From Florida to Grand Bahama by Jet Ski
What better way to end the summer than to spend a weekend in beautiful Grand Bahama? We know it’s a quick trip away from South Florida by boat, but what about by jet ski?
According to The Freeport News, no one has attempted to jet ski from Florida to Grand Bahama in 11 years. But four adventure enthusiasts successfully completed the journey over the long holiday weekend.
The sportbike motorcycle riders and racers are no strangers to danger and excitement. After reading about and seeing videos of similar jet ski trips to other Bahamas islands, Tristan Reeves and Aaron Leiter of Texas began putting together a plan to make their own journey across the Gulf Stream. Although many expressed interest, Dale Blackman of New Jersey and Brandon Cretu of Pennsylvania decided to join them.
Properly equipped with extra fuel, supplies and emergency equipment, the group set out on Friday morning to make the long journey from South Florida to Freeport across open water. The four traveled 75 miles by jet ski from Boca Raton, Florida, to Sunrise Resort and Marina, and the trip proved to be more adventurous and memorable than expected.
Shortly after leaving, the group encountered rough seas and lost their coolers. But when the seas calmed, they were rewarded with the sighting of dolphins. “The best part of the trip for me was while in the middle of nowhere, the water was flat as a mirror and the dolphins started coming up,” said Blackman. “That was like wow!” (Here is a video of the group playing with dolphins on the jet ski trip from Florida to Grand Bahama.)
Leiter commented, “It was filled with trials and tribulations, but it was absolutely thrilling. For most of the trip, there was no landmark.”
After a four-hour trip, the group made it safe and sound to our Grand Bahama marina resort where they were quickly greeted by Bahamas Customs, the friendly staff at Sunrise and local news media.
Although spending only a short time on island, they experienced much that Grand Bahama and Sunrise Resort and Marina has to offer, including snorkeling and night life.
The group departed Sunday for the return trip, but hope to return and make it an annual tradition as well as introduce others to the jet ski adventure.