Before settling down to a life in the calm waters of marriage, why not ride the wild river with some of your closest friends in one of America’s most appealing locales? White-water rafting in Miami can be just the activity to get the blood flowing, clear the hangover and leave a whole stag party with a sense of achievement and an experience they’ll never forget. If nothing else, it will make a fantastic talking point for your friends during the wedding breakfast.
Miami may be most famous for its golden, sandy beaches packed with the beautiful people in skimpy swimwear and a wild nightlife that hip-hop artists rap about, but there is an adventurous side just outside the city. A number of companies provide the opportunity to jump in a raft or canoe and pit yourself against the elements and broiling waterways.
There are a number of companies that will organize a white-water rafting trip and will transport you from the city to one of the many state parks and rivers in Florida. For those who are new to this kind of experience, rivers are broken down into rapid sections and those individual sections are graded into five classes. The lowest and most sedate class is one, which will whip a boat through along at some pace but may not get everyone’s heart thumping. The scale goes up to five, which is often a foaming mass of adrenaline. There’s a chance at level five that you might feel as if you’ve been through a washing machine.
It is hard to say how long each tour will take, as it is dependent on the conditions of the river, but most companies offer a two-hour session for less than $100 per person.
In Florida, one of the best spots for white water is Big Shoals national park. This may be a bit of a trek from Miami, but it is well worth the journey. The park has Florida’s largest set of rapids, which plough through huge limestone cliffs on the Suwannee River. This set of class-three rapids is accessible for everyone with the right guide. It is surrounded by hiking trails for horseback riding and biking, so stag parties could fill a day with exciting activities.
An activity such as white-water rafting can mean a great time for all types of stag parties, but remember that it is not without risk. Before you take the plunge, it is best to bear a few things in mind. Always check the credentials of the company organizing the trip and make sure that they provide all the necessary safety equipment, such as life vests and helmets. Also we all know that men want to cut loose during their time away celebrating with the groom-to-be, but when you are taking to the white water and riding the river you need to be alert. Leave the drinking until after the excursion.
You want the stag to have some truly wonderful memories of his last days of freedom beyond simply sitting in a dank pub staring into the bottom of a pint glass. Flying out to Florida to throw yourself down an angry river while dodging past rocks will certainly prove to be a memorable experience. A white-water rafting trip near Miami will be an absolute winner for anyone planning a stag trip.
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