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“Nice excursion out of Falmouth” 3 of 5 bubbles
Review of Braco Stables

Braco Stables
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Braco Stables Hiking and Biking Tour Tour from Falmouth
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North Vancouver
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“Nice excursion out of Falmouth”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 17, 2013

Two families with 5 teenage girls, we booked the ride and swim through shore trips and saved some decent money off the cruise ship price. There was no trouble meeting our driver in Falmouth and we had a 20 min drive in the countryside, which took us in to the 'real' Jamaica and definitely not the tourist version. The stables were pretty basic but the horses were in good physical shape. We were taught the basics but the horses are on auto-pilot so very little skill is required--great for novices but probably a little dull for anyone else. The ride was nice and the swim was the highlight but do keep in mind previous reviews in that you don't swim with your own horse as a group but take turns doing little loops of a very small bay. Our kids really enjoyed it. It was not what I would describe as a 'premium' experience but it was good value for a 3.5 hour excision from the ship.

Visited November 2013
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“Got to go back!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 8, 2013

Great time spent. And definitely value for money, staff was friendly and knowledgeable. Horses and stable well kept.

Visited November 2013
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Reading, United Kingdom
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“Pleasant way to see some countryside”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 22, 2013

The stable was very keen for all of us taking part to understand the safety regs. It was a must we wore the safety helmets and to sign the information form.( so we should ) we were allocated a horse each mounted them (they helped you mount if you needed it. )The stable hands / guides checked stirrups etc before we started each of us nose to tail in a long trail we ambled through the lovely country side it was a shame we were not allowed to go any faster.It was About an hour before we got to the beach.There we could buy drinks and snacks if we had money ,but we didn't bring any we were told only to bring towel and camera,and our water we wanted to bring with us the guides took off of us before we left the stable! The scenery was lovely at the beach but we rode the horses in a pool area of the sea and the guides led us around just 3 times and there was a photographer on hand to take many pictures, it was a enjoyable few hours but too many people in the party and too short a time in the sea that was very rushed

Visited October 2013
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“Leon40”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 20, 2013

Horse ride/swim. Me and my friend Gemma went to this on Mon 14 Oct 2013. We were all given a quick debrief before hand on arrival, and filled out a health + safety form. Then we were all given a helmet, and other safety equipment. Then we were each allocated a horse [ mine was called Tiffany ]. Then we were given guides who were with us throughout the day, who then gave a hand to mount up using steps. After a few laps around the enclosure, we made our way through countryside to the beach area they use [ about a 40 min trek ]. After arrival at the beach we had a short drinks break and also took in the views. Then we all took in turn to mount up and go in the pool area within the sea, where we all did 3 laps whilst having numerous pictures taken. Then we all dried off before remounting and making the return journey back to the stables to end the trip. An amazing few hours, great scenery/sights, and we were all given great care/advice throughout the day. All the horses were very well behaved and very well looked after. Well recommended. You are given 2 times to go, 10am and 1pm, advise to take the 10am as it gets very hot even then. At the end it is polite to tip the guides for their efforts. You also get a free cold drink at the end.

Visited October 2013
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“Not what we expected.”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 14, 2013

Being a horse person this was not nearly as enjoyable as it could have been. First of all, everyone had to wear a bike helmet no matter what your experience or ability. Not happy about this little detail at all. Have I had known about the silly bike helmets I would have booked with another company. Then there was the nose to butt ride that followed. Really, you think you have to keep telling people to keep their horses' nose in the butt of the horse ahead of them? The staff definitely was only interested in getting to the beach as quick as possible. They constantly would ride up on a guest and swat their horse to close the gap or to make the nose to butt horses speed up a bit.

Once at the beach, the staff took a little break, away from their guest, that lasted about thirty minutes. During this time, you have the opportunity to purchase snacks and drinks from the little "snack bar" with a very limited selection of goodies including beer and rum. I understand now why they did not want anyone to bring their own water and backpack. I suggest if you book with Braco that you insist on being allowed to carry your backpack along with you! They were telling everyone to leave their backpacks with their driver. Very convenient if you plan to sell water at four dollars a pop plus the expected tips.

On the bright side, my wife enjoyed the ride in the water and I did get some good pictures of the horses in the pool of water. It's literally a pool with three sides made of concrete jutting out into the water. The ride back to the stables was just as hurried as the ride to the beach. Not much interaction between the staff and the riders with the exception of the occasional swat to the horses to keep them tight and moving. As someone else commented, there was a gallon jug of what appeared to be lemonade at the stable if you cared for something to drink. I'm really trying hard to leave some positive feedback about the excursion but not much to really make this an outstanding experience. I know there are better stables on the island and I would suggest you look into other stables and ask what is included in their ride package.

If you like riding and are skilled at riding this is probably not the excursion for you. Way to rushed and the staff is just going through the motions. We did, however, hand out good tips as I know this is the staffs main source of income.

Visited October 2013
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