Excelling at watersports, like aging gracefully or enjoying dried fruit, requires acceptance of pruney fingers. Outfit yourself for aqua play with today’s Groupon: for $49, you get a one-hour WaveRunner rental from Mid Island Water Sports, valid at both of its locations at Sandpiper Gulf Resort and Holiday Inn Fort Myers Beach Florida (a $99 value).
The beach-loving staff at Mid Island Water Sports matches thrill seekers with Yamaha WaveRunners so they can bounce around the Gulf's picturesque aquatic playground for an hour of high-velocity fun. Up to three participants can ride atop a single WaveRunner, which jets along the waters of Estero Island, where there's a marked lack of ship traffic and feral banana boats. With a gargantuan riding space to splash through, riders can freestyle as they take in sun rays and heightened views of sandy beaches and frothy spumes.
All drivers must be at least 14 years old. Drivers 24 years old or younger must have successfully completed a NASBLA-approved boating-education course and have in their possession a boating-education ID card and photo ID. Drivers 24 years old or younger who have passed a course-equivalency or temporary-certificate examination are also eligible to ride. A temporary test is available at Mid Island Water Sports for $3 and is valid for one year.
Mid Island Water Sports
Mid Island Water Sports set up shop along the aqua shorelines of Ostego Bay to give everyone easy access to the Gulf, while also giving them enough room to ride free. From two locations, the crew hooks up aquatic adventurers with WaveRunners for freestyle rides along sandy beaches in one of the largest riding areas in the Gulf. Longtime locals lead tours via WaveRunner to spot dolphins breaking the sea's surface and manatees playing with sea kittens. To give locals and visitors an exhilarating new way to take in the Gulf's scenic vistas, the shop's US Coast Guard–certified captain sends them soaring behind him during parasail rides tethered to his high-tech, winch-style parasail boat for an adventuresome trip along the south end of Fort Myers Beach.