People frequently venture onto open water because of its tranquil atmosphere, limitless possibilities, and the increased likelihood of encountering a swimming Sasquatch. Explore water worlds with today's Groupon: for $249, you get a half-day boat rental from South Beach Boat Rentals (a $559 value).
At South Beach Boat Rentals, renters can skate across miles of melted snowmen, taking advantage of a fleet of buoyant vehicles. At the helm of a 22-foot Azure powerboat, customers can captain their own aqueous adventure for four hours, bringing along up to seven fellow passengers. A 225-hp engine powers the boat over waves, and passengers can enjoy music from the iPod-compatible stereo system or the mariachi band they invite on board. Customers can relax in the shade of the boat's retractable canopy as they ride across the vast expanse of fish air or dock at one of many seaside restaurants to subdue coastal culinary cravings.
Customers born prior to January 1, 1988, may drive the boat without a captain's license or boater's safety card, and if customers are unable or unwilling to drive, they may opt for a professional captain to chauffer their voyage ($45/hour). The amount of fuel used during the half-day rental (average cost of $50–$100) will be charged to the renter, ensuring each customer will have a pleasurable experience free of sputtering engines or Gilligan's Island comparisons.
South Beach Boat Rentals
Buddy closes his eyes as he sits on the deck of Buddy's Dream, letting the ocean breeze run through his gold hair as his tongue flaps in the wind. Ernie, owner of South Beach Boat Rentals, appointed his golden retriever as the company's mascot, naming all of his boats after the pooch instead of using impersonal numbers or the names of favorite Congressmen. After retiring from directing films in New York, Ernie decided to move to Miami, where he fell in love with boating, which helped him forget day-to-day concerns as he skimmed over the water.
Ernie's fleet of rental boats includes powerboats and luxury yachts, such as a 25-foot Azure Luxury 250 horsepower bow rider or an 18-foot Sea Ray sports boat, which renters can pilot themselves with a valid driver's license and boating experience. Ernie also leads private tours, including the historical Stilts Ville tour or the popular two-hour Miami Waters tour, which zooms past the homes of celebrities such as Gloria Estefan and Shaquille O'Neal while giving stunning views of the Miami skyline.
1635 N Bayshore Dr.
Miami, Florida 33132