Things to do in Southwest Florida: Jet Boat with Pure Naples
There’s just something special about being on the open water basking in the Florida sunshine and gripping on for dear life as a wall of Gulf of Mexico’s salty water bathes over you. That something special is called pure fun and last month I shared this experience with my parents during a Jet Boat Tour operated by Pure Naples based out of Tin City.
Find a Southwest Florida Thrill with Pure Naples
Sure, the one-hour tour begins at a leisurely pace, with the captain reviewing hand signals indicating which way the boat will turn and when to hang on for dear life. Once out in deeper water, the captain revved up the sexy red boat – which has a gnarly name of “Odin” – to speeds of up to 35 mph and rode the wakes of other boats.
His head on a swivel looking off to the right then to the left, he raised his arm and indicated we’re turning which means hang on tight for a thrilling adrenaline rush. Racing at 35 mph, within seconds the boat smoothly turned a full 360-degrees. The back of the boat rose and kicked up an amazing wave that found me.
Splash! Sitting at the very back of the boat on the captain’s side I probably soaked up most of the salty sea water and it didn’t take long to realize after that, when he indicated a 360 degree turn, I was going to be drenched. Again.
The tour wasn’t all about white-knuckle turns and screams of laughter. We watched a small pod of dolphins feeding off in the distance and dreamed of living in the homes of multi-bajillionairs as our captain shared stories of some of homeowners as we floated by Florida mansions. During our morning tour we saw a variety of birds and our captain, who trained as a naturalist in Everglades National Park, rattled off their names as they flew by including osprey, great blue heron and great white egret.
Nuts & Bolts About Pure Naples
In addition to jet boat tours Pure Naples offers fishing, a variety of cruises including a sunset cruise, and jet ski and boat rentals. Reservations are recommended especially since the jet boat accommodates up 23 passengers. Contact them for current rates and don’t forget to tip your captain.
Since Pure Naples is located at Tin City there are several restaurants to choose for lunch or dinner. We opted for Riverwalk which offers seating by the water and decent seafood, although a little pricey for the portions. I can personally say the sangria was refreshing. Next door to Riverwalk Restaurant is Docks by Jen with fun handcrafted dock scenes.
I learned about Pure Naples because I attended a holiday party in December sponsored by TravelHost Southwest Florida and won a gift certificate to the tour company.
1200 Fifth Ave. South (U.S. 41 E)
Naples, FL 34102
Enjoy the video below shot with my iPhone 4 securely encased in my Aqua Box Waterproof Case.
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