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Costa Rica Ranch & Beach, Costa Rica


The ranch is lovely, the horses were excellent and there was some great riding. I got to ride at the tail end of a fiesta, and through the forest in the dark which was a bit creepy but lovely because the fireflies lit up the fields. One day Kay drove us to a beach where we rode horses which were used to the ocean which was great. I spent an afternoon on a catamaran where we saw a humped back whale and her baby. I also had a go on a zip wire over the jungle.

Debbie P-J.
Absolutely fabulous from start to finish. Great horses, great accommodation, great food, nothing too much trouble. Outstanding food especially breakfast - pancakes, omelettes, fruit, yoghurt, English muffins, eggs, etc. different every day. Other meals - great selection. Top class saddles and kit, horses very well cared for and fabulous temperaments. (Guides?) Excellent, Esteban has such a passion for horses and is so keen to involve people in natural horsemanship. Loved riding with him. (Favourite memory?) Beach ride and open-air bathroom. Bull riding trip, Criollo horses, zip lining! and watching Esteban mount a young horse for the first time.

Amanda S. (Jan 2018)
Relaxing - after a hectic week travelling around Costa Rica. Welcoming - at all times, plenty of good food and drink available. Surrounded by horses and horse knowledge. Varied - Lots of visits/activities, such as; watching bull riding, rode Criollo horses, zip line and visited the monkey rescue (and other animals). We were very comfortable and had lots of space in the "casa"; always welcome to gather and sit in the main house - which was lovely. Meals provided all home cooked and delicious (many local recipes). Estaban (guide) was great at all times - horse knowledge amazing and being local to the area very knowledgeable about the local culture and way of life. (Favourite memories?) Estaban's horse knowledge and skills, plus demonstrations of natural horsemanship (on 3 afternoons). Also, riding on the beach - lovely views and the horses (and riders) were so content and happy.

Gerry & Chris G. (Jan 2018)


Type of horses:

Spanish Criollo horses

Nature of horses:

Noble temperaments with comfortable gaits, trained with Natural Horsemanship.

Height of horses:

15 - 16hh

Weight limit:

97kg / 215lbs

Tack type:

Western, English & McClellan


Travel Advice

Please ensure you read the Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) advice before you travel.

Ride Description

With their own ranch and an exceptional getaway located just minutes from the famous white sand beaches of Guanacaste, your hosts are well known for their hospitality and fabulous riding. Kay is a wildlife artist with a PhD in Biology and Ecology and her husband is a Zotecnista (farm vet) born and raised in Guanacaste. They have developed the finca into one of the finest horse ranches in the area, breeding and training their own horses using Natural Horsemanship.

The horses are chosen for their noble temperament and comfortable gait, the Criollo horses here are used for cattle ranching, rodeo, pleasure riding, fiestas and low level dressage. Most of the horses were born on the ranch and they have an active breeding programme using their handsome paint stallions.

The ranch is located in an oasis of large Guanacaste trees and surrounded by green pastures. This central location takes advantage of Guanacaste's famous tourist attractions and is a haven for wildlife, especially howler monkeys and tropical birds. Your hosts can take you to visit and play in the local seasonal fiestas and truly involve you in authentic culture. Visit the nearby national park and its resident volcano, ride along the pretty beaches and experience the traditional sabanero cowboy culture of Guanacaste! This destination is suitable for non-riders as well as riders.

Whether you stay at the ranch or the beach, you will experience a taste of Guanacaste's traditional horse culture, learn about Natural Horsemanship, and enjoy riding comfortable Spanish Criollo horses. It is possible to arrange extension trips to the Volcano of Arenal or additional beach extensions for water sports.

From the end of November to the end of July it is Fiesta time in Costa Rica. Every weekend traditional small town fiestas feature bull riding, traditional foods and dance. Cattle farming is a major industry in Costa Rica and with this comes the standard rituals associated with every ranch and ranger, rodeos or Topes. Tope's (Rodeos) are very common in the Guanacaste region where the largest cattle farms in the country are located. Almost every small town host Rodeos in the summer months between February and April. Among the events are, the always popular Bull Riding Shows, bootless bull fighting, calf-roping, horse manoeuvring, and herding and milking competitions. Here is where you will meet true Sabaneros (cowboys). You may also encounter Cimarrona bands, which are traditional country bands.

Please note that October is monsoon season in this region of Costa Rica so our hosts prefer not to run any riding trips in this period.

Besides the programmes below we can also arrange Ride & Relax packages where you can mix riding with an overnight stay at a nearby Spa and Yoga retreat.

See Programmes.


Food & Accommodation

The accommodation is in spacious private casitas with queen beds, air conditioning, fridge, microwave, coffee maker, DVD and open sky shower in private bathroom. High speed internet and WIFI is available. Nights can also be added at beach or mountain accommodations.

