Horseback Ride and White Water Kayaking
After meeting your driver and small group at the pier, you will travel along the coast, passing the quaint town of Falmouth on your way to Braco Stables, approximately 45 minutes away.
Braco Great House was built in the mid 18th century and served as a successful sugar plantation and refinery. The original building still stands and currently houses a pimento leaf oil factory. Oil is extracted from the leaves through a condensation process. This oil is exported and used in the preservation of meat and also as a base for many perfumes.
Trail Masters will pair you with a horse to match your riding ability, and then you are off, weaving your way through the countryside, passing through the Braco estate as well as seeing smaller estates along the way. The trail ride meanders down to the north coast shoreline and takes you to a private and beautiful beach area. Here guests are given the opportunity to swim bareback and frolic with the horse in the magnificent Caribbean Sea. The sea is crystal clear and white sands allow for great swimming and picture taking opportunities. Total time with the horses is approximately two hours, with 30 minutes of it at the beach.
The ride concludes by the gardens brimming with pimento trees, bougainvillea and fishtail palms. Lounge with a cool drink from the gazebo and spy on the hummingbirds gossiping with the orchids. Come sample our hospitality and the beauty of Trelawny, Jamaica!
From here, you will drive to the river where your water adventure begins with a short walk through the rain forest to meet your guide and 2 person-kayaks at the starting point.
After some instructions from your guide, you and your co-paddler board your kayak and enter the fast-flowing water. The swift currents carry your kayak downstream, challenging you and your partner to paddle confidently through various areas of exciting white water rapids and picturesque river pools. You will use teamwork to paddle through the twists and turns of rushing white-water rapids. The river rapids are rated class 1 and class 2 (easy to moderate) and the river flow is rated class 3 (swift moving water). Recent weather conditions can effect the river flow and level. Average time on the river is 90 minutes.
The river currents carry your kayak over one final cascade as you pass under an old colonial stone bridge and head towards the Caribbean Sea, where you will paddle your kayak to a private beach. Here you will have approximately 30 minutes free time to swim, suntan or purchase a refreshment from the beach bar.
Returning to the Montego Bay area, you will have a driving orientation along the "hip strip" of Montego Bay which is the most popular area with visitors.
We left port on time with another couple that only purchased kayaking. Driver was awesome, pleasant, funny, and knowledgable. About 1 hour to stables, and the other couple had to wait 2 hrs on us to do the horses-we felt awful. The riding guide was late but after he arrived he was great! Rode to the beach and had the most beautiful private beach and accomadations to OURSELVES! It was a mini paradise of ours. We rode in the water, guide was great. Didn't seem like the horses enjoy that too much though-guide said their moaning was completely normal. We had our own personal photographer and bought a CD of 60 pictures riding, swimming, standing on the horses backs, for $40. We did get back late, the other couple was anxious (so were we), running short on time. Went to kayak, it was OK, pretty tame water and kind of boring. I will call it more of a ""team building"" exercise for my husband and I. I do understand they're not going to bring a group of tourists with different backgrounds and abilities to ""white water kayak"" in ""real"" rapids with a ""real"" kayak-these kayaks don't tie you in and are blow up LOL. Water is only like 2-3ft deep and you go through maybe 4-5 different small bits of rapids, the water is pretty much still the rest of the time so be prepared to paddle-a lot! By the time we finished, the beach stuff was closed and we were LATE! Driver rushed to get us back on time, we were sweating. Hit traffic, he drove on the wrong side of the road to get us to pier-he succeeded as he promised ! Unfortunately no time to shop or try local food :( We really felt bad for the other couple with us-that wait was not fair to them!