Private Heritage Beach Ride - Ocho Rios

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Key Details

  • Mobile Voucher Accepted
  • Hotel pickup Available
  • Free Cancellation
  • Duration: 2 Hrs 30 Mins
  • Language:
    English
  • Departure Time :
    8:30am 1:30pm Departure times vary depending on your hotel location or cruise ship. Departure times will be advised when you call to reconfirm you tour.
  • Departure Details :
    Tour commences with pickup from your Ocho Rios or Runaway Bay hotel
  • Cancellation Policy :
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.

Overview

This private ride is tailored to suit the more experienced rider! Ride through the waves on horseback! Discover the rich history and culture of Jamaica as you ride on your beautiful horse through the wooded areas where the Taino Indians used to hunt for food. Stop off at the beach where you'll be served some refreshments in the shade of a beach hut before heading into the crystal clear water for a refreshing swim!

Know More about this tour

Hope on your horse and learn about the culture of the Taino Indians, 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 beach, sample a taste of local produce in a jungle beach hut, before you strip down to your bathing suit for a dash through the waves on horseback. For your safety, the saddles are left on, so you don't have to worry about staying on! Your return ride takes you along the deserted beach, where herons and other waterbirds fish in the shallow waters. You'll travel through the mangroves, which hide the remains of an eighteenth century warehouse and by an ancient waterwheel which powered the old sugar mill on this former sugar plantation.

This private tour has been customized for the more experienced rider so that they can ride at a faster pace. All riders on these rides are required to wear a safety helmet. Their riding ability will be assessed by the head grooms and the ride will be conducted according to riders ability. No galloping allowed.

Inclusions

Hotel / pier pickup and drop off

Well trained Horse

Professional guide

Ability Suited Tour Group

Helmet

Exclusions

Gratuities (optional)

Refreshments available for sale

Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 7 days of travel. In this case confirmation will be received within 48 hours, subject to availability

Riding Ability: For experienced riders only

Weight Limit: Passengers must not exceed 240lbs to participate in this tour

Age Limit: There is no age limit on this tour, however, all passengers must be at least 3 ft tall and experienced riders to participate

Don't Forget: Swimsuits, cameras, towels, closed in shoes or sneakers

Please note that ride is in English tack and the horses are not used to neck reining, if you have never ridden in an English saddle before, you will find it quite different

Passengers must be at least 3 ft tall and experienced riders to participate in this tour.

Traveler Reviews

  • 02-Mar-2017

    Saving grace was that the horses were in quite good condition. I'd booked a private ride as it was supposed to cater for experienced riders who were capable of controlling a horse and riding at a faster pace. The advertised ride through an old plantation and past ruins of some old buildings relating to the sugar cane industry amounted to a slow walk along a track through some woodland, which could have been anywhere, past a few broken down walls and then onto a beach. Here is where we managed one short, slow canter along the shore line, turned around and back to a place on the beach where we dismounted. In all about 20 minutes absolute tops. We were offered a drink and small piece of fruit, and sat around while the guide and helpers sat together chatting. After about 20 mins we stripped off to swimwear, remounted and rode out into the sea. The horses were still able to walk but water upto our knees so hard work for them. Went back and forth a couple of times, which was good fun as something none of us had done before. Then back to the beach, dismount and hang around for another 20 mins or so before remounting and taking a slow walk back to the start. The guide did ask if anyone wanted another short canter along the shoreline, but as still in swimwear and on a soaking saddle, didn't fancy the discomfort ! Back at the base we dismounted and that was that.
    Don't expect any long canters along a sandy beach, or a scenic trek with several chances to kick on. This is very much for people who've never really ridden. Best bit was going in the sea, but very expensive for what we got out of the whole excursion.

  • 13-Sep-2015

    This was the highlight of our Jamaican vacation for me. Our guide was very knowledgeable and professional. Everyone in the company couldn't have been nicer. The ride through the trees was nice but the ride through the water was awesome. We had a terrific time!

  • 11-Jun-2015

    Pay extra for the private tour although it wasn't totally private. A group of 10 rode about 200 yards ahead of us and a group of 10 rode about 200 yards behind us but it was great because we could actually hear the guide and enjoy the scenery with just the two of us.

  • 01-Jan-2015

    Very good company, and an excellent ride

  • 13-May-2010

    The length of the ride was good, the guide was fair. The horses seemed in decent shape and well treated. I really enjoyed the ride in the ocean. It was only my husband and me, so very private. My only complaint is the lack of toilet facilities on the beach itself. However the operators did take our towels down to the beach in the truck, so we didn't have to worry about carrying it on the horse.