Located on the easternmost tip of the Dominican Republic, the charming resort town of Punta Cana is a mecca for tourists seeking sun, sea and sand. When it comes to the latter, there’s an impressive 32 kilometres of idyllic beach, lending itself perfectly to an array of water sports opportunities including windsurfing, kayaking and sailing.
There’s no shortage of things to see and do in Punta Cana, many of them centering on the waters of the Caribbean Sea and Atlantic Ocean. When it comes to land-based activities, one of the most popular recreational pursuits is horseback riding, which gives visitors a unique way in which to explore Puna Cana. We’ve picked out three fun-packed horse riding tours on offer here.
Horseback Riding on the Beach
From $70 per person
Saddle up for a beautiful day of horseback riding on the beaches of Punta Cana during this fun-packed tour. Feel the ocean breeze on your face as you gallop along the beautiful Caribbean coastline. Trot along the sand, soak up the magical surroundings, and navigate your horse into the water if you fancy cooling off. Whether you’re a beginning or seasoned horse rider, this excursion can be tailored to your specific needs. A tour escort, helmet and round-trip hotel transport are all included.
Adventure River Tour
From $99 per person
Taking in some of the most stunning views Punta Cana has to offer, this magical fully-guided tour will see you traverse the Anamuya River on horseback. Suitable for all ages and abilities, the fun begins straight after pick-up from your hotel, with your guides regaling you with entertaining tales about the local area. On arrival, you’ll be introduced to the majestic Higueyano horses, one of which will be yours to ride for the day, learn about the history of the breed and get some riding tips before embarking on your adventure. Over the ensuing day, some of the highlights will be riding down a stunning mountain path to a flat meadow, galloping across countryside (if confident enough), taking a dip (with your horse) in the river, participating in a fun cattle drive (extra charge), and playing on a zip line. You can also stay on for additional activities including an educational Eco Tour and a tobacco tasting experience.
Safari Truck with Horse Ride & Artisan Visit
From $85 per person
Head off in a safari-style truck at dawn to take in the pastel-coloured country cottages and lush vegetation of Bayahibe during this full-day tour. You’ll get to ride on horseback in a tropical paradise, see how rum is made, watch craftsmen roll authentic Dominican cigars, and tuck into a local lunch featuring traditional dishes including chicken and beef creole, and dark rice with beans. The price of the tour includes all activities, all food and drink, hotel pick-up and drop offs, and an official guide.