All accommodations have access to the splash pool, bar and maid service. Cool off in the splash pool after your ride or sip a cold drink while you watch the horses from the porch rockers.

NOTE: There are several dogs (some rescues) on the premises.

Full ranch breakfast, lunch and most dinners are served on the garden porch or by the poolside. The daily breakfast menu includes an array of fresh tropical fruits, cereal, eggs (from the ranch), meats, pancakes and fresh baked breads. Most lunches are at typical restaurants on the rides. Dinners are at the ranch and at local restaurants.

Most traditional dishes in Costa Rica consist of rice and beans with other ingredients like chicken or fish and different sorts of vegetables, which is why they are cheap.

For lunch, Casados (beans, rice) are served with some sort of meat or fish and a salad, fried plantains, white cheese and corn tortilla.

There is no typical meal for dinner, but a typical main dish in Costa Rica is arroz con pollo (rice with chicken) which can be served with different vegetables from the area like camote, chayote and yuca. Seafood is also common thanks to the country’s proximity to both the Pacific and Caribbean.

Special dietary requirements such as vegetarians can be catered for with a variety of menu options.



There are a lot of activities to engage in while you are in this beautiful part of Costa Rica. Guanacaste is all about beautiful beaches and pleasant weather. The place has a lot to offer to travellers by way of wonderful natural scenery and exciting water sports.

You can try your hand at water rafting in the many rivers that flow through the region. You can also try kayaking both in the river and the ocean. The Lake Arenal in Costa Rica has been ranked as one of the best wind surfing spots. You can enjoy the beach breaks, river mouth breaks, point breaks and reef breaks. Rafting is one of the best things to do in Guanacaste.

Guanacaste is also a great spot to go fishing. You will find some of the best waters and it is an excellent place for inshore fishing. Some of the common game fishes are: wahoo, tuna, mahi-mahi, sailfish, roosterfish and many more.

The area is also great to indulge in snorkeling or scuba diving. There is a beautiful marine life to see. The warm water supports a wide variety of flora and fauna. You can dive into the tranquil blue waters of the sea and view the exotic aquatic life.

One of the most important things to do in Guanacaste is visit the many parks and wildlife sanctuaries in the region such as the Rincon de la Vieja Park. You can go hiking here and travel through its landscape covered with waterfalls, volcanic craters, geysers and a lake.

Bird watching is also popular in the area, you can try to sight the quetzal, the colorful local bird. Besides this, there are a number of other exotic birds in the forests of the region.

The Arenal Volcano National Park is definitely worth a visit, famous for its fireworks at night.


Further Details

Languages: English and Spanish

Health requirements: Fit & Healthy

Age limit: None within reason

Tuition: Instruction is available on request, yes.

Included: Transfer from/to Tamarindo or Liberia airports, accommodation (twin/double room basis), some meals according to your chosen programme and horse riding activities.

Not included: Flights, travel insurance, drinks, extra activities, tips.


Travel Information

Airport or Hotel pick up can be arranged from Tamarindo or Liberia.

Airport: Tamarindo

Alternative Airport: Liberia



Ranches, Mountains and Pacific Beaches (7 Nights)

This is a relaxing programme where you will enjoy riding on the ranch and along the remote pacific beach of Junquillal. You can try some natural horsemanship or try out a high-stepping fiesta horse. For wildlife enthusiasts this is the place to go for monkeys, butterflies and the plethora of birdlife. Your programme is flexible and the following itinerary is just an example of what you might do.

Sample Itinerary: 

Day 1: Arrive to Liberia Airport (LIR) or Tamarindo Regional Airport, your hosts will provide private transport to the ranch located just minutes from the beautiful Pacific beaches of Guanacaste. Accommodations in comfortable air-conditioned casa or casita. Late afternoon, you will have a Ranch Orientation and a Criollo Horse Demonstration, then meet your horse for your first short ride. When you reach the town of Portegolpe, you will tie up your horses and stop for a cold drink at a local Cantina in the village. Later on you will ride back to the ranch at sunset. Dinner at the ranch or local restaurant. (LD) Itinerary depends on arrival times.

Day 2: After a full ranch breakfast, you will have a short introduction to riding the beautiful Spanish Criollo horses of Costa Rica known for their noble temperament and comfortable ride. Later in the morning, you will leave for the small cattle town of Tempate  riding the Old Spanish Trail, the same trails traveled by the early Spanish Conquistadors, through large haciendas. Look for monkeys, tropical birds and dry tropical vegetation on this back country trail. Stop for cold drinks in Tempate, then ride on to the village of  Cartagena and have lunch at a typical restaurant. Afterwards you will return in the truck for a dip in the pool and relax before dinner at the ranch. Afternoon shorter ride option. Dinner at the ranch. (BLD)

Day 3: Volcano, Mountain or Rainforest Day. After breakfast, you will be picked up for a tour to one of Costa Rica's famous volcanic mountain rainforests. You can either spend the day at the Blue River Resort and Spa with hot springs, zip-lining, horseback riding to the waterfalls and other activities. Tours to be arranged. Other options include a Hacienda Guachipelin Adventure Day but that can be decided later on. An Arenal Day Tour is also available but a longer bus ride. (BL, Dinner by arrangement). NB. Extra activities/tours are an additional cost. 

