• Katrina Julia

Costa Rica Adventure: Horseback Riding at Sunset Playa Matapalo, Costa Rica

I love horses and horseback riding. I imagine many young girls go through a loving and learning about horses. My first time riding was at a Girl Scout Camp in Texas around the age of 9. When I was 11 years old, my mom signed me up for a Horseback Riding Camp on the beach in Poland. I loved it! 3 weeks of daily riding, grooming and feeding the horses! I felt like I experienced heaven.


Over the past decades, I've gotten to ride from time to time. Most recently, in South Carolina in 2011 on the beach during a visit for a triathlon I did.


When I decided to travel to Costa Rica, I knew I wanted to experience Horseback Riding at sunset. I explored a couple of options, and everything fell into place with my third Airbnb in Costa Rica: Mountain Paradise in Week 7: Creating and Scaling a Life and Business I Love.


Diann, the owner of the Mountain Paradise Airbnb near Playa Matapalo shared the Horseback Riding experience as one of her favorites. I learned about Playa Matapalo via My Tan Feet, Visit Costa Rica, and Two Weeks in Costa Rica with its beautiful landscapes, black sand, and turquoise water.


I pictured myself riding at sunset. The reality blew the vision away in every way.



Horseback Riding at Playa Matapalo, Costa Rica



Horseback Riding at Playa Matapalo


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Horseback Riding in Playa Matapalo, Costa Rica

So, how did my horseback riding experience go in Playa Matapalo, Costa Rica? Horseback riding at sunset came highly recommended in Matapalo by the Airbnb owner at Mountain Paradise.


From the moment I reached out, Claudia responded with friendliness and ease. I ended up booking for Tuesday, February 23, 2021. I figured out logistically it made sense for me to go to Nauyaca Waterfalls in the morning with a break mid-day, and end my day horseback riding at sunset.


Claudia started off the experience by taking me on a tour of her farm with insights and tastings of plants, v