Jet Ski, Kayak and Parasail
Because it’s just not summer until you’ve given your mother a heart attack. You can rent vessels of varying size – and safety – or charter your own fishing excursion at Joe Rug’s Water Adventures (6001 France Blvd.).

Sail Away
The New Orleans Yacht Club (403 N. Roadway St.) hosts weekly races every Wednesday. They welcome novices and can train new skippers or provide crews in order to encourage participation their sport. You can also sign up for sailing lessons with the American Sailing Association at Murray Yacht Sales (6510 Spanish Fort Blvd.).

Dropping A Line
Sport fishing and crabbing (Pontchy is home to plenty of Louisiana blue crab) are good excuses to kick back with the ice chest and your best “buds.” There are also pavilions and grassy fields all along the Lakefront for grilling and picnicking.

Gulf Shores: Deals at your Destination
GULF SHORES RENTAL, 1325 Gulf Shores Parkway, Ala., (251) 948-7000,

Guests who book their Alabama vacation with Gulf Shores Rental receive much more than just a beachfront rental.

A complimentary round of golf, deep-sea fishing fare (seasonal), movie rentals, admission to dolphin cruises (seasonal), entrance to Waterville USA (seasonal) and four tickets to The Track Amusement Center are offered daily for overnight stays. Monthly deals can be found through their website. 

– Erica S. Johnson

Exotic Jewels at Sabai
SABAI JEWELRY, 924 Royal St., 525-6211; 3115 Magazine St., 899-9555;

Sabai Jewelry, a specialized gem gallery, offers precious and semi-precious stones designed by Balinese silversmiths. Sabai carries natural stones, fossils and minerals such as druzi and opal that make one-of-a-kind gifts for memorable events or a special person. Choosing natural stones handmade by silversmiths with years of experience gives Sabai’s Jewelry a unique selection of necklaces, rings, bracelets, earrings and more. During mid-October or November, the second of a twice-a-year sidewalk sale is offered where slightly damaged jewelry is available at great prices.

– E.S.J.