By Lauren Tjaden
You’d be on an empty sweep of sand, with the waves tickling your horse’s hooves, breathing in the clean, salty air. Maybe it would be a romantic date or maybe it would be an outing for your whole gang. One’s thing for sure: the experience would be utterly unique and special, a memory you’d always hold dear.
If you want to be tempted, check out my short video of horseback riding on Amelia Island. And check out these Sunshine State destinations where you can enjoy this adventure.
Award-winning Cape San Blas, a northwest Florida beach destination, is the ideal place to enjoy riding on the beach. Just give Two-bit Stables a buzz and they’ll have you paired-up with one of their perfect ponies before you can say “giddy-up.”
Amelia Island is a laid-back northeast Florida destination with miles of rolling dunes and pristine seashore. Kelly Seahorse Ranch can take you for a trot there.
Saddle up and explore the sands of Fort Pierce with Beach Tours on Horseback.
If you can bring your own horse you can ride on these beaches, too:
- Canaveral National Seashore is pristine, private and stunningly beautiful. Restrictions apply and a permit is required. Learn more about it here.
- St. John’s County, St. Augustine and Ponte Vedra beaches provide 30 miles to make waves on horseback. To obtain a permit, visit the St. John’s County website.
Insider’s tip: When riding – even if your horse is very quiet and sweet – it’s advisable to wear a helmet. Always wear close-toed shoes. A shoe or a boot with a small heel is good idea, too, so your foot can’t slip through the stirrup.