With its year-round warm weather and abundance of sunshine, the beaches and recreation parks of South Florida make an ideal selection for an array of water sports. Whether you’re just visiting or living in the area, there are a lot of great shops for renting and purchasing water sports equipment. From a mellow day of kayaking to an intense adrenaline-pumping aquatic activity, here are some shops that have you covered with everything you need.
Island Water Sports
1985 NE 2nd St
Deerfield Beach, FL 33441
Hours: Mon to Fri – 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., Sat – 6:30 a.m. to 9 p.m., Sun – 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Island Water Sports in Deerfield Beach offers a large selection of board-based water sports equipment. In business since 1978, the shop sells and rents boards for surfing, skim boarding, body boarding, and stand up paddling. If you’re a beginner and not sure which activity you’re interested in tackling, catch a wave during a completely free Saturday morning lesson with equipment included—no strings attached.
Miami Ski Nautique
3828 NW 2nd Ave
Miami, FL 33127
Hours: Mon to Fri – 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Sat – 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Unleash your adventurous side and stop by Miami Ski Nautique near Miami’s Design District for all your wakeboarding and water skiing needs. Find what you need at the one stop shop that is staffed and operated by those experienced in and passionate about high intensity water sports. Everything from kid’s accessories, such as vests and gloves, to boating equipment can be purchased at Miami Ski Nautique.
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16604 NE 2nd Ave
North Miami Beach, FL 33162
Hours: Mon to Fri – 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Sat – 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Squalo Divers in North Miami Beach is an authorized dealer specializing in scuba equipment sales. Whether you’re in need of one piece of scuba gear or the entire kit of necessities, Squalo Divers rents and sells equipment from some of the best brands in the industry, including Aqua Lung and Sea Life. Beginner or advanced divers can also choose from a variety of classes, certifications, and scuba trips.
3300 NW 38th St
Miami, FL 33142
Hours: Tues to Fri – 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Sat – 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., Sun 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Thrill-seekers can find what they’re looking for at Riders Unlimited, the Jet Ski superstore of Miami. Everything and anything for jet ski enthusiasts can be found here, from PWC gear and wetsuits to Jet Ski parts and of course, a plentiful selection of used and new Jet Skis. Jet Ski owners can also take advantage of the storage and repair services offered.
South Beach Divers
850 Washington Ave
Miami Beach, FL 33139
Hours: Mon to Sat – 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., Sun – 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
South Beach Divers is a renowned PADI five star surf and dive center that has offered gear and classes since 1995 in the heart of South Beach. In addition to daily dive and snorkeling trips to Key Largo, those looking to hang ten in South Florida can choose from brand new surfboards, body boards, skim boards and certified pre-owned boards. Not looking to make a commitment just yet? South Beach Dive also rents equipment.
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