Horseback Riding in Punta Cana
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Rancho Punta Cana. Rancho Punta Cana is across from the main entrance of the resort. A one-hour trail ride winds along the beach, the golf course, and through tropical forests. The two-hour jungle trail ride has a stopover at a lagoon fed by a natural spring, so wear your swimsuit under your long pants. You can also do a three-hour full-moon excursion or take riding lessons. The stock is comprised of Paso Finos. Puntacana Resort & Club, Punta Cana. 809/959-2714. www.puntacana.com.
Adventure Land. Long-established, the former Southfork Ranch (Rancho Pat), which has been the stable of choice for many visitors, is now a part of the Barceló resort complex (though the French owners are still the same). Trail rides are taken along Barceló's "private" beach and on open country roads. Prices begin at $55 per hour; for $15 more you get another hour. Morning rides start out at 9 am (and include a mojito break at a typical bar). Another ride includes an exploratory mission to Taíno caves and culminates in a lobster beach cookout ($130). And then there is the memorable sunset beach ride, which can end with a beach bonfire barbecue ($100). If you like speed and don't mind getting dusty, go for the outback adventures on the new quads or buggies—or play it safer and discover the Dominican countryside in a Jeep. Barceló Resort Complex, Bávaro. 809/223-8896. contactoadventures-puntacana.com.
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