The Riding Adventure in Costa Rica

I have been wanting to go horseback riding on the beach for quite sometime. Heading to Costa Rica I figured it would be a perfect opportunity to finally do this. I was really excited when I found The Riding Adventure and saw an option for a sunset ride on the beach.

The Riding Adventure in Costa Rica ©2016 HollyDayz

Walking around Casa Tucana we were trying to decide what to wear and the GPS coordinates to The Riding Adventure ranch. We left pretty early not sure how long it would take us to arrive. The GPS has us turn into what looked like a very nice residential planned community. We weren’t sure if we were in the right place. There weren’t any signs or anyone around to ask.

Arriving to the Ranch ©2016 HollyDayz
Arriving to the Ranch ©2016 HollyDayz
Horses on the ranch ©2016 HollyDayz
Horses on the ranch ©2016 HollyDayz

As we continued to drive, we turned into what looked like the right place. There was no one around, just some dogs trying to stay cool in the shade. As we pulled in further we saw some horses. I turned my phone on to place a call to the owner, Diego. He informed us that we were in the right place. We got there earlier then we anticipated, it was about 10 minutes away from where we were staying.

Staying cool in the car ©2016 HollyDayz
Staying cool in the car ©2016 HollyDayz

We hung out on the grounds waiting for Diego since we got there too early. It was too hot so I retreated to the air conditioned car. Once Diego came he began to get the horses one by one and feed them. Once there were done eating and were saddled up, Diego demonstrated to us how to direct the horses.

Some of the horses eating ©2016 HollyDayz
Some of the horses eating ©2016 HollyDayz

He is very sensitive about his horses and cares deeply for them. We mounted the horses, I was on Mambo. Diego showed us his dance moves. Each horse seemed to move at their own pace. Diego and his friend who was riding with us were ahead. I was in the middle and my friends seemed to be way in the back. Once we finally got down towards the busy highway my horse decided he wanted to eat the plants.

Me and Mambo ©2016 HollyDayz
Me and Mambo ©2016 HollyDayz

Eventually Diego made us all get off the horses and ride in the van to the beach with his brother. He thought it would be safer if he and his friend crossed the street with all of the horses. We understood since the horses seemed to be walking too slow to cross the busy street. We got to the beautiful beach which was across a tiny street from a nice hotel.

Playa Esterillos ©2016 HollyDayz
Playa Esterillos ©2016 HollyDayz

They came with the horses and Diego ended up switching the horses. Instead of Mambo I rode Cinderella, who apparently is a kicker. The others had to make sure their horse wasn’t directly behind her. We all rode down the beautiful beach that was pretty much deserted. It felt like we had the beach to ourselves. The sand was a blackish gray and was gorgeous.

Me and Cinderella ©2016 HollyDayz
Me and Cinderella ©2016 HollyDayz

It was so beautiful to watch the sunset. Once it hit the horizon it was gone within a couple blinks of an eye. The ride was over and Diego decided that he would take the horses back with my friend so he could drive the car back over to us his friend. So us two ladies took a walk across the beach and sat at an outdoor restaurant/bar watching the sunset. It was so beautiful to watch as we waited for our friend to come back with the car.

Watching the sunset from the restaraunt ©2016 HollyDayz
Watching the sunset from the restaraunt ©2016 HollyDayz

I really enjoyed the ride on the beach. I wanted to go in the water with the horse, but that didn’t happen. Hopefully another time soon I will get that opportunity. Diego takes care of his horses and cares for them. You can tell he perfers horses over people.

Sunsetting during our ride ©2016 HollyDayz
Sun setting during our ride ©2016 HollyDayz
Beautiful beach and sunset ©2016 HollyDayz
Beautiful beach and sunset ©2016 HollyDayz

I really liked that besides Diego and his friend it was just us. All the attention and focus was on our small group of 3 and we had fun. Diego even took my camera and took some photos and video for us. He wanted to make sure we had some nice pictures and I appreciated that. If you are in Costa Rica, I would recommend you check out  The Riding Adventure.

Have you ever been horseback riding in Costa Rica? 

Disclaimer: Thank you to Diego and The Riding Adventure for having us. While receiving a discount all opinions and views are my own.

50 thoughts on “The Riding Adventure in Costa Rica

  • February 10, 2016 at 12:57 pm
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    Those sunset shots are AMAZING! What a wonderful adventure. I haven’t been to Costa Rica yet, but I would love to go in the near future. Thank you for sharing this experience with us!

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    • February 10, 2016 at 1:23 pm
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      Thank you! I hope you do go it is a beautiful place.

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  • February 10, 2016 at 1:08 pm
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    Are you kidding me! Those sunset pictures are gorgeous. What a neat experience.

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    • February 10, 2016 at 1:24 pm
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      Thank you. It was a very nice experience.

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  • February 10, 2016 at 4:40 pm
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    This sounds amazing! This will go on my bucket list!

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    • February 10, 2016 at 11:17 pm
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      It was. Great experience.

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  • February 10, 2016 at 8:55 pm
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    Sounds absolutely amazing. Costa Rica and South America in general are on the list!

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    • February 10, 2016 at 11:15 pm
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      It was such a nice experience. I enjoyed it. Very peaceful.

