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thijs
12-09-2008, 01:55 PM
Hey I am going to be traveling to Key West off to Nassau then CocoCay this January. Anyone down in those areas or even know of a day trip ski school? All our lakes are frozen and I am itching to get wet.

coz
12-09-2008, 02:05 PM
Hey I am going to be traveling to Key West off to Nassau then CocoCay this January. Anyone down in those areas or even know of a day trip ski school? All our lakes are frozen and I am itching to get wet.

Been told CocoCay is a cool place, looks like the place to be in January :D looks like one of those banannas being pulled out there so they probably have skiing, have fun!

http://www.kharminspage.com/pics/cococay1.jpg

T Scott
12-09-2008, 04:10 PM
Sounds like you are going on a cruise (based on your travel destinations) I have been to each one of those ports and have not seen any ski schools advertised. There are definitely other water sports activities such as waverunner rentals/tours, Inflatable trampoline park, etc. I would google ski schools in each of your destinations to double check any facilities. Cruises are great.......which cruise line are you traveling with?

SkiDog
12-09-2008, 04:13 PM
The nearest one I know of is in Ft. Lauderdale. McGinnis Ski School.

thijs
12-09-2008, 04:14 PM
Celebrity Cruises. Just a week trip to escort my mother on a business trip cruise. :)

bbymgr
12-10-2008, 12:10 AM
Been to Key West a dozen times......trust me, no good place to ski. Most of the calm water is in protected areas that don't allow motorized boats. If you have a PADI license, there are some great places to dive. Here is a good Dive Center that I have used. http://www.divekeywest.com/

If you don't have a license, try SNUBA. It is 100% better than snorkeling and you don't need a license. http://www.snubakeywest.com/

atlfootr
12-11-2008, 08:59 PM
Sounds like you are going on a cruise based on your travel destinations.
There are definitely other water sports activities such as ... Shark Hunting for example has always been a crowd favorite 8p

Waterski-Marcoisland
01-08-2009, 08:47 AM
My ski school is in SW Fl
Check us out. X2 and X Star............Private lake and a saltwater river
www.waterskimarcoisland.com

thijs
01-08-2009, 06:12 PM
thanks waterski-marcoisland. I am not going to be in that area otherwise I would have popped in . I am going to be in Ft. Lauderdale for a day or so- I think McGinnis is going to have to be the place........ If we can fit in time.....

Thanks all!!!

flipper
01-08-2009, 06:17 PM
Don't forget to take pics!!!!!!!!

SkiDog
01-08-2009, 07:27 PM
thanks waterski-marcoisland. I am not going to be in that area otherwise I would have popped in . I am going to be in Ft. Lauderdale for a day or so- I think McGinnis is going to have to be the place........ If we can fit in time.....

Thanks all!!!

Good people there, or used to be at least. I skied there back in the late 70's! Damn, I'm old!

Waterski-Marcoisland
01-17-2009, 09:39 AM
No problem, sorry I wasn't closer......

thijs
01-19-2009, 11:50 AM
Well there wasn't even anything close to time. But what an experience otherwise. We landed in Ft Lauderdale and bused to Miami where we got to stay at the Fontaine Bleau- holy crap. I have never seen so much marble in my entire life. We had to leave late the next morning to the pier to board the Celebrity Century. What an amazing ship. The service was second to no-one. We sailed to Key West which we found so friendly, laid back and beautiful. All the homes were amazing. I went SNUBA diving in Key West and was amazed by the reef and the clarity of the water. We then sailed to Nassau, where the experience was completely different but none the less excellent. Bargained at the straw market, wandered the late night streets of down-town, swam with sea lions- namely the one who played "Andre", and swam with 3 foot-4 foot stingrays. The rest of the trip got a little overcast and rainy with rough seas so we had to cancel our stay at CocoCay.

I really have to put a good word out there for Celebrity Cruises as the ship was beautiful, both in and out and the service again was unbelievable. I will be posting some pics later, probably tomorrow.

I will no doubt be returnign to Florida........

bbymgr
01-19-2009, 12:07 PM
Well there wasn't even anything close to time. But what an experience otherwise. We landed in Ft Lauderdale and bused to Miami where we got to stay at the Fontaine Bleau- holy crap. I have never seen so much marble in my entire life. We had to leave late the next morning to the pier to board the Celebrity Century. What an amazing ship. The service was second to no-one. We sailed to Key West which we found so friendly, laid back and beautiful. All the homes were amazing. I went SNUBA diving in Key West and was amazed by the reef and the clarity of the water. We then sailed to Nassau, where the experience was completely different but none the less excellent. Bargained at the straw market, wandered the late night streets of down-town, swam with sea lions- namely the one who played "Andre", and swam with 3 foot-4 foot stingrays. The rest of the trip got a little overcast and rainy with rough seas so we had to cancel our stay at CocoCay.

I really have to put a good word out there for Celebrity Cruises as the ship was beautiful, both in and out and the service again was unbelievable. I will be posting some pics later, probably tomorrow.

I will no doubt be returnign to Florida........

I'm glad you enjoyed the SNUBA Diving. I thought you would enjoy it. Did you get a chance to do anything else in Key West? Eat at Sloppy Joe's, Crabby Dick's, Half Shell Raw Bar or Conch Republic Seafood Company? There are a lot of great restaurants in Key West. I know you probably didn't have a long stay at port, but just wondered what else you did there.

thijs
01-19-2009, 01:16 PM
I'm glad you enjoyed the SNUBA Diving. I thought you would enjoy it. Did you get a chance to do anything else in Key West? Eat at Sloppy Joe's, Crabby Dick's, Half Shell Raw Bar or Conch Republic Seafood Company? There are a lot of great restaurants in Key West. I know you probably didn't have a long stay at port, but just wondered what else you did there.

I got to wander around and look at some of the shops and houses in the old town. I never ate in Key West or did any other excursions from the ship. There was a bar called Cowboy Bills or something like that who offered free drinks b/c I wore my stetson on the cruise and around town just as a "hey I'm from Alberta". Unfortunately though we were late for the ship and could't stay.

BTW- the stetson in Nassau convinced the locals I was from Texas- they never heard of Alberta, I guess we have some PR work to do.

I ate at a little pub/bar in Nassau called "Conch Fritters" where I tried conch fritters- WOW! What a great taste.

I ate several new types of dead things (meats) on my cruise which I have never had the pleasure of sampling before-

frog legs
lamb
scallops
oyster
clam
grouper
snapper
conch
goose liver consume

an more-----

BTW, I am hooked on rum now. I have not had anything other than wine, beer and double rye and cokes (short) for over a decade.