Everyone loves the great outdoors and when you live in South Florida, where the sun shines 249 days a year, there’s plenty to do. As is the case, there are also a lot of outdoor stores to accommodate your needs. There are camping, biking, fishing and more commonly, dive shops, but only the best made the list. Search below to find out where you can rent gear for your next outdoor escapade without breaking the bank.
Blue Moon Outdoor Center
3400 N.E. 163rd St.
N. Miami Beach, FL 33160
You don’t have to wait for a blue moon to rent outdoor gear. The Blue Moon Outdoor Center is conveniently located inside Oleta River State Park and unlike most park gift shops, it’s quite spacious. Rental items include kayaks, bikes and paddle boards, which means you can leave your SUV and loads of gear at home in favor of renting and returning items onsite. The only thing that could possibly make this deal sweeter is the full moon kayaking tour, which you can request for an additional fee.
Trek Bicycle Store
1621 E. Sunrise Blvd.
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304
Biking and the beach are synonymous with South Florida. The Trek Bicycle Store sets itself apart by renting its bikes with free accessories like helmets, bags and locks. There are even free bike maps to aid you on your self-guided tour of Fort Lauderdale. This is a large shop so reservations typically last for three days or more. If you’re planning a day trip only, you should call ahead for availability first.
Team Iguana Sports
7325 Collins Ave.
Miami Beach, FL 33141
If your outdoor needs involve cruising the streets, then Team Iguana Sports is your store. It sells buy bikes, skateboards and custom neon-lighted boards. Unfortunately, rentals are limited to only road bikes and tandem bikes but the rates are fairly reasonable. You can get a standard bike starting at $5 and a tandem bike starting $8. Day and hourly rates are available, so stop in and get your bike on today.
The Paddle House
2753 S.W. 27th Ave.
Miami, FL 33133
The Paddle House is yet another paddle board and kayak rental store because you can never have too many SUP stores in a peninsula. This store rents SUPs, kayaks and surf skis. It also provides lessons and the latest information on area stand up paddleboard races. Call ahead to find out rental rates and times for your next water adventure.
1450 N. Federal Highway
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304
Everybody loves scuba diving, even the people who don’t. The next time you’re ready for your undersea adventure, head to Undersea Sports. It sells and rents all kinds of scuba gear like wetsuits, flippers, tanks and more. It’s conveniently located just minutes from the beach, making your trek to your underwater paradise a short one. What else would you expect from the Palm Beach and Broward New Times’ best dive shop?
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