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Shell Island: Water Park and Dolphin Watching Boat Trip

1. Shell Island: Water Park and Dolphin Watching Boat Trip

Embark on a boat trip from Panama City Beach to Shell Island, including a complimentary drink and a variety of water activities to make your day memorable. Have fun at the inflatable water park or try out kayaking or snorkeling. End your day sailing into the Gulf of Mexico for dolphin sightseeing.  Your day begins with a scenic trip through Grand Lagoon and over to Shell Island. Once at Shell Island, enjoy an inflatable water park, paddleboards, kayaks, and snorkeling. Have a go on trampolines, a water see-saw called the “rockit,” and other inflatables. If you’re looking for something a little more slow-paced, explore the waters on a kayak, take a paddleboard ride, or give snorkeling a try. Get plenty of time to take in all of the natural beauty that Shell Island has to offer. If just hanging out is your plan, relax and listen to music on the boat or in one of the two sunning nets located at the front of the boat while you sip on a refreshing beverage. All activities and inflatables are all-inclusive with unlimited use during your trip. The last portion of the trip will be spent sightseeing and dolphin watching before making a round-trip return to Panama City Beach.

From Marco Island: Ten Thousand Islands Hobie Kayak Tour

2. From Marco Island: Ten Thousand Islands Hobie Kayak Tour

Take a guided trip around the stunning Ten Thousand Islands off the coast of southwest Florida on a foot-pedalled Hobie kayak. Get up close with marine life and stop off at uninhabited islands along the way. Set off from Marco Island and navigate with your hands-free vessel. Look out for dolphins and manatees, which the quietness of the Hobie kayak allows you to get closer to without disturbing them.  Pass Shell Island and Curry's Island as well as Dickman's Island and Kice Island where you can watch turtles swim in the open waters nearby. Stop off on uninhabited islands with beautiful white sand and look for conches, starfish, sea urchins, sand dollars, and unique shells, before heading back to Marco Island.

Miami: Jet Ski Rental on Biscayne Bay with Pontoon Ride

3. Miami: Jet Ski Rental on Biscayne Bay with Pontoon Ride

Rent a jet ski and discover Miami's South Beach and Biscayne Bay. Spot millionaires' houses, marine life, and Miami's skyline. Enjoy a 20-minute ride to your jet ski aboard a pontoon boat. See the impressive homes of the rich and famous along the way. Arrive in the center of Biscayne Bay and feel the speed as you take off on your jet ski after a brief tutorial. See the Miami skyline stretching out in the distance and keep a lookout for local marine life such as manatees and dolphins.

Miami: Half-Day Open-Top Sightseeing Bus Tour & Bay Cruise

4. Miami: Half-Day Open-Top Sightseeing Bus Tour & Bay Cruise

Soak up the sights and sounds of Miami on an open-top sightseeing bus. See its lively neighborhoods and districts before exploring the beautiful bay on a boat tour with commentary on board. Begin the tour on Lincoln Road on South Beach, the famous pedestrian street lined with cafes, restaurants, and shops. Board the open-top bus, venture down Ocean Drive, and see the famous Espanola Way. Cruise throughout Miami Beach before crossing over Biscayne Bay and into Miami. Discover downtown Miami and the Brickell district, famous for its high-rise condos, and world-class restaurants, clubs, and shopping. Discover the contrasting artistic Wynwood neighborhood, which draws artists from around the globe to paint its famous walls, and the Cuban heritage of lively Little Havana. Leave the bus at Bayside Marketplace, and board your 90-minute boat tour with bilingual commentary. Relax on the open-air deck or chill out in the air-conditioned interior. Take in the beauty of the Bay, and sights of the lavish homes of the rich and famous.

From Miami: Key West Bus Tour

5. From Miami: Key West Bus Tour

Embark on a full-day tour of Key West from Miami. Feel the Caribbean atmosphere of the Florida Keys and explore at your own pace. See important sites, including Hemingway’s House, or opt to swim in the sea. Start with a 4-hour drive across 43 bridges and 31 islands to America's “Caribbean Islands,” the Florida Keys. The string of islands and islets, bordered by the Atlantic Ocean and the Gulf of Mexico, leads to Key West, the only frost-free city in the continental United States! Once in Key West, experience a Caribbean atmosphere complete with friendly street artists, lively outdoor cafés, and alfresco restaurants. Spend some time exploring Key West on your own. Book lovers might like to visit Ernest Hemingway’s House to see the former home of the famous author. Or, if you prefer, you can go to the southernmost point of the continental United States at the famous "90 miles to Cuba" Monument. Explore museums, such as the Mel Fisher Museum, the Light House Museum, or Ripley's Believe It Or Not Museum (tickets not included). Feel the pulse of Key West at Mallory Square next to the cruise ship port. You may also choose to add one of our most popular adventure activities, such as a snorkeling trip to see tropical fish, a ride in a glass-bottom boat, or the hop-on and hop-off sightseeing trolley bus (tickets not included in the price). Depart Key West at 5:30 PM for the drive back over the bridges and islands.

