This is our family's Caribbean getaway... steps from Man O'War Bay in remote and tropical Charlotteville, Tobago. The house has 2 bedrooms and one bathroom, a living room and small kitchen all decorated with bright colors, beautiful local Trinidad/Tobago artwork, and a comfortable collection of new and antique furnishings. The main bedroom has a comfy queen bed and the large second bedroom is furnished with 2 double beds. The bathroom has a warm-water shower (an amenity in Charlotteville!)...no tub! Or shower outside in the private garden, surrounded by nature. The accomodation is admittedly simple, but very clean, funky, fun, spacious, and decidedly tropical OLD CARIBBEAN. This very cool and simple home is set in lush surrounding, just "a block," mere steps from the beach at Man O'War Beach, walking distance to Pirate's Bay (undisputedly one of the most beautiful beaches on Earth), small shops and restaurants. Our property is famous for the mango tree, but also boasts lemon, orange, plantain, banana, papaya, as well as many varieties of ginger, heliconias (one hand-carried from Australia), jasmine, Pride of Barbados, etc. Your view from the many windows is of tropical flowers, lush greenery, and rainforested mountains. Warning: the house is not equipped with wi-fi (although wifi is nearby) or cable so you mut be prepared to unplug and unwind here.
Charlotteville is a beautiful little fishing village tucked between the Caribbean Sea and the rainforest and the Atlantic Ocean. It is "Old Caribbean" as in before flocks of tourists, before cruise ships, before beachfront hotels and condos defined the landcape. If you like chatting up the locals, looking at exotic birds, hiking the rainforest, exploring deserted beaches, snorkeling or diving in washy waters where the Atlantic and Caribbean meet, this is your place. Charlotteville is a safe place where people look out for each other and my kids have run the beaches and village free since they were very small. The property is SMOKE-FREE; please NO SMOKING anywhere near our property!
Charlotteville was a pleasant surprise for us. A somewhat pure and genuine little fishing village, with the surrounding mountains and rainforests virtually throwing themselves into the ocean. Add to that beautiful Man O War bay, that stretched along the village shoreline and the beautiful Pirate bay, with excellent snorkeling, just a short walk from the village. Beverlys place was excellent. Spacious, cosy and very close to the beach on Man O War. From the house you could hear the waves burst into shore. A walk to the beach was only five minutes (if even that long?). We took our evening swims there, and one evening we also saw a turtle swim by. Beverlys place is he perfect place for hanging out in beautiful Charlotteville and/or exploring the surroundings in the most scenic part of Tobago. I´d come back any day.
Amazing trip to Tobago and wonderful stay in Beverly's home!! Highly recommended! Charlotteville is an incredible paradise, and Beverly's home was a great spot in which to experience Charlotteville and Tobago in general. There were four of us staying in the house for our spring vacation, and it was the perfect getaway. There were three queen beds, one with a mosquito net. The shower worked well. The kitchen was also great for home cooking (we made two dinners with fresh fish we bought from the fish market in town)! The neighborhood is amazing, and the house is literally a one minute walk to the beach--where were watched sunsets and a sunrise. The walk to town is short and beautiful (you can walk along the shore or along the road). The neighbors around Beverly's house and the residents of Charlotteville are incredibly friendly and helpful. We hope to return one day!
Beverly's home in Charlotteville was a great place for our first experience of Tobago. My girlfriend and I were wanting to "get away from it all", and so we purposely chose to stay in the east of Tobago. Charlotteville was very much as described by other reviewers - more like a fishing village than a tourist destination, and that was perfect. We walked most everywhere in town, including to Pirate's Bay, which was fantastic for swimming and fun for snorkeling.
We stayed in the lower unit, which has a kitchen with a full fridge, a dining room, a common bedroom, bath, and a separate bedroom which is more private. The space could have easily accommodated 4-6 people, but they would be in common spaces. There were two of us, so we never used the second bedroom. The space was clean and comfortable, and we felt safe while we were there. There was parking for our car, and the walk to the beach was short and easy.
Overall, our experience was good, and people were friendly to us. Sharon's restaurant provided a reliable and tasty eating and socializing option throughout our stay. That said, this is more of a place for a self-reliant traveler; we drove our own car, brought our own food which we picked up near the airport, and are comfortable having vendors be somewhat vocal in their solicitations for our business :). Also, Charlotteville is well-populated with roosters, so expect to have their early morning calls waking you up so you can get an early start on the day's adventures :).
