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Sleep on the Water 28 Oday Kayaking vacation.

Captain James Derby

Sleep on the Water 28 Oday Kayaking vacation.

3 guests
1 bedroom
3 beds
1 bath
3 guests
1 bedroom
3 beds
1 bath
HOME HIGHLIGHTS
Great location93% of recent guests gave this home’s location a 5-star rating.

We are the Barefoot Academy. we offer a great vacationing experience sleeping on a sailing yacht. We offer an adventurous way to take in the beauty of South Miami Beach. You will be tenderd to/from the boat Swimming, paddle boards, & kayaks are available. Come with an open mind and spirit. Do not book if you are looking for a cheap solution to an apartment. This is not an apartment it is a sailboat anchored in the best location in Miami Beach. Come if your sportif and want to kayak.

Amenities

Kitchen
Laptop friendly workspace
Hangers
Shampoo
Essentials

Sleeping arrangements

Bedroom 1
1 double bed, 1 single bed
Common spaces
1 double bed, 2 single beds, 2 sofas

House Rules

No parties or events
Not safe or suitable for infants (Under 2 years)
Check-in time is 2PM - 1AM (next day)
Check out by 12PM (noon)

Availability

24 Reviews

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Vivian User Profile
Vivian
June 2018
Staying on James 28’ boat was a unique and fun experience. Make sure you go during good weather as the boat does not have AC, but it wasn’t much of a problem for us when we stayed because of the cool climate. Also note that the boat is somewhat small, my boyfriend who was 6’3 had…
Captain James Derby User Profile
Response from Captain James Derby:
Life on the water can be a little intense especially in inclimate weather. I try my best to have the guests understand and perhaps being a seasoned mariner can sometimes come accross as rude to the novice boater but all in good spirit and all to keep my guests safe and having fun on the water regardless the weather. The life of a mariner can seem intense to some but again I like to keep my guests happy offer them solutions and options on the water. It is in fact the barefoot academy and outdoor healthy activities are encouraged. But by all means the guests are the priority and we do our best to give them a unique water vacation. Thank you.
June 2018
Margarita User Profile
Margarita
May 2018
this place has no electricity we were put in a situation that in the dark of midnight the boat had no electricity we were not able to ENTER in the boat, then he charged for restocking fee, for what? when we did not enter to the boat. Capitain James Derby's refused to refund the …
Captain James Derby User Profile
Response from Captain James Derby:
There is electricity. It is 12 bolt electricity with several led lights thT light up blue and red. There are led reading lights for the night. The problem in this case was a late last minute booking and my new tender driver did not follow instructions of tidying up the cockpit and putting on the courtesy lights. Instead of calling me they struggled and had very unrealistic expectations of living on a yacht st the ritz Carlton 5 star hotel with air conditioning for the price of my listing. It is a kayaking and SUP vacation luxury camping on the water. I did see some of the issues so offered a make up night free kayak tours etc. to no avail. Do not book this boat if you expect valet service and 5 star acomodations at budget prices. We see cormorants and dolphins on a daily basis. I truly believe if margarita and her boyfriend had slept the night and taken me up on free kayaks in the morning they would have totally enjoyed themselves. If you expect to have a ritz Carlton experience for a budget kayaking sleep on the water vacation your bound to be disappointed. If you take off your shoes and enjoy the water you’ll love it.
May 2018
Stephanie User Profile
Stephanie
May 2018
Captain James was very accommodating. He was also punctual and friendly. He does not lie when he says you are in for an adventure. Also, he can not control the weather. The time we spent on his boat was during a storm. Our belongings got drenched on the tender ride from shor…
Captain James Derby User Profile
Response from Captain James Derby:
Waterproof on a boat is an oximoron. The hatches had some caulking issues that one never sees in the sunny days. We are constantly fixing caulking leaks swan song is a fairly dry boat and I keep caulking until I get it perfect. The problem on Stephanie’s vacation was the rain was very strong and had already lasted 10 days before her arrival. Everything on all three of our boats was tested by the rains. Even some of our neighbors with newer boats had leaks. Again, the rain forecast for Miami Beach had been 80 and 90% rain for literally 3 weeks. Stephanie forgot to mention the the 40$ kayak that was given to her and her husband for free to make up for some severe weather conditions.
May 2018
Patrick User Profile
Patrick
April 2018
Camping on a boat in South Beach! The boat has the basics, you bring the extras. Great quiet location. Weather was good so the water was calm. Definitely go kayaking around the bay! Capt James is experienced and knowledgeable. He exceeded my expectations as a host. Thanks again, …
Captain James Derby User Profile
Response from Captain James Derby:
No problem Patrick you were a great guest welcome anytime.
April 2018
Ole User Profile
Ole
March 2018
Great stay in a cool location!
Moshe User Profile
Moshe
March 2018
The location is perfect, you're pretty much in between downtown and Miami beach, you've got plenty of restaurants and shopping in the area. the water is really refreshing to swim and kayak in, and the main thing was James was there when we needed him! Hope you be back soon.
Marcella User Profile
Marcella
March 2018
A wonderful experience, I recommend it to everyone!

Hosted by Captain James Derby

Miami, Florida, United StatesJoined in November 2013
Captain James Derby User Profile
36 Reviews
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Hi my name is james derby. I am a sailing skipper, living and working where the wind takes me. I am based in Miami beach and own a company called The Barefoot Academy. Our mission is to promote the mariner lifestyle. Fitness, swimming, walking, exercise outdoors, water sports,…
Languages: English, Español, Français, Italiano
Response rate: 100%
Response time: within an hour
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