Goat Racing is a local festivity which is both fun and interesting. A tradition which has ben upheld since 1925 when it first started as the poor man’s equivalent of horse racing, it tends to occur on Easter Tuesday. A new facility has been built in Buccoo for the event, a festival which cries out with national pride.
Also part of the festival is the less popular, though perhaps more unusual, crab racing.
The Buccoo Goat Racing festival is Tobago’s most internationally acclaimed festival.
One very special feature of Tobago is turtle watching, as the Giant Leatherback Turtle nests on the Stonehaven and Courland beaches between March and August.
Tobago’s Main Ridge Forest is home to a number of flora and fauna; it is estimated that the rainforest provides habitats for twelve to sixteen species of mammals out of the nearly ninety mammal species in the Caribbean region, twenty-four non-poisonous snakes, sixteen lizards and two hundred and ten species of birds, the most outstanding being the bird species Campylopterus ensipennis – the White-tailed Sabrewing Hummingbird – that is both rare and endemic to Tobago.
In 2003, 2004, 2005 and 2006, the Main Ridge Forest Reserve was voted the “World’s Leading Eco-Tourism destination” by the World Travel Awards.
Nearby lies Argyle Waterfalls. It is not a crowded place but when you climb up a few falls you will be all by yourself, feeling just like the first explorers probably felt when they discovered this tranquil spectacular place. We recommend to see at least the first three or four of the cascades to enjoy it fully.
The admission includes a guide to the falls and cost about $5 US. Your guided hike to the falls will go through the jungle and is easy, short and interesting. You can spot tropical birds and see many tropical plants and trees like cocoa, mango, avocado, bamboo, breadfruit and many more. Once you reach the waterfalls the guide will leave you there. The first of cascade falls is nice but not as spectacular as the others waiting for you at the top. You can climb up or take a side hiking trail to see the upper Argyle Waterfalls. The further up you go the more beautiful they become. Each waterfall has a deep pool for swimming.
Horse riding is another popular activity in Tobago. There are two great horse riding places we recommend.
First of all Friendship Riding Stables, in Canaan, is located in the heart of a 500 acre, old coconut plantation in Tobago offering trail rides through the property and along the beach. To get in touch their phone number is +1 (868) 308 7201.
Secondly, Being with Horses, down in Buccoo offers the opportunity to ride and swim with horses down by the beach. It is a great experience well worth your time!
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