Easter in Tobago is chock full of activities and one of the most popular events is Goat Racing in Buccoo.
Some may consider this an unusual event but it is by far one of the most exciting past times on the island. Occurring for almost 80 years, this past time has grown in to a nationwide sport and event taking place on “Easter Tuesday” in both Mount Pleasant and Buccoo, with the latter attracting hundreds of families into their village. Although Easter Tuesday is ‘officially’ Goat Races Day in Tobago, the activity now occurs more regularly on the entertainment calendar at events such as the Tobago Heritage Festival.
In this event, Jockeys and their goats race on a 100-yard (300 feet) grass field. Jockeys and their goats may train for months before participating in this event. Goats have their own stables, owners, trainers, jockeys and steeds. These goats are even given names like Rum Punch, while spectators get a chance to bet on their favorites. Jockeys, dressed in white shorts and coloured t-shirts, run barefoot alongside their goats, holding on to their steeds, while coaxing to the finish line. There are even prizes for the lucky winners of the races.
The Goat Race Festival has now become a major event in Tobago’s tourism calendar. It has evolved into a truly family affair where generations meet through tradition and visitors caught up in the festive atmosphere. Vendors line the street with their booths offering crafts, T-shirts, food and drink where persons gather for a street parade before the start of the races.
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Back Bay is an 8-minute walk from the Mount Irvine Bay hotel. Snorkeling, body surfing and tanning is generally excellent at this bay. It also very secluded so best go in a group.
This group offers guests a chance of a special experience with some horses with personality! Stroll along wetlands, ride through clear blue waters of Buccoo Bay all while learning about horse care, body language and being one with nature. A truly magical experience!
This beach which is a great spot for swimming, snorkelling, kayaking, surfing and sun bathing is located in the Black Rock area just below Fort Bennett.
Great scenery and clears water welcome you to the Bay at Buccoo Village, one of the main centres of Tobagonian entertainment. The bay is long and sandy but the better bathing waters are found further out where snorkelling at the famous Buccoo Reef is allowed through tour and glass bottom boat operators.
Fort Bennett is located in Black Rock, Tobago, overlooking Grafton Beach. The Fort was built by the Dutch between 1628 and 1636. Later on, in the 1680’s the Courlanders refortified it in order to protect their then flourishing settlement in the Great Courland Bay area.
Grange Breach (also known as the wall by locals) offers great swimming and is a perfect destination to relax and watch the sunset.
Mount Irvine beach is popular for surfing; you can come and enjoy good surf from December to March. In addition to this Mount Irvine is the place to do some great snorkeling. The beach also houses a great bar and restaurant.
The Nylon Pool is a natural, metre-deep crystal clear swimming pool with a sandy bottom in the middle of the sea created by an offshore sandbar and a still lagoon. Take a rejuvenating swim With the deep ocean on one side and palm fringed beaches on the other.
With white powdery sands, fringed by swaying palm trees and bordered by calm reef-protected turquoise blue waters, Pigeon Point is perfect for relaxing, swimming and snorkeling.
Stonehaven Bay is a picturesque beach destination that comprised of soft, light brown, medium grain sand that is ideal for destination weddings, leisurely romantic walks, sunbathing, snorkeling, kayaking and surfing.
With great local dishes and some of the best local craft on the island, Store Bay is one of the best tourist beaches in Tobago known for great bathing and lovely relaxation.