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“Very Nice Ride - choose a "group" ride in off season” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Spicelands Riding Centre

Spicelands Riding Centre
Middle Rd, Bermuda
441 238 8212
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Type: Horseback Riding Stables
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Clifton, Virginia, United States
2 reviews
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17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
“Very Nice Ride - choose a "group" ride in off season”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2012

We booked (online) Spicelands Stables more-expensive "private" ride for this past Monday so we could trot/canter in addition to just walking, and go on a 90-mins vs 60-mins ride.

The good news: It's easy to get to Spicelands stable from King's Wharf. Catch a number 8 bus (as an earlier poster recommended) and ask the driver to let you out at Spicelands. It's about a 30-minute ride. Easy. The bus stop is right on Middle Road at the end of Spiceland's driveway. Walk down the driveway to the office on the right just on the other side of the riding ring to check-in and get your helmet if you choose to wear one. (We have horses of our own, so we know to wear helmets). The horses were in good shape. Well cared for and quiet. The saddles were western, the rest of the tack English. Because it's the beginning of Bermuda's "winter" season, no other rides were booked for this particular Monday morning, and only one in the afternoon. On Monday morning, the riders were just my wife and me. Theresa, our guide, was a very pleasant young woman, born and raised in Bermuda. She pointed out lots of flora along the way, and told us some of the history of the area, too. We rode over heavily-vegetated trails, crossed a few roads with traffic, and walked along a few back streets in pretty neighborhoods to get to Warwick Long Beach. Then we rode along the sandy path near the beach and parallel to the shoreline down to Horseshoe Bay Beach before turning back. As anticipated, we rode on a path near the beaches, but never actually "on" the beaches. It was a beautiful blue-sky day, and the beaches were spectacular. Some great photo opportunities. We saw a few families on the beaches, but not very many. We got to trot and canter. I'm glad my wife got the horse she did, because she's the experienced rider, and her horse chose to get quite "spirited" when asked to canter.

The only "bad" news: After a half-hour on the trail, we started back towards the stables. My wife asked Theresa when would we have a chance to trot/canter? Theresa said she was told we had booked a "group" ride, which goes on a shorter/different trail than a "private" ride. We also think the "group" horses for a ride are most likely selected because they're quiet and will only have to walk for an hour. Theresa said she wished she had known at the start we had paid for a private ride, because we would've ridden on the normal "private" ride trail instead of this shorter trail. There was no access from the short trail to the other trail. She did try to extend our ride another fifteen minutes by back-tracking on the shorter trail in a few places, but we had the feeling we didn't get the ride we'd paid the premium to enjoy. In hindsight, had we known this was the slow season in Bermuda, and chances of anyone else riding on the same day we rode were small, we would've saved a tremendous amount of money and booked a "group" ride (in our case a group of two) instead of the more than twice the price "private" ride.

Everything considered, though, we had a very nice ride, and we'd recommend Spicelands and Theresa to anyone who wants a unique experience while visiting this beautiful island. Just sign up for a group ride. (Of course, as always, your mileage may vary depending upon the time of the year you visit Bermuda). Cheers!

Visited October 2012
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Dover, Delaware
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118 reviews 118 reviews
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77 helpful votes 77 helpful votes
“Wonderful horses!--Guide could improve attitude.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2012

Beautiful, well mannered horses made this ride a pleasure. The cost may seem a bit high until you learn that all hay, feed, and wood shavings (bedding) has to be shipped from the US. The route ranged from nice to riding on the street (not nice) to riding near (not on) the beach (magnificent). The views near the beach were spectacular--you could see the beach. However, the guide (who was a bid rough around the edges) told us that the beach ride was "his treat to us--that he only did it for us, and that he could be fined $1000 a horse for riding on the beach." We didn't believe this and the obvious purpose was to get a big tip. I know you can't ride on the beach during certain summer months, but we didn't ride on the beach. Nevertheless, we did enjoy the ride and I did tip the guide anyway.

Visited August 2012
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Glenside, Pennsylvania
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24 reviews 24 reviews
5 attraction reviews
Reviews in 13 cities Reviews in 13 cities
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
“Great Experience, Nice and Knowledgeable People”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2012

The beach ride itself was wonderful, and the horses are clean and well cared for. The ride is long and justifies the price per person. The scenery is beautiful. Horses often have a mind of their own, and it can be hard to control a 1,200 lb. animal if they want to eat or slow down. The guide put some pressure on the riders, especially intimidating for beginners, to mind the horses during the ride.

Visited July 2012
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New York City, New York
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25 reviews 25 reviews
5 attraction reviews
Reviews in 10 cities Reviews in 10 cities
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
“ride on the beach”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2012

Don't know if it's really "allowed" but our guide took us on a very scenic ride and we got some great photos from it. Run by nice people, easily managed horses, well worth it.

Visited April 2012
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New Jersey
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Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
“Good trail ride”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2012

We booked this for a cruise that stopped in Bermuda. I booked everything online in advance which was very easy. We took a taxi from the cruise dock which took about half an hour. My sister and I have both been riding our whole lives so we booked a private ride which was very nice! Horses were well cared for, we were early and the horses had gone out on a ride before us and they made sure to take them back and let them rest/drink for a few minutes before we went out. The ride went through trails, along some roads, and then to trails along the beach where the views were absolutely beautiful!!! Definitely many photo opportunities. Everyone at the stable was very helpful- they called a taxi for us when we were finished (and called again when they took awhile to show up!) Definitely recommended!

Visited June 2012
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