Browsing Beach Riding

Few things in life are more exhilarating than a brisk gallop on the beach next to the ocean with the waves breaking beside you, the salt spray flying and the horses full of exuberance.

Such opportunities are rare in the US today as good beaches here are usually popular with many people so that if horses aren’t forbidden completely, there are strict restrictions on their use. Fortunately we have discovered one outstanding exception in this ride in Oregon where you can have fine beach riding and follow spectacular trails inland. Aside from that, for good beach riding you will have to travel a bit. A great place is only a short flight to the south in Costa Rica where the uncrowded, palm lined beaches or the Caribbean offer an ideal path for horses. Costa Rica was recently named world’s most popular tourist destination in a Global Tourism Monitor Survey so if you want an enjoyable vacation in a delightful setting with some excellent horseback riding on the beach, this would be a good choice.

Ireland is the most famous destination for beach riding with many long stretches of uninhabited beach with great footing for the horses. Donegal, on the remote northwest coast, offers a spacious beach irresistible for long, fast canters next to the breaking waves of the North Atlantic.The tides in Ireland do cause huge fluctuations and you or your guide have to time it right as some sections are impassable at high tide. Little known Mozambique has one one of the longest stretches of beach in the world, extending hundreds of miles where often no other people are even in sight. Those endless golden sands and azure sea will blow you away and the warm waters of the Indian Ocean are perfect for swimming with the horses all year. Another place where you can swim seasonally with your horse is Crete, where there is the added bonus of being surrounded by treasures of ancient history.

The North Island of New Zealand, where the climate is mild enough to allow riding in any season, also has some wonderful beaches for riding. You can have a fabulous gallop here for several miles without seeing another soul, while the might waves of the Pacific crash on one side and huge sand dunes line the other. The Sunshine Coast Ride in Australia near the Great Barrier Reef offers splendid opportunities for riding both on beaches and in the forests of the interior. It was listed No. 1 by Outside Magazine in their top ten trips “down under.” You might also consider the Boomerang Trail near Sydney, where you can ride well-trained endurance horses on beaches. The Emerald Coast of Uruguay is another ideal spot for beach riding. Here one can ride along the sandy coat and visit nearby estancias where you can ride with the colorful gauchos whose history dates back two centuries longer than that of the American Cowboy.

A favorite is the ride along the beaches and through the vineyards of Bordeaux. Here you visit the most famous wine country of the world, tasting superb wines and seeing fabulous castles. The firm sand makes perfect footing for the horses, and vineyards often come close to the sea. Other areas in Europe with rides which include exciting horseback riding on the beach are Spain, Portugal, and Sardinia.

The rides we offer all last for a week and they include the chance to see the hinterland as well as ocean beaches.

 

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Skeleton Coast

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Ride gorgeous horses during the Epona dressage vacation in Spain

Epona Equestrian Center

This picturesque riding center provides trail riding in the morning, and afternoon dressage instruction, making for a memorable dressage holiday in Spain. The entire Garcia family is involved in the day to day activities at the center.  Jane and... Read more

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Trails of Andalusia

Ride in the provinces of Seville and Huelva, a great destination for horseback riding in Andalusia during the winter months. This region is the cradle of the Andalusian horse, a land of deeply rooted traditions, many related to agricultural... Read more

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Clew Bay Ride

The Clew Bay Ride is based out of Westport, an award winning town in County Mayo in western Ireland. Clew Bay is overlooked by Croagh Patrick, a holy mountain where the saint spent forty days fasting in the year... Read more

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Sardinian Country and Sea Trail

The Country & Sea program offers flexible trail riding on the Island of Sardinia. Rather than the set route of the Monti and Mare trail, this ride offers a more flexible approach to coastal and country riding, with no minimum... Read more

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Monti and Mare at Liberty

The Liberty program in Sardinia is offered by the same hosts of the Monti and Mare trail and allows for a great amount of flexibility in creating your ideal riding vacation for any rider. Guests choose the amount and style of... Read more

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Willamette Coast Ride

This carefully designed tour gives you a wonderful overview of the region. Your hosts are excellent equestrians and have a knack for choosing and training fantastic trail horses. Be ready for forward going riding - you must be riding... Read more

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Samurai Ride

This riding trip takes place on Kyushu island, the southwestern most of Japan’s main islands. The area is known for its active volcanoes, beaches and natural hot springs, all of which you experience on this itinerary, and the wide open spaces... Read more

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Catalonia Coast horse riding trip in Spain

Catalonia Coast Trail

Catalonia is a region of diverse landscapes, mild climate and complex cultural history, and the Catalonia Coast Trail opens the wild side of this region to you. On the three shorter days, you visit the castle of Perelade, a... Read more

