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.
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.
Sailing the Sunset shares an outstanding sailing adventure in the Florida Keys through their Vacation Charters and Sailing School. Life on a sailboat is much bigger than just sailing with snorkeling, kayaking, fishing, great food, and all-inclusive packages. Count on FUN and inspiration that changes you for the better.
Islander Resort's resident purveyors of adventure, the seasoned brine slicers of Islander Watersports grant a glimpse of the sailor's life with solo kayak and sailboat rentals. Select a single-person kayak and cruise the Keys at your own pace, paddling in the shallows near the beach or tackling the open sea to search for manatees or mermaid tracks. Hobie catamarans come in many sizes, each pilotable by a single seaperson but some able to tote up to six crew members. Experienced sailors can set sail immediately, but first-timers might benefit from a one-hour lesson to learn the basics of tack and jibe ($50, not included in this deal).