The green-blue Floridian waters and deserted cays seem to call to Tropical Sailing’s experienced crews in a sort of inescapable siren song, beckoning the sailors back to the Atlantic day after day. Tropical Sailing's team of seasoned mariners—composed of licensed Coast Guard-certified Master Captains as well as first mates certified in first aid and rescue—share their love of the sea with visitors via scenic cruises off the coasts of Miami and Fort Lauderdale. Crews pilot a meticulously maintained fleet of catamarans along aquatic paths, including the 78-foot Caribbean Spirit whose shaded lounge area shelters skin from intrusive sun rays and offers seating to passengers who haven't yet mastered walking in their mermaid costumes. Tropical Sailing’s daily roster of adventures ranges from picturesque Full Moon Party Cruises in Fort Lauderdale to high-energy Ski and Splash Water Sports Adventures in Miami.
Following in Ernest Hemingway's footsteps takes true dedication to the craft of writing—or a Grand Yacht Club cruise. The club's Hemingway's Holiday excursion, which lasts up to 14 days, whisks voyagers off to the iconic author's favorite adventure spots, from the Florida Keys to the islands of the Bahamas.
The club's cruise packages aren't all so lengthy, though. The beachside Millionaire's Weekend, for example, consists of two cruises and various alfresco meals spread over three days. The fleet of spacious vessels, which house up to five bedrooms apiece, are also available by the hour. Watersports equipment comes free with each charter trip, allowing for plenty of jet-skiing, fishing, and competitive ice cube-making.
Co-owners and master SCUBA trainers Brian Gagas, Steve Gagas, and Dave Hoffert don't just teach scuba classes; in their free time, they can be found in the water diving up to five times a week. Gold Coast Scuba offers classes for beginners and more advanced students that follow PADI-certified curriculum. Advanced classes include night dives, dives that focus on navigation and peak performance buoyancy, and deep-sea and shipwreck diving in the bathtub. The shop also offers 24-hour equipment rental for snorkelers and divers.
At Adventure World Skate & Fun Center, kids and adults alike entertain both muscle and mind-matter in through a variety of heart-pounding activities. In the laser tag arena, players strap on receivers, holster a laser-emitting gun, and re-enact the galactic phase of the Crimean War on a phosphorescent battlefield. Competitors have the option of playing the four 10-minute games consecutively or spacing them out to fuel grudge matches or plan for potential roommate border disputes. With an additional admission fee ($3–$6), zapped compatriots can take backward victory laps around the skate rink ($3 skate rental) or purchase tokens to conquer the arcade room.
Frothy seawater jumps skyward as the churn of high-powered, 110-horsepower jet skis launches the droplets from behind their watery tails. Among the many sea-gliding offerings of American Watersports, the company's fleet of speedy jet skis juxtaposes to its man-powered offerings of single or double kayaks and upright paddleboards that calmly cut through waves and wakes or assist in minnow herding along the coast. Groups can man 13- and 16-foot sailboats that await gentle offshore winds to start their journeys, or take in the ocean from a sandy perch with a day rental of beach furniture. The Pompano Beach area reveals its natural beauty on guided tours of the area via jet ski or paddleboat, wherein visitors take in local gems such as the Hillsboro Lighthouse or the area's exclusive hermit-crab resorts.