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Expeditons, RVs, and Burning Makos Highlight Outpost Plans in 2016!
For those who did not with this month’s powerball and want a shot at great prizes, we offer the Guy Harvey outpost Adventure pack Sweepstakes Contest. Simply visit http://www.guyharveyoutpost.com/adventurepack-sweepstakes/ and enter for a chance to win a Garmin VIRB Elite camera; Ecorox waterproof bluetooth speakers; Costa del Mar sunglasses; Guy Harvey backpack by AFTCO; two Guy Harvey ‘survivalstraps’; and Guy Harvey towels by AFTCO.
Guy Harvey Outpost announces it’s 2016 Expeditions with Little Cayman, Mexico, and Panama. Visit Cayman and fish for tasty deep-water snapper and have it prepared by a 5-star chef. Catch and release bonefish, tarpon and permit in scenic, undisturbed shallows. Troll for tuna and wahoo in the deep blue, and dive the steep and otherworldly Bloody Bay Wall– a favorite of scuba divers worldwide.
These are just some of the adventures awaiting you at the Southern Cross Club, a Guy Harvey Outpost Expedition Collection property on Little Cayman Island. Check out our fishing, diving and combo packages at www.guyharveyoutpost.com/gho-cayman/ or call 1-800-513-5257.
For a unique, out-island sportfishing expedition tackling huge billfish in the remote waters of Panama, Guy Harvey Outpost offers the Black Marlin Special through Feb. 28. Your party will have three sportfishing platforms at its disposal, including gourmet food and activities for non-anglers. Panama Yacht and Fishing charter packages range from $2,600 to $4,900, depending on the number of guests and length of stay. To book your Panama adventure call our Travel Desk at 800-513-5257.
If you have ever longed to interact one-on-one, up close and personal, with the largest fish in the ocean, now is the time to plan your adventure. Keen M Blue Water Charters will escort you to the largest aggregation of whale sharks known to science in the warm Caribbean waters off Isla Mujeres, Mexico. As many as 400 of these huge, brown, white-spotted gentle giants gather along with manta rays from May to September each year to eat plankton near the surface, and you will be snorkeling safely right next to them. If you just can’t wait for the whale sharks to arrive, you can safely go cagediving to watch mako sharks and you can also fish for, and snorkel with sailfish right now. Your shoreside headquarters is the Hotel Playa Media Luna, a Guy Harvey Outpost Expedition Lodge. For a 7-day, 6-night snorkeling/fishing package, visit www.guyharveyoutpost.com/gho-mexico/ or call 1-800-513- 5257.
Recreational vehicle enthusiasts will soon have not just one, but two fun, outdoor adventure bucket list destinations in Florida under the Guy Harvey Outpost flag.
Guy Harvey Outpost Resorts and partner Elite Resorts– manager of premier RV resorts in Florida and Connecticut–have just unveiled plans for a new Outpost RV resort community near Tarpon Springs on Florida’s Gulf coast. Located in Pasco County between the popular Anclote Parks on the Anclote River and Gulf of Mexico, this $15 million, 46-acre destination will feature 340 brick-paved RV lots and the full suite of resort-style amenities. Lots will go on sale starting in the fall of 2016.
Meanwhile, GHO and Elite Resorts are proceeding apace with plans to redevelop the Okee- Tantie RV park and marina on Lake Okeechobee. Outpost president Mark Ellert and Elite president Ed Mayer appeared before the Okeechobee County Commission in December, pledging to spend $37.5 million to build 125 brick-paved RV pads, a 20,000-square-foot lodge, 70 rental cabins, and upgrade the marina, among other improvements. Anticipated re-opening is summer 2017.
Scuba divers can hunt for treasure at night under the full moon each month beginning Jan. 23 with Guy Harvey Outpost outfitters Captain Slate’s Scuba Adventures in Islamorada and South Florida Diving Headquarters in Pompano Beach. Captains Spencer Slate and Jeff Torode will sprinkle pretend treasure coins on the reef for divers to find and redeem for prizes. Prize drawings and after-parties will be held on shore following the dives. Call 1-800-513-5257 for more information.
Blazing Mako, Fishing and More In Islamorada
A monumental stainless-steel sculpture of a mako shark by renowned Keys marine artist Pasta Pantaleo will light up the night– literally– during the Blazing Mako Tournament and Festival slated for June 16-19 at the Islander Resort, a Guy Harvey Outpost Resort in Islamorada. The fishing contest/art/music/craft/’conch-servation’ fair will benefit marine science scholarships at Nova Southeastern University, whose mascot is the mako shark. Pantaleo has invited local artists and members of the community to watch him build the sculpture over the next few months outside his gallery at milemarker 81.5, U.S. 1. When completed, it will be set ablaze in a bonfire on the beach at the Islander during the Father’s Day weekend festivities. For more information or to sign up, visit www.blazingmako.com.
But you don’t have to wait till June to get your art on. The Islander will host the Islamorada Fine Arts Festival Jan. 23-24 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on the beach featuring sculptures, paintings, digital art, ceramics, jewelry, photography and more.
The Islander is also a great place to stay if you plan to attend George Poveromo’s annual Salt Water Sportsman magazine fishing seminar Jan. 30 at Coral Shores High School. The day-long event features instruction, demonstrations, prize drawings and an after-party. Visit www.nationalseminarseries.com.
Eating Your Way Through Valentine’s Day
Guy Harvey Outpost properties Southern Cross Club on Little Cayman; Green Turtle Club in Abaco; and the Guy Harvey Outpost St Pete Beach will serve up exclusive, romantic Valentine’s Day menus and lodging packages for the weekend of Feb. 13-14. Call 1-800-513-5257.
Marine artist/scientist/conservationist/documentarian Dr. Guy Harvey plans to dive and shoot footage of the “Grouper Moon” near his home waters off Little Cayman Island with cinematographer George Schellenger this month. The annual Nassau grouper spawning event is off-limits to everyone except by special permit. Harvey and Schellenger previously produced the “Grouper Moon” video documentary and distributed it free to schools and conservation groups. Now they are looking for additional footage to update it.
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