Ocean cruises are a luxurious way to relax and see the sights, unlike boarding dolphins equipped with saddles, which usually results in whiplash and water-filled lungs. Cruise the blue in comfort with today's Groupon: for $35, you get a 2.5-hour Biscayne Bay sunset cruise, drinks, and snacks for one from Playtime Watersports (a $75 value). Excursions set sail from Marbella Marina in downtown Miami Wednesday–Sunday at 6:30 p.m. and last until approximately 9 p.m.
Playtime Watersports gives tourists and locals alike front-row access to Biscayne Bay for a lavish sunset cruise. During the outing, guests sail on a 49-passenger, 50-foot catamaran, journeying south into the bay and feasting beauty-starved eyes on historic sights such as Stiltsville—a souvenir from Miami’s legendary rum-running and rummy-playing days—and the White House South, where President Nixon spent his summers ice fishing and writing his novel, Hop on Pop. On the return trip, patrons can absorb the unobstructed, stunning views of the Miami city lights and fill up stomach hulls with delectables from the on-board bar, which offers a bottomless supply of complimentary comestible and beverage options, including beer, wine, soft drinks, and a variety of snacks.
A white sail propels a 50-foot sailing catamaran out into Biscayne Bay. The wind-powered watercraft belongs to Playtime Watersports, whose captains narrate ocean sailing tours or host private and corporate events as sunsets paint the sky. Elsewhere on the bay, wave runners and pontoon boats—two of Playtime Watersports' other rental watercraft options—churn up water as they drag race with thrill-seeking dolphins.
Despite its name, Playtime Watersports doesn't limit itself to on-water revelry. The staff hosts corporate outings such as Beach Olympics, with events including beach volleyball, sand sculpting, and scavenger hunts.