Grand Cayman Travel Guide
Coral Stone Stables. Leisurely 90-minute horseback rides take in the white-sand beaches at Barkers and inland trails at Savannah; photos are included. Your guide is Nolan Stewart, whose ranch contains 20 horses, chickens, and "randy" roosters. Nolan offers a nonstop narrative on flora, fauna, and history. He's an entertaining, endless font of local information, some of it unprintable. Rides are $80; swim rides cost $120. Conch Point Rd., next to Restaurante Papagallo on the left, West Bay, Grand Cayman, KY1-1301. 345/916–4799. www.csstables.com.
Horseback in Paradise. Gregarious Nicki Eldemire loves telling stories about horse training and life on Cayman. She leads guided tours through Barkers National Park on the West End: a pristine peninsular area filled with enthralling plant and animal life along the beaches and wetlands. The steeper price (starting at $90) includes transportation, but it's a private, exclusive experience with no more than four riders per group. Barkers National Park, Conch Point, West Bay, Grand Cayman, KY1-1301. 345/945–5839 or 345/916–3530. www.caymanhorseriding.com.
Mary's Stables and Equestrian Center. The top-notch training facility for the Cayman national equestrian team offers classic English riding lessons (dressage is an option) and allows you to help groom the exotic horses. Half Way Pond, George Town, Grand Cayman, KY1-1103. 345/949–7360 or 345/516–1751.
Pampered Ponies. Offering "the ultimate tanning machine"—horses walking, trotting, and cantering along the beach—the stable leads private tours and guided trips, including sunset, moonlight, and swim rides along the uninhabited beach from Conch Point to Morgan's Harbour on the north tip beyond West Bay. 355 Conch Point Rd., Barkers, West Bay, Grand Cayman, KY1-1303. 345/945–2262 or 345/916–2540. www.ponies.ky.