Adventure-seekers who have seen the episode of the hit HBO series East Bound and Down where Kenny Powers propels above the water wearing what looks like a backpack have wondered, "What is that thing and where can I do that?" Well the thing on Powers’ back is a jet pack, the latest craze in watersports. The commonly-used JetLev pack boasts a 225-horsepower engine, creating 600-800 gallons per minute of thrust, propelling the brave user up to 30 feet above water.
The scene featuring Powers was filmed at Myrtle Beach Jet Pack adventures, but this new watersport is a trend popping up all over, and we’ve rounded up three hotels that offer guests the chance to experience the adrenaline-pumping activity.
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W Fort Lauderdale — Florida
It’s no surprise that the 517-room W Fort Lauderdale offers jet pack adventures since the hotel’s atmosphere heavily promotes fun with the WET East pool deck offering a non-stop party atmosphere. Providing the instruction for the day is provider RocketMan who have been in business since 2012.
Jet Pack Details: Certified professionals will teach you how to operate the jet pack in a few minutes and then you’re off to soar through the air 35 feet above the surface. The operation runs Thursday to Sunday and the flight experience is $175 for a 20 minute flight or $225 for 30 minutes. Call 954.892.0593 to make a reservation.
Don’t Miss: Take advantage of the Whatever/Whenever service in which the hotel’s concierge acts as a genie for guests, granting any number of wishes.
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Hyatt Regency Aruba Resort Spa and Casino — Aruba
With 357 rooms, the Hyatt Regency Aruba Resort Spa and Casino prides itself on a high-level of customer service. The property provides world-class dining options, a casino within the hotel where visitors can gamble until the sun comes up, and more.
Jet Pack Details: Head to the Red Sail Sports activity desk either in the lobby or on the beach in front of the hotel to get started. Trips depart from the Hyatt Pier, where friends and family can watch and enjoy drinks at the pier's bar. The price is $179 for 10 minutes of instruction and 35 minutes of flight. Earlybirds get a discount rate of $149.
Don’t Miss: With just a short flight of steps to the top, the hotel's waterslide brings out the kid in everyone, as evidenced by the many adults lining up.
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Catamaran Resort Hotel and Spa — California
The Catamaran Resort Hotel and Spa in San Diego features 311 rooms, each with its own balcony or patio. In addition to breathtaking views of the California coastline, the hotel is on Mission Bay which also holds Mission Bay Aquatic Center, one of the world's largest instructional waterfront facilities. For guests who want to experience jet packing, Jet Pack America at the facility offers the experience.
Jet Pack Details: Jet Pack America offers several flight options and recommends setting aside 1-2 hours for the experience. A 15-minute flight plus instruction costs $179, a 25-minute flight plus instruction costs $259 and the Rockstar 40-minute flight costs $399.
Don't Miss: The world-class Catamaran Spa offers luxurious treatments, including hydrotherapy, massages and more.