Seeing the ponies has been on my bucket list all my life, but I can never seem to drive down there. I find myself with a window of opportunity to vacation July 21-25 (give or take a day on either end) and thought this would finally be the time.
But now I see it's right before the Pony Swim!
I really just want to sit on a beach and watch the ponies. Maybe bike around and take some pictures. I don't care about fancy hotels, but don't want to take the trouble to camp either.
I can't stay long enough to see the Pony Swim on the 27th, but it seems I'll be there for all the hoopla beforehand.
My question: Since I know nothing about this event or the area, should I go down and look forward to experiencing a festive vibe and prepare to stay farther away (I assume hotels are booked up), or am I going to get down there and be frustrated with the mobs and not be able to relax and enjoy the ponies?