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Home to 24 miles of coast with year-round ocean temperatures from 72 to 80 degrees, there’s no reason not to spend your entire Greater Fort Lauderdale vacation in the water. This beach destination offers water sport enthusiasts everything from yacht rentals to surfing lessons for vacationers who want to dive deep or just dip their toes.

Underwater Activities

Get up close and personal with the Atlantic’s underwater gardens and visit tropical fish, turtles, and many other forms of sea life with a snorkel or scuba diving adventure. Known as the “wreck capital of Florida,” Fort Lauderdale’s waters are home to more than 50 wreck sites both real and artificial. Drift in, out, and along of one of continental America’s only coral reefs, find sunken treasures, and play peek-a-boo with lobsters. Want to stay dry but still spot some sea life? Catch a ride on glass bottom boat!

Add some depth to your snorkel adventure by trying the newest in underwater treats with a SEABOB rental from Beach Ventures. For those unfamiliar, SEABOBs are underwater jet skis perfect for zipping through the ocean with the push of a button.

Ride the Waves

If you’re into the latest gadgets and gear, why not strap some jets to your feet and try flyboarding? Instructors will help you glide into the water and then up into the sky, promising to get most first-time riders soaring within just a few minutes.

Travelers looking to skim the surface can learn to water ski on a private, man-made freshwater lake with McGinnis Waterski School, or take wakeboarding lessons from a six-time World Wakeboarding Champion at LTS Wakeboard and Waterski.

Those in search of a watersports with a fitness bonus and very little equipment may want to try stand-up paddle boarding (SUP) with Sunrise Paddleboards. This activity is perfect for those wishing to stick a toe in the world of watersports without worrying about scuba gear, engines, or riptides. Confident paddleboarders—and even first-timers—can also challenge themselves to a yoga class atop their board.

All Aboard

For those hoping to set sail on the expansive blue waterways, explore the sea by canoe, cruise at your leisure on a pontoon boat, or let Millionaire’s Concierge help you tear through the ocean on a world-class race boat.

Planning to catch your meal? Charter a yacht, or climb aboard a sport fishing boat to cast for wahoo, sailfish, kingfish, and even sharks. Or, for a once-in-a-lifetime fishing experience, head out in kayaks with experienced anglers, and reel in tuna, snook, bass, and mackerel.

Want to spend your day shopping or lounging at the hotel spa instead of in the water? No problem. Save the sea for nighttime with a champagne sunset cruise from Tropical Sailing Catamaran Charters, or head out under the stars for one of Fuddled Frog Tours’ SUP and Kayak Full Moon Tours.

Many of the options listed in the watersports section are open year-round and offer options for all ages and experience levels. So, whether you’re into snorkeling with parrotfish or traveling by catamaran, Greater Fort Lauderdale has an activity for every kind of splasher. Just don’t forget your (waterproof!) camera.

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