Paddleboarders and kayakers flock to Hooked on SUP's cabana, lounging by the pool before they paddle out into the Gulf of Mexico's waters. The staff includes kayak and paddleboard instructors, who teach newbies the finer details of understanding a dolphin's traffic signals. Aside from rentals and lessons, Hooked on SUP occasionally leads special eco tours.
Designed by Charles Ankrom and built in 1970, Sabal Trace Golf and Country Club sends golfers swinging across 18 holes of undulating fairways, intersecting water hazards, and elevated greens. The course caps off the front nine with its longest hole, a 544-yard par-five with a canal that runs along the right side of the fairway and eventually jets across the fairway in front of the green. After finishing their round on the par-four 18th hole, players can recharge at the Tavern by the Green Restaurant, which serves breakfast and lunch daily.
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Fish Galore Offshore’s catch experts outfit explorers with watercraft to explore backwaters and canals, as well provide fish-hunting provisions to lure in gilled prizes. Captains of the sleek watercraft can head to Midnight Pass Beach for afternoon picnics or glide to waterfront restaurants to load up on stomach-sating provisions. Paddle to Oscar Scherer State Park to explore the trails, or affix bait from a stuffed tackle box to a rental pole and cast its line into the Intracoastal Waterway to mine liquid reserves for redfish, trout, and amphibious sasquatches.
Freedom Boat Club supplies seafarers with a catalog of boats for exciting voyages or relaxing lounges atop the waves. The one-day trial membership presents shipmates with membership perks such as unlimited access to a variety of motor-powered boats that the boat club preps by flooding the gas tank with fuel and the cabin with seaweed-scented air fresheners. An experienced captain leads members through a thorough orientation course that highlights essential boating techniques and on-board safety measures. Crews of up to 10 people can select any available vessel, except for offshore fishing boats, and spend the day beach hopping, fishing, and trailing wakes through Poseidon’s facial hair.
The guides at Black Water, Blue Water Tours tailor their kayaking trips to the crew accompanying them. Wildlife tours, sunset tours, island-picnic tours, or even journeys under the full moon introduce kayakers to South Florida's Myakka River, mangrove tunnels, and canals laden with wildlife such as manatees. If visitors have specific sightseeing locales in mind, the guides can create an entirely new tour to fit their parameters.