Grand Turk Horseback Tour Excursion Reviews
This was the highlight of our trip, the ranch staff was friendly, courteous and helpful. They hand picked the horses for you based on your size, gender, experience and fear-factor. The horses were well cared for and very gentle. The trail ride was fun (but expect to wear a helmet) and we were in the sun the whole time (wear a t-shirt and/or lots of sunscreen!)
The best part was swapping out our trail horses for the "swimmers" and then being led by our guide to the beach and into the water until the horses were shoulder deep in water, then he signaled the horses into a gallop through the refreshingly cool water, we were splashing and running and laughing and hanging on for dear life, but it was the MOST fun ever! DO THIS EXCURSION!
Operated by Chukka Tours for Princess, we left around 1:45pm for a 20 min scenic drive. Our driver gave non-stop narration, pointing out virtually every building or ruins (Hurricane Ike in 2008 did extensive damage to the island). The Grand Turk Indigenous Horse Shelter is located on the far north side of the island. We had to wear helmets. You could store your belongings in a locker for $5, but we didn't have anything valuable in our beach bag so we didn't get one. They selected horses for us based on height/weight visual evaluations for the trail ride. Mine was named Black Boy, Scott's was named Geico. We had two guides for the ride, and they were really great about using our cameras to take several photos of us. We rode up to the old US Navy base (now the T&C Community College) and then along the beach back to the shelter. The trail ride portion lasted about 30 min. Then we dismounted so we could shed clothes for the bathing suits we'd worn underneath. They picked new horses for us and saddled them with bareback pads for the swim portion. They took us out in groups of 4. My horse was named TT and I was the lead horse behind the guide so when he galloped I galloped! The swim lasted 5-10min. We reboarded the bus and visited the Grand Turk Lighthouse for scenic pictures. They also have a souvenir & refreshments stand. We returned to the cruise center about 4:00pm.
Very fun! Not as long on the horses as expected but fun anyhow! Donkeys are soo cutr! Bring your camera! The bus tour there and back was part of the package so it made it worth while. Margaritaville was a bit costly, but cool. you can hang at port and just dip your toes and swim in the pool. Eat on the ship instead!! Drinks are expensive, but really good! I plan just a walk about this next round! Margaritas rule, too bad its not at Mexico prices!!