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Riding on East Side Beach, Grand Turk.

Grand Turk Horseback Riding

Our Opinion
The beach where much of this ride takes place on isn’t exceptional due to the typically large amounts of washed-up seaweed, but otherwise this riding experience is great. Suitable for nearly all ages and skill levels.
4 star rating for Grand Turk Horseback Riding by Visit Turks and Caicos Islands
One of Grand Turk's ponies.

Grand Turk has one stable, and it’s located on the opposite side of the island from the Grand Turk Cruise Center. Transport to and from the Cruise Center (about 15 minutes each way) is complimentary for cruise ship guests. Due to the limited number of horses, and large quantity of cruise guests, it's recommended that you book in advance.

The Route and Sights

Crossing the bluff to North Creek.

The horses and stables are located on the northern end of East Side Beach, not far from the Grand Turk Lighthouse and the abandoned US Navy’s NAVFAC 104 base.

The route typically begins by climbing the east coast bluffs and descending to mouth of North Creek, where sheltered wetlands and the lighthouse can be seen.

The ride then returns to the beach. Riders may wade into the ocean if they choose. Certified guides lead all excursions.

The terrain travelled through the trail is quite interesting. Exposed to the constant eastern trade winds, low drought and wind resistant vegetation has become established.

The view from the bluffs of Grand Turk.

The area is likewise fascinating from a geomorphological perspective. Sand, largely originating from marine shell and coral animals, forms a high dune ridge over much of the eastern side of Grand Turk. This ancient dune, piled by wind and wave action, isn’t quite as lithified as the limestone in the Caicos Islands, and is consequently soft and crumbling.

Requirements

Minimum age is six years old. This tour is not suitable for those who may be pregnant or have back injuries. No riding experience is required.

As is also the case with the stables on the island of Providenciales, small and hardy island ponies are used. Because of this, there is a weight limit of 220 pounds per rider per horse.

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