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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:

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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.


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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.,


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