Castara Bay

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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 toward the western outskirts of Castara, near Mason Hall, this beach is on the North coast of Tobago. You should consider stopping by even if you aren't staying very close. Castara Bay is a distinguishable relaxation spot because it's one of the best spots for escaping the hustle of Trinidad and Tobago's urban areas. Other nearby beaches on Trinidad and Tobago may have the same warm sand and calming breezes as Castara Bay, but tend to be busier since they're found in the most popular parts of town.

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 plan to spend a full day in the sun.

What's Nearby

Attractions

Visitors will find this beach on the North coast of Tobago; this area boasts other attractions such as Fort King George, which is just a cab ride away.

If you can't wait to see as many of Trinidad and Tobago's attractions as possible, the following table shows the closest options.

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

Castara Bay is in the Scarborough area, so a trip into the city is a definite option. The nearby town of Scarborough is noted for its balance between seclusion and urbanization. From the shore, Scarborough is a car ride off, about seven miles (11 and a half kilometers) away.

Hotels

The number of other people sharing spots in the sand can vary widely, depending on everything from the time the sun sets to how many hotel rooms have been booked nearby. There are not many large hotels nearby, but it can appeal to guests from smaller accommodations in the area.

You'll find a moderately varied selection of hotel rooms a car ride away. A few of the more convenient possibilities can be viewed in the following list.

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

While this spot isn't close to many restaurants, you'll probably still spot a few places to try, especially if you're willing to drive a bit. The closest places to grab a bite to eat is Cuffie River Nature Retreat Restaurant, which is not far off the beach at all.

The following table lists places to eat near 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

Tobago has several beautiful beaches, so perhaps you can explore more than one.

You might also want to visit Great Courland Bay, located seven miles 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.

Maybe Castara Bay is a perfect spot for you to kick back, and at the same time perhaps not the the ideal fit; in which case you should keep looking for a beach or natural attraction that suits your vacation style.

 

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