On the shores of Lake Boca, only 100 yards from the Atlantic Ocean, Ride-A-Wave doles out rentals from its fleet of WaveRunners and Sea Rays. Its entry-level WaveRunners, three-seat Yamaha VX 110s, can crest swells at up to 60 miles per hour. Alternatively, the open bows of 19-foot and 21-foot Sea Rays let up to eight passengers feel the wind in their chest hair as they steer through tropical waters while listening to the radio and grabbing drinks from the built-in cooler.
Atlantic Boat and Jet Ski Rentals' owner, Lance Irvine, has turned his passion for fishing, diving, and boating into his profession. Along with his wife, Becky, he equips novice and experienced sailors with yachts, boats, jet skis, and kayaks to explore the scenic Fort Lauderdale waterways that ignited his own love of the sea. Atlantic’s fleet of charter boats ranges from a 17-foot long craft to a 44-foot luxury wave rider, Paradise One, and a 45-foot party boat accommodates up to 45 people with a full bar and stereo system perfect for playing sea shanties at top volume. Self-propelled single or tandem kayaks let their riders explore the world without breathing in noxious fumes, similar to surfing the Internet in a sterile room.
With rolling hills and lush, green woods in the background, expert instructors lead students out into the great blue Pacific for custom surfing lessons. During lessons, wave tamers certified in CPR, first aid, ocean safety, and mermaid diplomacy bestow burgeoning surfers with all necessary skills and ocean awareness, which helps surfers to keep their bearings and tackle whitecaps safely. Surf techniques and etiquette can be tailored to ease rookies into their comfort zones or amped up to challenge and heighten the skills of more experienced boarders.
Tamalpais Surf Club also rents boards and wetsuits for surfers looking to paddle out on their own, and their lending inventory includes vintage boards from renowned shapers. To throw more adventure into the mix, the team organizes yoga-surf retreats and surf camps in exotic locales such as Costa Rica and Hawaii, where groups can immerse themselves in the country's culture, cuisine, and bilingual waves.
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.
Without a boat, it's hard to water-ski, snorkel, or arrive at a waterfront restaurant in style. Luckily, for people who don't own a personal watercraft, Best Boat Club and Rentals has been renting out a fleet of well-maintained vessels for almost two decades. At locations in Fort Lauderdale, Pompano Beach, and Captiva Island, the company outfits aspiring boaters with everything they'll need for a day on the waves. With their "Water Limo" service, they even furnish guests with a driver, so they can devote their time on the boat more fully to looking for its gills. However, if clients want to improve their skills at the helm, the company's team has them covered there, too, with hands-on powerboat training and a sailing school.
The Sea Mist drift-fishing fleet first began scouring South Florida waters in 1956. Today, the 72-foot, all-aluminum Sea Mist III picks up where its predecessors left off. It drifts around Boynton Beach while groups attempt to snag grey grouper, red snapper, yellowtail, or any of the other species that are often encountered during excursions. Also on board, the boat's professional crewmembers dole out occasional humor, steady guidance, and assistance—from baiting hooks to cleaning catches.