As those who have purchased their "Survivor" t-shirt can attest, you're in for a wild ride at Jet Boat Miami's water adventures.
Manager Gabriela Fernandez describes the basic jet boat tour: "One of our unique activities is the jet boat ride. It is a 30 minute ride in which we go out into the bay and do 360 twists, 180 turns, drifting and high speed cruising. We also take a little tour around Memorial island, Star island and Hibiscus island. There is no other jet boat in the eastern coast of Florida, so this is definitely a need-to stop for anyone visiting Miami!"
It's not for the faint of heart, though. Visitors are warned to bring along a change of clothing, because they will get soaked. And spills into the water are not unknown. The jet boat rides are open to all (kids have to be over three years old) but for serious adrenaline junkies, there's flyboarding and the jetpack. There are also banana boat rides, fishing charters and private boat charters for cruising the bay - in fact, Jet Boat Miami a one-stop shop for all water activities.
Flyboard and jetpack are some of the newest extreme sports. Both are water activities, but they have a completely different feel, says Fernandez: "They are usually attached to a jet ski through a hose that sends water through it with the jet skis' force and allows the user to fly out of the water." In flyboarding, boots are attached to your feet, you're attached to the boat, and you fly above the water, going as high as 40 feet. Handheld controls give you control over height and direction. Flyboarding can be usually mastered within five to ten minutes, says Fernandez.
Jet pack is a little more difficult, and needs 30 to 40 minutes of training with certified instructors before going out alone on the water. For all activities, safety is a major concern and customers are provided with helmets and life vests. Fernandez adds that "We also have a captain and certified trainer that teaches them the right way to fly! Overall it is a unique experience and anyone with a love for new things and adrenaline should definitely try it."
The banana ride is a jet boat shaped, naturally, like a banana. It will take visitors on a high-speed tour of Miami bay. Skimming above the water at highway speeds, it's like a roller coaster ride on the water. Jet ski rentals are also available for half hour and one hour trips. Bookings for all rides can be made online at the Jet Boat Miami website.
Does Fernandez have any other advice for visitors? When you're done with water sports, save some time for cultural activities, she says: "Make sure you not only come to Miami to do some shopping and partying. Miami has a lot more to offer both in activities and cultural places that are worth to visiting!"