It’s almost March, and you know what that means… it’s almost summer!
But you don’t go anywhere without your horse, right? That shouldn’t keep you away from the beach! Here are three great beaches where you can splash in the surf… on horseback.
Florida: Granted, the Gulf Stream-warmed Atlantic Ocean is usually nice enough for year-round dips. So you don’t have to save this one for summer — go as soon as your classes at WEF let up. St. Lucie County, just up the interstate from Wellington, offers riding permits at Frederick Douglass Memorial Park. Grab a weekly permit for as little as $100 and you’ll have access to the beach, as well as forty miles of riding trails. More information: http://www.stlucieco.gov/tdc/Horseback.htm
Washington: The water may be a little bit chillier in the Pacific Northwest, but the thrills stay the same. Long Beach Peninsula allows beach riding, providing beach access and horse paths on several stretches of shoreline. There are local stables and liveries providing boarding for your horse’s vacation needs, too! More information: http://funbeach.com/activities/horseback-adventures/
South Carolina: Many beaches along South Carolina’s coast allow horseback riding in the winter months. But if you don’t mind riding someone else’s (well-trained) horse, Inlet Point Plantation offers year-round riding on their private beach in North Myrtle Beach. Stabling and bring-your-own horse packages are available October-February, meaning you can start planning next year’s winter getaway for you and your horses now. More information: http://www.inletpointplantation.com/