P.S. If you want to go diving, there is a place called "ERIC", which I believe stands for Environmental Research Instruction Center (?) where you would need to arrange a dive prior to your arrival. We did a dive with Extra Divers in Speyside, and they were great.
My girlfriend and I spent four nights at this home in early March, and as others have said, even the nice pictures do not really do it justice. The home is charming, clean, colorful and comfortable, about 100 yards away from the beach just down a winding path. It is quiet, the beds are comfortable, the kitchen is terrific, and there is even a hot water shower.
Charlotteville itself is perfect for those seeking a true break from the everyday, with easy access to tropical forests and one of the most beautiful beaches anywhere in Pirates Bay. The locals are very friendly, and we had no problem finding homemade roti, fish straight from the ocean, cold beverages, fresh fruit (there is a stand on the main road) and even a couple of coconuts that one of the locals hacked open and offered us for free.
Salome, the housekeeper who lives nearby, was available if we needed anything and was even able to provide us with a wi-fi password that worked both inside and outside the home.
All in all, a perfect stay.
Just returned from a lovely, relaxed and quiet 3 night stay in Charlotteville - great way to finish a trip that started with the excitement and hecticness of Trinidad carnival. Communication with Beverly was really simple, she responded to messages pretty much straight away. The apartment was simple but very clean and tidy - there was plenty of room for three adults, and the kitchen was well equipped. Charlotteville is a charming, uncommercialised village, with warm and friendly people. There are a number (but not extensive) options for food, mainly fresh fish, chicken, rice, beans etc and roti at some places - we tried Sherons, Papayes and Gails (who served us delicious garlic shrimp!). Mike's offshore bar was great for a drink (Mike is lovely and had a good selection of steel pan music on the stereo). A tip for eating out - go early (around 6pm) as everything (including the few bars) tends to close early, and on Sundays lots of places were closed - we drove 15 minutes into Speyside and ate at the Blue Waters Inn (but in my opinion the food was overpriced). With regard to breakfast we couldn't quite figure out when places opened (it seemed to be later in the day) so we made our own. However, there is a lady who drives into the village early in the morning and sells food from her car - we managed to get some doubles on our last morning, but I'm not sure of times - ask in the village and someone will be able to tell you! There is a basic mini supermarket which was fine for the items we needed, a fresh bread shop and a little place that sells vegetables (cheaper than buying your veggies from the man who sets up shop in the bandstand!) Activities - Pirates Bay is a must and only a 15/20 minute (uphill with 100+ steps) walk from the apartment - take supplies with you if you plan to spend some time there, and snorkeling equipment. We also took a trip to the Forest Reserve (Gilpin's Trace, a popular, fairly easy walking route), guided by Zolani, Salome's son - he is impressively knowledgeable and passionate about flora, fauna and birds (and also a really nice guy!). As none of us are birders, we got far more out of the trip than if we had gone in alone. Overall we had a great stay at Beverly's place in Charlotteville, it is a place to relax, unwind and slow down.
After touring around Tobago by walking, boat, car and scooter, I would end up sayig that Charlotteville is the best place to be, altough the island is all in all spectacular. We spent 2 weeks accomodated in the lower floor of the house and had nice neighbours upstairs. People are very laid-back and friendly in the village, and the roosters are active all around it since very early morning, so remember to take earplugs if you want to sleep after 4am. :) For smooth or active holidays Beverly's house is an excellent base very close to the beach and less than ten minutes walk from the village center with fresh fish sold on the market every day.
Charlotteville is truly beautiful and incredibly special place to go, totally unspoiled. Beverly's house is in fantastic position, minute from the beach, you can hear the waves in your bedroom at night. We stayed with our one year old for two weeks and even though the house is basic, it has everything you need.
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We are a family of four - medical professionals with 2 teenage sons...open-minded, gay friendly, enjoy travel and the outdoors, meeting new people. We require a non-smoking environment, we love our Ridgway and Western Slope community, and look forward to sharing our home and our knowledge with like-minded travelers looking to experience the beauty and excitement of Colorful Colorado!
Thus far, we have really been excited to host visitors from Canada, California, Arizona/Texas, Washington, South Carolina/ Michigan, Tennessee, and the Front Range of Colorado. It seems that travelers, not tourists, choose our off-beat location, and they are our kind of people!