Day 4: After breakfast, choose from a private lesson or work with the ranch trainer or your own horse using Natural Horsemanship Training in the ring or your hosts will take you to Flamingo Beach to swim or just relax under the shade trees. (Option for a massage on the beach.) Later in the afternoon, mount your horses for a ride through a ranch and small village to one of the most popular cantina stops, Chilito’s, in the small town of El Llano, to sample their famous fried chicken and chips a real "Taste of Guanacaste". Ride home at sunset. (BLD) 

Day 5: After breakfast you will be taken to the beautiful Hacienda Roble for a cowboy ride on well trained ranch horses around the large cattle ranch, exploring the wetlands to see a variety of birds and crocs on horseback. For the adventurous you have the option of taking an exciting canopy zipline tour. For your free afternoon, you will have the option of visiting one of the beautiful local beaches or other tours. Visit Tamarindo Beach with shopping, swimming, surfing, enjoy sunset and a dinner on your own in Tamarindo, then your hosts will pick you up by arrangement. Or opt for one of the many other tours offered in the area including River Tours, Monkey Park, Coco Beach. Dinner by arrangement. (BL)

Day 6: Today you can grab a cup of Costa Rican coffee or juice before your Breakfast Ride through ranches and on oxcart trails, passing through beautiful wooded countryside, ranches and small typical villages. Along the way you may see Howler Monkeys. When you arrive back at the ranch, tie up your horse for a typical Tico breakfast cooked the traditional way over firewood. Special afternoon to be arranged once you are there. (BL)

Day 7: After breakfast, load your horses on the truck then meet your horses in the small village of La Garita. Ride secluded back roads through giant trees of the dry tropical forest reserve, looking for howler monkeys on the way. When you reach the beach, stop at Puerto Viejo for a cold drink and a rest, then ride along the beautiful white sand Pacific beaches of Pt. Viejo, Conchal and Brasilito. Time to play in the water and take photos when you reach the beach end. Take a swim or walk on the beach before lunch or dinner at Don Brasilitos. (BLD) Times depend on low tide.

Day 8: After breakfast take your last photos before you are transferred to the airport or next destination. (Breakfast or snack bag for the plane are included). Option for a horse activity if you have a late flight.

Minimum group size: 1
Maximum group size: 8
Ability description: Recommended for riders who can walk, trot and canter.
Type of ride: Ranch based stay.
Total riding time: Flexible hours as per the itinerary.
Departure dates: 2019: Dates to suit from 15 November 2018 - 15 September 2019 - please contact us for details. (minimum of 2 riders required).
Pricing: 2019:

£1710 per person

Prices are based on twin or double room accommodation.

Note: All programmes and itineraries are weather dependent; in the face of adverse, or unexpected, weather conditions reasonable attempts will be made to provide equivalent riding.

All programmes are accurate at the time of writing. However, the team may adapt or modify details, whilst aiming to provide a similar experience.

Silver Saddles (for riders 50+, 7 Nights)

The team at this welcoming ranch have put together a package of rides specifically aimed at those over fifty years old. It is our experience that horsemen and women in this age bracket prefer to have more intimate and personal holidays tailored to their individual requirements. This ranch offers precisely that. The riding is usually no more than two to three hours a day allowing you time to enjoy other activities.

The rides are limited to 2-6 people and vary in length from 5-7 nights but there are optional add-ons which are explained at the bottom of the itinerary. 

The tours are entirely flexible and can be tailored to suit all levels of ability and experience. This ensures complete enjoyment for each rider.

With superbly trained horses and professional guides, we believe that this package will prove hugely popular such is the stunning scenery and wildlife on offer in Costa Rica.

Below is a sample itinerary based on a seven night stay. The optional add-ons are mentioned at the bottom and these come highly recommended.

Day 1: You will arrive at Liberia Airport (LIR) and there will be private transport to take you directly to the ranch situated merely minutes from the stunning Pacific beaches at Guanacaste. You will then be shown to your accommodation, each house being superbly laid out and air-conditioned.

In the afternoon, you will be shown around the ranch and given a short demonstration of Criollo horses. After this, you will be introduced to your horse for the first ride in the ring.

Lunch and dinner are included.

Day 2: After breakfast at the ranch, there will be an introduction to riding the beautiful Spanish Criollo horses of Costa Rica. These are revered for their gentle temperament and comfort of ride. The morning's riding will head for the colourful town of Cartagena. You will ride along the Old Spanish Trail which is well documented and was ridden by the early Spanish Conquistadors.