Panama City Beach: Snorkeling Trip by Boat

6. Panama City Beach: Snorkeling Trip by Boat

Enjoy a snorkeling trip by boat as you look out for dolphins and other sea creatures. Treat yourself to a complimentary drink on board as you cruise through the waters of the Gulf of Mexico. Depart into Historic Grand Lagoon for a 15-minute relaxing cruise out to the Shell Island snorkeling area. Along the way, keep your eyes out for sea animals in their natural habitat. Take in the views as the vessel drops anchor. Plunge into the waters to snorkel for seashells and to catch a glimpse of the underwater world. As well as snorkeling, treat yourself to time to relax, float, and take in the sun. Sip on a complimentary drink on board. Wade through the shallow water onto Shell Island to hunt for more shells. Before returning home, the boat will ride out further into the Gulf of Mexico to search for more dolphins and sight-see along the way.

Marco Island: 10,000 Islands Shelling Tour by Boat

7. Marco Island: 10,000 Islands Shelling Tour by Boat

Learn the fine art of shell collecting on the remote barrier island beaches of Florida’s 10,000 Islands, and escape the shelling hordes of Marco Island and Captiva. Make your own way to Goodland Boating Park to climb aboard a boat that will take you to remote beaches that have not been picked over by others. Few shell collectors know about - or can get to - the beaches of these islands, resulting in pristine shelling opportunities. Touring in small groups, you will be led by a shelling guide with decades of experience. Learn about the nuances of the tide, winds, and locations that affect shelling, and the life cycle and habitat of different species. Your guide even has the knack of finding the Gulf Coast's most prized shell treasure; the junonia!

Miami: Jetski Rental on Biscayne Bay with Boat Ride

8. Miami: Jetski Rental on Biscayne Bay with Boat Ride

Bounce over the waves of Biscayne Bay with an instructed jet ski experience in Miami Beach. Get to grips with the basics and ride out to sea as you feel the adrenaline-filled rush. Challenge yourself or race against your friends as you admire views of the coast. Make your way to the Pelican Harbor Marina and meet your guide and group for the day. Climb onto your jetski and learn the basics of riding with a brief introduction from your instructor. Zip out into Biscayne Bay to the large riding zone and let your adrenaline guide you with huge jumps over the waves. Go solo or bring your friend along for the ride as you soak in the Miami sun with views of the city skyline.

St. Petersburg, FL: 4-Hour Catamaran Cruise to Egmont Key

9. St. Petersburg, FL: 4-Hour Catamaran Cruise to Egmont Key

Soak up the beauty of Egmont Key island on this catamaran cruise. Take in breathtaking views of St. Petersburg, snorkel with tortoises, and maybe even spot the island's resident dolphins. Meet the crew in St. Petersburg and hop on board the 60-foot catamaran that will lead you to Egmont Key. Sail on an air-conditioned vessel with bottled water and bathrooms for your comfort and feel free to bring your own food and drinks on board. Pass under the Sunshine Skyway bridge on your way to the island and admire St. Petersburg from the water. Keep an eye out for the friendly dolphins that call these waters home. Enjoy 2 hours of free time to explore the island. You could go for a stroll along the white-sand beaches towards the historic Fort Dade and Egmont Key Lighthouse. Alternatively, enjoy a dip in the water and use the snorkeling equipment provided to search for tortoises and other native wildlife. Finally, sit back and relax for the return journey to St. Petersburg and take in one last view of the island and city from the water.

Cocoa Beach: Dolphin Watching and Sightseeing Catamaran Sail

10. Cocoa Beach: Dolphin Watching and Sightseeing Catamaran Sail

Sail along the tranquil Indian River Lagoon and the renowned Intracoastal Waterway on an unforgettable sightseeing boat trip from Cocoa Beach. Enjoy the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see dolphins, manatees, and sea birds in their natural habitat, with stops along the way. Join your captain to learn about the Indian River Lagoon Estuary, one of North America's most diverse ecosystems. Besides dolphins, look out for splashing fish, soaring ospreys, gorgeous bald eagles, and enormous manatees. Bring the whole family along on this fun and informative activity. Live out your sailing fantasies by controlling the steering, raising the mainsail, or lowering the jib. Meanwhile, the kids will love gazing at a tiny coloring book of nearby sights that they may keep. Take a break from the beach and head deep into the ocean while on your Cocoa Beach holiday.

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The tour was really great. Because it is September there was a lot of space on the bus so I could sit at the top and had a great view of the city, beware of the sun though an pack enough sunscreen. You get free headphones to listen to the tour guide throughout the tour. Whenever you wanted to get off at a stop to look around the area you could get back on a later bus to see the rest of Miami. The boat tour was also very great because you not only got to see the millionaires houses but also Miami and Miami Beach from a different angle. I would defiantly recommend this tour especially if it’s your first time in Miami to get to know the different places the city has to offer.

Amazing experience. We bought the combo (bus tour + cruise boat) which is a much cheaper option. You will enjoy crossing the streets of Miami and discovering all its colourful and iconic neighbourhoods: little Havana, downtown, Miami Beach, and the marina. Don’t forget your sun cream and shades/hate. It gets really hot especially on the bus stops. Many have lost their hats during the fast drive on the express, so hold tight to your belongings on these routes. Kiosks at the marina offer refreshments before boarding the boat, which is ideal as the bus tour can leave you dehydrated.

We was so fun! And it comes with complementary drinks ! We could ride jetskis for so long, the captain was cool, we got a little drunk lol.

Great tour! There is no guide on the bus. The tour is through an audio that’s really informative. The boat tour was nice as well.

The app was very easy to use and very helpful. I would recommend using this app to learn about the area and the sites to see.