Located in the shadow of the Marriott hotel, Clearwater Jet Ski and Parasail outfits beachgoers with the equipment to safely speed across or sail above the waves. Its three-seater jet skis kick up massive wakes as they roar over the sapphire surface of the water, and tandem kayaks trundle along. Staff-operated speedboats tow parasails behind them, passengers getting a seagull’s view of the waves and a firm understanding of how silly the dog paddle looks from a distance.
Clearwater Community Sailing Center engages students of all ages and abilities with safe and enriching two-hour standup-paddleboard lessons. Under the guidance of one of the center's enthusiastic teachers, guests enjoy semiprivate instruction in the art of staying afloat and fearlessly trespassing on Poseidon's property. While basking in tranquil surroundings on one of Clearwater Community Sailing Center's professional paddleboards, students will learn how to gain control over paddling techniques, mounting, and dismounting. Guests schedule lessons throughout the week to explore the benefits of nautical commuting and take part in the core-strengthening workout craze hailed by the world's most famous gondoliers.
Anchored at the beach of the pristine Sand Key Park, Sand Key Paddle Sports arms clients with self-propelled seafaring vessels and sets them adrift on the placid waters of Clearwater Harbor. Paddlers can saddle up on a soft top paddleboard, boogie board, or single or tandem kayak, and then direct their drift toward the many sights and sounds nearby. These may include the vast array of wildlife?including heron, roseate spoonbill, and common moorhen?or the barrier island's natural features, such as the salt marsh and the indigenous sand castles.
Located along the aquamarine shoreline of Clearwater Beach, Makin Waves supplies the ingredients for fun seaside jaunts, providing everything from beach balls to boat rentals. Beachgoers can relax in Makin Waves' reclining blue beach chairs beneath the shade of umbrellas or set out on a rental jet ski in search of dolphins or tricksters wearing fake shark fins. The shop's Australian suntan products fend off sunrays, and floating rafts allows up to six friends to relax atop deep-blue waters. Visitors may explore land and sea in a variety of other rental vehicles, such as banana boats, bicycles, and naval warships.
Captain Bligh's Landing takes putters and dimpled orbs careening through a labyrinthine circuit of pirate-themed, contoured turf holes. Lively palms tower over the course's stone edifice, welcoming patrons to a pastiche of nautical artifacts and pirate lore, where putt-putt prodigies sink testy two-putts against a backdrop of a wooden ship, misting waterfalls, and caves teeming with buried treasures of the most popular colors of mini-golf balls. The course's 18 green corridors feature subtle slopes and strategically placed holes, which conspire to form breaks more difficult to read than a sentient rock playing poker. Patrons can put a competitive twist on date night with two-person packages, or swindle their two favorite children out of their allowance with high-stakes family competitions.
When Brian McInerney reflects on the humble beginnings of Wheel Fun Rentals, he points to his childhood passion for bikes. "As far back as I can remember, I had a real love affair with bicycles," he recalls. During a trip to Italy in 1987, Brian's affinity for cycling blossomed into a full-fledged obsession when he spotted locals' transporter of choice, the surrey. Inspired, he began importing the Italian four-wheelers to a rental business in the U.S. that eventually expanded into Wheel Fun Rentals, now a nationwide web of shops that also loans out bikes, electric cars and mopeds, and man-powered watercraft. Adventuresome athletes can also compete in activities such as surrey scavenger hunts and blindfold obstacle courses navigated via shouted instructions from a seeing teammate or exceptionally long rounds of trial and error.