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Sabine's Smiling Horses

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Address: | 1 km oeste del cementerio de Sta. Elena, follow road sign from cemetary to us, 60109, Costa Rica
Phone Number:
+506 8385 2424
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours

Sabine who speaks English, French, Spanish and German and offers a variety...

Sabine who speaks English, French, Spanish and German and offers a variety of horse treks, from $ 25 US per hour to day trips to specialty tours including a Full Moon Ride. Several multi-day treks are also on offer. Sabine's Smiling Horses is a true destination in Costa Rica.

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Amazing time in a beautiful place

First time riding a horse and it was excellent! I could see people caring their animals with a lot of respect and passion. The guide, Ulisse was very kind, patient, and explain to... read more

Reviewed March 12, 2017
Escazu, Costa Rica
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Escazu, Costa Rica
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Reviewed March 12, 2017

First time riding a horse and it was excellent! I could see people caring their animals with a lot of respect and passion. The guide, Ulisse was very kind, patient, and explain to me some story about Monteverde, he shows me birds and plants. And i could gallop throught the plain, feeling so good! I really recommend it, one of... More 

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Reviewed September 5, 2016 via mobile

Long story short ... I fell from a horse when I was 5 and between my parents and my fears I hadn't tried riding ever since. Sabine, her guide (apologies I don't recall his name, however a very young, professional and smart guide!) and Comanche (the patient horse who carried me around) made my day! The guide was extremely patient,... More 

Thank Sonja D
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Reviewed August 17, 2016 via mobile

Booked for 2 hours and it was simply amazing. Brandon the guide was excellent , very friendly, patient and knowledgeable . I booked on what's app and it was good clear communications. The horses are well looked after for sure. The briefing at the start is very comprehensive which makes the riding easy. Within the 2 hours our confidence grew... More 

Thank Chillfactor29
Montreal, Canada
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Reviewed July 15, 2016

My daughter and I had a wonderful experience.Our guide Brendan was patient and kind and took the time to point out animals, birds, local fruit and more. He allowed us to ride at a pace that was both comfortable and challenging. The horses were at ease and pleasant and made us feel confident. It is clear that they are well... More 

Thank avidetic
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Reviewed July 5, 2016 via mobile

Our family had such a great time on the two hour tour. Sabine's daughter, Tara and Brandon were our guides. They were so good with our kids (ages 6, 6 and 8). They picked the perfect horse for each of us and led the younger kids until they were comfortable and confident. The views of the countryside exceeded our expectations.

Thank pdx_traveler3
Aberdeen, United Kingdom
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Reviewed June 17, 2016

Amazing 3 hour horse ride to the waterfall near Monteverde. Everything about the ride was great, the guide spoke good English and the horses were very well behaved and obviously well cared for. Sabine was great at communicating through whats app to organise the ride and give me directions to walk to the stable. Three of us went out on... More 

Thank Cassie202
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Reviewed June 16, 2016 via mobile

Me and my girlfriend went riding at Sabines Smiling Horses and had what I'm sure we'll remember as one of the best days ever. We were lucky enough to go on the Waterfall tour, which after an incredible 2 hour ride led us to a secluded private waterfall, that Sabine maintains (and therefore you can only visit on this tour).... More 

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Reviewed June 15, 2016 via mobile

We did he 3 hour ride with the walk to the waterfall in June 2016. Our guide Brandon was great! He could speak English and he took time to explain lots of things to us. He taught us so much about the bugs I felt like he was a biologist! Our horses were healthy and well behaved. The scenery was... More 

Thank Amanda F
Albuquerque, New Mexico
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Reviewed May 25, 2016

My family, three of us, did the full moon ride. Brandon, our guide, was such a beautiful person - knowledgeable, excellent with horses, and so helpful and friendly to us. He was very kind and patient and let us trot and gallop as he saw that we were able to do so. At first it was cloudy, but then it... More 

Thank crystalwf98
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Reviewed May 2, 2016

We take a family horseback ride wherever we travel in the world. Sabine's horses are genuinely smiling! The horses have a lovely temperament. And Brandon was a great tour guide, very friendly and instructive and relaxed. This was particularly important because it was my five year old's first real ride with the whole family. It was a lovely first experience... More 

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