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We have been to Florida many times and have seen most of the sites more than once. Every time we visit a Theme park they have added something new so you never get fed up with them. However, one thing that never seems to change is the Screamer in Clearwater, and I hope it never does.
The Screamer is a 70 seater speed boat; it is bright yellow and resembles a banana. It is based in the inner harbour on Clearwater beach.
The captain is a hoot and makes the trip one of the best we have ever been on. On one of our trips two New York ladies were on board and were joking along with the captain. He can control the boat very well and made sure during the course of the ride that they were soaked. It turned out they went on the Screamer everyday of their holiday and loved the attention. To stay dry my advice would be to sit near the front of the boat.
The first part of your trip is along the inland waterways of Clearwater. Here you see the homes of the rich and famous and have a very pleasant ‘sail’ around. The Screamer creates a wake behind it and the wild dolphins always (and I do mean always) follow the boat jumping over the waves it leaves. They are fascinating to watch and really enjoy themselves.
Then it is out into the Gulf of Mexico. After sailing up the coast the captain turns the boat around and the fun begins. When I say speed boat. I mean speed boat; it travels really fast back down the gulf. The front lifts out of the water and as we sat at the front we felt we were flying. The journey back although not very long is exhilarating. The first time we rode the Screamer I honestly thought my vest was about to be removed and hung on to it dearly. After the race down the Gulf it is down through the waterways and back to base, again followed by the dolphins.
Once back on dry land we took the very short walk to a bar for a drink. It made us chuckle when the barman took one look at me and said ‘ah you’ve been on the Screamer then’ at which point I realized my hair was scrapped back from my forehead due to the speed at which we travelled.
This is a fantastic experience and we would recommend it to all.
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Page added on: 28 August 2007
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