Picture & Video Tuesday: Water Sports in Luxe Florida Locales

By: Terry Ward


We've just sprung forward with daylight savings time, the water is warming up...I don't know about you, but I am feeling downright summery lately! It's definitely the time of year to get back in the water fulltime in Florida. And whether your passion is fishing, diving or floating atop a raft on a bed of blue ocean, Florida's got a water sport option for you. And all the better, I say, when you can retreat to the nearest luxury resort after a day in the ocean. I've had some wonderful opportunities lately to get in the water and experience water sports at Florida's finest hotels.

Check out the video here that I shot after a kiteboarding lesson at Hawks Cay Resort in the Florida Keys (be sure to check out my latest Insider video on barefoot luxury in the Florida Keys, too)

I've uploaded some photos, too, from a few recent water sports experiences in Florida. At The Breakers Palm Beach, I paddled out into the crystal clear water in front of the hotel for a lesson in the art of stand up paddle boarding (called SUP or Yolo boarding)--what a hoot! And believe me, it's harder than it looks, and quite a workout. I might be a Libra, but I lack some serious balance skills.

A few months back, at the super indulgent Little Palm Island Resort & Spa, I borrowed a kayak (complimentary for guests) to paddle around a mangrove-enshrouded island near the resort, where I saw all kinds of birds and fish in the shallow waters. You can also charter private fishing and sailing boats here and go scuba diving, too.

The Naples Grande Beach Resort is another fine luxury hotel for water sports, with sea kayaks and small sailing boats available for rent on the resort's beautifiul beach, which doubles as park land (bonus: the calm waters of the gulf are prime for novice watermen and women).

Go on! Get out there! Florida's best hotels, as it turns out, cater to water sports enthusiasts as much as they do to those of us that love to spa and fine dine, too.

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