One of my favourite parts about our first trip to Negril Jamaica was taking the Horseback Ride and Swim tour. It was offered from Chukka Adventures at the Sandy Bay Ranch, a tour easily booked at our Island Routes kiosk at Sandals Negril. It’s literally horseback riding, in complete paradise!
Despite not being on a horse in many years, I wanted to take on this tour to see the Jamaican countryside and as advertised, horseback ride in the ocean. Who knows if I’d ever get an opportunity like that again?
This Montego Bay 2.5 hour guided tour starts with some laps on the Chukka property as the entire group gets onto a horse. This is a great time to meet your guides and get a feel for horseback riding. After some instruction, you leave the property and make your way through beautiful mountains. Really, the backdrop can’t be beat. The location is very much like a rainforest, and the guides take this opportunity to tell lots about the land and history of the area.
Our guide picked one leaf and had me taste, mint! Another leaf was an ingredient for the jerk spice. Be still my heart one guide even picked a flower and gave it to my husband to deliver to me on horseback!
Needless to say the Chukka guides are both knowledgeable and entertaining. After arriving back from the riding tour, everyone has a rest before getting back onto horses to ride through the ocean. This time, bareback! I can’t say how odd of a feeling it is to be bareback on a horse and walk into the ocean.
Water rising and rising until it’s just below waist level, it’s like swimming but riding .. a completely different but exhilarating experience. My horse, well, he loved to RUN in the ocean. Ahhh, this was incredible!
The Horseback Ride and Swim tour with Chukka Adventures was such an amazing experience, I highly recommend it. Even people who hadn’t been on a horse before went and had a great time.