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Monti and Mare Trail

The route of the Monti and Mare trail offers the best of horseback riding in Sardinia, taking you through all of the varied landscape of the island on confident and fine Anglo-Arabians. The comfort and hospitality of the inn and... Read more

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Alentejo Coast

The Alentejo Coast of Portugal is an ideal destination for riding Lusitano horses while staying in outstanding accommodations. This point-to-point itinerary includes one day of riding on Costa Azul's beaches, and the other days take you through the coastal... Read more

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Dolphin Trail

The Dolphin Trail takes place south of Lisbon near the coast as you stay in wonderful modern country hotels. On experienced Lusitano horses you will follow the winding trail through cork and eucalyptus forests that brings you to the... Read more

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Sunshine Coast Inn to Inn

Australian Alex Watson, who competed at the 1984, 1988 and 1992 Olympic Games, guides this fun shorter horseback riding trip in Australia. Transportation by vehicle, and riding out from various areas allows you to experience the best of the... Read more

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Boomerang Trail

Experience the beautiful and diverse landscape of Australia’s Mid North Coast, of New South Wales, astride fit and well trained horses. The Boomerang Trail is a stationary ride, returning each evening to the 60 acre farm where your hosts... Read more

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Horseback riding on the beach in Spain

Mediterranean Trail

Enjoy opportunities for fast riding and a day on the beach on beautiful Andalusian horses with much time spent in the saddle. You will enjoy comfortable accommodations en-route in natural stone houses and family-run farms and hotels and while... Read more

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Ride by local villages on the Dali Coast horseback riding holiday in Spain

Dali Coast Trail

Experience for yourself  Catalonia's wild beauty that attracted painters like Dali in the mid 19th century who drew inspiration from the spectacular coastline, the intense green fields and forests, the deep blue Mediterranean Sea and sky, and the reddish... Read more

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Donegal from the Saddle

Dunfanaghy is a picturesque coastal village in the remote northwest of Ireland. offering fabulous unpopulated beaches for glorious gallops on willing Irish hunters and Connemaras. The congenial hotel, with its Irish pub and excellent cuisine, provides an ideal base... Read more

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Atlantic Coast Trail

This ride takes place in the part of Ireland immortalized by the poet, W.B. Yeats. It is a fine opportunity to fulfill your dreams by riding in mountains, valleys, pine forests and on the beaches of this romantic island.... Read more

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The Lassithi Trails of Crete – Unguided

The Lassithi Trail offers unguided horseback riding in Greece for people who are adventurous and confident enough of their own resourcefulness and horsemanship to handle the trip without a guide. You return back to the same hotel for most... Read more

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Crete Trail of the Gods

The Trail of the Gods ride on the island of Crete in Greece will take to fascinating archaeological sites and allow you to see much of the beautiful interior.  This is the largest island in the Greek archipelago and... Read more

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Normandy Ride

This area on the Normandy coast is well suited for a riding tour with some fine opportunities for beach galloping and history galore. You will have a chance to canter on the beach below the Fortress of Mont St.... Read more

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Vineyards and Beaches of Bordeaux

Spend a spectacular week riding on the beach in France and enjoying the offerings of top-notch vineyards. The Gironde region, and its major port – Bordeaux, have a rich and varied cultural heritage, which you'll experience while riding well-trained... Read more

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Emerald Coast Estancias- riding on the beach in Uruguay

Emerald Coast Estancias and Beaches

Ride along the Atlantic coastline where its clear, unpolluted water is a haven for marine animals such as dolphins, whales and seals as well as for fish and birds. You will also ride in the interior where large ranches raise... Read more

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Rainforest Adventure- enjoy nature riding in Costa Rica

Rainforest Adventure

This stationary itinerary lets you enjoy miles of riding on nature, rural and coastal trails. Learn about the local fauna and flora with your knowledgeable equestrian guide but also enjoy the non-riding activities built into this itinerary to show... Read more

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Odyssey- Costa Rica riding vacation along beaches

Costa Rica Odyssey

Ride on rural roads through the countryside and farmland, down a dramatic river canyon, towards the arid Pacific Coast with its volcanic sand beaches, then transfer to the Caribbean side where you will experience not only a different coastline... Read more

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Ride to the Sea

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Mozambique Beach Safari

Ride along the Vilanculos coast and on Benguerra Island during this horseback riding holiday in Mozambique. Enjoy long stretches of untouched white sand beaches and magnificent views overlooking the islands of the Bazaruto Archipelago. Experience the unique culture of... Read more

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