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Address: Punta Cana 23000, Dominican Republic

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Lovely ride on Bavaro beach!

Having read the previous reviews about the condition of the horses we were a little concerned when this ranch was recommended by the Barcelo Bavaro Beach hotel (it's situated in... read more

Reviewed 23 December 2016
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Central Portugal, Portugal
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We signed up for the two-hour horseback riding based on the recommendation that this would give us plenty of time to ride on the beach and it was the highlight of our week! The ocean scenery is breathtaking. We went out with a group of 8 along with two guides including Leo who took pictures along the way. The horses... More 

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Thank Tammy L
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Reviewed 5 February 2017 via mobile

I went to the Dominican on a grad trip where they set up excursions for us, one of them being horseback riding on the beach. Which sounds amazing but once you get to the ranch and see the condition of the horses it will break your heart. These horses are built smaller then what we are use to in North... More 

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Thank Tori M
Minneapolis, Minnesota
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Reviewed 28 December 2016

My wife and I booked this excursion for us and our two kids (10 and 6). The driver picked us up promptly at the hotel and brought us to the ranch property, which looked a little run-down. And I’m certainly no horse expert, but they appeared to be unkept, skinny and depressed. As we started our ride, the horses seemed... More 

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Central Portugal, Portugal
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Reviewed 23 December 2016

Having read the previous reviews about the condition of the horses we were a little concerned when this ranch was recommended by the Barcelo Bavaro Beach hotel (it's situated in the hotel grounds) however we went along on the basis that we wouldn't ride if we weren't happy. The transport picked us up on time for the 5 minute transfer... More 

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Jacksonville, FL
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Reviewed 26 June 2016

A group of 6 of us booked a one hour tour through our hotel (Otium tours). This is the only thing my daughter wanted to do while on this vacation. We were in a large group of about 20 people and the horses were crammed in together on the trails. We were constantly hitting the people around us. The beach... More 

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Rotterdam, New York
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Reviewed 21 June 2016

We took a two hour excursion for horseback riding on the beach (and, through the jungle...but, it was more like woods) It was the highlight of our week! It was a beautiful thing, riding along such beautiful ocean scenery! Our horses were matched to our expertise and our guide, Leo, took pictures of us with our camera. He even carried... More 

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1 Thank yellowpacecar7
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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Reviewed 16 February 2016

My family went on this horseback riding excursion and had an outstanding time. Our Guide Ernesto was very courteous, helpful and caring. We are impressed with how well the horses are trained, and how well they responded to us. We felt that the ride had a nice balance of riding on the beach and in the forest. We are so... More 

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Rahway, New Jersey
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Reviewed 3 November 2015

Although the guides were great, the shape that the horses were in was awful. They were extremely underweight with bite wounds all over them. We had to walk through trash that had glass bottles and other crap. If I had a ride back to the hotel I would not have gone on the ride. I felt so bad for the... More 

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1 Thank mydonna8
New York City, New York
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Reviewed 9 July 2015

When I read about the mistreatment of the horses, I didn't really believe it until I booked the excursion and witnessed the poor condition the horses were in. The one I rode was so weak that he almost tripped and fell over. His horseshoe had fallen off and he was walking over the broken concrete pavement. I told the tour-guide... More 

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austin texas
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Reviewed 24 June 2015

We booked this tour through El Tour Caribe and were very pleased with the ride. The only downside of the ride was the amount of trash along some of the trail and the huge amounts of seaweed that the entire coastline is experiencing. The horses are matched quite well with the level of experience of the rider. I am not... More 

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