Tobago has the worlds oldest national park / rain forest and it abounds with birds, various flora and occasional fauna too.
Sunscreen is needed as the sun is overhead most of the year the latitude being 11 degrees!
Local restaurants serve a variety of local dishes. The local bars are very friendly and liming with the locals is the usual way to spend the evening. (Rum is cheap here).
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Studio - High season rate
Dec 1 2016 - Mar 31 2017
5 night minimum stay
|Fees||No additional mandatory fees|
We take a 50% deposit at the time of booking with the balance to be paid one month in advance of travel. If we are on island the balance can be paid in cash upon arrival.
In the UK you can pay by bank transfer. Otherwise PayPal is good. Any extra charges must be met by the guest though please.
Check us for last minute offers as we do get short periods between lets which we can make a deal on!
Most flights in and out are in the evening but to enable us to prepare the rooms for the next guest we do ask for a 12noon checkout . If there are no incoming guests that evening then of course you can stay longer & still get that last minute swim in...!!
Notes on prices:
Special offer 1st may until November 30th.
Studio for $75USd per night-subject to availability-5 night min.
Contact us direct as we have had the occasional cancellation at short notice & may not have updated the diary accordingly or we may be able to offer you a deal for longer lets.
We also let out the Green room upstairs separately when we are not on island at $150USD per night
Payment received by Credit card via Paypal or bank transfer to our UK account.
50% deposit is taken at the time of booking
The balance to be paid 30days prior to arrival