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Rancho La Merced National Wildlife Refuge

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Address: Km. 159 Costanera Sur, Uvita, Costa Rica
Phone Number: +506 2743 8032
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Horseback riding on the beach!

My family had an amazing time horse back riding with Rancho La Merced, the staff was professional, knowledgeable and enjoyable to be around! They took us through the lush... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 4, 2015
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Calistoga
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2015 NEW

My family had an amazing time horse back riding with Rancho La Merced, the staff was professional, knowledgeable and enjoyable to be around! They took us through the lush beautiful serene jungle then for a gorgeous stroll with our horses on the beach! My mother had the time of her life. To end our day the wife of one of... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2015 NEW via mobile

I did the tour together with a friend and we went to the waterfall. It was great! The people were very friendly and you could really feel the guide's passion for his job and the horses. Also they were in a good shape. They offered us banana bread and lemonade afterwards, which was just a perfect ending of a great... More 

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Falmouth, Maine
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2015

My 13 yo daughter and myself just took a private ride on the playa yesterday morning at low tide and it was glorious! The facility is very professional, extremely well kept with nice bathrooms and a little souvenir shop. The young man who checked us in spoke excellent English and made sure we were comfortable. My daughter and I both... More 

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Austria
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015

I really loved the horseback riding tour. it was a incredible - the wild animals, the nature, the beach - all so beautiful!!! the horses are in a good shape and they have a good life at the ranch! they offered us drinks and cake for free! really nice :)

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015

I am a science teacher traveling with 10 high school students. We did the horseback riding waterfall trip and it was wonderful. All but 1 student had never been on a horse before and some were quite nervous. The staff were extremely helpful and caring, matching horses well to the student. They even personally led one student horse that was... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2015

I saw more wildlife on my horseback ride then I did hiking in the mountains. Being able to do a full gallop on the beach was incredible. The horses were well behaved and they loved to run. the place was very clean and the staff was very friendly. If you are in the Uvita area this is in an experience... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2015

We took the two hour horse your along the jungle trails and the beach. I cannot say enough positive things about this experience. We made our arrangements two days before, with Ismeal, (hope I spelled his name right), pleasant, excellent English. Showed up the day of the ride and our guide was Hector. From the beginning it was an amazing... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015

As soon as you entered the gates to this property you knew you were entering a real ranch where owners took pride in every detail of what they do. The property was very well manicured and clean around the buildings and it was obvious that every detail was organized and done to perfection. We were a group of three people... More 

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Seattle, Washington, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015

Galloping in the surf on the beach, need I say more? The horses were well cared for, the staff was friendly and you had the freedom to ride at your level regardless of others in the tour. $45 for 2 hours seemed reasonable. Very happy! Would recommend!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2015

I ride on almost every vacation I go on, and this is hands down the best place to ride. Their horses are very healthy and it's obvious they take very good care of them. Our group had experienced and first time riders and everyone loved it! We did the beach ride where you wind through the forest path to get... More 

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