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Dominican Beaches, Dominican Republic




Programmes


• Beach & Forest Trail (7 days)

 

Reviews



It was very enjoyable. The riding was good and it was a relaxing and nice way to a bit of the country away from the main tourist areas. I also very much enjoyed riding through the countryside and forests. The accommodation was simple but comfortable. The food at the hotel was very good (calamari cooked to perfection, the pasta al dente etc) and the picnic food was good too. I had a very comfortable and responsive horse. The Western saddle was also comfortable. In my view, the horses were well cared for, receiving a nice shower with the hose pipe at the end of each ride.

Robin R
 

Horses



Type of horses:

Quarter Horses, Criollos and cross breds

Nature of horses:

All are sensible and sure footed, but each has personality - some like to go fast and others are happier at the back.

Height of horses:

14.2 - 16.2 hh

Weight limit:

90 kg / 14 stone

Tack type:

English, Western, Icelandic or Australian saddles are available - some leather and some synthetic.

 

Travel Advice



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

Ride Description

Think of the Dominican Republic and you immediately imagine white sandy beaches, clear blue seas and waving palm trees. And whilst this ride does offer that, you will also discover the rarely seen interior as well - crystal clear waterfalls and ancient forests, farmland and rural villages. On horseback you can explore the Dominican Republic that isn't featured in the glossy brochures and meet the friendly locals. Of course, you can also make the most of those stunning beaches as well, with exhilarating canters along the sands plus plenty of time to rest and swim or sunbathe.

You stay in one hotel for the week, where you can unpack and relax. The usual hotel is situated close to the beach and close to the town so you can venture out at night and try out the local bars or simply take it easy at the hotel restaurant.

There is a free day included in the itinerary, where the horses rest and you can experience the other highlights of the island. At certain times of year this could be whale watching, or you may prefer to go snorkelling or island hopping - the choice is yours.

The horses are a mixture of Criollo and Quarter Horses - some pure-breds and some cross-breds. They are well loved and well cared for. Whilst most wear shoes, some are barefoot and wear hoof boots to protect their feet - these hoof boots are also available for any horses that might lose a shoe whilst out on the trail.

See Programmes.

 

Food & Accommodation

Most nights are spent at the Hotel La Tortuga in Las Terrenas. You stay in bungalows in the tropical gardens and each bungalow has a double room downstairs and a twin/triple room upstairs. Each room has air conditioning and a ceiling fan, plus there is a safe and a refrigerator.

The hotel is only 200m from the beach and a similar distance from the town. There is a swimming pool with bar and restaurant facilities.

All meals are included except for lunch on the rest day and final day. In the evenings you dine in restaurants, usually at your hotel, where you have free choice from the menu. Some lunches include lobster, shrimp or freshly grilled fish on the beach.

Bottled still water is provided but all other drinks can be paid for locally in the bar/restaurant.

 

Activities

A visit to Haitises National Park is offered on the rest day, where you can discover ancient petroglyphs in the caves.

Alternatively you can take a whale watching trip (in season) or visit the market or go snorkelling. Extra excursions are additional cost, payable locally.

There is some free time when not riding where you can use the hotel pool or visit the beach. Your hotel also offers other beach-based activities, such as snorkelling or scuba diving (at extra cost).

 

Further Details

Languages: English, Spanish, French

Health requirements: General good health

Age limit: Competent teenagers can be accepted but they must be capable riders

Tuition: No

Included: Airport transfers; Accommodation; All meals (except lunch on rest day and final day); riding

Not included: Flights; tourist card; lunch on rest day and final day; drinks; tips; optional excursions/activities (including on rest day); travel insurance

 

Travel Information

Samana airport (El Catey) is the closest to the hotel (c. 25mins) but if you cannot find good flights to Samana than Santo Domingo is 1 hour 45 mins from the hotel. Transfers are possible from both airports and are included in the price.

There are no direct flights from the UK to these two airports, but there are options with 1 stop via Europe (Air Europa, Iberia, Air France), America (Delta, British Airways) or Mexico.

