Action in the Ocean: Your Guide to Renting and Riding Jet Skis on The Beaches of Fort Myers & Sanibel

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Without a doubt, the best way to cover the most ground (or sea, rather) on The Beaches of Fort Myers & Sanibel is aboard a Waverunner jetting across open water. Kayaking and paddleboarding may give you more time to take in the quiet nuances and scenery of the area. However, nothing compares to the adrenaline-pumping excitement of gliding across the water’s surface along miles of green coastline.

YOLO Watersports on Captiva offers everything you could possibly need for a day of island fun off-the-beaten path. Just a couple blocks inland from the popular Mucky Duck restuarant, YOLO’s Waverunner rentals and guided tours will have you out on the water in no time. Plus, you can even rent a GoPro camera from their retail store to capture and relive the fun. Create your own adventure by renting a Jet Ski and exploring independently or sign up for one of their Waverunner excursions to take a guided tour of the area.

YOLO’s two-hour Cayo Costa Island excursion takes you around the north tip of Captiva and its neighboring island. On these excursions it’s common to see dolphins playing in the waves as well as manatees, rays and turtles swimming below the surface. If time allows, excursions sometimes go ashore for a little bit of shelling on the uncrowded shores of Cayo Costa – one of the area’s definite must-visit destinations.

For something a little different, head inland to Paradise Boat Rentals in Cape Coral. Perched on the banks of the Caloosahatchee River, Paradise boasts the largest rental fleet of boats and Waverunners in Southwest Florida. Unlike other rental companies, they don’t place constraints on where you can go. Explore the mangrove shoreline and various bridges of the Caloosahatchee, or make your way into the open waters of Pine Island Sound and the Gulf of Mexico. All rentals here include a full rider’s orientation, during which the experienced crew will brief you on Waverunner safety and operation. Not to mention they’ll give you tips on where to spot wildlife along the way.

If you’re staying on or near Fort Myers Beach, your rental options are practically endless. The abundance of competing companies here also tends to drive prices down, making this area one of the best places for a great deal on an unforgettable afternoon of excitement. Take a guided dolphin tour with All Island Watersports to cruise through the Gulf and into Estero Bay in search of bottle-nosed buddies. Other nearby options include Adventure WatersportsWind & Water Sports and Bonita Jet Ski & Parasail down the coast. Compare them yourself to find your perfect opportunity for an offshore adventure.

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