Your Memorial Day Beach Guide for Fun in the Sun

Written by Darius Dupins

Summer is officially here as the Memorial Day weekend takes center stage. What better way to honor and remember the men and women who died while serving in the country’s armed forces than by enjoying South Florida’s natural splendor.

Sometime throughout this weekend, make sure you, your friends and family take advantage of some summer adventures like boating, kayaking, jet skiing and horseback riding. Or kick off the official beach season by attending the Great American Beach Party.

Get out of the city and head fifteen miles southwest of Fort Lauderdale and visit American Horse Trails (4928 SW 198th Terrace, Southwest Ranches, FL 33332; 954-680-8888). For $45 an hour, the friendly guides here will give you the ultimate tropical, wilderness experience as they take you through South Florida’s finest trails. Share the day at this horseback riding location with family and friends and revel in this special Florida naturefest.

Feeling more aquatic? Jet skiing, kayaking and boating are great options for an exciting romp in the water. Head to either of the Atlantic Beach Club’s locations (3008 Alhambra St Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316; 1005 Seabreeze Blvd, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316) for a one-stop shop offering all ocean sports.

Kayak rentals are available for $35 per hour with either single or double capacity. Twelve feet in length, the kayaks include paddles and life preservers. Make an afternoon of it out on the ocean or in the shallow Mangroves and get in some great exercise while you’re at it.

Boats are available from either Atlantic Beach Club location. The 24-foot Four Winns Funship holds a maximum of 13 passengers and rents for $150 an hour, $449 for four hours, or $649 for eight hours. A variety of other boats are also available including ski and fishing boat rentals.

For a more in-water experience, hop aboard a Yamaha VX110 jet-ski. Holding one or two passengers, the jet-skis rent for $65 a half-hour or $95 an hour. Atlantic Beach Clubs have some of the newest rentals in Fort Lauderdale at competitive prices.

If a group scene is more your thing, spend Saturday, May 28 from 10:00 AM until 8:30 PM at the annual Great American Beach Party. This beach bash will include live bands, a DJ, art show, life-size beach games and other activities sure to entertain. Take advantage of the free transportation to the beach if you park downtown. Take a ride on the Sun Trolley or hop aboard the Water Shuttle to kick start this day of fun in the sun. The South Stage is located at Las Olas Blvd. and A1A; the North Stage is opposite Castillo St. and A1A.