By Alli Hill
Alabama’s abundance of lakes and its beautiful seaside coastline make this state an ideal destination for jet skiing. Whether you’re a master jet skier or just learning the ropes, there are plenty of beautiful places to speed across the water in search of your next adventure. Take your jet ski for a spin at one of these five perfect jet skiing spots in Alabama.
Also known as the Sunset Capital of Alabama, this little barrier island is home to white sandy beaches that make for the perfect jet ski outing. You can rent a jet ski on the island or bring your own. If you’re searching for calmer waters, put your jet ski in on the eastern side of island, where the large sand bar keep the bay waters calm. The sand bar is also a great spot for some peace and quiet. Here you’ll also find a nice collection of unspoiled sea shells that will make a nice addition to your Instagram account.
As one of the premier beaches in the state, Gulf Shores is brimming with jet ski opportunities. Extreme Watersports offers guided waverunner tours that take guests up close to dolphins and other wildlife, in addition to jet ski rentals for those looking to set out on their own. Bear Point Marina is one of the few spots that offer a no-wake zone, which makes it an ideal spot for beginners or families.
Right on the Alabama/Florida state line lies Perdido Key, an area commonly mistaken for either Orange Beach or Florida territory. Although much of the island lies in Florida, the Alabama side of the area offers prime waters for jet skiers of all skill levels. Head to Flora-Bama Marina & Watersports and rent a jet ski for an hour or a day and enjoy close proximity to the various islands in the area.
Nestled against the Alabama/Georgia state line, Valley’s location on Lake Harding makes it a mecca for jet skiers. The Alabama side of the lake offers dozens of calm coves for beginner riders to learn the art of jet skiing. You can rent a watercraft from Tri-City Watersports and spend your day making waves and enjoying the views.
This family favorite destination is a beautiful backdrop for a day of fun in the sun. Head to one of Lakeside Marina’s two locations to rent your jet ski, or put in your own at their boat ramp. This lake offers plenty of beautiful sights to keep you company on your day of play, including the iconic lighthouse at Children’s Harbor. The lake has lots of big water areas and small coves alike to satisfy any rider’s preferences.