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  • Location:St Johns, Antigua
  • Duration:2 hours 30 minutes (approx.)
Experience Antigua's beautiful beaches and catch a glimpse into its historic past on this 2.5-hour horseback ride along the scenic Caribbean coast. Enjoy incredible views of St John's Harbour as you explore Fort James with a local guide. Back on the beach, relax with a complimentary cocktail after an opportunity to swim in the water -- on horseback! The combination of soft, white sand and sparkling sea will make for an amazing ride.

Highlights

  • 2.5-hour horseback riding tour from St John's
  • Ride over soft sand along the Caribbean coast
  • Explore Fort James, an 18th-century British stronghold
  • Ride bareback into the warm water
  • Take a break at the beach to stroll or sunbathe
  • Enjoy amazing views of St John's Harbour and the sea

What You Can Expect

Fort James and Beach Horseback Ride from St John's

Horseback Ride from St John's

When you meet your guide at a central location in St John's, drive just 10 minutes by air-conditioned minivan to Fort James Beach, where you'll receive a brief orientation and be assigned a horse according to your size and riding ability. Then, hop on your horse and get ready for a great ride, accompanied by your knowledgeable guide plus two experienced outriders.

Feel the cool breeze and enjoy scenic views of the clear Caribbean Sea as you make your way on horseback over powdery sand. Ride across the beautiful beach -- fringed with coconut palms -- to historical Fort James, built by the British in 1706 to protect St John's Harbour. See several cannons and the foundation of the fort wall, as well as a fabulous panorama of the harbor and the lovely Antiguan coastline.

After you tour the fort, return to the coastline and ride along the water's edge where a white-sand beach stretches for almost a mile (1.6 km). Enjoy a complimentary bottle of mineral water as your guide unsaddles your horse in preparation for the next venture -- riding bareback into the warm water. With the addition of a buoyancy belt, and accompanied by your guide, you'll enjoy a refreshing swim!

Then, relax in a lounge chair under a shared umbrella, sipping a cocktail while you soak up the sun; you'll have about an hour to stroll along the beach or go for another swim. If you'd like, treat yourself to a snack or lunch in a restaurant that overlooks the sand and sea.

You'll have the opportunity to shower before return transport by minivan.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2014

nothing like riding a horse on the beach. cab was sent for us, the owner "Sunfire" and his sons run the place. they are very friendly and make you feel welcome. very fun and pleasant ride. horses basically follow each other but if you know how to ride then you can move about. definitely never rode a horse in water before so that was great.

4 star rating: Recommended July 2014

This was a great tour. However I left out a star because Viator did not inform me to bring a towel to sit on under the saddle so I was forced to purchase one from the nearby souvenir shop even though I didnt want to spend the extra money. I could easily have brought my own towel.

3 star rating: Worth doing October 2014

My husband and I enjoyed the horseback riding tour. The guide was very friendly and informative. The ride in the beach was very brief (less than 5 minutes), I thought it would have been a little longer but we were told the water was a little rough (not really) which could be why it was so short. However, I did not give this more than 3 stars because this tour was supposed to be 3.5 hours. We were picked up and dropped off in under 2.5 hours. We were supposed to have been given an opportunity to hang out at the beach and given a bottle of water but were not. When we came out of the water, we were told our taxi to take us back to St. John's would be arriving in less than 5 minutes. I think this is because that driver had another job and wouldn't be available to pick us up later. In that case, they should have arranged to have a different driver drive us back to town. We were hoping to be able to enjoy the beautiful beach there before heading back to town.

3 star rating: Worth doing February 2014

Lots of fun but too big of a group (20-25 people) and not split up between experienced riders and beginners thus it was very slow and not too much of a riding experience. Transport from pick up location to Fort James was good but no one showed up to drive us back. I enjoyed it a lot overall though

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