After logging more than 1,000 hours of flying time, organizing six competitions, and gaining 34 years of experience, Scot Trueblood can safely be dubbed a hang-gliding devotee. His passion for flight is only matched by his enthusiasm to share the sky with others. That’s why he founded Paradise Hang Gliding Inc., which allows Scot to take novices for atmospheric tandem rides over the stunning waters of Florida Bay and the Straits of Florida.
As students soak up views of blue waters spread out beneath them, Scot teaches them the important aspects of operating a hang glider. He generally starts beginners off on the Wills Wing Condor 330, a glider with a lightweight frame and large wingspan. These attributes allow it to take off while moving at extremely slow speeds, ensuring a comfortable ride for hesitant newcomers or cowardly penguins.
Driving your boat from Miami to the tip of Florida would probably damage your prop and destroy the asphalt. Get a few ticks closer to the equator with a quick roadtrip down to Key Largo, where the floating chariot of today's deal waits. For $90, you get a half-day boat rental from PonTunes in Key Largo, which normally costs an average of $275, depending on the day of week. Pick from any available boat in the fleet, based on intended use, number of people, and soup preference. Depending on the season and day of the week, you may be able to put your Groupon toward a full-day rental. Talk it over when you call to reserve your ride.
Weightlessness, suspended height, and three-dimensional freedom of movement. These are three of the unique sensations adventurers experience during a visit to Tiki Jet, where pilots lead patrons into the Florida Keys skies behind the controls of a water-powered jetpack. The jetpacks harness enough power to launch users to heights of 30 feet, or to shoot them below the water’s surface like gull diving for quarters to buy fish. Here’s how it works: the jetpack slurps watery fuel through a 33-foot hose before blasting it through a pair of nozzles at up to 60 PSI, generating more than 420 points of thrust to achieve it’s gravity defying jaunts into the sky. Throughout every session, certified instructors provide coaching and support via specialized helmets equipped with waterproof communication systems.
Gemini Dream Charters' 40-foot, six-person yacht invites passengers aboard to to soak up the beauty of the ocean waves and the Florida Keys. Groups can set sail any time for a pleasure cruise, or opt for an evening sunset cruise for a chance to watch the sun slowly submerge into its nightly bath. For those who want to check out what's going on below the surface, Gemini also partners with Keys Huka Dive to organize snorkeling and scuba cruises. Whatever journey they choose, Gemini Dream Charters supplies water and soft drinks, passengers can also either bring their own food and alcohol on board or upgrade to a variety of specialty food and drinks.
Captain Curt has been fishing and diving in the water of the Florida Keys since he we a young child. Now, as the owner of Curt-a-Sea Fishing Charters, he leads groups on fishing expeditions and tours in these same waters. His groups go fishing for tuna and wahoo offshore and redfish and snapper in the backcountry. Inshore, the fishers can look for sailfish and even kingfish by keeping an eye out for their tell-tale scepters. For a bait-free outing, try a snorkel or scuba trip down to a submerged wreck or coral reef. Meanwhile, island-hopping trips take visitors to the best beaches, shopping centers, and restaurants around the Keys.
Keys Skis and Adventures' fleet of wave runners speed across the water's surface, sending plumes of liquid into the air as riders uncover some of the area's most scenic destinations. On semiprivate tours, the personal watercraft coast along local canals, open waters, and mangroves. The Key Largo area sets the stage for these aquatic adventures, granting easy access to the Atlantic Ocean. Local wildlife such as manatees, dolphins, and aquatic birds make appearances in these areas, although they rarely sign autographs.