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:
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.
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.
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
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.,