SailLaser Miami adheres sea-legs to the terrain-based with sailing lessons and sailboat rentals. For beginner sailors, a two-hour, one-on-one sailing lesson with one of SailLaser's certified U.S. Sailing Level 1 instructors will provide the opportunity to hone your skills in a short period of time. Instructors will personalize lessons to students' skills in order to make each lesson as effective as possible. Learn basic navigational techniques, what a jib is and how to determine if you like its cut or not, and which sea-shanties are most effective for warding off telemarketer mermaids.
Manatee Tour and Dive curates expeditions to see west indian manatees within the Crystal River National Wildlife Refuge, which is dotted with natural springs that keep the water at a temperature of around 72 degrees. Guided manatee tours offer the opportunity to snorkel with the gentle giants, whereas kayak rentals encourage self-exploration of the crystal-clear waters and inner spirit manatees. Licensed captains lead groups on scalloping expeditions, during which groups travel to scallop-abundant areas to splash in the water and gather live bay scallops to take home.
With help from a staff of paddleboarders, surfers, environmental scientists, and a dog named Dillon, Kayak Amelia founders Jody and Ray Hetchka combine their love for outdoor sports with environmental conservation. Ray, a certified naturalist and self-described tree hugger, peppers guided kayak, bicycle, and paddleboard eco tours with facts on flora, fauna, and all the best smells circulating throughout the island's delicate ecosystem. In addition to guided tours, Kayak Amelia teaches paddleboard and kayak lessons, and leads fishing trips and overnight kayak excursions. Guests can sign up for tours, or rent equipment for the day, at Kayak Amelia's storefront, Y.B. Green's General Store, which carries eco-friendly gifts such as beeswax candles, carved bone necklaces, and clay-dyed clothing.
The wind picks up over the St. Johns River, catching the sails of Cap'n Don Stokes's fleet of boats and propelling the vessels along the coastline, where sailing instructors point out ospreys perched in the trees as the sea stretches into the distance.
This natural revelry is thanks to The Sailboat Club, whose crew frees members from the responsibilities of boat ownership—such as maintenance, insurance, and renting slips—and grants unlimited sailing on a fleet of sailboats. Additionally, as an accredited training facility of the American Sailing Association, the club encompasses a team of instructors who teach lessons for all levels of sailors, ranging from those who just noticed wind to experienced sailors seeking a captain's license.
Carved from 1,000 acres of native forests and surrounding wetlands, the spectacular par 72 course at Queen’s Harbour enchants sportsmen and nature lovers alike with fairways flanked by intercoastal waterways. Pairs of golfers putt, chip, and drive their way through 7,017 yards of scenic playing grounds designed by pro-player, acclaimed architect, and stunning polo-shirt model Mark McCumber, as Southern breezes sweep through Spanish moss on century-old oak trees. Masterfully avoid stepping on cracks that break mothers' backs by rolling over them (mothers, that is) in the included golf cart before stepping into the clubhouse postgame to relax amid airy verandas overlooking the picturesque freshwater marina. Designed to provide a challenge to players of varying skill levels, Queen’s Harbour welcomes guests to spoil their walk on a course that has hosted such prestigious tournaments as the PGA Tour Qualifier and the Mercedes Collegiate Championships. Grab today’s Groupon to spend a leisurely day with a like-minded link lover, or share it with a stranger with a remarkably similar appreciation for fresh air.
Set sail on the St. John’s River for a night of fine food and scenic sunset river views. You’ll board in downtown Jacksonville at 6:30 p.m. on your chosen evening, and settle into the luxury liner’s digs before the ship departs around 7 p.m. Amuse your bouche with butler-passed appetizers before conquering the full prime-rib dinner buffet, complete with decadent dessert offerings. The friendly and courteous on-ship staff will be on hand throughout the evening to refill your wine glass and ensure your cruise is the picture of river-boating elegance.