You will ride through large haciendas where you will see monkeys, tropical birds and vegetation along this countryside trail. Stop for lunch at La Ralinche, a typical restaurant, after which you will return to the ranch by vehicle for a dip in the swimming pool and a relax before dinner. 

There is an afternoon option of watching the trainer at the ranch work with young horses using techniques involving natural horsemanship.

Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included.

Day 3: After breakfast, you head for the Monkey Park and Rescue Center to take in some of the wildlife and birds found in Guanacaste. 

Lunch will be taken at the ranch and then the afternoon will be spent riding through beautiful countryside taking in Lorena, a small local village. Here you will stop at a restaurant by the name of Chilito's to sample their famous fried chicken and chips. This dish is somewhat of a local delicacy and is revered in the region.

There then follows a sunset trek back to the ranch.

Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included.

Day 4: After a breakfast to start the day, you will have the option to walk along one of the beautiful local beaches, maybe relax while reading, have a massage or to work with the horses on the ranch.

After lunch, you will travel to the stunning Hacienda Roble for an afternoon's cowboy riding on a cattle ranch and you will explore some local wetlands on horseback where there is a huge variety of local flora and fauna including crocodiles! The guides and horses here are superbly trained and disciplined.

Dinner will be taken back at the ranch.

There is an option on this day for a pre-breakfast wildlife and birdwatching ride. For the more adventurous amongst you, there is a zipline tour of the local forest canopy available.

Timings of the day and its activities are to be designed with you, the customer, in mind.

Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included.

Day 5: This day will start early with a Costa Rican coffee before a pre-breakfast ride along the old oxcart trails. These trails will take you through woods, countryside, ranches and small villages. Along the way, you may see Howler monkeys, tropical birds and other wildlife. You will get a taste of the local culture and may even get a glimpse of a 'sabanero', a local cowboy.

Breakfast will be served upon your return to the ranch and it will be a traditional breakfast cooked over a wood fire.

A special afternoon will be customised and arranged with you locally.

Breakfast and lunch are included.

Day 6: This will be a free day. Following breakfast, you have the option of being taken to Tamarindo Beach where there is swimming, surfing and shopping available. Enjoy the sunset over dinner prior to being picked up.

Alternatively, you can take one of the many other tours in the area. Choose from the Palo Verde National Park, Coco Beach, Arenal Volcano or the Granada Nicaragua.

Meals other than breakfast for this day are by arrangement.

Day 7: Starting with breakfast at the ranch, you will meet your horses in the local village of La Garita. The ride will take you along secluded back roads and through dry-tropical forests where Howler monkeys will accompany you along the way.

Your destination is the beach at Puerto Viejo for cold drinks and a rest. You will then ride along the stunning white sand beaches of Puerto Viejo, Conchal and Brasilito. You can ride in the surf and take photos at your leisure.

Take a swim or walk on the beach before lunch or dinner at Don Brasilitos.

The timings for this day are variable depending on the time of the low tide.

Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included.

Day 8: After breakfast, you will have a chance to take any last photos before your transfer to the airport or to your next destination in the case of an add-on to your stay.

A snack bag is available upon request if your flight departs early.

Optional Add-Ons :

Granada, Nicaragua - This is a two day and one night stay with a guided tour featuring Catalina and Masaya Market. There is also an active volcano and the stunning town of Granada on the shores of Lake Nicaragua.

Accommodation is in a beautiful and historic, colonial hotel.

Monteverde Cloud Forest and Santa Elena - Stay for two or three nights in Monteverde, probably the most famous cloud forest in the world. There are guided hikes, birdwatching, an incredible hummingbird experience and also horseback riding tours available.

Other overnight stays are available at Arenal Volcano, Flamingo beach, Tamarindo beach and at a whole host of other locations including mountain and volcano lodges. Please just ask.

Minimum group size: 2
Maximum group size: 6
Ability description: Fairly experienced riders over the age of 50, though lesser experience levels can sometimes be accommodated on request. We recommend that you are comfortable riding at walk, trot and canter in open countryside with relatively good fitness.
Type of ride: Based programme.
Total riding time: Generally 6 rides including a short ride on arrival day (depending on arrival time) but programme is flexible and includes a free, non-riding day.
Departure dates: 2019: Dates to suit from 15 November 2018 - 15 September 2019 - please contact us for details. (minimum of 2 riders required).
Pricing: 2019:

£1710 per person

Prices are based on twin/double room accommodation.

Note: All programmes and itineraries are weather dependent; in the face of adverse, or unexpected, weather conditions reasonable attempts will be made to provide equivalent riding.

All programmes are accurate at the time of writing. However, the team may adapt or modify details, whilst aiming to provide a similar experience.