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Carpe Diem-seize the day!
Carpe Diem first view
45ft Balcony with a separate access to each studio
View of Castara main bay from the house
The balcony is perfect for Al fresco dining, sunsets & bird watching
View along the 45ft balcony
Main beach Castara. 2 minute stroll?
Little or Heavenly Bay as it is know locally. Great for snorkeling
View of house in between the palms from the sea
Carpe Diem nestled between the palm tress
Swimming in the pool at Castara waterfall
Picking & eating mangoes on Castara main beach
The view at sunset from the balcony.
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Condo/Apartment -
1 Bedroom, 1 Bathroom, Sleeps 3
Castara, Tobago, Trinidad and Tobago

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Armelle L
Rennes, France
Level 2 Contributor
5 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“The perfect holiday home”
Reviewed 21 February 2012 for a stay in February 2012

You have compared websites, comfort, view, cost and made your booking: then you hold your breath. At Carpe Diem, we got more than we expected: the transfer from the airport worked as arranged with Denzill, we found a large studio, a very comfortable bed, full kitchen equipment, nothing missing. When at home we spent most of our time on the balcony, enjoying the view, the visiting birds, the garden, watching out for the return of the fishermen to go to the beach and buy fish.
What we got at Carpe Diem wasn’t just good accommodation: what made the difference was the owners ’role, supplying information or equipment when needed, making it possible to socialize with other guests if you are inclined to, and constantly working hard to maintain and improve the villa they have created.
In our experience (that includes St Lucia, Grenada, Guadeloupe, Domenica, Antiga, Curacao), Tobago is among the friendliest and most relaxed in the Caribbean, with pleasant climate and a mix of hills, rainforest, sandy bays for swimming, snorkeling, diving … or rest.And Castara is an authentic fishing village, with tiny shops offering all you need (once you’ve sorted out who sells what) , a wide range of restaurants, hikes inland and along the coast, car rentals and buses …

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Liked best: comfort and atmosphere
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Jean F
Nottingham, United Kingdom
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12 reviews
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“A great place to chill out”
Reviewed 23 December 2011 for a stay in November 2011

We spent a week at Carpe Diem after having a week in a hotel at Crown Point. It was a complete contrast. If you are looking for an authentic taste of the Carribean then you should try Castara and make Carpe Diem your base. The house is situated on a hill above the village, which means stunning views from the verandah but a bit of a climb up to it. We saw a huge variety of birds come to the bird feeder and some amazing sunsets.

The studios have everything you need to self-cater, but we found it was too hot inside to do much cooking. It was still low season when we were there so the local bars and restaurants were quiet. We enjoyed early morning coffee at the Coffee Shop and also their BBQ evening with live music. Be sure to try the bread and cakes baked by the village ladies in a clay oven.

Don't be afraid to go down to the village and interact with the local people. We found everyone friendly and helpful. Castara is a fishing village not a tourist resort, and therefore you do need to make more effort to get the most out of it. It is all about simple pleasures and enjoying the wonderful surroundings. If you really just want to unwind and do as little as possible then Carpe Diem definitely allows you to do that

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Liked best: the birds and the views
Liked least: it was very hot in the room and we got bitten quite a lot
Travelling group: With Spouse/Partner
Your age range 35-49
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NIck B
neyland
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Charming hosts,clean.comfortable rooms sunsets to die for”
Reviewed 7 October 2011 for a stay in September 2011
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Our villa sat overlooking Castara a small fishing village,there is a lovely sandy beach with
safe swimming and snorkeling . Our hosts arranged a fantastic boat trip for the day , also
a day at Pirates Bay and one of the oldest rainforest in the world,
Our studio apartments were clean with cool tiled floors ,wet rooms and fans,co's it is hot!
The locals were very friendly and helpful ,they offered several cafe / bars , shops,and of
course an ATM.
The villa is surrounded by a garden banana, mangos, paw paw, and avocados as big as
your head,which we had every day for breakfast.
Every night we watched the most stunning sunsets,with cold beers and cocktails from a
40 ft veranda ---- PARADISE. NICK BELL

