Horseback riding in the Caribbean is the stuff of dreams. Imagine you and your loved ones riding down the sandy shores of a tropical beach, as you watch the setting sun paint vibrant hues of red and orange across the sky. Few people get the chance to enjoy such a memorable activity, probably because they simply don’t know where to go horseback riding in the Caribbean.
However, with a little planning, you can make your dreams come true– and score some fantastic instagram photos as well! Here are 7 incredible places to go horseback riding in the Caribbean. Trust us, they’re well-worth the extra money and time!
1. Aruba Horseback Riding Through Natural Pools
Seaside horseback riding in Aruba comes with an interesting twist: you’ll get to ride to some incredible natural pools. In a tour that lasts about 2.5 hours, you’ll take a well-trained horse through Arikok National Park, the most famous nature reserve in Aruba. Your picturesque journey begins with a trot through rolling sand dunes (yes, those exist in the Caribbean!) and a ride along the breathtaking shoreline. The trip culminates in a visit to the park’s natural pools, where you can stop for a refreshing swim.
2. Tropical Rainforest and Beach Ride in Puerto Rico
Here’s your classic beach horseback riding tour in Puerto Rico, with an interesting addition– you’ll get to to venture into the tropical rainforest and into rivers as well. The area around Luquillo, Puerto Rico is known for its breathtaking beaches, with clean, white sand and refreshing Atlantic waters. In addition, the lush rainforest and winding Mameyes River are close by. This 2.5 hour tour will include plenty of scenery changes! It’s for riders of any ability level, and includes ample time to take a dip on the beach.
3. Ride and Swim in Jamaica
Horseback riding in the Caribbean can involve getting wet for obvious reasons–some horses love to swim! That’s certainly the case in Chukka’s Horseback Ride n’ Swim tour in Jamaica. First , you’ll trot down some nature trails. Then, you’ll venture into the Caribbean Sea, where you’ll literally swim horseback! Make sure you wear your swimsuit, because this tour is all about wading into the waves.
4. Golden Beaches and Country Trails in St. Lucia
See some of the most breathtaking views in St. Lucia, and knock horseback riding in the Caribbean off of your bucket list with Atlantic Shores Riding Stables. You’ll ride through gorgeous green meadows, and then along the Atlantic shoreline. Then it’s down to the golden beaches, where you’ll trot along and enjoy the incredible ocean views.
Alternatively, there’s a 3 hour tour that takes you and your equine friend through country trails, up and down gentle slopes, and to the banks of the Canelles River. This tour offers fantastic views of the Pitons, the island’s famous cone-shaped peaks. Finally, you’ll ride down to two different beaches, where you can canter through the golden sands. You won’t find a more complete horseback riding tour anywhere!
In addition, Atlantic Shores Riding Stables offers private tours for those who want a one-on-one adventure with a guide. These are particularly popular with those who want to propose to their significant other, or celebrate a special event.
5. Ride By the Pink Lakes of Bonaire
Enjoy a once-in-a-lifetime experience riding horseback by the pink lakes of Bonaire with Horse Ranch Bonaire. Combine a trail ride with a refreshing swim, and see some of the most beautiful views on the island. You’ll also have the opportunity to learn how to ride if you’re a beginner, or improve your skills. In addition, the ranch can accomodate special needs. Known for cleanliness, well-kept horses, and great customer service, this company goes above and beyond to give their guests an unforgettable experience. A ride and swim tour lasts 3.5 hours.
6. Eco-Friendly Nature Rides in Sint Maarten
Lucky Stables in Sint Maarten offers horseback riding lessons and scenic tours. They take pride in being eco-friendly and caring for their horses like family. “The horses are born and bred at Seaside Nature Park,” their website states. “We know them right from the moment they are born!”
Choose from a wide variety of trail and tour rides, including a 1 hour trail and beach ride, and a 2 hour champagne sunset ride. The latter includes a champagne toast and marshmallow roast by the sea. It’s the perfect outdoor romantic activity for couples.
Lucky Stables accepts riders of any ability level. Guides will help you get the very best experience, no matter your level. Although most tours are walking pace only, advanced riders often enjoy galloping along the Caribbean surf.
7. Rainforest Riding in Dominica
Rainforest Riding Dominica is a small, family-owned business that offers horseback tours through the oceanic rainforest. Certified tour guides will take you on an unforgettable journey through the untouched national park, to the historic Fort Shirley, and into the beautiful Prince Rupert Bay. The only place in Dominica where you can swim with horses, Rainforest Riding offers a 2.5 hour to Purple Turtle beach. In addition, you can book a shorter ride through the tropical rainforest, or an all-day trip to the ruins of an 18th century garrison in view of majestic volcanic peaks.
For more information, visit the Rainforest Riding Dominica website here.
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