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Suite - 1 Bedroom
Suite - 2 Bedroom
Based on Double Occupancy
Extra person in room
Map Breakfast & Dinner per person $125.00
All apartments are air-conditioned and contain, colour
TV with 15 satellite stations and fully equipped kitchen.
The daily newspaper is provided complimentary as well
as transport to Pigeon Point Beach and the use of 100 ft
long swimming pool with wet bar 50 x 20 swimming
pools also available, 2 jacuzzi, mini gym on site.
Every Wednesday there is also a complimentary
Manager's Rum Punch for all guests. 10% Government
Tax applicable on room and meals. 15% vat on food.
10% Service charge on room
Reservation only- 384-8851-52
Call 639-8533/4, 639-8391 or your local travel agents.
Rent your car or jeep from Sweet Jeeps and get complimen-
tary pick-up at the airport.
STEAK & LOBSTER GRILL on the beach for the best
steak & lobster on the Island.
Complimentary admission to the Deep
The Liming Spot of Sandy Spot Point Village
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1 bedroom & 2 bedroom suites,
including kitchenette, a/c, TV; fully
equipped and tastefully furnished.
With an 80 x 12ft pool in pleasant Bon
Reservations 8.00 a.m - 4.00 p.m
Tel: 631-5053/4/5, Fax: 631-1096
Free wired & wireless internet access.
Bon Accord, Tobago
Good Friday (Public Holiday) 18th April
18th -20 April
Scarborough Esplanade Philmore Johnson -
Moravian Missionary Love Feast
Church Contact- 639-5503
Montgomery Moravian Church
Mt Pleasant Family Day /Goat Races 21st April
Mt. Pleasant Grounds
Easter Goat Races
Buccoo Village Council
16 - 23 April 2014.
Hoping to spend some time at the Tobago
Goat Races this Easter? Here's a little back-
ground to excite your appetite.
It is popular and fun and for nearly 80 years,
Buccoo, a small village on Tobago's south-western
side, has been conducting goat racing. Started in
1925 by the late Samuel Callender, a Barbadian na-
tive, this was in fact the poor man's equivalent to
the horse races, which was reserved for the local
gentry at the time. Horse racing occupied Easter
Monday on the calendar and the following Tues-
day was declared 'Easter Tuesday' in Tobago and
dedicated to the racing of goats for the entertain-
ment of the 'lower classes'.
The races were held on one of the village streets,
now called Chance Street, but were relocated
when the road was paved and the area developed.
The next venue known as the 'Battery' proved to
be an unpopular location due to the proximity of
overhanging cliffs at the finish line. The event then
changed locations for the final time 21 years ago to
its current venue neighbouring the Buccoo Beach
facility. Since its inception, the event has been
planned and organised by a sub-committee of the
Buccoo Village Council now referred to as the Buc-
coo Goat Race Festival Committee. Although
Easter Tuesday is 'officially' Goat Races Day in To-
bago, the activity now occurs more regularly on
the entertainment calendar at events such as the
Tobago Heritage Festival. The sport has been
adopted by the nearby village of Mt. Pleasant for
the past few years.
Strength and speed are required of a good racing
goat and this is achieved by the hard work and
dedication of the owners, trainers and jockeys. The
animals are trained for at least two months prior
to racing and during this period they learn to walk
at increasing speeds until they're running in front
of the trainer with a rope round their neck as on
race day. A swimming routine to build muscles is
also a critical part of the training as is diet. It is
thought that nanny goats are better runners. How-
ever, billy goats are the preferred choice since they
live longer. A racing goat can live as long as 13
years given the correct care and attention.
The jockeys are a critical link between winners
and losers as their speed must be akin to that of
their charges. Often a goat will outrun the jockey
and become disqualified. Therefore the training,
diet and other physical activities are also regulated
during the time leading up to the races for this test
of speed and endurance.
Like horse racing, classification is important to
the stakeholders. The Buccoo Goat Race Festival
Committee uses these classifications: C2 -- First
time runners, C1 -- Runners from the previous year,
B -- Running for the past two years, A -- Most ex-
The event starts with a somewhat noisy street
parade where booths offering crafts, T-shirts, food
and drink line the route. Many residents also open
their homes to the visitors and provide delicious
local cuisine for the occasion.
The Goat Race Festival has now become a major
event in Tobago's tourism calendar. The Tobago
House of Assembly's Department of Tourism have
sponsored the races over the years. The Goat Race
Festival has evolved into a truly family affair where
generations meet through tradition, and visitors
caught up in the festive atmosphere become hon-
orary Tobagonians for a day.
Information courtesy www.visittobago.gov.tt
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