Punta Cana Horseback Riding

Adventure Land Punta Cana. Long-established, the former Southfork Ranch (Rancho Pat), which has been the stable of choice in Punta Cana, is now a part of the Barceló resort complex (owners are still the same). Trail rides are along Barceló's "private" beach and on open-country roads. Morning rides start out at 9 and include a mojito break at a typical bar. Another includes an exploratory mission to Taíno caves and culminates in a lobster beach cookout. Then there is the memorable sunset beach ride, which can end with a beach bonfire barbecue. The company also offers other activities, including ATV tours. Barceló Resort Complex, Bávaro, La Altagracia. 809/223–8896; adventures-puntacana.com. From $55.

El Rancho in Punta Cana. El Rancho in Punta Cana is across from the main entrance of the Puntacana Resort & Club. 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 one-hour sunset excursion (weekly) or take riding lessons. The Equestrian Center offers adult riding classes for beginners that include basic horse care. Puntacana Resort & Club, Punta Cana, San Juan. 829/470--1367; 829/470--1350; 829/763–7474; 809/959--9221; www.puntacana.com. From $65.