A picturesque fishing village, with terrific beaches and a laidback vibe that have made it increasingly popular with visitors, CASTARA is the busiest “resort” on this coastline – though don’t expect anything as packaged and touristy as Crown Point. Although the number of guesthouses has grown exponentially in recent years, Castara’s remote location has so far saved it from being eaten up by resort hotels, and there’s an appealingly harmonious balance between visitors and locals. Fishing remains the main earner, and the beach is one of the best places to participate in the pulling of a seine net, still in constant use by the posse of Rasta fishermen. The village abandons its languid air each August, when the beach is packed with revellers attending the Castara Fishermen’s Fete, one of Tobago’s biggest; the drinking, dancing, eating and swimming start at about midday and continue until well after dark.
To get your bearings before you enter the village proper from the west, pull up in the layby to the left just before the Northside Road makes its final steep descent – there’s a postcard-perfect view of the village and the main Big Bay beach, separated from the smaller Little Bay (also known as Heavenly Bay) by a rocky outcrop, and all framed by the lush green tips of the rainforest.