Saturday, October 20, 2007

Horseback Riding

If riding a horse on the beach next to the beautiful turquoise waters of the Caribbean is part of your vacation plans, St Maarten offers many opportunities.

Bayside Riding Club
Bayside Riding Club on Le Galion Beach on the French side offers a variety of horseback rides as well as riding lessons. Both English and Western style riding are available. You’ll ride along 1-1/2 miles of white sand beach through the Nature Marine Reserve. The 2-hour ride includes a swim with your horse and a stop for refreshments at a local beach bar and restaurant. Riders must be seven years of age, and pony rides are available for the younger set. Among the possibilities are:

One-Hour Group Beach Rides
You’ll ride on trails through the Nature Marine Reserve and along the beach.
11:00 AM to 12:00 PM or 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM50.00 euros or $65.00 per person

Two-Hour Group Beach Rides
This ride also takes you through the Nature Marine Reserve but also includes a swim with your horse in crystal clear waters. After your swim, you'll stop for a complimentary drink at Tropical Wave Beach Bar and Restaurant at the far end of the bay.
9:00 AM to 11:00 AM or 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM70.00 euros or $90.00 per person

One-Hour Private Beach Rides
This is for you if you want to canter on the beach!
70.00 euros or $90.00 per person

One-Hour Sunset Group Beach Ride
This ride is the same as the One-Hour Group ride but returns as the sun is setting on the horizon
5:00 PM to 6:00 PM or 5:30 PM to 6:30 PMdepending on the sunset!60.00 euros or $80.00 per person

Their French Federation Certified (FFE) instructor offers riding lessons from beginner basics through experienced. Lessons in dressage and jumping are also available. Lessons are available in French or English.

Adult Private $65.00 per hourChild Private $55.00 per hour

Bayside Riding ClubRue du Le Galion
Coconut Grove
Le Galion Beach, St. Martin, F.W.I.
Reservations: Tel: 011(590) 873664 Fax(0590) 873376

OK Corral
OK Corral in Oyster Pond has variety of rides available, including the popular 2-hour horseback ride along Orient Beach. After a brief stop at the shops along Orient Beach, riders make their way through St. Martin's hillside on the return trip. Smaller children will enjoy the stable's pony rides.

Lucky Stables
Lucky Stables has been operating on St.Maarten for many years and has built a reputation as a professional riding and training stable. You’ll first ride through the residential and industrial area of Cape Bay before reaching the seclusion of the Cape Bay area with trails through the hills and along the beach.
Departure times
1-hour trail ride: 8 am- 4 pm, every hour, $42
2-hour trail ride: 8 am and 2 pm, $61
1-hour Sunset Ride: 5 pm, $42
2-hour Sunset Ride: 4 pm, $61
2-hour Champagne Night Ride: 8 pm, $61. Only on Wednesday and Friday

Credit cards are not accepted. All rides include swimming with the horses.

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