Rental Policies

Florida State Regulations:

All vessel operators of pontoons or jet skis are required to be at least 25 YEARS OF AGE with a valid ID. All renters born ON OR AFTER JANUARY 1, 1988 MUST HAVE a Florida boaters license or boaters safety card. TO GET CERTIFIED CLICK HERE.

FLORIDA STATE REGULATIONS: All vessel operators are required to be at least 25 YEARS OF AGE with a valid ID. All renters born ON OR AFTER JANUARY 1, 1988 MUST HAVE a Florida boaters license or boaters safety card. TO GET CERTIFIED CLICK HERE.

 

OUR PONTOONS: We offer quality, clean, and affordable pontoon boats that come equipped with a 4-stroke outboard, AM/FM stereo, stern ladders, and life jackets. Boats are 23-Foot and can accommodate up to 11 people.

 

SAFETY FIRST: All vessel operators are required to be at least 25 YEARS OF AGE with a valid ID. All renters born ON OR AFTER JANUARY 1, 1988 MUST HAVE a Florida boaters license or boaters safety card.

Pontoon boats are about the safest vessels out there to operate, especially for newbies who have never driven a boat. You’ll find our pontoons offer a smooth and safe ride for the whole family.

All boats come equipped with USGC safety equipment and life jackets.

 

INCLEMENT WEATHER WOES: We are known as the sunshine state but we understand the occasional thunderstorm can pop up and cut your trip short. If the weatherman is predicting bad weather we ask that you call at least 48 hours in advance to receive a full refund.

 

WHAT TO DO & WHERE: Once you cruise off on your pontoon boat, your options for fun activities are limitless and it’s completely up to you with how’d you like to spend your time. Here are some of our favorite ways:

  • Visit Shell Island: Shell Island is a beautiful seven mile long, uninhabited island only accessible by boat. This secluded island has both a gulf and bay side with white sandy beaches, copious amounts of shells for souvenirs, and snorkeling opportunities. It’s a short 20 minute boat ride from our docks. You won’t be disappointed with this little piece of paradise.
  • Go Fishing in St. Andrews: The area offers a wide variety of game fish and whether you're a seasoned fisherman or first timer you’ll likely catch something worth talking about. Either drop a line off the boat or head to shore and give the kiddies a net to fish.
  • See & Swim with Dolphins: If you hoping to spot a dolphin on your adventure, your chances are pretty high. Many of the dolphins who call St. Andrew Bay their home are very friendly and curious. Don’t forget to bring your camera, these guys love to put on a show.

    We only ask that you don’t feed them as it is illegal under the Marine Mammal Protection Act.

YOUR CHECKLIST: We're all guilty of forgetting the sunscreen or an extra towel at one point or another. Here is a checklist so you don't forget anything the day of your adventure:

 

Friendly reminder that the tour is 3.5 hours and that some time is spent at Shell Island.

 

ON THE GRAND-MÉRE: 

  • Restrooms
  • Full Bar 
  • Concessions
  • Air-Conditioned Cabin 
  • Double Decker Views 
  • 131 Passenger Seats 
  • Narrated Sightseeing

 

YOUR CHECKLIST: 

WHAT CAN YOU DO WHEN YOU RENT A JET SKI?: Reserve a 2-hr guided jet ski rental and explore the waters around Panama City Beach, Florida. Tour with an experienced local guide and other jet ski renters assigned to your group.

The tour goes to Shell Island, snorkel/swim, and sightsee for dolphins, turtles, manatees, starfish, colorful fish, and more! Plus, have time to ride about and play.

Note: Our jet skis are no pets allowed. We all have pets and love our furry family members. The wear and tear on our equipment are more than we can keep up with. And the cost of repairs is never a fun bill for guests to receive. It’s simply best that our furry friends sit this adventure out.

 

WHAT IS INCLUDED IN YOUR JET SKI RENTAL?: We offer 2-hr guided jet ski tours and unguided hourly jet ski rentals. All of our jet skis are two person, with a maximum of 400lbs weight limit. Our equipment is professionally maintained and deemed safe and reliable.

Requirements for both guided and unguided jet ski rentals: Must be 21 years of age to rent a jet ski in the state of Florida.

All guided vessel operators are required to be at least 16 years of age with a valid ID and Florida boaters license or boater’s safety certificate.

All unguided vessel operators are required to be at least 18 years of age with a valid ID and Florida boaters license or boater’s safety certificate. No riders under 5 years of age. Minors cannot have passengers unless the passenger is an adult. Must be born before January 1, 1988 to rent without a Florida boating license/safety certificate. Renters born ON OR AFTER J ANUARY 1, 1988 MUST HAVE a Florida boaters license or boater’s safety card. TO GET CERTIFIED CLICK HERE.

 

RESTRICTIONS AND REQUIREMENTS OF USE: Please adhere to all applicable laws at all times and remain in control of self at all times. This exciting adventure will be perfect through common sense and listening to your expert local guide (licensed captain). It's all about providing one amazing experience, that is also safe, for you, your family, and the natural residents on the waters.

All cancellation polices and terms of use are agreed upon by all parties with any booking of services provided by Happy Days Adventures. We are not responsible for any actions not of our own, including personal injury or damage to property.

 

CANCELLATION POLICIES: Cancellations made 48 hours or more in advance will be refunded, minus a $10 service fee per order. Cancellations made less than 48 hours before the tour time will not be refunded.

In the event of inclement weather, your rental may be cancelled, for your safety, and a full refund will be issued in this case as long as the watercraft has not departed with you on it. Inclement weather is considered heavy rain, thunderstorms, lightning storms, strong winds (over 20 mph).

Please realize that we cannot control the weather but we are locals that completely understand our local conditions and what is happening by way of forecasts and mapping. You can call us for help at 850-628-9919.

WHAT IS INCLUDED IN THE DOLPHIN & SNORKEL TOUR?: This dolphin tour comes equipped with everything you need, including snorkeling gear and a comfortable seat to explore St. Andrews Bay, The Jetties, Shell Island, and the Gulf of Mexico.

Safety is our top priority to ensure our guests have a good time and that we are in compliance with the Coast Guard requirements. This dolphin tour is a personal experience with our local waters and sea life. Our goal for your trip is to encounter and swim with dolphins and take in the wonder these amazing creatures give back to us.

Note: Because dolphins are wild, we can only do our best to locate some during your specific tour/boat trip. There are no promises of performance based on seeing or encountering dolphins and making lifetime memories that will fuel endless smiles and enjoyment.

 

HOW MANY PEOPLE WILL BE IN MY GROUP IF I BOOK A DOLPHIN TOUR? To ensure safety and comply with Coast Guard requirements, each boat tour will be for 1-6 people (adults and children), plus the captain. If your group has more than six people, we can add another boat, and both boats can tour together.

*For groups with less than six people, we will add other people to your boat to equal 6.

Note: You are welcome to purchase six tickets for your family of five to ensure a private boat for your family/group.