Horseback riding is one of the most relaxing ways to tour Costa Rica. Get some fresh air and connect with the country’s exuberant wildlife – all at the same time. And best of all, you can be rest assured that this activity is encouraging the nation’s local economy in a positive, sustainable and environmentally friendly manner.
Let the horse handler know if you have equestrian experience so they can match you with an appropriate animal friend accordingly. With the right horse, galloping through the thick forest or cantering down a secluded white sand beach are experiences you’re unlikely to forget.
Horseback riding from Monteverde to Arenal is a lot more interesting than riding a bus. Full-day journeys trek travel through picturesque plantations, stunning valleys and dense rain forests. Some outfits take better care of their equine partners than others, so make sure you do your homework before choosing a reputable tour operator. The horses will thank you.
Sunset horseback riding along endless beaches, like Playa Samara, is a fantastic and inexpensive way to watch the pink and orange hues of the sun melt into the Pacific – and to simultaneously benefit the local economy while you’re at it.
Farther south along the Nicoya Peninsula, half day excursions departing from Montezuma lead to mesmerizing freshwater falls – one of which falls directly into the salty ocean. Tours departing from Quepos and Manuel Antonio pass through rolling countryside and endless coffee plantations.
When your tour guide recommends that you to wear pants instead of shorts, you may be afraid of the heat. However, do yourself a favor and heed their advice. Trust us – you may think the Central American heat in jeans is miserable, but just wait until your legs are chaffed from the direct contact of your calves against the saddle.