If you are one of the millions who almost majored in marine biology, today's deal gets you up close and personal with your beloved fishes, turtles, and dolphins in a lightweight craft that communes with the water like donuts commune with the soul. For $15, you get four hours of kayak or canoe rental from Windsong Charters, a $42 value. Buff up your arms and exercise your Boy Scout–navigation skills—this deal sets you loose in the water without a guide, so you can tear through the channels or float in the waves at your own pace, just like Aqualad.
Choose between a two-person tandem kayak (complete with backrests, two waterproof storage areas, and a place to strap down your cooler) or a three-person canoe (with drink holders and plenty of storage). Catch dinner on a hook, or replace your best bud's fishing lures with gummy worms; with plenty of space for all your gear, Windsong's canoes are perfect for fishermen. More exciting than building a tower out of office furniture, its tandem kayak promotes teamwork and synchronized paddling skills. Paddle through residential channels on a search for some lovely real estate, or float over to a bay full of watery creatures and mangroves. Catch a glimpse of manatees, turtles, and dolphin if you're lucky. Green Key Beach and Durney Key are both a quick paddle away.
Windsong sets you up with a life jacket, paddles, a chart of the area, and a brief how-to for beginners. Then you're off to the watery depths of fun and recreation, full of breathtaking views, terrific catches, wildlife, and fun. Get your paddling papa and fellow fish fans, and get today's Groupon for the ultimate watery adventure.
Note: Weekends are busy; reservations are recommended.
- Wendy and her crew are fabulous! They take care of all of the details, so you just enjoy your day sailing and lounging around on the island. I'm really looking forward to my next cruise in June. – Eventful Connections, LLC, Merchant Circle
- AWESOME! The most fun I have had sailing ever! The captains are top notch and let you get behind the wheel. The next day I rented a kayak and explored the area. These guys are fantastic! – Kate5, 10Best
Windsong Charters & Boat Rentals
"We've got more canoes, kayaks and SUPs than fingers and toes to count them," Captain Wendy explains. "Also, two sailboats, eleven pontoons––all rentable. The funny thing is, this business came from a big accident." She's referring to the company’s inception in 2002, when a devastating hurricane led a friend to sign his company’s single sailboat over to Wendy and her husband, Bruce. "We were in marketing––then, suddenly, we were in boating." More than 12 years later, Windsong Charters & Boat Rentals has flourished under the duo’s stewardship. The company now performs 200 weddings each year and equips a wide range of patrons to revel in the breathless joy of cutting through playful zephyrs and out across the water. Wendy and Bruce encourage fishing and bringing pets on boating voyages, and the two share stories to delight guests or calm champagne bottles propped next to brand-new yachts. As propellers hum to life and paddles make a gentle kissing sound against the surf, visitors scan the horizon for the variety of wildlife that slips along just below the surf's surface or comes wheeling out of tufts of cumulonimbus. "I wish the animals would give us their schedules,” Wendy says, “but, on a given day, you could see manatees, dolphins, stingrays, and lots of birds."