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“An affordable amazing yachting experience with a very knowledgeable Captain and Mate.”

Tortuga Sailing Adventures
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: Our small group, customized, all private charters focuses on your interests. Day sails, reef snorkel trips, dolphin and turtle watching, sunset sails, island hopping, an amazing overnight adventure and even longer trips to the Dry Tortugas. We’ll provide your drinks, fine foods, snorkeling equipment, kayaks, paddle boards, fishing poles and lobster catching gear - all while you are on a luxury 42’ sailing catamaran. The yacht, S/V Tortuga has all the bells and whistles: 3 staterooms, 2 private heads (bathrooms), fully powered, A/C, fresh hot water showers, water maker and a full galley. Designed for those who enjoy a totally carefree trip. Our crew ensures you’ll get the relaxation you deserve and all action you can want on your customized charter. S/V Tortuga is eco-friendly, promotes sailing, marine life protection, turtle and dolphin awareness and provides educational opportunities.
Useful Information: Activities for older children, Lockers / storage, Stroller parking, Stairs / elevator, Food available for purchase, Bathroom facilities
Reviewed July 7, 2013

Spend your day on the Tortuga in the beautiful Florida Keys with Captain Rick and Cindy. My wife and I go down south every chance we get for a memorable, safe, day journey on the Tortuga, leave it up to your hosts and just enjoy yourself. Catch some fish, go for a swim, sit back, relax and enjoy what becomes of the day. A great day excursion to bring your Family and check out the sea life with experienced ocean lovers who know how to live.

1  Thank Robstercraw
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Rick S, Owner at Tortuga Sailing Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded October 31, 2013

And such fun gathering all those lobsters on opening season!!

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Reviewed July 1, 2013

Capt Rick and First Mate Cindy operate an 5 star catamaran with impeccable service. We found Tortuga Sailing on TripAdvisor and booked it from the perfect reviews online. We have never made a better choice in experiences! Rick customized an entire 8 hour day for our family of five. Absolutely everything you could think of was prepared. We simply stepped on the boat and had the time of our lives.

The Trip: Rick sailed us out of the marina and directly out to a pristine reef system in protected waters several miles off coast. There we got right into the water and explored the reef system for about 2 hours. The water was crystal clear and the fish were abundant. We saw every variety of tropical fish you could imagine as well a bonus of 2 nurse sharks and some barracuda. The snorkeling was in no more than 12 feet of water which made it easy for all ages in our family an allowed for easy dives to the bottom to film lobster and such with our GoPro camera.. We had a blast jumping from the boat into the ocean and taking lots of fun pictures. We also fed the fish around our boat and gathered hundreds of gorgeous yellow fin tuna to play with. After our first stop, we rinsed of with a fresh water shower ( A BIG PLUS!) right on the back of the boat where you easily climbed out of the water on a user friendly ladder. Entrance and exit from the boat to the water is as easy as it gets. We had an amazing lunch and visited in the ample shaded outdoor seating area and slowly made our way back to Key West where we were given a personal tour of the entire island from the water. This part of the trip was super relaxing and the kids enjoyed sitting on the catamaran nets on the front of the boat and waving at everyone on the shoreline and passing yachts. After the island tour, Rick located another area of coral in which we spent another couple of hours, swimming, relaxing and getting to know the crew better. We returned to the dock in late afternoon where Rick let my kids Paddle Board and Kayak in the secluded marina. Giant Tarpon swam up next to the kids as they played and the pictures were priceless.

The Food: we were served two meals on the boat that were more than expected. Fresh local fruit, juices, breads and handmade coffee for breakfast. For lunch he offered a wide variety of sandwich fixings, dips and some amazing homemade coleslaw. There was a cooler full of water, sodas and other drinks available for us to drink throughout the day.

The Experience: You will not find a better Captain and First Mate in Key West. Both have been on and around the water their entire lives and the stories will amaze you. They made my entire family feel at ease and never hesitated to offer their local knowledge of the islands. They even sent us to the BEST local restaurant in town The Hogfish Bar and Grill. Awesome all around and words cannot describe the wonderful memories we made that day.

The boat is set up for all ages. From 8 years on up to the parents, we all had our individual fun times!

3  Thank frank n
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Rick S, Owner at Tortuga Sailing Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded October 31, 2013

Great family to have on board for the day and we REALLY enjoyed all your amazing underwater go-pro footage. Thanks for sharing it globally on the internet! We can still bring up the video when we google Tortuga Sailing Adventures.

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Reviewed June 30, 2013

Wow - what an awesome day on the water for my adult family of 5. Captain Rick and his first mate Cindy Lou were perfect hosts and provided us with great memories that will no doubt last a lifetime. The Tortuga is a fantastic sailing vessel with every comfort imaginable on a boat. We had a wonderful day of snorkeling, sailing and spear fishing. The lunch and snacks were delicious. We were definitely well fed. The trip was well planned and organized. The interaction between hosts and guests made us feel at home. This is definitely a must do again adventure on our next return to Key West.

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Reviewed June 30, 2013

The time we spent onboard Tortuga are some of the most memorable days we've spent on the water. The Manta 42 is such a comfortable catamaran. We loved the Sling Seat in the cockpit since it gave everyone a great view of what's ahead while under sail. Also liked the hard top that gave us ample shade after a long day playing in the sun. Snorkeling the reefs were awesome! Captain Rick and First Mate Cindy are dialed in to all the cool spots in the Florida Keys and are true water people. Without a doubt we'll be back down sailing onboard Tortuga again!

5  Thank Kevin W
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Reviewed June 17, 2013

Captain Rick and mate Cindy were quite knowledge about local water and its inhabitants. Had never hookah dived before. However they made the first time experience an exhilarating one! Can't wait to book with them again.

3  Thank Alysin76
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