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Summer is here! It is time for horse-lovers to pack up and head to the beach. Galloping a horse through the surf with the sea breeze whipping past is an experience like no other. Within the United States, it can be hard to find beaches that allow horses to share the sands. That’s why we’ve put together this list of the top places to ride horses on the beach in the United States. Enjoy!
9. Popham and Old Orchard Beaches, Maine
The American Northeast has some beautiful beaches just begging for riders to come explore. During your visit, you can see old beach communities and lighthouses dotting the shoreline. Authentic lobster shacks provide a tasty meal before you head out on your ride. The Carousel Horse Farm, near Popham and Old Orchard Beaches, offers a variety of trail ride packages for riders of all experience levels. Just make sure you check the tide schedule because rides are only planned within three hours of low tide!
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8. Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
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Enjoy some southern hospitality in South Carolina between the months of November and February. During your stay, make sure you plan a seaside romp along Garden City Beach and Myrtle Beach by using Horseback Riding of Myrtle Beach, LLC. They have friendly tour guides and well-trained horses, so your beach ride will be stress free. If you’re willing to brave the winter temperatures, you are welcome to take your horses into the water to splash around!
7. Bradenton, Florida
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If you’d like a warmer destination, then check out the beach riding in Bradenton, Florida! Use www.beachhorses.com to plan an experience like no other within the Palma Sola Bay. You will get the chance to experience a wet and wild day when you take the horses fully into the water for a refreshing swim.
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If you’d like to be a bit more daring, you can try HorseSurfing, where you test your surfing stance on horseback! If you lose your balance, the warm Florida waters will cushion your fall. This is a unique experience that goes beyond the typical beach ride.
6. Oceano Dunes Preserve, California
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The Oceano sand dunes are some of the finest, most extensive sand dunes remaining in California. Miles of sandy dunes contain sediments that were washed down by rivers and creeks, deposited by the sea currents, and shaped by ocean winds. During your visit, you will encounter many types of wildlife including small mammals, hawks, owls, pelicans, and other shore birds. This is land that was once inhabited by Native Americans and later by the freethinking "Dunites” of the 1930s and 40s. Today, this area offers a beautiful preserve for beach horseback riding.
For your visit, the Pacific Dunes Ranch is an excellent destination that allows you to enjoy the full camping experience along the breezy Pacific shores. You can explore the beautiful Oceano Dunes Preserve on horseback with a guided tour. Overnight boarding is also available if you’d rather bring your own horses along for the journey. While here, you can use their RV campsites, picnic facilities, and camping amenities.
Best of all, you will be stunned by the rolling hills of sand dunes that stretch along the shoreline. When evening comes, be sure to sit and enjoy the gorgeous Pacific sunset.
5. Bob Straub State Park, Oregon
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Imagine a 484-acre state park completely dedicated to horseback riding! It sounds fabulous, right? Wll, the expansive Bob Straub State Park near Pacific City, Oregon is your dream destination for riding on the beach. It is also home to the largest Haystack Rock on the entire Oregon Coast. If you travel to this park, you will get to explore the Nestucca sand spit and perhaps run across one of their legendary 50-pound Chinook salmon!
Your riding adventure should start at the Green Acres Beach and Trail Rides in Pacific City. This ranch is a short two-minute ride from the beach and has packages geared separately towards beginner and experienced riders. If you’re looking for something a bit more intimate, they even have packages for private rides. These rides are designed for folks on anniversary trips or those planning a marriage proposal. (Ladies: Share this article with your sweetheart to send a little hint!)
4. Surfside Beach, Texas
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The Gulf of Mexico provides another wonderful opportunity to enjoy the sea breeze from the back of a horse. Beach Bum Horse Rides near Galveston, TX offers wonderful horses, friendly guides, and the one-of-a-kind Texas atmosphere. After enjoying your ride along Surfside Beach, be sure to check out the other area attractions including fishing, swimming, surfing, beach combing, and dolphin watching! This business is family owned and operated and sure to provide an intimate and memorable experience.
3. Hatteras Island, North Carolina
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During a ride on Hatteras Island in North Carolina, you will get the chance to explore a Maritime Forest, the Buxton Woods, and the NC Coastal Reserve. There are miles of pristine sandy beaches ready for exploration. In the distance, the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse and Cape Point will be in view with the Atlantic Ocean waves crashing onto the shore.
To take advantage of this Outer Banks beach riding experience, contact Equine Adventures, which has been in business since 2001. They have well-cared-for horses and take great pride in providing a relaxing and safe riding experience for their guests. All of their rides are scheduled in the early morning or late afternoon to take advantage of cooler temperatures. Once you’ve finished with your ride, grab your swimming suit and beach umbrella to enjoy the beautiful shores of the Outer Banks.
2. Turtle Bay, Hawaii
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Of course we can’t talk about riding on the beach without mentioning the best beach state of all…Hawaii! There are numerous scenic locations within the rainbow state to ride horses. Definitely check out the rolling hills on the Big Island of Hawaii for hours of riding and breathtaking views.
For beach riding, we recommend the North Shore of Oahu with its jaw-dropping waves and hundreds of fearless surfers. Riding is available along the Turtle Bay for a variety of skill sets with the Turtle Bay Resort. If you’re looking for a romantic ride along the water’s edge, ride in the evenings during the “Golden Hour” when the sun is just setting. Once you’re done, you can enjoy the exciting experiences of Oahu including luaus, great food, and exciting Hawaiian culture!
1. Willamette Coast, Oregon
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Our #1 beach ride destination again goes back to the rolling hills of the Oregon Coast. This luxury beach riding experience is a bit more than a typical morning ride along the shores. Instead, a ride along the Willamette Coast can become a several-day riding adventure!
The beauty of the Pacific Northwest is famous for vacations looking for unspoiled countryside and breathtaking sunsets. If you are looking for a complete equestrian vacation, you might consider a trip with Willamette Coast Ride. During this English riding trip, you will spend days exploring wine country, forested coastal range mountains, and the shores of the Pacific Ocean. The horses are bold and well trained and you are given some great opportunities to let them loose in a free gallop!
Don’t worry…this isn’t a rugged sleep-on-the-hard-ground type of adventure. Riders will stop along the way to sample award winning local food and wine, and spend nights at the local accommodations. They have various packages ranging from three to six days on the trail, and you are sure to see some beautiful sights along the shores of the Pacific Northwest!
Riding on the beach is unlike any other experience. You will feel the pounding of the surf, the pounding of your heart, and the thrill of seeing the water from a whole new perspective. Please share your favorite beach riding experiences below and recommend some other fantastic places to ride horses amidst the sandy beaches of our nation!