School’s Out! Time for Family Fun on the Water

Well, summer vacation is officially here for many kids across the U.S., and we all know what that means—lots of summer sunshine and fun on the water! Long, lazy days filled with quality time on boats, jet skis, paddleboards, and more. Our team at Atlantic Beach Clubs II understands what summer means to kids and teens, and we love providing the boats and gear needed to make lifetime memories. If you’re considering getting your recently-“freed” kids on the water, keep reading!

Why is Stand-Up Paddleboarding a Craze?

Stand-up paddleboarding has been around now for a few years, and it still remains wildly popular in beach hot spots like Hawaii, Panama City, Santa Barbara, Key West, the Bahamas, Redondo Beach, and Costa Rica. But why, exactly? As Florida watersport experts, we at Atlantic Beach Clubs II will explain.

South Florida Spring Vacation ideas

There is a reason why Florida is a popular vacation destination; it has a tropical climate with beautiful white sand beaches that leave people in awe. Anyone who plans a trip to Florida always comes back satisfied and the activities provide quality entertainment that you cannot get anywhere else. If you’re thinking of places to go for your spring vacation, a trip to South Florida should make your list right along with the plethora of cool activities that you can do there.It might seem like its too early to be talking about spring right now but a good vacation requires proper planning. If you start planning your spring vacation right now, you are guaranteed to thoroughly enjoy your time. There are activities that need to be booked and budgeted for well in advance. Yes, you can go to the beach and just hang out like everyone else but why not … Continued

Vacation Ideas for the South Florida Lifestyle

South Florida is known for its mass of beautiful white sandy beaches and sparkling clear water; this is why it is widely accepted as one of the most visited places in America. Wealthy international travelers visit South Florida for business, vacation, and to enjoy the attractions and mystique that the area offers. When it comes to cruising, Florida is the home port to the two largest cruise ships in the world, the Allure of the Seas and the Oasis of the Seas.  In fact, Florida is the Cruise Capital of the World!Miami and Fort Lauderdale offer a plethora of sites to see and things to do during your vacation. There are interesting museums, parks, aquariums, sporting events and casinos. You are missing a lot if you do not take a boat tour around to view some of the most expensive and luxurious homes belonging to celebrities or the rich and famous … Continued

Traveling Off the Beaten Path in Florida

Florida is known for the many hot spots that tourists flock to during the vacation season. However, there are also a number of lesser known places that could provide the perfect setting for a vacation. Here are some of the top places to consider:Caladesi Island: on Caladesi Island, you’ll find 3 miles of beaches, fishing hot spots, and various bird trails that make for peaceful walks. You can only get on the island via a private boat or ferry from Honeymoon Island State Park. The island is the perfect place to go for a romantic weekend getaway or family vacation.Crystal River Manatees: manatees are a sea mammal that could be thought of as an underwater cow. They are fairly large and are mostly herbivores. Crystal River on Florida’s nature coast hosts many of these manatees, where tourists can snorkel alongside them. Take the opportunity to do so as you’ll remember it for … Continued

Get the Vacation Lifestyle by Living in an RV

Are you this dedicated to traveling? A family decided to turn an RV into their home when they bought a fifth-wheel motor home and a GMC Sierra pickup truck. They also sold 90% of their possessions, which just shows the level of commitment towards their new lifestyle choice. Before moving into the RV they used to live in the Grand Rapids’ Heritage Hill neighborhood. Scott, the father of the family who is a web developer says: “I can work from anywhere, so why not work everywhere.”Thus far, they have been living in Florida, the South West and the Pacific Coast. Their RV has a low level of insulation so avoiding the cold weather has been a priority. The Veltkamps have two children with ages 4 and 6 so the mother is able to provide home-schooling.Once the Veltkamps bought the 35-foot RV they made a few changes to suit their needs. … Continued

Top Weekend Getaways in Florida

For those looking for a weekend getaway in Florida, making a selection among the dozens of amazing hot spots can be daunting. Here are a few locations that should be at the top of your list.PGA National Resort & Spa: If you like golf then this is a must-visit location. You’ll find 5 championship golf courses, which are known to be among the best in the US. There is also an outdoor pool area, spa, and a selection of restaurants. This resort is ideal for some serious golf, a romantic weekend, or even a trip for the whole family.Innisbrook Resort: In Florida, you’ll struggle to find a more romantic getaway location than the Innisbrook Resort. This resort includes a new 18,000-square-foot spa, 608 guest rooms, 6 swimming pools, tennis courts, and a variety of restaurants. With plenty to do and amazing scenery in every direction, this resort is one to remember.One … Continued

A Lifeguard’s Perspective on Keeping your Kids Safe at the Pool

Parents sometimes neglect keeping kids safe at the pool because they assume it is safer in the enclosed area, and when kids aren’t told about pool safety they don’t know any better. Here are the things to consider about keeping your kids safe at the pool from the perspective of a lifeguard:We don’t babysit: our job is to be responsible for all of the kids in the pool at the same time. Therefore, we cannot babysit any single child at a particular time.Don’t run: you’ll find us shouting “walk!” a hundred times per day and there is a reason for that. It’s very common for overly-enthusiastic kids to slip while running and stitches are required. It will certainly dull the vacation mood if such a slip were to occur to your child.We only enforce the rules: there is no need to get mad at us for a rule that you … Continued

Top Locations to Celebrate The 4th Of July and Watch Fireworks in Broward County

If you are feeling patriotic on the 4th of July and want to enjoy the festivities in Broward County, but don’t know the hot spots, we’ve got you covered. There’s no need to sit in front of the TV this year with so much fun to be had. Here are the key locations to consider:Deerfield Beach: most of the activities will be by the main parking lot by the beach. Expect great food, arts/crafts, music, games and entertainment. Performances will be by the BlueFire Band and Grayson Rodgers Band. Festivities begin at 1pm and conclude at 9pm with the fireworks display.Fort Lauderdale: off AIA and Las Olas Boulevard, at noon expect contents, music, games and a firework show to round things up. It’s the perfect place to enjoy the 4th of July festivities with the entire family. For more fun, rent jet skis with the family!Davie: at the Flamingo Gardens … Continued

Fort Lauderdale’s Natural Attractions

Did you know that over 15 million people visit beautiful Fort Lauderdale every year? With over 20 miles of beaches, 9 different cruise lines with 41 ships that depart from Port Everglades, and a long history of being a spring break hot spot, it’s no wonder! Outside of the incredible nightlife and five-star restaurants, the Greater Fort Lauderdale area has several natural attractions. Everglades National Park is one of the largest national parks in the country. It protects 36 species officially registered as threatened or protected and helps keep one of the most fragile ecosystems safe from further damage. Touring the Everglades is an experience your family won’t soon forget. As most Florida natives know, Air Boat Rides are one of the best ways to see this national treasure. Consider stopping by this park for a unique look at an ecosystem that isn’t found anywhere else on earth. Fort Lauderdale … Continued