HORSEBACK RIDING ON THE BEACH IN SAN
Leather upholstery. Four on the floor. All
terrain capacity. These are terms the usual visitors to
San Felipe have in mind when they want to take to the
open desert or beach and practice a bit of ritualistic
vacationism. Usually they rent a Quad and scream through
the streets of San Felipe, dodging verbal fusilage from
shopkeepers who appreciate a bit of quiet. But there is
an alternative for those who like a slower pace and time
to appreciate the scenery. Horseback Riding.
There are presently two locations you can
rent horses. First, in San Felipe, rides are usually offered
on the beach beside the Malecón. Just look for
a man with a small bouquet of horses in his hand (at the
end of the reins, of course).
The other place is Pete's Camp, about seven
miles north of San Felipe on the east side of the highway.
A small stable of horses is kept on the north side of
the access road. Just park beside the paddock and look
Here is an article written by one of Jesus'
As a dressage rider and hunter/jumper
competitor, I would never have believed that riding horses
in San Felipe could be so fabulous! At Pete's Camp, north
of San Felipe, I met Jesus, who is the proud owner of
some very nice Pinto horses. In fact, in all my 30 years
of riding and vacationing in Mexico I have never seen
such well kept, loved horses. Jesus has deep affection
for each and every one of his horses and handles them
with gentle discipline. The result is a small herd of
excellent trail horses.
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These are not your standard "dude" horses!
The 3 year old black and white stallion is so well mannered
that while trail riding with the mares, I was in disbelief
of his gender. Traveling with us was a mare and Guapa,
the 5 month old filly, running behind, picking up coconuts,
palm leaves and in general keeping us laughing as we walked
and cantered along the splendid white beaches. Guapa loved
all the children playing along our route, stole a few
sand pails from them and always nuzzled up for pats on
the head from everyone. We all beamed like proud parents
as we watched her decide to roll in the water then become
startled as the next wave hit her while she was still
down. What laughter we enjoyed on that fine sunny day.
For Jesus, it was just another horseride.
Jesus charges $20/hour but is very generous
with overtime. He seems fine with an additional $10 tip
for another hour. For the continued discipline and safety
of all riders, be sure to WALK back to the stable. Jesus
has disciplined his horses to do this in order to avoid
any "run away" issues with novice riders.
Jesus will be at Pete's until July then
take a break until October when the fun begins again.
Have a great time!
JC Whitfield, Jackson