After Captain Chris Gruno escaped the chilly air of New Jersey and his desolate cubicle desk, he brought the Grouchy Turtle to the Florida Keys, where he now ferries patrons through tropical waters. The catamaran, a 33.5-foot-long boat with six rooms, can sleep up to four on overnight voyages and fit up to six passengers on daytime jaunts. A blue, U-shaped bench borders the table in the saloon, and the master cabin boasts a bed big enough for a queen. The vessel is the vehicle for diverse aquatic jaunts, including kayak tours.
At Revo Crossfit, resistance bands twang and barbells clatter as students of all ages engage in increasingly challenging weight, resistance, and cardio exercises to build muscle, burn fat, and boost flexibility. CrossFit followers hoist barbells and kettlebells, sprint, lunge, leap, and fireman-carry their way to health. The varied exercises help them focus on their body's overall performance rather than boring themselves with the repetitive motions of running on a treadmill or throwing every one of a child’s Frisbees onto a roof. The Spartan gym space surrounds athletes with black chain-link fence, stacks of tires, high ceilings, and battleship-grey walls, a tough image that encourages hard work.
Per its name, the Taste of Cuba Festival shines a spotlight on traditional Cuban food—potato-like yucca, rice and beans, and lechon asada, or shredded roast pork. Ice-cold mojitos complement these classic dishes, along with café con leche and authentic cigars rolled by hand, unlike the newfangled ones that roll themselves if left at the top of a hill. The festival delights senses beyond taste, too; revelers can dance to live music or feast their eyes on Cuban artwork.
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