A lifelong resident of West Palm Beach, Marissa first spotted a paddleboard while thumbing through the glossy pages of a magazine. Intrigued, she scouted her hometown to sign up for a lesson and enjoyed her first experience with the sport so much that she bought her first board the next day. Not long after, Marissa launched South Florida Paddle LLC, a mobile standup paddleboard rental and tour company. Meeting up with clients at designated spots between Lake Worth Beach and Jupiter Island, Marissa leads excursions that range from shoreline ventures through ocean waves to calm glides along intracoastal waterways. Depending on the time of year, eco tours bring paddlers up close to an array of wildlife, such as manatees, spotted eagle rays, or starfish. For independent explorers, Marissa rents Cruiser ACS standup paddleboards for daytime adventures, as well as sunrise, sunset, and full-moon paddles for renters looking to hide their werewolf paws from family and friends.
The range of interactive displays, artifacts, and historical recreations at the Palm Beach Maritime Museum ensure that Florida's nautical history isn't stuck in the past. The nonprofit organization manages two waterfront properties tied directly to local maritime technology and the environment. At the Lake Worth Lagoon Education Center in Currie Park, guides give tours of ferry-boat docks and a gallery of indoor and in-water exhibits. Meanwhile, on 5 acres on Peanut Island, an historical former Coast Guard station and its ready-boat give a peek into the past of the famed institution. It's also here that guides lead visitors through the concrete halls of President John F. Kennedy's bomb shelter, a relic of the Cuban Missile Crisis.
From the New Riviera Beach Marina, Blue Water Powerboat Rentals looks out on three prime boating destinations: Peanut Island, Palm Beach Island and Singer Island. The rental shop also nestles near Lake Worth Inlet, a Gulf Stream-proximate locale ideal for fishing and drift diving.
Renters can jet towards these sites, or simply explore the intracoastal waterways, in whatever vehicle they deem the chosen one from the company’s fleet of Yamaha Waverunners, kayaks, and pontoon boats. For those apprehensive about taking the wheel, the shop’s captains can show the areas most idyllic above-water sights on boating tours.
Pura Vida Divers opens up an underwater world of possibilities with PADI dive training, equipment rentals, and dive tours. Dive lessons focus on a wide range of skills, starting with discover scuba classes all the way up through specialized courses such as coral-reef conservation and underwater photography. After gaining their new skills, divers can take part in wreck or reef diving in Palm Beach or learn how to teach diving themselves.
Equipped with a fleet of sleek and safe luxury vehicles, Santana Limo drivers are earnest about their chaperone duties—attached to every ride is a guarantee to provide punctual door-to-door service. Roomy vehicles encourage relaxing and reclining, as do in-car entertainment systems. Riders have access to an extensive collection of movies and music, making for an easy trip to a nearby town ($60.00 from West Palm Beach to Boynton Beach, $85.00 to Boca Raton,) or to a farther-away airport ($160 from West Palm Beach to Fort Lauderdale Hollywood International airport, $195.00 to Miami International). A 20% mandatory gratuity isn't included in today's deal, but Santana's top-notch customer service makes it well worth the tip. Call for specific rates or to schedule service.
Staff Size: 50+ people
Average Duration of Services: 4+ hours
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Parking: Parking lot
Most Popular Attraction/Offering: Craps, roulette, Sportsbook
Recommended Age Group: Adults
Pro Tip: Never bet more than you can afford to lose.
Have you ever been a patron of your own business? If so, what was the most enjoyable part?
My first cruise was completely enjoyable, although staff members are not allowed to participate in gaming activities or to imbibe in alcoholic beverages. I especially enjoyed the buffet dining and the views from the outdoor deck. The casino floor was so exciting with all of the table games open, the slots ringing, and the music videos playing on the large flat-screen monitors throughout. The Sports Bar and Lounge was full of energy with additional casino table games and slots, the music playing, and all of the sporting events being televised on the large flat-screen monitors circling the entire bar and lounge. I also enjoyed relaxing in the Ultra Lounge and listening to the band play. But most of all, when I walked out on the outdoor deck, I had a chance to experience a mesmerizing sunset and beautiful views of the Palm Beach coastline.
Is there anything else you want to add that we didn't cover?
We offer both higher limit and lower limit table games every day. We offer some of the loosest slot machines from $0.01 to $5. We offer the only live craps tables, roulette tables, and Sportsbook in South Florida. We have live entertainment every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday evening. The menu in our gourmet buffet changes daily.