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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Common inquiries are below, if your questions aren't here please email us.

When is the deposit due by?
The non-refundable deposit is due by March 15, 2024. 

Are these packages inclusive of airfare?

Roundtrip airfare is not included. 

What flight should I book? 
There is one airport on Tobago – A N Robinson at Crown Point/Scarborough. The airport code is (TAB)

If you are flying into Port of Spain, Trinidad, there is A 25-minute shuttle flight into Tobago that runs 6-8 times a day on Caribbean Airlines. Be sure to book your shuttle flight from Trinidad to Tobago at the time of booking your international flight because it does book quickly. Travel to Tobago can be very economical. Caribbean Airlines flies directly into Tobago from JFK on Thursdays, our day of travel. Generally for inexpensive travel, use flight trackers for the best rates and consider getting separate flights to alleviate cost. If you have questions upon booking we can assist. Whatever city you are departing from initially, we suggest you connect to this travel route:

DIRECT TO TOBAGO

7:30 AM (New York JFK), BW423 Arrives in (Tobago TAB) 12:25pm, 5 hours travel (Caribbean Airlines)

OR  NONSTOP TO TRINIDAD

10:05AM (Miami), AA2703 Arrives in (POS) 2:01PM, 4 hours travel  (American Airlines)

followed by Caribbean Airlines Shuttle: 1:50pm or 3:30pm 

I paid my deposit, am I booked? 

Yes, you will receive a welcome email from Socanomics.

Can I travel solo?

Sure! Meet some of your fellow Socanomics Tribe who are traveling solo as well.

What if I need to arrive later, leave earlier, etc? 
If you need to leave earlier or later this can be worked out with our team.

Do I need to participate in all workouts and activities?

All group activities and workouts are suggested but NOT mandatory. If you wish, you can opt-out of any of the tours and activities and plan your own adventure. Standard rates do apply. Outside of SOCANOMICS planned activities, you are responsible for reserving, booking, and transportation to and from any tours, excursions, meals, and such that are NOT included in our itinerary.

How many people will be on the retreat?

This is an intimate group of 12-16 guests including your retreat hosts

What is the age group of people going on the wellness retreat?

We'll have ages ranging from about 35-60 years old.

How does the roommate situation work? Will Socanomics pair people up if you are solo, but don't mind a roomie?

Yes if you would like to travel solo but be in a double occupancy room, we'll place you with another beautiful guest. Please note this request in your registration form when making your deposit.

Can I bring someone? 
Sure! Make sure they are booking a slot for the trip as well so we account for them! Try booking at the same time also. We suggest you both pay the deposit at the same time. 

Are men welcome?

We are always open to being co-ed. Our Socanomics community just happens to be mostly a sisterhood collective. Husbands are welcome to come and support their queens in this divine feminine space. If they choose not to take the Socanomics classes, Standard rates do apply.

Is triple occupancy an option?

There are definitely options for putting a group of three together in this type of lodging. Please note, the rooms can sell out before. Contact us as soon as you are ready to book with your whole party. 

How flexible is it to change a name on the room? For example, if I book the double occupancy room with 'Jane Smith' and then she can't attend, can I swap the person?

It'll be an easy swap. If your double occupancy roommate can no longer attend, you can and should swap them with someone new. In the case that your roommates drops, your room will be considered a solo occupancy and you'll be charged the difference unless you do replace them with a new retreater.  

We have family on the island, is there a pricing structure minus the lodging available for those that do not need lodging/ staying with family?
You will need to stay at Castara to be a part of this Retreat. The trip is designed to be immersive for the whole group. Most of our events do take place on the resort, which requires everyone to be a guest for the duration of the trip. In the future though, we will consider events that are open to general public. 

Can I upgrade my room? 
Sure! Let us know if you want to upgrade. They are based on availability. 

Is alcohol part of the all-inclusive?

No, alcohol is not included in any of our packages, but is available for purchase at the hotel. 

Are all meals included?

Yes! Included in yor package is breakfast, lunch and dinner. Snacks & drinks are available throughout the day.

Is the hike hard? What do we bring?

The Hike on this trip will be easy. We have been told they were moderate in the past and they were challenging for many. On this retreat we are going on more of a walk vs. a hike. It is 10-15 minutes to the waterfall. We recommend wearing light, breathable shoes for the tropical climate. We suggest bringing at least 2 pairs of shoes you are comfortable walking in. Also, note that shoes need to have good grips.

What else is there to do in Tobago?

Tobago is only 27 miles long, but with its mountainous terrain it will take a day to drive around the island at a leisurely pace, taking in the picture perfect beaches, pretty villages, and swathes of virgin rainforest. The roads generally wind around the coastline giving you fabulously scenic views. Jeep/car hire can be delivered to you at Castara Retreats, or island tours with a driver can be arranged.

Where is the beach?

Castara is blessed with two sandy beaches, offering a delightful location for soaking up the sunshine, and enjoying dips in the ocean.

Can I book my hotel on my own? 
No, In order to be considered a confirmed traveler at our retreat, participate in events, receive discounts, etc you must book through us.

Is this for black women only?

We design our platform for anyone to be able to experience. This is an inclusive space. 

Do I need a covid test to enter Tobago?

Here is up to date and key Information for Travelers to Tobago: 

https://visittobago.gov.tt/corporate/news

More travel information can be found at the CDC:

https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/destinations/traveler/none/trinidad-and-tobago

Follow all requirements and recommendations in Dominica.

How do I secure my spot on the retreat?

A $700 non-refundable down payment is needed to secure your booking. HERE

Final Balance is due May 30, 2024. You will receive all information regarding invoices, payment schedule and all travel inquiries.

What else do I need to travel?

You must have a valid passport that will NOT be within 6 months of expiration and you must be over the age of 21. 

U.S. Citizens should be aware that countries can deny foreigners entry if they have been charged or convicted of a serious crime. For more information on entry requirements review the information on www.travel.state.gov or contact the consulate for the destinations you’re traveling to. It is your responsibility to provide the correct documents and failure to do so may result in being denied boarding for the flight. We are unable to refund unused flights, hotels, or add-ons because of denied boarding situations. If you have a non-USA passport please check with Consulate for visa requirements: https://consulmex.sre.gob.mx/toronto/index.php/en/servicesforeigners/visas

What's not included in the trip?

•​ Roundtrip Airfare​
​•​ International Health Insurance
​•​ Travel/trip cancellation insurance (strongly advisable)
​•​ Additional personal excursions

​•​ Spirits &  Alcoholic Beverage

​•​ Covid Testing
​•​ Individual tips (highly recommended)
​•​ Incidental accommodations charges

What is included in the hotel's package?

The Wellness Retreat Package includes accommodations; all meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner); daily activities program and entertainment; Government VAT: 10% on accommodation and 15% on all other package charges are included. 

Do we need cash or other money?

ADDITIONAL CHARGES: Purchase of alcohol is your personal expense. We provide you with one complimetary bottle of wine. Also bring cash to tip. At most resort, the staff works for not a lot of money and provide a great service to our group. Consider enough cash for restaurant staff & cleaning staff at the resort, drivers, and boat captains.

 

What is the hotel's address?

Castara Retreats, North Side Road

Castara, Trinidad and Tobago

Cell/WhatsApp: +44 7908 978477

If your question has not been answered by any of the above inquiries, please do reach out to us at info@socanomics.com!

 

 

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