Sailing is an excellent way to temporarily clear your mind and escape everyday worries or oddly specific tax audits. Break away from unease with today’s Groupon: for $399, you get a five-hour charter for up to six people with a bottle of wine from Carlin Sailing in Key Biscayne (up to an $830 value).
With more than 45 years of experience at the helm, Captain Carlin's of Carlin Sailing bestows sweeping views and aqueous adventures to leisure-seeking mariners. Board the 41-foot Beneteau sailboat Valentina for a five-hour expedition around Biscayne Bay with Carlin in command, dispensing maritime knowledge, area-specific facts, and poetic haikus dedicated to rigging knots. Sailors can tote along up to five family or friends for the half-day jaunt and glide over pristine waves, drop anchor to float blissfully at any scenic local, or swim in the open waters, all while sipping on an ice-cold bottled water or soda or a crisp glass of wine. Though Carlin Sailing happily supplies big blue views and thirst-quenching beverages, passengers are asked to bring a few items, such as sun block, snacks, a towel, boat shoes without black soles, and a sweater to safeguard against chilly breezes or impromptu arctic explorations.
The wind catches a sail, and suddenly the 41-foot vessel springs to life. The sail boat's hull cuts across the water at increasing speeds, racing alongside city skylines and a mangrove-covered shore. The man at the helm is Captain Carlin, and he guides the vessel with a confidence and ease that can only come from more than 45 years of sailing experience. The captain's charters take up to six passengers through the Biscanye Bay: a shallow estuary home to pelicans, manatees, and retired leviathans. Along the way, groups can sip wine as they bask in the midday sun or the soft glow of an ocean sunset.
4000 Crandon Boulevard
Crandon Park Marina
Key Biscayne, FL 33149