It was 16 years ago when Eduardo de Queiroz first stepped into the pristine Florida sand, breathing the salty air and marveling at the azure sea. The Brazil native spent years exploring the amusement parks of Orlando, the sunny shorelines of Miami Beach, and the Cuban restaurants in Little Havana, falling in love with the peninsula in the process. Today, Eduardo puts his passion and knowledge of South Florida to good use with his own tour company—Amazonia Tours Miami. The seasoned guide leads tours all around the Miami area, from airboat cruises through the lush wildlife of the everglades to air-conditioned bus trips around the art deco architecture of South Beach. He brings sightseers to the Jungle Island zoo and Seaquarium, and ventures outside the city to introduce newcomers to Orlando theme parks and Key West beaches. The versatile guide conducts tours in English, Portuguese, or a Dracula voice. In addition to tours, he offers scooter rentals and transportation to the airport and local malls.
It's only natural that so many choose the two-yacht fleet of Majestic Princess Cruises for their weddings. Owned and operated by the husband and wife team of retired US Coast Guard Captain Ken Gibson and hospitality industry expert Michele Gibson, Majestic Princess Cruises is shrouded in an air of romance, making most ventures like a wedding banquet and a honeymoon rolled into one buoyant bundle. For public and private events, sightseeing cruises, corporate soirees, dinner cruises, and floating nuptials, Majestic Princess and sister ship Majestic Princess II provide sterling views of West Palm Beach's glimmering waters, happy wildlife, and historical architecture. Some trips include top-notch catering, while all cruises feature premium customer service and a sea captain who'd rather pet Moby Dick than catch him.
Pristine beaches, a seemingly endless supply of sunshine, swordfish, dolphins, manatees—like a slideshow of a tropical vacation, Palm Beach has all of these. Yet without the proper guidance, many sights go unseen and many memories go unmade. So Visit Palm Beach acts as the treasure map to the area’s bounty, imploring its customers to take to the sea in search of the damper half of local entertainment. Adventurers can traverse the ocean on waverunners, parasail 800 feet above the cerulean-blue water, or kayak around Peanut Island in search of its elephant mayor. Visit Palm Beach also acts as a hub for catamaran charters and snorkeling excursions so that guests can explore the deep blue for rarely seen marine species.
The faithful and tattooed crew members of the Coast Guard–certified Black Sparrow pirate ship tell stories and sing to buccaneers of all ages during adventures that set sail from the Riviera Beach Marina. In the mysterious waters surrounding the 79-acre Peanut Island, they lead a scavenger hunt for buried treasure and defeat the evil Pirate Jack. Once the ship falls under attack, they call kids to man the water cannons, after which they dole out handfuls of loot when the treasure is recovered. Before returning to the docks, they keep little ones busy with lessons on the proper way to greet each other and how to request copies of their tax records in pirate lingo.
Pura Vida Divers—which has a PADI 5 Star Instructor Development Dive Resort rating for its top-notch instruction—expertly guides underwater explorers through their first watery steps into the ocean with scuba- or tooka-diving courses. The tooka-diving excursions forgo the cumbersome oxygen tanks and sharkskin tuxedos that comprise the traditional scuba get-up; instead, divers wear a simple face mask and breathing regulator connected via hose to an air supply that floats overhead. In the course of the one-hour dive, swimmers explore submarine nooks and crannies under the watchful eye of knowledgeable guides, who are keen to point out nearby turtles, rays, and eels that make their home in the verdant reef habitat.
Palm Beach Segway Tours' experienced and witty guides lead motorized conga lines through Palm Beach and the historic downtown of West Palm Beach. Wind cascades over helmeted noggins as mansions, yachts, and museums scroll by, set against a tropical backdrop of beaches and sea creatures. Intrepid tourists may also rent 49 c.c. retro gas scooters, the same vessels that Italian explorers piloted when they discovered America in 1958.