We were picked up at the Hard Rock and similar to the previous review, we were transferred into another vehicle. We were a family of 2 adults and 3 teenage girls, we were driven directly to the beach and there were 5 horses waiting, no matching of the horses to each individual and no safety helmets offered.
Our guide was fantastic and we did feel comfortable on the beach without helmets, the horses were fairly docile and looked in good condition. We did stop after an hour to stretch our legs, it would have been nice to have been give a cold water at this point rather than at the end of the 2 hours.
Our representative had bottles of rum with our photos attached to the front, they wanted $30 a bottle we declined, one nice touch was the rep sent me the photos he took via Whatsapp free of charge.
It was a great day and lovely going in the water on a horse, we were not offered a visit to the ranch but to be honest it was boiling hot and we just wanted to go back to the pool and air con
For £150 for the 5 of us it was great cheap fun but they need to sort out the safety aspect
Our group of four enjoyed a private horseback ride on the beach. Daniel came to pick us up from our hotel and was prompt. Once at the ranch we were asked about our experience and we were assigned a horse. Our guide Fausto was amazing! He was kind, social, and went out of his way to ensure we had an experience of a lifetime. He took a ton of photos on our phones for us to have.
Along the way we stopped at the river and were met with fresh coconut water from a local man for $1. This gave us a break as well as the horses and allowed for us to take in the beauty of our surroundings.
We saw some other groups along the way and they were quite large. I couldn't imagine how such a large group (20+) would be a positive experience so I highly recommend booking your tour with Rancho el Diferente on Viator.
Hate writing a bad review, but it was scary at best when me and my 3 girls got dropped off on the side of the road and were told to get into some other guys car with no company logos or anything. Our hotel security almost didn't let him go back in the resort to drop us off, clearly there was something wrong. When we got to the horses, we had a great time. I just don't feel like this is an established vendor, so be careful! The other excursion we went on, they picked us up from our hotel in a marked shuttle van and they took us all the way to the excursion and all the way back and we felt safe the entire time. Just be careful.