Airport: Samana

Alternative Airport: Santo Domingo - Las Americas

 

Programmes


Beach & Forest Trail (7 days)



Day One:

You will be collected from the airport - either Las Americas (Santo Domingo) or El Catey (Samana) airport and transferred to your hotel Las Terrenas. The journey is 1hr 45 minutes from Las Americas and 25 minutes from El Catey. After a welcome drink you will have dinner or a snack if you arrive late.

Day Two:

After breakfast at the hotel you will be transferred to the hacienda to meet the team and horses. After being matched with a suitable horse you set out on your first ride along the mythical Coffee Road. There are some narrow and difficult sections which may require you to dismount but you will also discover the amazing climbing abilities of your horses. Here you'll uncover another side to the Dominican Republic, where cattle and horses may free roam. Stop for a typical lunch at Elena where you will discover the secrets of making cocoa and coffee. Return for dinner and to overnight at your hotel.

Approx 4 hours in the saddle

Day Three:

After breakfast transfer back to the hacienda and set off riding towards the beach at Coson. Here you will find 10km of sand which is perfect for long canters (in single file). Take lunch at Valerio on the beach where the speciality is lobster (provided it's in season). After lunch, you will return to the hacienda on small paths along which you will discover many caves and small waterfalls. Return to the hotel for dinner and to overnight.

Approx 4.5 hours in the saddle

Day Four:

Today is a non-riding day and you have the option to set off on an excursion to the Los Haitises National Park. Taino Indians used to live here and you will discover petroglyphs and pictograms on the cave walls. You will explore the mangroves and stop for lunch in either an eco-lodge or cantina. Return to the hotel for dinner and to overnight. If you prefer, then you can plan to go whale watching (Jan 20th-Mar 10th), or take a trip to Samana market. Some excursions are an extra cost (payable locally).

Day Five:

After breakfast, you are transferred to the hacienda again to ride to the "small waterfalls". After a canter through some marshes you climb a path that ends by the brook. You'll be collected here to have lunch at Santi's in Limon before trekking c. 2 hours on foot to view the famous waterfalls. Return to your hotel in the afternoon for dinner.

Approx 2.5 hours in the saddle

Day Six:

Transfer back to the hacienda after breakfast and set off through the forest to a deserted beach where you may be able to swim with the horses! Don't forget your swimsuit! Picnic on the beach and then ride back to the hacienda in time for tea.

Approx. 4.5 hours riding

Day Seven:

Today offers a beautiful ride with fantastic views. A description will not do justice to the beauty and incredible silence, so you will have to wait and see! Picnic in the hills and then ride back to the hacienda before transferring back to the hotel.

Approx. 4.5 hours in the saddle

Day Eight:

Depending on the time of your flight you may be able to relax and use the hotel pool or beaches, or even do some shopping before your transfer to the airport.

NB. Please note that the itinerary is a guide and may need to be altered due to local conditions, but always with your best interests at heart.

Possible Extension:

Day Eight:

Ride from the hacienda to La Barbacoa in the forest which takes c. 4 hours. You'll arrive in time for a picnic lunch and can then relax by the pool during the afternoon. Overnight at La Barbacoa.

Day Nine:

Ride down the beaches at Limon to canter or even gallop along a deserted beach (c. 2.5 hours riding). Another relaxing afternoon at La Barbacoa.

Day Ten:

Ride back to the hacienda through the hills, stopping for a picnic along the way. c. 4.5 hours riding.



Minimum group size: 1
Maximum group size: 6
Ability description: You should be capable of riding in all paces across varied terrain. There are opportunities for fast riding on the two beach days.
Type of ride: Based Trail
Total riding time: 3-5 hours a day
Departure dates: 2019: Dates to suit except not available over Easter because of a religious holiday and in November due to rains.
 
Pricing: 2019:

£1500 per person sharing double room
£1699 single room

Extra £50 to confirm the trail for a sole rider.

Possible extension: £596 per person sharing