Castara is a traditional fishing village on the leeward coast of Tobago. Whilst tourism is an increasingly important source of income for local people, many still rely on the more traditional occupations of farming and fishing. Small boats leave the bay daily and return with their catch which they sell to restaurants, as well as to individuals, both locals and tourists.
Divers also go spearfishing, their primary aim being to catch the lionfish that are decimating the local marine ecology. They are an interloper in these waters and have no natural predators. They make for very good eating, though!
Castara has been welcoming holiday makers for many years now, but it is still one of Tobago's best-kept secrets. The beaches of Big Bay and Little Bay, totalling 380 metres in length, are famed for their golden sands and lovely shady spots with numerous palms and coconut trees. The clear and calm waters are great for snorkelling, swimming, kayaking, and fishing.
Although he was born in the island's capital, Scarborough, former Prime Minister and President of Trinidad and Tobago, A.N.R. Robinson, aka 'The Castara Kid', spent his formative years here. He attended Castara Methodist School where his father was headmaster. Later, he served as Prime Minister from 1986 to 1991 and then as President from 1997 to 2003.
He is best known internationally for his proposal that eventually led to the founding of the International Criminal Court.