Owned and operated by the tour guides themselves⎯Dave Posey and Scott Wells⎯Kayak Fishing Destin sends fishers and nature buffs on four-hour excursions across the warm waters of the Gulf. The seasoned sailors teach guests how to properly cast from their vessel before shoving off from the crystal-white sands and into the ocean to ensnare fine specimens of redfish, flounder, speckled trout, and mackerel. Kayak Fishing Destin outfits customers with all the equipment they need to capture a silvery fish, from six-pack coolers for chilling drinks to sea-shanty hymn books for mastering traditional kayaker songs.
Steve Hill was frustrated. An avid paddleboarder, he was unable to find a shop in Florida's panhandle that demoed and sold equipment. Undeterred, he took matters into his own hands and opened GUSU Paddlesports, filling the shop with colorful racks of boards ready to lend their buoyancy to everyone from beginners to surf paddlers to racers.
GUSU Paddlesports' staff builds their business around the motto "try before you buy." They offer a full lineup of demo equipment that customers can test before sliding a giant wedding ring onto boards from brands such as Jimmy Lewis, Ohana, Tahoe SUP, and paddles by Quickblade and Kialoa. In addition to sales and rentals, the crew also teaches paddleboarding classes and leads scenic tours into nearby Destin Harbor.
With a camera no bigger than a pen transmitting color images to a computer screen, dentists capture clear images of old fillings, areas of the gums possibly diseased, and otherwise undetectable cracks and chips. The doctors at L.A. Dental Day Spa use modern technology such as intra-oral cameras and digital x-rays to ensure that those fillings are still functional, the gums are healthy, and that damaged teeth don't develop more serious issues. While keeping apprised of such technology, they also stay up-to-date on modern techniques and cosmetic services. Zoom! whitening units glow in treatment rooms, and veneers leave patrons proud to smile as broadly as the models in a moon-bounce catalog.
Mobile Sports hands patrons the reins of inflatable banana-shaped steeds so they can take slippery jaunts along the Emerald Coast. A larger boat pulls each banana boat, controlling it according to the hand signals of up to six raucous riders. Banana captains can signal the driver to speed up, make sharp turns, or swing past schooners to make sure they're not trying to keep smuggled apes quiet.
Just off the beach, a man floats over the water, suspended in the air by streams of water jetting from his hands and feet as though he were testing an Iron Man?inspired apparatus. This back-mounted pack?called a Flyboard?works through a propulsive system that continually intakes and rapidly expels water, pushing the rider into the air or wherever he or she directs it to fly. The Flyboard, along with aqua trikes, WaveRunners, pontoon boats, kayaks, and standup paddleboards, comprise the unique rental fleet of Power Up Watersports. With these advanced watercrafts, Power Up?s team hopes to evolve Destin?s watersports scene, which includes plans to train the area?s dolphins to serve drinks.
A family-run business, Destin Jeep Rentals outfits families, couples, and lone travelers with the wheels to traverse the scenic Gulf Coast. They rent out four-door Jeep Wranglers, letting drivers tackle the open road in closed-roof or convertible Jeeps. Daily and weekly rates are available.