The Floridian sun sparkles off rolling waves, reflecting dancing patterns of light onto the white-and-red hull of Aquaworld Miami’s excursion vessel, the Caribbean Spirit . The double-masted catamaran catches the gulf’s gusty winds in its twin sails to journey to a shallow sandbar for a day of watersports, offloading jet skis, banana boats, and a parasailing-equipped speed boat into the knee-deep water. On Atlantic Ocean excursions, the 78-foot vessel parks over a shallow water shipwreck for guests equipped with snorkels to explore. The rhythmic thump of the waves combines with Calypso music that constantly drifts from the boat’s speakers, offering the only method of sonar capable of identifying an undersea dance party.
The wind catches a sail, and suddenly the 41-foot vessel springs to life. The sail boat's hull cuts across the water at increasing speeds, racing alongside city skylines and a mangrove-covered shore. The man at the helm is Captain Carlin, and he guides the vessel with a confidence and ease that can only come from more than 45 years of sailing experience. The captain's charters take up to six passengers through the Biscanye Bay: a shallow estuary home to pelicans, manatees, and retired leviathans. Along the way, groups can sip wine as they bask in the midday sun or the soft glow of an ocean sunset.
The ocean is more than just the absence of land—it's the presence of adventure. Man your paddle stations and tend to your flippers with today’s adventure on the high seas. For $40, you get one Sea Kayak and Snorkel Adventure from EcoAdventures, a $70 value. A naturalist guide will lead you throughout South Florida's marine sanctuaries on a quest unmatched since the great Snorkelyak expedition of 1814, which led to the discovery of californium, the principle ingredient in modern Californias.
Some runners race for the thrill of victory while others just want to escape from the living dead. Half traditional 5K, half horror movie come to life, the Zombie Run 5K has something for everyone. At the starting line, the human racers—known for their ability to enunciate, give warm handshakes, and appreciate paprika—are tipped off that horror looms as they embark from a flipped tanker that has spilled zombie-birthing toxic goo. After a 1K warm-up, the tension ratchets as contestants enter the second K's militarized zone, where the walking, lurching, and jogging dead begin to give chase.
Now since zombies are a fictional creation, they're played by fellow racers clad in bloody makeup and trained in zombie choreography. And since eating people is still illegal in the U.S., humans wear flags that the zombies grab in lieu of chomping. Zombies multiply like zombie rabbits across three more running zones, including a vaccination hydration center reprieve and a heart-pounding 2K free-for-all to the finish. Alive or "dead," everybody gets to finish the race, which is followed by the Quarantine Party—featuring live DJ music from alive DJs, snacks and refreshments, and movie-quality zombie makeovers for people who want to nail the job interviews they have the next day.
At Southeast Kickboxing Florida, instructors place an emphasis on self-defense skills as they help students achieve weight-loss goals. Students power through strength-building exercises and reps as well as high-intensity cardio kicks and punches to speed up their heart rates and shed pounds. At the same time, each class instills confidence in pupils, helping them feel safe in the knowledge that they can protect themselves.
Exploring the waterways and picturesque locales of Historic Virginia Key Beach Park is made easy by the folks from Virginia Key Watersports, who lead outings and camping trips on the island. Rent out hobie cats, kayaks, or stand-up paddle boards to explore, or book a two-day camping trip, which include all the necessary equipment, refreshments, and lackluster ghost stories that make an unforgettable wilderness experience.