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Uncommon Photo-Op: Capturing Sunset Along Castara Bay, Tobago

Uncommon Photo-Op: Capturing Sunset Along Castara Bay, Tobago

If you’ve ever traveled to Tobago then it’s a good bet you’ve been captivated by her sunsets. The daily miracle that sees the sun dip into the sea is simply spectacular here, a product as much of this special island’s warm vibes and energy (more on that here) as its majestic natural beauty.

Most people no doubt fall under the spell of Tobago’s fabulous sunsets at Pigeon Point, the island’s most popular beach. I’m no exception, of course, though on a recent trip to Trinidad sister island, Patrick and I found a more secluded, uncommon spot to witness Mother Nature’s daily magic show – Castara Bay.

Castara Bay at 4:24pm, December 29, 2012 | SBPR
Castara Bay at 4:24pm, December 29, 2012 | SBPR

Patrick outlined a lot of what makes Castara so ideal for uncommon travelers in this earlier post, and to be sure, I couldn’t agree more with everything he wrote.

Getting here is a challenge, but a challenge well worth the reward of a warm, welcoming community blessed with an alluring stretch of beach; where making friends and striking up a conversation with locals and visitors alike is as easy as smiling at someone and saying hello.

Even if you only get to spend a few choice hours here, as we did during our visit, you get the feeling that everyone in the area shares the unique joy of being “in” on Tobago’s sweetest secret. Castara Bay – her special beauty, her charms – a hidden treasure reserved for the intrepid lucky few…

Castara Bay at 5:40pm, December 29, 2012 | SBPR
Castara Bay at 5:40pm, December 29, 2012 | SBPR

As you can see, the sunsets here are the icing on Castara’s sweet secret. I snapped this image while bobbing in neck-deep water, the supple, rippling waves accented beautifully by the last fading rays of the sun. The effect was like floating in a sea of dark chocolate, an undulating line of caramel trailing off to the horizon.

Like I said, sweet.

Then, just minutes later…

Castara Bay at 5:52pm, December 29, 2012 | SBPR
Castara Bay at 5:52pm, December 29, 2012 | SBPR

Back on shore, the sun now safely tucked beneath the horizon, Castara takes on eerily alluring tones, the day closing into a very sexy black and white.

It’s enough to make you want to stay here… maybe even forever!

Alas, though, we had to leave and catch a flight back home the next day.

As you might imagine, I plan to spend quite a bit more of my next Tobago adventure in Castara, if only just to witness (and capture) more amazing sunsets like this…

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