Saddle-up for a scenic tropical journey during this relaxing ride through the Jamaican countryside on horseback.
Depart the pier for the scenic 45-minute coastal drive to the Braco Stables. Along the way, you will pass by the quaint town of St. Ann's Bay and Seville, the original Spanish capital of Jamaica. You will then continue on past Chukka Cove, Priory and Runaway Bay, home of the Green Grotto Caves, before reaching Discovery, where Christopher Columbus landed in the 15th century. After passing by Columbus Park, you will arrive at Braco Stables. This former mid 18th-century sugar plantation once employed numerous slaves and produced refined sugar that was exported worldwide.
Upon arrival, you will take a guided tour of the estate and outside visit to the original building, which today houses a pimento-leaf oil factory. Here, oil is extracted from the leaves through a condensation process, then exported for use as a meat preservative and perfume base. Next, you will be matched with a horse suitable to your riding experience and then set-off to explore the countryside on horseback. During your ride you will pass sugarcane and snoozing cows before splashing about in the turquoise surf. From here, it's on to visit the gardens brimming with pimento trees, bougainvillea and fishtail palms.
Following your horseback ride, you will be served a cool drink under the gazebo, and take in wonderful views and photo opportunities of this scenic estate before your return drive to the pier and ship.
Please note: This tour involves horseback riding over terrain that may be bumpy and uneven and is recommended for guests in good physical condition. The tour is not available to wheelchair guests, those with mobility concerns, back or neck problems or pregnant women. The minimum age to participate on this tour is 6-years old and children under the age of 18-years must be accompanied by and adult parent or guardian. The maximum weight to participate on this tour is 230 lbs. Due to the horseback ride, bare legs and sandals are not recommended. It is suggested to wear a swimsuit under long pants with sneakers or comfortable walking shoes and bring biodegradable sunscreen, a hat, sunglasses, camera and a towel from the ship.