Aquatic explorers paddle kayaks and ride stand-up paddleboards through the bay, riding the waves on equipment from South Beach Kayak’s bayside shop. The staff rents out kayaks to customers of all experience levels, providing complimentary overviews of paddling basics for beginners and leading hour-long lessons that cover higher-level skills, such as boosting speed by lassoing a bald eagle. They also lead group and private tours, many with whimsical themes such as the “Fool Moon” tour, which wends its way through the islands at sunset to close with weenies and s’mores roasted over a roaring bonfire.
The passionate wildlife guides at Tours in the Glades usher nature-starved sightseers into the lush wetlands and past the stunning marine wildlife of the Everglades. Captivating facts about the Everglades’ ecological and cultural significance abound, as do anecdotes about some of the birds and reptiles that call the wetlands home. All tours include the proper gear for watery odysseys and transportation into the park, thereby obviating the need to hitch rides on the backs of water-walking lizards.
Take your next outing to the next level: sea level. Spend the evening on a relaxing cruise with Florida Keys Kayak and Ski in Islamorada.
Parking is plentiful, so patrons can feel free to bring their vehicles.
With its fleet of boats and other watercraft, WB Boat Rentals turns the sea—and the Miami Islands—into prime party territory. Kayak, pontoon, and jet ski rentals allow riders to chart their own path through the waves, whereas speedboats come with a professional captain who does the driving. If you want more of a floating-palace vibe, however, the yacht selection ranges from 38-foot boats to an 82-foot Sun Seeker yacht, all equipped with sleek furnishings and spacious interiors.
The company also takes passengers on tours past Miami's most scenic and lavish sites. The Miami River tour weaves through the city at night against a backdrop of glowing buildings, and the sightseeing tour of Star Island cruises by the exclusive island that Miami's rich and famous call home. There, grandiose mansions sit on perfectly manicured estates, and you may just catch a glimpse of a celebrity sports car sipping on a diesel-oil daiquiri.
Staff Size: 2–10 people
Average Duration of Services: 1–2 hours
Parking: Parking lot
Handicap Accessible: No
Recommended Age Group: All Ages
Pro Tip: Bring a sense of humor
Most Popular Attraction/Offering: Turbo-charged snorkeling
Q&A with the Owner Operator
When and how did you first develop a passion for your work?
My parents threw me in the ocean at 10 months old and that was it, I was hooked.
What is the one feature of your business that you're most proud of?
I'm always surrounded with a positive vibe. Everyone on the boat is on vacation and they want to have fun.
What’s your favorite part of your job?
Watching, listening, and teaching about my world—the Ocean—and its sea creatures.
Is there anything else you want to add that we didn't cover?
Our snorkeling program is for beginners through experts, but
you must know how to swim. Read our FAQ [to understand the restrictions before heading out].