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  • February 10, 2016 at 10:09 pm
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    That sounds so incredible and peaceful to ride on the beach! That stinks you weren’t able to go in the water, but I’m sure it was still amazing to walk along it!

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    • February 10, 2016 at 11:16 pm
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      It really was. It was so quiet that the beauty just stood out even more. Yea, but hopefully another time. I still enjoyed my time.

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  • February 10, 2016 at 11:26 pm
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    That sunset is amazing. I can’t wait to go horse back riding.

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    • February 11, 2016 at 11:24 am
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      It was so beautiful.

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  • February 11, 2016 at 8:10 am
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    BEAUTIFUL photos! I want to go to Costa Rica so badly! I love that your horses name was Cinderella 🙂

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    • February 11, 2016 at 11:25 am
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      You should go. I will go back there is so much to see and do. I liked her name too.

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  • February 11, 2016 at 7:23 pm
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    Absolutely stunning! I’d love to take a sunset ride on the beach. Can not even imagine!

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    • February 11, 2016 at 10:52 pm
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      It was so beautiful.

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  • February 11, 2016 at 8:12 pm
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    Stunning pictures! I’ve never been on a horse before but you sure made it look easy.

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    • February 11, 2016 at 10:53 pm
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      It was I believe my 3rd time. It isn’t too bad. Feels funny to walk when you get off.

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  • February 11, 2016 at 9:52 pm
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    The sunset is so beautiful!!!! What a beautiful experience! Thanks for sharing your travels, I always enjoy reading your post.

    Siobhan

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    • February 11, 2016 at 10:53 pm
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      Thank you. I am glad you enjoy.

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  • February 11, 2016 at 10:24 pm
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    This looks like such a good time! Absolutely love the pictures. Costa Rica is definitely on my must-visit list.

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    • February 11, 2016 at 10:54 pm
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      It was a beautiful ride. Thank you, you should certainly visit.

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  • February 11, 2016 at 10:48 pm
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    Costa Rica is on my list of places to go and you just added another thing for me to do while there.

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    • February 11, 2016 at 10:54 pm
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      Oh you must go on a ride on the beach. You will love it.

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      • February 11, 2016 at 11:14 pm
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        you look like you had an amazing time. #CostaRicaOneDaySoon

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        • February 12, 2016 at 5:43 pm
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          I did. I would love to go back again.

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  • February 11, 2016 at 11:07 pm
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    My goodness, Holly! Now I’ve got to add Costa Rica to my ‘must travel to’ list. Your photos are breath taking. So glad you had a great time. (I wanna go!)

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    • February 11, 2016 at 11:09 pm
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      Thank you so much! Yes you must go. I want to go back!

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  • February 11, 2016 at 11:42 pm
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    Your pictures are absolutely beautiful. I’ve never been on a horse in my life 🙁 although I want to horse back ride in the water so bad. What a fun experience.

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    • February 12, 2016 at 12:58 am
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      Thank you so much! I want to go in the water too. It was still a great experience.

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    • February 12, 2016 at 12:58 am
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      Thank you.

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    • February 12, 2016 at 12:58 am
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      Thank you so much. I hope you check it off your bucket list soon.

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  • February 12, 2016 at 11:47 am
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    My BFF is from Costa Rica and I’ve been trying to convince her to take me there. I’ll show her this post and we will see!

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    • February 12, 2016 at 5:28 pm
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      Oh that is awesome. Yea tell her it is time for a trip!

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  • February 13, 2016 at 4:26 am
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    Nice! I’ve always wanted to do something like this as well. Costa Rica looks awesome need to add this to the list!

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    • February 17, 2016 at 12:06 am
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      Costa Rica is a great time. Yes you must add to your list.

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  • February 14, 2016 at 11:51 am
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    What a great experience – one I would like to do – and great shots. Yep odd abandoned looking homes while driving are so typical there, looks like the bus I took from the boat to the rain forest lol.

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    • February 17, 2016 at 12:09 am
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      Thank you. The community actually didn’t have abandoned homes. They were beautiful homes in a developed community.

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  • February 14, 2016 at 2:34 pm
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    What an amazing place to recharge the batteries and spend quality time. Love the pics!

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    • February 17, 2016 at 12:07 am
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      Thank you. It is a great place to do that.

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  • February 17, 2016 at 4:53 pm
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    This looks absolutely beautiful. I’ve been horseback riding before but never on the beach. Definitely on my list of things to do.

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    • February 17, 2016 at 11:00 pm
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      It was gorgeous. That was my first time horseback riding on the beach.

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  • February 17, 2016 at 5:01 pm
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    Beautiful Pictures! Visiting a Ranch is on my list of things to do with my family this year! Costa Rica would be ultra fab!!!

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    • February 17, 2016 at 11:03 pm
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      Thank you! Costa Rica was amazing and I will certainly go back.

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  • February 17, 2016 at 11:28 pm
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    I’ve always wanted to do that too! What a dreamy setting for riding horses.

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    • February 18, 2016 at 11:04 pm
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      Oh I hope you get to soon. It was so beautiful.

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    • March 3, 2016 at 11:27 pm
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      It was you are very welcome.

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