More than a third of these tourists are from the US, attracted by fantastic resorts such as Playabachata Resort, as well as the Caribbean island’s relaxing atmosphere and stunning beaches.
But numbers show that more and more tourists are exploring beyond the beach. In fact, foreigners account for 80 percent of visits to the country’s protected areas. Vacationers are also keen to explore colonial areas and nature reserves, all while enjoying the possibilities that the country offers for adventure travel.
As such, excursions and fun activities like riding horseback have really taken off in recent years.
If you’re planning a trip here soon, here are five great reasons why you should try horseback riding during your stay at Playabachata Resort.
1. Learn a New Skill
When we’re on vacation we often try new things that we might not have considered back home.
Whether that means tasting new cuisines or doing something more adventurous like going zip lining, it’s great to throw caution to the wind and embrace whatever your destination has to offer. Especially if that means learning a new skill, which is the best kind of vacation souvenir.
If you’re new to horseback riding, the experienced guides at Playabachata Resort will assess your ability and show you how to ride a horse. As professionals, their priority is to ensure that you feel safe, comfortable and prepared before you set off. Then, once you’re in the saddle you’ll soon get a feel for the rhythm of the horse as you enjoy the experience of learning a new skill.
Even if you’ve tried equestrian riding before, getting back on a horse will no doubt bring back fond memories of past adventures on horseback. You’ll also enjoy the opportunity to refresh and improve your horseback riding skills as you create special new memories.
2. Get a Health Boost
Working out is unlikely to be a priority while you’re on vacation. But many of the activities we enjoy while we’re away, such as swimming and hiking, are also great forms of exercise.
The same is true of horseback riding. Although it seems that the horse is doing all the work, riding a horse is more physically demanding than you’d think. In fact, horseback riding facts show that it is a moderate-intensity exercise and can burn as many as 350 calories per hour.
As well as being beneficial for cardiovascular health, horseback riding also improves your core strength, coordination, balance and muscle tone.
And, the health boost that horseback riding provides isn’t just physical either. The combination of being active, spending time in nature and connecting with animals increases levels of feel-good hormones like serotonin.
You’ll also get a boost from the feeling of freedom that being on horseback gives. And, learning a new skill helps improve confidence and self-esteem.
3. See the Sights from Horseback
As well as being a great skill and a good form of exercise, horseback riding offers a unique way to see the world.
And thanks to the beautiful and varied Dominican landscapes, you can be sure that the horseback riding tour will bring you to many wondrous sights you might not have seen otherwise.
Live the dream of riding a horse along the coastline of a tropical beach and trekking through the dense rainforest jungle. On your trip you’ll take in new sights and new perspectives, exploring hidden scenery and taking in impressive views.
On horseback, you’ll get to go beyond where cars and bus tours can take you. As a result, you’ll feel more in control as you take the reins and explore new paths with your horseback riding group. And, if you’re feeling confident enough to pick up the pace, there’s nothing like feeling the wind in your hair as you gallop along the sand!
4. Relax and Reconnect with Nature
Horseback riding is also a great way to relax if you prefer to take it slow.
The rhythmic motion of a horse’s natural walk helps stretch the pelvis and reduce muscle tightness. Riding horseback also improves your posture as you’re forced to lengthen your spine and sit up straight. This in turn helps to relax and re-position your neck, back and shoulder muscles.
Getting out in the fresh air and experiencing the beauty of nature also helps us unwind and de-stress. And animal lovers will enjoy the relaxing yet inspiring feeling of connecting with their horse as they take in the scenic trails of the Dominican Republic.
5. Have Fun
If you’ve ever tried horseback riding before you’ll know how much fun it can be. And if you haven’t tried it then you’re really missing out!
Horseback riding offers a feeling of freedom and adventure like no other. Whether you’re strolling along the shoreline of a virgin beach or galloping through an open field, the sensation of being in tune with your horse is an incredible rush.
And with the Dominican Republic providing a breath-taking backdrop for your horseback ride, the experience is something that you’ll treasure forever.
Enjoy Horseback Riding During Your Stay at Playabachata Resort
If you’re planning on staying at Playabachata Resort, a horseback riding tour is a must.
And, whether you’re a complete beginner or have some horseback riding experience under your belt, you’ll soon settle into the pace. In fact, even first-timers return from their horseback riding tour looking like naturals who’ve been riding for years!