Horseback riding on the beach? Yep, you can do that here


Picture this. You’re holding the reins on a horse, galloping on the sand of an empty beach, seeing a canvas of colors in the sky and feeling the breeze in your face. No cares in the world. Just you and the horse.

No, this isn’t a scene from a Hollywood movie. This is you. And lucky for you, dear Floridian, horseback riding on the beach or swimming with horses really does exist.

Here are 4 places to make this equestrian fantasy come true in Florida, from CLOSEST to farthest from Palm Beach County:

Ride on South Hutchinson Island

A post shared by Cady Maria (@caddddyshack) on

Head over to Frederick Douglass Memorial Park on South Hutchinson Island in St. Lucie County. It’s 4-5 miles from the St. Lucie Power Plant on A1A. The “Tours on Horseback” have two different options. Both tours are for trotting and/or walking. No running the horses is allowed. Choose the Beach Scenic tour to live, or should that be ride, the dream.

Where: 3600 S Ocean Dr, Fort Pierce, FL 34949

Call: (772) 468-0101

When: Everyday at 10:00 a.m., 11:00 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 1:30 p.m., & 3:00 p.m.

Length: One-hour tour

Price: $45 per person, per hour. Payments at the time of the ride are cash or credit card

Reservations: Must be booked and confirmed by phone

Age requirement: 10 years old and older 

Weight limit: 235 lbs.

*Note: $20.00 non-refundable fee once a reservation is completed.


Ride through Palma Sola Bay

A post shared by Beach Horses (@beachhorses) on

Through Beach Horses Tours at Palma Sola Bay, an instructor will teach you different tricks you can do on your horse in and out of the water. 

Where: 8400 Manatee Ave W. Bradenton, FL 34209. This is actually a parking space where you’ll see the horse trailers when you come up to it. 

Call: (941) 907-7272

When: 7 days a week, morning and afternoon rides

Length: Though the tour isn’t timed, it usually lasts 45 to 55 minutes. 

Price: $139.95 per person. 

Reservations: Book it online.

Age requirement: 3 years and older.  Kids ride solo also but with a personal trainer. 

*Note: Every rider gets a helmet, a life jacket and his/her own instructor. 

Once you book online, you will receive a confirmation with all the details you need prior to arrival. 


Horsebackriding in the Tampa Bay Area

You choose two riding tours with C Ponies Beach Horses: St. Petersburg or Bradenton. Yes, the horses will swim in the ocean with you too. 

Address: I-275 North Skyway Bridge, St. Petersburg, FL 33715 

Phone: (941) 773-5196 

When: Monday to Saturday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Length: More than one-hour tour 

Price: Starting at $135 per person

Reservations: Book online

Age requirement: 8 years old


Ride the Beaches of Amelia Island

If you want to get romantic on horseback, this is the tour for you. Amelia Island Horseback Riding offers sunrise and sunset specials. 

Address: Reference point: 1974 S Fletcher Ave, Fernandina Beach, FL 32034 Click this link for directions.

Phone: (904) 753-1701 or (608) 797-5754

Length: One-hour tour

Price: $100 per rider for regular tour. $150 per rider for sunset tour. Reservation: Book online

*Note: From May 1 until Nov 1, rides are very limited as the horses aren’t allowed on the beach between 11 a.m. and 5 p.m.,


Reader Comments ...


Next Up in Community

‘Game of Thrones’ actor Peter Dinklage, wife Erica Schmidt celebrate birth of 2nd child
‘Game of Thrones’ actor Peter Dinklage, wife Erica Schmidt celebrate birth of 2nd child

“Game of Thrones” actor Peter Dinklage and his wife, Erica Schmidt, welcomed their second child, Us Weekly reported Friday. It is the second child for the couple. Their daughter was born in 2011, Us Weekly reported. The couple did not publicly confirm the second pregnancy, but Us Weekly confirmed they were spotted with their newborn...
How to control and manage your blood pressure
How to control and manage your blood pressure

Lifestyle changes can help you control and prevent high blood pressure, even if you’re taking blood pressure medication. Here’s what you can do: Eat healthy foods. Eat a healthy diet. Try the Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension (DASH) diet, which emphasizes fruits, vegetables, whole grains, poultry, fish and low-fat dairy foods. Get...
Why one California county went surgery shopping
Why one California county went surgery shopping

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. — Retiree Leslie Robinson-Stone and her husband enjoyed a weeklong, all-expenses-paid trip to a luxury resort — all thanks to the county she worked for. The couple also received more than a thousand dollars in spending money and a personal concierge, who attended to their every need. For Santa Barbara County, it was...
Has your dog been licking everything lately? Here’s why

Question: My dog started licking everything and he will even just lay there and lick his lips and swallow hard. Sometimes, his teeth start to chatter. He seems to be able to eat his food OK and drink water. He never did this before. Answer: Sudden lip licking can occur for many reasons. Your dog may have been stung by an insect such as a bee, fire...
Out-of-pocket costs keeps pricey new cholesterol drugs out of reach

Access to powerful new cholesterol-lowering drugs is so tightly controlled and patients’ out-of-pocket costs are so high that fewer than a third of people whose doctors prescribe the drugs get them, a new study found. While highly effective, the new drugs cost as much as $14,000 annually, leading some insurers and pharmacy benefit managers to...
More Stories