Not content to make only customers happy, the staff of luxury yacht service The Advantaged have been lauded by a flurry of publications and honored for their contributions to the community by The Miami-Dade County Office of the Mayor and the Board of County Commissioners. Aside from chartering lushly appointed yachts, the pals of Poseidon also launch watersports expeditions via wakeboard or kayak, loft voyagers on air-and-sea excursions, and throw yacht parties for travelers who want a taste of luxury or barge parties for multimillionaires thirsting for the stowaway experience.
Arena Combat Sports teaches punishing Muay Thai strikes and swift right hooks in a supportive environment where students are free to learn with or without physical sparring and contact. During boxing circuit training, students thwack heavy bags, hoist kettle bells, and jump rope while Jiu jitsu students grapple sans gi on the ground. Arena also offers junior MMA classes, which introduce younger students to the fighting arts while building confidence, self-esteem, and leadership skills.
Thanks to its warm climate and ocean-affronting locale, Miami offers many opportunities for great snorkeling and scuba diving. There are some 57 dive locations in and around the metro area, though far fewer dive shops that cater to experts and novices alike. Thankfully, Grove Scuba exists, and can certify you for dives before outfitting you with the proper gear. Often considered one of Miami’s best dive shops, Grove Scuba can even provide classes Spanish, with both beginner certifications and instructor training available. In addition to classes and its retail operation – outfitted with the latest and best products – the store offers daily dive and snorkel trips in Miami and Key Biscayne.
TriJungle suits athletes up with an extensive stock of cycling gear, running clothes, swimsuits, and performance-enhancing nutritional supplements. Staffer Magui boasts experience as a triathlete, marathon runner, and spin instructor, an impressive resumé that she taps to help customers select the right gear. She can also guide shoppers through the store's aisles of nutritional supplements, athlete-strength sunscreen, and ear-drying aids to use in the event they're squirted with the water gun that traditionally announces the start of a race.
The Florida Running Company, a store completely staffed by runners, finds people the fittingest shoes using a process similar to the one speed daters use to find future mates—taking measurements, assessing stance, and playing back video of them running on a treadmill. The shop carries top running-shoe brands such as Asics Gel Kayano ($140) and Nike Air Pegasus ($85). Runners can complement their kicks with Nike Tempo track shorts ($28) or swaddle their feet in a pair of Balega socks ($10), as soft and comforting as group hug from every grandmother on the block.
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.