Grand Turk, Horseback Ride and Swim
Duration: Half Day
There are many ways to discover the natural beauty of the Turks and Caicos Islands, but one of the most scenic has to be on horseback. This unforgettable tour will enable you to explore Grand Turk, the largest of the Turks Islands, via land and sea. Ride across beautiful white sandy beaches before taking a swim with your horse in the warm turquoise waters of the Atlantic Ocean. Not to be missed, this is an experience of a lifetime.
Your day begins by departing from the cruise ship pier in a comfortable, air-conditioned bus, which will take you on a short scenic journey along Grand Turks’ beautiful coastline to the other side of the island. En route we will drive past Governor's Beach and the ruins of the old “Salinas” (natural salt ponds), one of which has been renovated to show visitors how salt was extracted during the island’s booming salt trade. This precious commodity was once the main source of income for the Turks and Caicos Islands during the 17th and 18th centuries.
We then continue through the charming city of Cockburn Town, the nation’s capital and seat of government, before reaching the Grand Turk Indigenous Horse Shelter where your equestrian tour begins. After a quick tour of the shelter, you will learn how these native wild horses and donkeys were used as the main form of transportation during the height of the salt industry. Many were later abandoned when they were no longer needed, however, so the horse shelter was built to give them a home.
Once you are safely mounted on your horse, your experienced guide will take you on a leisurely walk along one of Grand Turk’s pristine white-sand beaches. Enjoy wonderful views of the coast and crystal clear waters whilst learning about the history of the local area from your guide. Your horse will then be unsaddled and prepared for its swim before you enter the sea on horseback. Riding into the ocean with the sun beating down on you will undoubtedly be one of the highlights of your holiday in the Turks and Caicos Islands.
On the return journey you can enjoy views of North Creek, a long salt-water bay at the north end of Grand Turk. Many locals moor their boats here because it provides the only shelter from tropical storms and hurricanes for vessels travelling between Nassau and Puerto Rico. You can often spot marine birds such as egrets, ospreys, sand pipers and pelicans fishing around the mangrove trees, and if you are lucky, you may even catch a glimpse of the island’s endangered pink flamingos in and around the salt ponds. A glimpse of Grand Turk’s natural treasures is a great way to round off the trip.
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