Have you ever dreamed of riding a horse along a beautiful beach?
Can you imagine the wind in your hair and the sun on your face as you ride through a vision of tropical paradise?
If so, you’re not alone. In fact, horseback riding on the beach appears near the top of many bucket lists.
This isn’t just an image from your dreams. When you visit the Dominican Republic, you’ll have the chance to turn that dream into reality.
Read on to learn why you should add horseback riding in Punta Cana to your must-do list.
Punta Cana Horseback Riding: Overview
There are many great adventures in Punta Cana to choose from. But what makes this experience so unique is that you’re sharing it with an intelligent living creature.
Horseback riding on the beach allows you to connect with nature in a way that you can’t from a jet ski or a 4-wheeler. Riding takes you away from modern technology to a simpler time when humans and horses worked together every day.
If you’re looking for the ultimate chance to disconnect and “get away from it all,” this is it.
Here’s what you can expect before, during, and after horseback riding in Punta Cana.
Before the Ride
Your tour will begin with complimentary pickup from your resort in Punta Cana. Depending on your ride time and the location of your hotel, you’ll be given an exact pickup time when you reserve.
En route to the ranch in the back of an open-air truck, you’ll enjoy views of the island that few tourists get to see. Tall palms sway above your head as you make your way out of the hustle and bustle of town and into the countryside north of Punta Cana.
When you arrive, you’ll meet your professional guide and your new best friend (your horse). The guide will ask you about your previous riding experience (be honest!) so he can match you up with the best horse for you.
Once in the saddle, the guide will give a brief demonstration of how to control your horse during the ride. Once you and your friends are feeling confident and comfortable, it’s time to go!
During the Ride
From the ranch, your ride will begin with a stroll through tropical forests and down country roads. You’ll get to see how the locals live in their island paradise–and you’re sure to receive plenty of smiles along the way.
Soon the trees will open up and you’ll find yourself standing on the beautiful Uvero Alto Beach. This isolated beach is full of golden sand and far enough away from town to keep the crowds at bay.
Expect to have most of the beach to yourself as you start riding through the sand. Your guide will adjust the speed to your comfort level (or the comfort level of the group).
Riders who wish to amble along and enjoy the scenery are free to do so. Experienced riders or those looking for a little thrill can trot or gallop their horses in the sand or the shallow waters.
If you wish, you may dismount and go for a swim in the warm Caribbean waters. You can also stay in the saddle for the experience–horses love the water and are excellent swimmers!
After a complimentary drink and plenty of sunshine, it’s time to dry off and head back to the ranch.
After the Ride
When you return to the ranch, you’ll say goodbye to your new friends. (As the saying goes: If you enjoyed your ride, pat your horse and tip your guide!)
But your adventure isn’t quite over yet.
During your ride, your guides will take lots of photos and videos of you and your friends. Before you leave for your hotel, you’ll have the chance to buy souvenir photos or a video so you’ll have the memories of your ride forever.
Even more fun? Grab a bottle of local rum with a photo of your group on it. You’re sure to hang onto it long after the rum is gone!
Once you have your souvenirs, you’ll return to your hotel with sun-kissed skin and a big smile on your face.
Things to Know Before You Go
Every horse lover has dreamed of galloping along a beach with the waves crashing against the shore.
But what if you don’t have much experience–or have never ridden a horse before?
Don’t worry, this magical vision isn’t off-limits. The horses are well-trained and mild-mannered, making them suitable even for first-timers. A few helpful tips can help you overcome any anxiety so you can safely and comfortably enjoy your ride.
Speaking of comfort, you’ll be most comfortable in long pants. Riding in shorts or a bathing suit looks romantic in movies, but in reality, it will leave you with blisters on your legs. Ouch!
Don’t forget to slather on the sunscreen before you go to protect your skin from the intense Caribbean sun. Insect repellent is also a wise idea.
While most people can safely enjoy horseback riding, there are a few exceptions. Anyone who suffers from neck or back problems or other serious medical conditions should check with their doctor before booking a ride. The ride is also not recommended for pregnant women.
Ready to Go Horseback Riding in Punta Cana?
So, what’s holding you back from horseback riding in Punta Cana?
Beautiful beaches, warm sunshine, and new friends await you on your horseback adventure. It’s a truly unique way to explore the island and find your own slice of tropical heaven.
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