If you're looking for a way to spend some exciting moments you'll never forget on Ft. Myers Beach, parasailing could be just what you're looking for. With the warm sun at your back and the glorious, glittering gulf of Mexico at your feet, you can see for miles.
Whether you're two or ninety-two, this could be an experience you'll want to repeat, over and over again. PARADISE PARASAIL, the only Coast Guard-inspected parachute boat company on the beach with state-of-the-art equipment, will let you have a ride at half price as often as you like when you return with the photo that Captain Neil Newton took of your very first ride.
Should I make reservations? Yes, call a day or two in advance to make reservations and be aware that changes can occur due to stormy weather.
How long is the ride? The rides vary in length of time from a five minute ride to a 15-minute ride.
What if you get too scared and want to stop? Capt. Neil explains to everyone that if they want or need to stop the ride at any time, all they need to do is flap their arms and he will bring them down. Although he also said that no one has ever actually wanted to stop the ride once they were in the air.
How much does it cost per person? The cost varies from $47 for one mile, $61 for two miles, $66 for four miles and the ultimate, $75 for five miles (includes 2 dips and a photo). Call 239-463-7272 for group and child rates and early bird discounts.
What is a free fall dip? Capt. Neil can take the parasail riders down to the water to lightly touch it, getting toes, feet or ankles wet and then returning to the air. This is a preference, the riders decide whether or not they need to go 'dipping' on their ride.
How far up in the air do you go? Paradise Parasail has the longest tow-lIne on the beach, using up to 1200 feet of line getting the riders 400-500 feet off the water.
Can a non-ambulatory passenger take a ride? Absolutely! They can be put into the seat with the restraining harness on the floating dock and be returned directly to the boat without ever going into the water.
Some people call parasailing a fluff ride, some call it too scary to imagine, but with this experienced team and their attention to safety, I call it a day at the beach!
For more information:
check out the PARADISE PARASAIL website for more details on free parking and map to the sweetest spot on the beach!