David Lane and his business partner started their sports-rental shop inside a cramped garage filled with surfboards, kayaks, and paddleboards—items they used for sports they practiced themselves. Lane’s favorite part of his job is “helping people participate in the activities I enjoy,” and his business has grown to a full-size store that stocks paddleboards, surfboards, and bicycles and leads guided excursions. Inside, displays house surfboards adorned with sunsets, beaches, and coconut trees hand-painted by a local artist, alongside similarly painted canvases to display at home galleries or hang on monochromatic surfers. The owners also deliver rentals free of charge to customers, dropping off surfboards at the beach, taking kayaks to watery trails, or delivering bicycles to cruise ships’ port of call for passenger day trips.
Additionally, the store offers excursions and lessons, including surfing lessons, guided kayak trips, and adventurous surf-fishing trips to hook ocean creatures from tarpon to 9-foot sharks, which the store has helped tag for a research project with NOAA Apex Predators Program.
Beach Bound & Down maintains a fleet of sand-friendly cruisers that visitors can pedal along Cocoa Beach's scenic waterfront sights and sun-splashed beaches. The big bikes feature mounted GoPro HD cameras, which capture jaunts on video for easy uploading to Facebook or a highly specific dating website. Riders can snag a fat tire cruiser two blocks south of Ron Jons on Hwy A1A. While out on the paths, explorers take in the lively aromas of saltwater air while basking in the warm pulse of sun on their skin.
The family that owns and operates Treasure Coast Paddle shepherds explorers around Florida's southeast coastline and historic Indian River Lagoon. From their downtown Jensen Beach location, expert outdoorsmen spread their passion for the outdoors, while encouraging the appreciation and preservation of natural resources. They outfit renters with standup paddleboards, kayaks, canoes, and paddleboats for exploring aquatic waterways that teem with beautiful wildlife and retired sports mascots. During lessons and lead tours, they pass along their paddling tutelage and acquaint tourists with must-see landmarks and little-known treasures.:m]]
Cattails and knotty trees shake themselves in the breeze drifting off waterways, where gentle wakes spread behind Riverfront Kayaks’ colorful vessels. The staff presides over a range of single and double kayaks, as well as paddleboards, which let one stand upon the surface of the water. Their gears purring in the sun, bikes also cruise from the shop with easy speed. During eco-tours and other activities, the crew introduces guests to Florida's rippling rivers, fishing hot spots, and official state fishing story.
Whether pedaling down a path or cruising the streets on one of many scooters, clients of Stuart Scoot Bike & Scooter Rentals explore the city on two—or occasionally three—wheels. They can even get pointers from the staff on what sights to see. And thanks to a fleet of bikes, including tandems, beach cruisers, and three-speeds, cyclists can cruise off into the sunset or pedal wildly toward shadows. Those with a yen for something motorized, meanwhile, can hop on one of five models of scooters available for rent by 4- and 24-hour time chunks.
Just a few steps from more than 22 miles of scenic trail-ways, West Orange Trail Bikes and Blades Co. provides tourists and locals with rentable bikes to explore the surrounding splendor. Stretching along Lake Apopka and through downtown Winter Garden, the path passes by boutiques, ice-cream shops, and historic destinations to jump off and explore by foot. Hourly and full-day rentals are available, and bikes can be delivered directly to any of the surrounding hotels. Those craving a more curated experience can sign up for guided tours, which traverse local trails, through populated downtown areas, and alleys filled with One Man's Treasure. Thanks to the range of bicycles offered, West Orange allows renters to get the right bike for hitting the trails or harmonizing to a rendition of "Raindrops Keep Fallin' On My Head."