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Catamaran Trip - Ft. Lauderdale

The Atlantic coastline is one of the most attractive in Florida, with long stretches of sandy beaches, with silvery sand, and blue seas that can be ideal for surfing, superb for sunbathing, or great for just paddling.

However, if you want to experience all that the coast has to offer then why not try the ‘Spirit of Lauderdale’ a custom-built 50ft Catamaran which holds just 49 guests. It boasts a spacious sun deck, restrooms, seating area, and a service bar as well as a stairway to the sea. With over 1500 sq ft of sundeck, as well as a covered lounge area, it is the perfect way to see the sea!

There are three different cruises to choose from, so there is something to suit everyone. All cruises include soft drinks, water and snacks. However you can bring your own food and beverages, although both beer and wine can be purchased form the bar on board.

The ‘Come Sail Away’ Ocean Sightseeing Cruise is just that. The catamaran sets sail from ‘A’ dock out into the Atlantic Ocean. You can sit back and enjoy the sea breezes upon your face as you sunbathe, whilst Calypso music adds to the relaxing atmosphere. Thid is a gentle cruise, suitable for children.

If you want a beach getaway then try the ‘Island Getaway and Beach Adventure. ’ When the catamaran slips anchor from the Bahia Mar Marina you will glide effortlessly through Port Everglades, home to many cruise ships. If you are lucky you will be able to gaze in awe at these stunning white leviathans of the sea, before you sail past the amazing homes of the rich and famous. Fort Lauderdale is home to many rich people, and you will sail past Millionaire’s Row and through the Venice of America. There are fantastically beautiful mansions, huge yachts and lots more to see along the way.

Once into open sea the sails are hoisted ready for the catamaran to sets sail for the Atlantic Ocean, and as you relax and while away the time sunbathing, or simply watching the wake of the little ship as she races over the waves, you will be served an ice cold drink to sip.

All too soon you will arrive at the barrier island in the John U Lloyd State Park. This is a 253 acre park between the Atlantic Ocean and the Intracoastal Waterway, with a stunning flat beach. It is perfect for swimming, sunbathing, beachcombing, or if you are feeling a little more energetic, kayaking and volleyball. It is amazing that this natural park is so close to the bustling urban development of Ft. Lauderdale. On the beach you will find clean restrooms, a full service bar and restaurant, fresh water showers as well as snorkel equipment, kayaks, canoes and sun loungers where you can simply chill out. The whole trip lasts from 1. 00 pm – 4. 30 pm, and is ideal for all the family.

And what about the cost of this beach getaway? Well, it is just $35 per adult, and $25 per child.

For just $10 you can sample a fantastic lunch at the Loggerhead Cafe, which includes 2 beverages of your choice. You can also hire Kayaks etc for $10.

However, for me there is nothing like a sunset cruise. Watching a stunning Floridian sunset from the deck of a boat is one of life’s pleasures. The ‘Cast Away the Day’ Champagne Sunset Cruise takes you out into the Atlantic ocean, where you can look back at the disappearing land, then watch the sun as it slips below the horizon, changing from vivid oranges and reds, to pink, and then fading into purple as it sinks from view. Of course there is champagne to sip while you gaze at the beauty all around you. The inclusive cost is $30 per adult, and the catamaran sails at 6. 00 pm – 8. 00 pm during the summer, and between 5. 00 pm and 7. 00 pm in the winter.

There is some free parking nearby or you can park all day for just $5.

Spirit of Lauderdale can be found at 801 Seabreeze Blvd on the A1A, Fort Lauderdale.

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