Castara & Services
Castara is a small fishing village of 500 inhabitants
on the Caribbean coast, just 45 minutes from the
airport. The local houses are dotted around the
hillsides overlooking the two stunningly beautiful
beaches and backed by the rainforest.
The coral reef on the Little Bay is world class and
is easily accessible, even for modest swimmers. Castara
Waterfall is a 10 minute walk into the rainforest and
offers a refreshing swim in water that is slightly
cooler than the ocean.
The village has good services with several local
restaurants and bars, and a cluster of simple stores
selling food, vegetables and basic household goods. You
can eat out, or cook for yourself, or ask Jeanell or one
of her friends to cook for you in your apartment.
The locals have a reputation for being friendly and
approachable, and Porridge and Jeanell offer the best
possible introduction to local life with advice on where
to go, who with and what it costs.
There are simple wonderful boat trips, available
offering picnics, barbques, fishing and snorkelling,
with any or all of these options available at reasonable
There is fish for sale everyday, fresh off the boats
that arrive back each afternoon, of from the seine
fishing nets that are pulled in onto the beach. Home
made bread, baked in mud ovens by local ladies, is for
sale beside the school on Thursdays and Saturdays.
Porridge has a well established business for taking
people to and from the airport for a fee of 250TT per
journey per couple. He also offers to pause at Penny
Savers, the well resourced supermarket near the airport.
This ensures that you arrive in the village well
Porridge also has an air conditioned jeep and car for
hire and will rent these to you by the day or longer for
a competitive price. If you want to be sure of one of
his vehicles then we recommend that you email him in
advance. He also offers a range of other services
including liming at local night spots across the island
the most well known being Sunday School (Sunday
nights) and The Cat and Fiddle (Friday nights) where
he transports visitors there and back in his minibus for
a modest fee of 100TT per person.