A warm salty breeze, crashing waves and the glow of a setting sun – I could not imagine a better backdrop to a horseback ride down the beach.
We were visiting San Pancho in Nayarit, Mexico. Although this town is about 45 minutes from Puerto Vallarta, it is worth the drive for a taste of local culture, food and a beautiful beach. San Pancho is still frequented by tourists, but those who want a local feel, which makes it feel friendly and culturally rich. Visitors should spend some time on the beach before watching the sunset and then walking through the town at night – it is beautiful.
My highlight in this town was the opportunity to ride a beautiful Andalusian horse on the beach.
My friends spotted two locals leading horses by the water. It appeared they were letting people take photos with the horses (for a cost). I was reluctant to ask about riding someone’s horse, but our friends, who live in Puerto Vallarta, encouraged us to ask. For $10 each and after explaining I know how to ride, they were more than happy to let us ride along the beach. I guess things are different in Mexico! I am so glad we inquired because the experience was incredible.
I was also glad to see how well the horses were cared for. Sometimes you find horses in less than ideal conditions on vacation, but these ones were healthy and well groomed. Making the minimal cost to ride them quite attractive compared to a trail riding facility.
A highlight of our trip to Mexico, so please enjoy the photos.
Photo credits: Greg Laver
Check out some of my other posts:
- Read more about our trip to Puerto Vallarta: Why you should leave the resort in Mexico.
- Learn about horseback riding in Ecuador: Ecuador volcanoes: sometimes you listen to the horses
- Read about when I rode on a beach in Spain: Spain and Horseback Riding at Equestrian Center Las Marias