Castara Bay

Photo Credit: © NJ Spider CC BY
 

In the quaint fishing village of Castara is the well-liked beach known as Castara Bay. Although the beach is not entirely isolated, the small crowds that appear on the beach regularly are laid back and add to the scene rather than take away from it. Some of the perks of a day at Castara Bay include the opportunity to see sting rays (bring your snorkeling gear!), and the availability of fresh caught fish right off the boat at the end of the fishing day.

Located in Castara, in the same vicinity as Mason Hall, this beach is on the North coast of Tobago. You should consider stopping by regardless of whether you are staying in the immediate vicinity. Vacationers will notice that, while Castara Bay is by no means quiet and secluded, you also wouldn't call it particularly popular. This makes it an excellent choice for travelers who want to visit a somewhat lively beach but wish to stay away from the most populated spots.

How to Access The Beach

Roxborough-Parlatuvier Road runs parallel to the beach, from which you can take one of several paved roads right up to the beach.

Amenities and Ambiance

Castara Bay is a crescent-shaped beach set with soft, tan colored sand and palm trees. The waters that lap the shores are warm and relatively calm, though there are some periods throughout the day when they can be a bit choppy. To add to the beach's charm, fishing boats dot the horizon.

Unfortunately, public restrooms aren't available, which is something to consider if you're bringing the kids, or plan to spend all day outside.

What's Nearby

Attractions

You'll find this beach on the North coast of Tobago. It is near some interesting sites like Fort King George, which is found seven and a half miles to the south, and it is one of the area's attractions.

If a visit to the Castara Bay isn't enough to keep you busy all afternoon, the beach is located near the attractions in the following table.

Activities and Attractions Near Castara Bay
Attraction Type Distance Direction Island
Fort King George Historical Site 7.4 S Tobago
National Fine Arts Centre Art Gallery 7.4 S Tobago
Fort George Lighthouse 7.5 S Tobago
Fort Bennett Historical Site 7.9 SW Tobago
Mt. Irvine Golf Course Golf Course 9.4 SW Tobago

Cities and Towns

Nearby, you'll find the town of Scarborough, which is in an area with interesting things to do and see, but isn't as sprawling and crowded as some other areas. From the beach, Scarborough is found maybe seven miles (11 and a half kilometers) away.

Hotels

The number of other people sharing spots in the sand can vary widely, it depends mainly on when you visit, and how many people have booked rooms nearby. The area does not have very many large hotels, but it can appeal to guests from the few small lodgings in the area.

Vacationers will find a good variety of hotel booking options to choose from near the beach. The closest of which can be viewed below.

Accommodations near Castara Bay
Hotel Distance Direction Type
Naturalist Beach Resort 0.1 N Hotel
Castara Retreats 0.2 S Lodge
Cuffie River Retreat 2.4 S Lodge

Food

Although the area surrounding Castara Bay isn't exactly a culinary hot spot, you can still satisfy your hunger, especially if you're willing to drive or bike a few miles. One of the nearest restaurants is Cuffie River Nature Retreat Restaurant, which is just a short distance away.

The following table provides a list of restaurants closest to this beach.

Restaurants near Castara Bay
Restaurant Name Phone Cuisine Distance Direction Island
Cuffie River Nature Retreat Restaurant (868) 660-0505 Caribbean, Creole 2.4 mi. S Tobago

Other Beaches

Travelers who are looking for the ideal beach will have plenty of other choices on Tobago besides Castara Bay.

You may also want to consider Great Courland Bay, which is located a brief cab ride away. Great Cortland Bay, with its long sandy beach and populated area, is a favorite on Tobago for both tourists and locals who gravitate to the shore to play in the bright blue waters and watch for nesting sea turtles.

Of course, there is much more to do besides lounge on the sand on Trinidad and Tobago, but a trip to Castara Bay could end up a family favorite.

 

Help us improve! We welcome your corrections and suggestions.