Take our Beach Horseback Riding and River Tubing Tour in Ocho Rios and two things are certain: you'll have the time of your life, and you'll never want to return to civilization!
After being picked up at the pier, you will drive to the corral. Saddle up and set out with your trained tour guide for a scenic countryside trail ride through wooded areas, where the Taino Indians used to hunt for food. Learn about the culture of these first islanders - their beliefs, habits and existence - before Columbus landed and the island was colonized under the Spanish flag.
Ride through a natural wetland, shaded by almond and coconut trees, and see the excavations carried out by archaeologists, keen to uncover the deep-rooted history of this area.
On arrival at a stretch of deserted beach, you will strip down to your bathing suits, while the saddles are removed from the horses. You will then set out on a bareback horse ride experience in the Caribbean Sea, an experience not to be missed. Total time with the horses is approximately 90 minutes. Time in the water is approximately 10-15 minutes.
The return ride takes you along the deserted beach, where herons and other water birds fish in the shallow waters; through the mangroves, which hide the remains of an 18th- century warehouse; and by an ancient waterwheel that powered the old sugar mill on this former sugar plantation.
You will then drive to the river where you will be given a tube for a lazy float down the river with your guide. A stop will be made where you can swing on a rope and fall in the river before continuing on. Your driver, will safe guard your belongings during the trip. The float portion lasts between 45 and 55 minutes depending on the current and time spent at the midway stop. At the end of the river, your driver will meet you for the return drive to Ocho Rios.
The Hooves guides were friendly and well-informed. We rode through jungle that used to be a plantation in the 1500s, rode the horses down to the beach, and eventually into the surf. I'm an avid reader, and now I know what it's like to ride a horse through deep water. Very cool. Then we were driven up to the river tubing facility, and the White River was so beautiful: overhung with jungle, dappled with shade, crystal clear, slow moving, not terribly deep, and so refreshing in the heat. We had a very small tour group so the whole experience felt very personal.
The horseback riding company was helpful and nice to my 12 year daughter who had never been on horseback. We had a blast and would recommend to anyone looking for a little adventure with a lot of fun. Tubing was a great way to end the day. Our guide was personable without being too pushy. The water felt good and the ride was just the right amount of time.
This was one of the highlights of our trip. Riding a horse in the water and on the beach was something that I had always wanted to do and it still exceeded my expectations. The guides were fantastic, helpful, and fun. There were only 4 of us on this shore excursion so it was the perfect size group. The river tubing was so much fun but next time I will remember to bring my water shoes.