Horseback Riding on Caribbean Beaches

horseback-riding on cruise caribbeanOne of the most exciting and romantic activities to enjoy on a Caribbean vacation is to horseback ride along one of the many stunning beaches. Even if you have never tried horseback riding before, these horses are used to inexperienced tourists and can be very gentle and patient. Whether you are vacationing in Jamaica, St. Croix, the Dominican Republic, St. Lucia or any one of a dozen different islands, you can find a place to horseback ride along the beach. Is truly is a once in a lifetime experience you will never forget. Here are a few tips for making your horseback riding adventure as wonderful as possible.

The first thing to do once you have decided to try horseback riding on a Caribbean beach is organize or book it. Ask your hotel concierge or cruise director for recommendations for a reliable company with a safe reputation. Otherwise, pay attention when you are on the beach, as you will likely see people riding by. When they finish, ask politely if they enjoyed it, and if they would recommend the experience. Remember that if you deal directly with someone on the beach, prices may be negotiable. Feel free to haggle a little with prices until you feel like you are getting a good deal. Many organized tours, on the other hand, have firm prices, but these may include hotel transfers to a beach destination, or drinks and lunch after the ride.

If this is your first time riding a horse, make sure you ask for directions. Do not be embarrassed to admit that is it your first time. Although many horses are trained to innately know the paths and the areas that they should cover, it is also good that you understand the area to ride in. Do not pass the boundaries, or the horse may become confused and not know where to go. If you are riding alone or with your partner, make sure you clearly understand which areas are meant for riding. You may be in a group or with a guide on horseback, in which case you merely need to follow him.

Riding horses along a beach can be one of the most romantic experience imaginable. Many couples mention it as the highlight of their Caribbean beach vacation. However, a couple of scenarios can turn it from romantic and intimate to unpleasant. First, make sure that you are able to ride together. Some horses prefer to ride together, while others do not. Ask the company or guide to provide you with compatible horses so that you can ride side by side and enjoy the scenery and experience together. In addition, choose an area of beach that is more secluded to enjoy your time together more. If you choose to ride in a popular and busy beach, you may find yourself weaving to avoid sunbathers, reducing your time spent together. By following these two guidelines you can ensure the adventure remains romantic and fun for you both.

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It is important not to force the horse to walk on terrain he doesn’t want to cover. Deep sand, for instance, can be difficult for horses to walk through for a long period of time, and it may strain his legs. Also, many horses can become nervous when walking through moving water, like through crashing waves on the shoreline. The compromise then in the wet, packed sand found just a few feet beyond the water. This provides a firm surface for the horse, and still allows you to ride alongside the beautiful ocean water.

By following these pieces of advice, you can ensure that you have the best time possible riding a horse along the beach. It is certainly the ideal romantic activity while on a Caribbean vacation, so make the most of it and enjoy your time.

The Caribbean islands lend themselves to romance.  Whether you are visitng a resort in St. Lucia or exploring the romantic resorts of the Bahamas, you can always plan your trip and get great reviews of romantic resorts and all inclusive resorts at RomanticCaribbeanResorts.com.

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  1. I have been lucky enough to have gone horseback riding on a beach in the Dominican Republic. It was one of the best things I have ever done!

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