After spending weeks examining blogs in anticipation of my holiday in Castara I found all of my worries for naught.
ATM in Castara: It is a First Citizens Bank ATM. Our cards did not work in the machine. They only worked in the RBC machines across the island. We were caught short in TT money and had to ration until we could find a working ATM.
Crime: We had no problems, but be aware as you would anywhere else you travel.
Rain: Please note I traveled at the end of November-tail of wet season. After checking the weather and finding the forecasts for 70% chance of rain every single day with some indicating 4-5 hours of rain, just as some posts noted, it rains mainly at night. There is a welcoming 15 minute shower or two during the day with the return of the sun afterwards. I experienced "liquid sunshine". The skies were blue with light wisps of white and the sun blazing - I was showered with glinting liquid diamonds as I was in the torquoise Caribbean waters. I love the rain there.
Restaurants: Again as other blogs and posts indicate, restaurants do not have regular hours. We figured it might be because it was wet season and tourism is down. We found Marguerite's and the Boat House to be the consistently open restaurants during our stay. Both served fantastic meals. Sharon at the Boat House is a wonderful hostess and provided the best service. No menus in Castara, they serve what is available, which I found to be cool.
Flashlight: Bring one if you intend to stroll at night. Plus we experienced some power outages. I don't know if this is normal and don't let this alarm you. The outages did not last more than an hour or so.
Transportation: Thankfully, the gentleman in the unit next to me let me know you have to be ticketed an hour prior to your flight off the island or you will be charged for another flight (Caribbean Airlines). Give yourself enough time to get to the airport if you are leaving on a weekday morning as the traffic is a little heavier and slower due to kids being walking to school and people traveling to work. Also, for people traveling on American Airlines out of Port of Spain, time your flight from Tobago to POS so you can arrive at POS at least 3 hours prior to your AA flight out of Trinidad. A woman and her husband got stuck in traffic in Trinidad and arrived 1.5 hours prior to their flight and was refused boarding. She had to return the day I was flying out and was quite upset AA wouldn't let her on the flight the day before.
Pictures: Please be courteous and ask first before taking pictures of the residents.
Bakery: Wednesdays and Saturdays local ladies bake breads and pastries in a clay oven located at the end of the footbridge. We didn't realize you needed to place an order a head of time, but they did provide us with a couple extra pastries and a loaf of bread. Try and place your order by 9:30 am.
I loved my stay in Castara. It was one of my most relaxing vacations and hope to return. Hope this helps all of those who are fortunate enough to visit Castara, Tobago.Edited: 05 December 2011, 03:36