Captivating views of the countryside, a taste of Bajan culture and the best hospitality is what you get when you saddle up to ride at Ocean Echo Stables. Situated on the eastern side of the island, in New Castle St. John, the small family run business, delivers a five-star experience.
The sound of waves crashing in the distance is the first thing that greets you on arrival, there’s no question that you are in the right place. As you look around the grounds, you can see all of the effort, love and passion that owners, Samantha and Bernard have put in. The couple literally built Ocean Echo Stables, which Samantha calls a “labor of love”, from the ground up with their own two hands. On sight, it is clear that the compliment of 12 majestic horses are well cared for and happy in their space. The Ocean Echo vibe is one that is warm, friendly, laidback and accommodating, a true reflection of Samantha, Bernard and the entire team. It’s this energy that immediately puts the rider, whether novice or expert, at ease.
At Ocean Echo you have the option of staying on site and having a vacation centered around horseback riding, while experiencing some of the different aspects of having a holiday in Barbados. If you just want to spend the day, there are several daily rides to choose from, which can be as short as an hour or as long as three, and are limited to no more than 6 or 7 people at a time. So whether you choose a riding vacation or a day ride like the Coastal Countryside Ride, the Bath Beach Riding Tour, Off the Beaten Track, the Conset Bay Trail Ride, the Full Moon Ride or the Rider Picnic, you are in for an experience like no other, which will leave you with memories to last a lifetime.
When the BT Travel team saddled up for our 2 hour ride, we were ably led by our easy going and knowledgeable tour guide Albert and his four-legged assistant Tracker. While Tracker scurried ahead stopping what little traffic there was and alerted us to a troupe of green monkeys hanging out in the banana patch and cows grazing in the fields, Albert guided us through the trail pointing out historical landmarks along the way and schooled us on the medicinal properties of a multitude of plants and trees.
Our ride took us through a tree covered trail past a small waterfall at Bath Springs and the sweet smell of the ocean signaled that the beach was right around the corner.Within minutes we were on Bath Beach where our horses were at ease on the sand and in the water. There is definitely something special about taking in the rugged beauty of one of Barbados’s most iconic east coast beaches on horseback. As we journeyed back to the stables, we stopped along the way to gaze and soak in the unspoiled scenery while moving from one stunning view of the coast to the next.
At the end of our ride Samantha and Bernard greeted us with huge smiles and fresh, homemade juices from the small restaurant on the premises, Fyah Café . Everything about an Ocean Echo Stables experience is intimate and authentic and you don’t have to ride a horse to experience it. It is often booked for family days, corporate retreats, birthday parties, camping and even bonfires.
But for those who do enjoy horseback riding, going out on a trail with Ocean Echo Stables is a unique way to see the East Coast. It’s also one of the best ways to capture the beauty and true essence of one of Barbados’s most picturesque parishes.