Fish Galore's team of captains lead angling expeditions along Florida’s Gulf Coast, taking parties to fishing destinations such as Tarpon Springs and 10,000 Islands. Trips range from guided inshore and near-shore journeys to excursions that head between 30 and 40 miles offshore. With experience hauling catches including grouper, sailfish, and shark, the team has garnered praise from clients for keeping groups “always on fish” and seeing that everyone onboard feels “welcome and comfortable.” The team also furnishes equipment for independent fishing, renting out canoes and tackle so anglers can explore the area’s backwaters, canals, and the Intracoastal Waterway for redfish and trout. Alternatively, canoes give paddlers access to Midnight Pass Beach and Oscar Scherer State Park. Family-friendly eco tours are also available, with ample viewing of shore birds, shelling, and riding dolphins like rodeo broncos.
Freedom Boat Club supplies seafarers with a catalog of boats for exciting voyages or relaxing lounges atop the waves. The one-day trial membership presents shipmates with membership perks such as unlimited access to a variety of motor-powered boats that the boat club preps by flooding the gas tank with fuel and the cabin with seaweed-scented air fresheners. An experienced captain leads members through a thorough orientation course that highlights essential boating techniques and on-board safety measures. Crews of up to 10 people can select any available vessel, except for offshore fishing boats, and spend the day beach hopping, fishing, and trailing wakes through Poseidon’s facial hair.
Kiteboarding Sarasota's certified instructors impart extreme water-sport basics during beginner lessons, which prepare clients to glide across water while strapped to a kite. During one-hour lessons, adventurers learn techniques on land they can later take to the water, such as flying a kite, using harnesses, selecting a launch site, and building a sandcastle. Alternatively, four-hour lessons lift beginners to new heights of kiteboarding comprehension, combining land learning with water launches, safety releases, and a practice session—complete with boat transportation and support—riding in the calm and shallow Sarasota Bay. Each lesson is tailored to clients’ strengths, weaknesses, and fears that the Loch Ness monster has relocated to coastal Florida. Kiteboarding Sarasota stocks all necessary gear except sunscreen.
The consortium of professional instructors at Fred Astaire Dance Studio, which was cofounded by the legendary toe tapper himself, shepherds students of all ages and skill levels through lessons that span the style spectrum. Low-pressure private sessions allow enthusiastic teachers to fine-tune individual students' techniques and form, using their expert eyes and mechanical dancing shoes preprogrammed to do the cha-cha. Patrons can learn how to cavort through classic waltz and foxtrot romps or swivel through the modern steps of salsa, swing, or samba.
The guides at Black Water, Blue Water Tours tailor their kayaking trips to the crew accompanying them. Wildlife tours, sunset tours, island-picnic tours, or even journeys under the full moon introduce kayakers to South Florida's Myakka River, mangrove tunnels, and canals laden with wildlife such as manatees. If visitors have specific sightseeing locales in mind, the guides can create an entirely new tour to fit their parameters.