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Liked best: The location and my hosts
Liked least: Mossies and sandflies!
Travelling group: With Friends
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Edna C
London, United Kingdom
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
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“Perfect place to stay”
Reviewed 30 September 2011 for a stay in September 2011

Carpe Diem is a wonderful place to stay. The apartment was clean and spacious and very well equipped for all our catering requirements. The liquidizer for making mango smoothies was very much appreciated. The view from the balcony must be the best in Castara, whether in the early morning looking out over the bay or the evening watching the spectacular sunsets. An added bonus is watching the many species of birds from the rain forest behind the apartment, including parrots and humming birds. A short walk down the hill leads to a choice of Little Bay (great for snorkelling – we saw lots of different types of fish) or Big Bay which has the advantage of being able to call in at the D’Lime bar for a ‘beastly’ cold beer (as described by the owner Marvin) on the way back up or the Coffee Shop for breakfast depending on the time of day. Castara is a lovely village with really good beaches, enough little shops to meet our needs plus fresh fish daily from the fishermen – combined with Carpe Diem, the best place to stay in Tobago.

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Liked best: The view from the balcony and watching the birds
Travelling group: With Friends
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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30 Sep 2011
Thankyou Edna!
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Poulteney
Stafford, United Kingdom
1 review
“Carpe Diem - a beautiful place to stay on the edge of the rain forest...”
Reviewed 23 March 2011 for a stay in March 2011

We spent a week at Carpe Diem in March 2011. We had one of the two studios. This is a great place to experience 'real' Tobago. The lovely wooden house with the two integral studios is beautifully constructed on the side of a hill in Castara, a small fishing village, overlooking Big and Little Bay. The tropical rain forest comes down to the shore in parts of Castara and Carpe Diem, along with its neighbours, nestles on the edge of the forest. When you stay at Carpe Diem you are surrounded by all the wonderful colour, noise and activity that the rain forest produces - back to nature!
In the mornings you are rewarded with bird song as brightly-coloured birds come to the house to eat from the feeders where you can put fruit and bread. Banana, papaya and cocoa plants surround the house and you will see butterflies and lizards. The view of the bay is fantastic from the terrace and in the evenings there will be some of the most dramatic sunsets you have ever seen.
The studio has high ceilings and is airy. There is a large and very comfortable queen size bed with full mosquito net. The kitchen area is very well-equipped with a large fridge with freezer, full oven, grill and stove, kettle, toaster, juicer, etc, and all the utensils, crockery and cutlery you need - so you will have everything necessary if you fancy cooking for yourselves (we can recommend the fresh fish - caught daily). There is plenty of hot water, a great shower - and the water tastes good and is safe to drink.
The path to the beach is steep but it is not far at all - about 200m - and both bays are great for swimming. Local shops provide good basic provisions. It's a really friendly place where visitors are welcome to join in with village activities. We can recommend Chinos for breakfast - don't miss the salt fish and coconut bake - and the fresh pumpkin and wholewheat bread baked by the ladies of Castara in a traditional clay oven (Wednesdays and Saturdays). We had a great boat trip with Ali Baba Tours - and would also suggest you walk into the forest to bathe in Castara's pool at the base of the waterfall ...
Chris and Yvonne Runciman, the owners of Carpe Diem, were staying while we were there. They should be congratulated on the thought that has gone into their beautiful home and the care and attention they pay to looking after their guests. They play an active part in village life and encourage their guests to support local restaurants, stores and businesses - as they do themselves.
If you are looking for an all-inclusive 'clinical' package, then this is not for you. Carpe Diem is the ideal location for the independent traveller who wants to see and experience for themselves (in comfort!) what Tobago really has to offer.

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Your age range 50-64
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