Boat captains must master nautical lexicon before sailing the seas to ensure that they can distinguish port, which means left, from starboard, which means launch the vessel into deep space. Count down to a sea launch with today’s Groupon: for $59, you get a speedboat tour for two adults from Speed Boat Adventures in St. Pete (a $126.26 value). An additional fuel charge of $5 per boat is not included in this Groupon.
Speed Boat Adventures places buoyant sightseers at the helm of their own F13 mini speedboat for a guided two-hour tour of the bay. A simple throttle and steering wheel allow even novice seafarers to easily steer the vessel, taking in sights without fear of having to merge into a speeding pod of dolphins. A knowledgeable guide leads each tour, communicating through a two-way radio and pointing out popular sights, such as national wildlife refuges, Fort De Soto Park, and the giant hermit-crab shell that the entire city is built inside. The tour stops several times, allowing attendees to better view locations and swap driving responsibilities if they choose. Tour-goers can view the schedule to discover which of five daily departures suits their maritime fancy.
Speed Boat Adventures
Speed Boat Adventures combines the excitement of piloting a speedboat with the ease of a guided tour. Slipping up to 10 guests into the cushioned seats of 13-foot F-13 mini speedboats, guides lead them on tours and communicate via two-way radio and fire beacons atop buoys. For those aged 18 and older, the business requires no experience or boating license to pilot the vessels, which can seat up to three and are equipped with a simple throttle-and-steer system. Swaddling each participant in US Coast Guard–approved life jackets, guides whisk them along 13 miles of the Big Bay while pointing out sites such as aircraft carriers, historic ships of the Maritime Museum of San Diego, and Seaport Village, with the San Diego city skyline as their backdrop.