Exclusive Trail and Beach Horseback
Ready to ride? Then head out on this exclusive Ocho Rios Trail and Beach Horseback adventure!
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 with trained guides. 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 the 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 which powered the old sugar mill on this former sugar plantation.
What a fun experience for our family! We have been horseback riding, but never in the water. My boys (11&12) enjoyed the water part. The guides were super friendly & knowledgeable and gave history and nature info that was interesting. We were the only guests for that ride- total bonus! But the actual trail ride to the beach was beyond slow and just took the long way around the farm to the beach at a snails pace. We couldn't do any trotting, change order or basically ride on our own (kids were bored). Then at the beach, we dismount and they conveniently have snacks/drinks (for purchase), local jewelry/souvenirs, etc at tables on the secluded beach. Very nice people, but a little pushy on the sales. We just sat for 20-30mins while the horses ""rested"" from that slow uneventful walk to the beach (15-20mins). We could walk around the beach and explore (but we live in FL, we do that all the time). It was a gorgeous location. Finally get back on, and they take great pix on the beach (also had to pay, but TOTALLY worth the photos they take from the water/shore). Was only $15 for the CD of 10 photos. Then the guide leads us into the water (horses still saddled). The water was up to our knees and run/trot them back and forth about 10 times past the girl taking photos. (caution- horses poop in the water) The water part was awesome! Unique and totally worth it. Again we dismount, rest the horse for another 20mins, we dry off (bring towel), buy snacks and soda and ride the shoreline back to the stable. This was pretty and relaxing. Overall would recommend. Even for inexperienced riders, you can't fall off- going so slow (lol). But memorable and our photos are amazing for the fun day. The driver to and from the port was fantastic and even stopped for us to get water at a local store. Easy to find him at the port as well.
My pre-teen and teenage daughters and I did this excursion, and we had the BEST time. The guides are incredible - we ended up having a private van ride fully narrated with fascinating island history and information the way there. The riding guide was wonderful - singing to us, breaking off leaves for us to smell, etc. The water experience was fun, too - we even rode back along the shore. Couldn't have been better and would do again in a heart beat. Memory of a lifetime. Don't need pants for ride, but if you have a towel, they'll throw it over the horse, which helps. You will get wet when riding in the surf, but mostly legs and feet. We weren't expecting end of excursion, when they offered to take us out to eat and then to shops. We just did a shop, and then they dropped us back at the port, where we ate on our own. The guides are SO wonderful - cannot say enough about all of them!
Horse back riding in Jamica was beyond amazing. Best time of my life. The crew was super nice and respectful and tour actually last about 2 and a half hours which makes your money's worth. Can NOT wait to go back
Reviewer: JJ the NP
We took our older son and two younger children on the horses. Our guides were wonderful with our 6 & 12 yr olds who had never been on horses. We had so much fun riding the horses in the water :)
Reviewer: Rob the bob
Great Service, very kind people, they offered help or answers any time they were needed. The excursion transport guy offered to show us where to eat/shop and was very personable