Puerto Rico is a tropical U.S. territory popular with many vacationers. A number of tour companies offer guided horseback excursions across beaches or in the Puerto Rican countryside. Some of the horses used include the native Paso Fino breed.
Tropical Trail Rides
Californians Craig and Michelle Barker own and operate Tropical Trail Rides (tropicaltrailrides.com), located on the northwestern coast in Isabella. The tour company is open seven days a week and offers customers two 2-hour rides daily. The morning ride begins at 9 a.m. and the sunset ride begins at 4 p.m. All tours start on the beach. A short break is taken during which customers can climb the cliff to see the panoramic views, explore nearby caves or go for a swim. Customers are then taken through Almond Tree Forest for some terrain riding. All rides begin with a brief orientation.
Rancho Bueno Vista
Rancho Bueno Vista (ranchobuenavistapr.com) is located inside Hacienda Candelero at the Palmas del Mar Resort on the southeastern side of the island in Humacaco, 45 minutes from San Juan. All tours take customers through the resort environment and nearby beaches. While Rancho Bueno Vista caters to all levels of horseback riding experience, all riders are given a "crash course" on horseback riding. The regular ride is an hour long and covers 4 miles of land and trails. More experienced riders can choose to take the advanced trail ride that covers 6 miles in 2 hours at a faster pace. The VIP "Cabalgata" ride covers 10 miles in 4 hours and includes snacks and drinks.
Horseback Riding Puerto Rico
Kerry Soto is part-owner of Horseback Riding Puerto Rico (horsebackridingpr.com), located in Manati close to the Hacienda La Esperanza nature reserve. Soto keeps 30 horses for horseback riding tours to suit a variety of experience levels; he leads all tours himself. Beginners get lessons until they feel comfortable with their abilities before riding but all customers get a quick refresher course upon arrival at the stables. Beach and valley tours are offered ranging from 1 to 3 hours and custom rides are also available.
Penny Miller is associated with the SeaGate Hotel (seagatehotel.com/seagatehotel.com/SeaGate_Hotel_-_Horseback_Riding.html) in Vieques. She keeps a dozen rescued horses that roam freely on the land around the hotel. Penny Miller established the Vieques Humane Society and helps support it through horseback riding tours. Penny leads customers on 2-hour tours through hills and beaches.