Native Outfitters swaddles men and women with more than 100 designs of fast-drying, moisture-wicking and UV-ray-repelling threads. Gentlemen can bandage their torsos in a Resort Conservation T-shirt ($21.99) to proclaim their support for ecological awareness and encourage fellow beach-goers not to toss their half-eaten burrito into the sea. Slip into a woman's Surf and Paddle cap-sleeve T-shirt, or hide hair beneath a twill cotton cap ($21.99). Shoppers can plaster a large red-snapper decal ($11.99) across a rearview window to inform tailgaters of their preferred type of sushi.
With the Atlantic Ocean as the backdrop for inimitable aquatic adventures, Captain Steve Cienkowski steers participants along crystalline waters for laid-back expeditions or longer jaunts to either the Keys or Bahamas. Participants can glean pertinent sailing or snorkeling tips during lessons or revel in up-close glimpses of manatees swimming and filing taxes in their natural habitat.
Just a mile into the waters off Fort Lauderdale Beach, the currents churn with migrating kingfish, tuna, marlin, sharks, and other fauna. With 40 years of experience on this crowded expanse of slate blue, Paul Roydhouse knows how to catch them. Aboard their 85-foot boat, he and his crew lead trip groups in drift fishing, a method that entails letting the boat float with the wind and current like a depressed seagull. They load up the drift-fishing vessel or a 48-foot sport-fishing boat with everything from bait and tackle to licenses and rods. Passengers cast lines from fighting chairs, buckling themselves in to battle mahi-mahi and sailfish in jeweled veils of spray. On the Mary B III, up to 50 patrons sprawl in the sunshine, clicking together beers brought from home; chartered vessels also can slip through the water toward the Bahamas. During nighttime swordfish cruises, Paul and his crew shut off the engines, letting lines baited with squid and glow sticks hang in the dark until the massive fish grab them and thrash through the water.