Alright, I’ll admit, when it comes to jet skiing, I’m a big chicken! That’s why it’s taken me over a year to get out there and actually try our new Key West jet ski tour around the island. Having worked on the Ultimate Adventure for years, I know how popular jet skis are and how much people love them, but what can I say? The catamarans and parasail boats are just more my speed.
Last week, Roy finally convinced me to give it a try. Lately, everyone’s been raving about how much fun the tour is, so I couldn’t resist. I had to jump on a ski and give it a whirl. We just received a brand new shipment of Sea-Doos and the one I road was in mint condition. Roy describes the Sea-Doo as the “Cadillac of jet skis.” They’re sturdy, they handle great, and they go fast! Plus, we’re the only ones on the island that has them.
I hopped on my Sea-Doo for the 2:30pm trip and Mike was our guide. There were two other occupied skis on the tour, an older couple from the Midwest and a young French couple. Mike was awesome and made me feel comfortable immediately. He explained how to operate the jet ski, safety guidelines, and how the trip was going to run, and then we made our way out of the Westin Marina.
The 90-minute trip circumnavigates Key West and Stock Island for a 28-mile roundtrip. We headed north towards the flats and Fleming Key, and Mike gave us the opportunity to get accustomed to driving the skis. It didn’t take long to feel confident, and going fast really gives you a rush. We had some free ride time, and after a few tips from Mike, I practiced some figure-8s and donuts. Fun!
Then, we zipped through the Gulf of Mexico to the Boca Chica Channel. We stopped at the sandbar to cool off and splash around, which I loved! Then, it was back on the skis to venture into the Atlantic Ocean. It was a perfectly calm day and the Gulf was completely flat. The Atlantic’s always a different story. Although it wasn’t rough, you had to contend with a few rolling waves. We stopped just south of the Southernmost Buoy for another swim, and then made our way back to the Westin.
Overall, it was such a great adventure. Many thanks to Mike. It just goes to show that it’s all about your crew, and I’ve long been proud to say that at Fury, we’ve got the best! So, yes, our Jet Ski Adventure around the island is (obviously) Fury Girl approved. Give it a try the next time you’re in town and let us know what you think!
Shayne Benowitz is a Fury crew member and a freelance writer. Follow her on Twitter @ShayneBenowitz or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.