Oceans are the earth's final frontier, holding mysteries such as Atlantis and the presumably hundreds of thousands of undiscovered fast-food chains. Chart your course with this Groupon: for $23, you get a two-hour watercraft rental from Carlsbad Lagoon (up to a $50 value). Choose one of the following options:
- A single kayak (a $25 value)
- A double kayak (a $35 value)
- A canoe (a $40 value)
- A standup paddleboard (a $50 value)
- An aqua cycle (a $50 value)
Patrons descend upon Carlsbad Lagoon’s private beach for two-hour sojourns in their choice of buoyant vessel atop peaceful palm-tree-lined waters. Guests strap into a life jacket before stepping into a single- or double-person kayak or glide across the sparkling waters in a two-seater canoe. Standup paddleboards challenge athletes to exercise their bipedal status on water, and the aqua cycle's giant, colorful wheels hearken back to a simpler time when guests were small enough to ride tricycles in bathtubs.
Carlsbad Lagoon's on-water adventures take place at a private beach area lined by palm trees. Here, wakeboards, waverunners, and water skis speed across the water’s surface, bouncing into the air with each wave. The fleet also boasts more leisurely watercraft, such as kayaks and aqua cycles—oversized, buoyant tricycles that fulfill the dream of every child who drove his big wheel into the bathtub.
Of course, Carlsbad Lagoon doesn’t leave its customers to paddle hopelessly in circles. The staff includes instructors, who teach the basics of the various on-water activities. The aquatic educators also run a children's camp.