Gondolas West

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    Gondolas West
    We are the original small boat tour in Fort Lauderdale
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With an emphasis on nature over noise, glide along the waterways of the scenic New River the beautiful canals of Fort Lauderdale in our silent electric boat. We'll show you nature's beauty thriving just beyond the iconic homes and moored yachts.

With a maximum of six passengers, our 22' electric boats "ēCHO" and "OP" explore the calm waterways that larger boats can't reach. That means more wildlife and a quieter, more intimate view of the natural world beyond the bustling canals of Fort Lauderdale.




Captain Chris McCoy

After graduating from College from the University of Idaho, Chris McCoy moved to the island of Maui, Hawaii where he taught SCUBA diving for the next six years.

Looking for a change in scenery, he made a completely lateral move to the islands of St. Thomas/St. John where he received his US Coast Guard Masters License in 1999. For the next five years he conducted snorkeling and sightseeing toursthrough the US Virgin Islands as well as the British Virgin Islands.

In 2004, he took a job as the Captain of a 76' SunSeeker which took him up and down the Caribbean and finally to the Mediterranean. He spent seven months in Italy, Corsica, Sardinia, Malta and Greece. One of the highlights of this trip was getting to see the 2004 Olympics in Athens.

He then traveled back to the Caribbean to help a friend run a power boat rental company which enabled him to get back up to Virgin Gorda, Tortolla, and Jost Van Dyke.

Looking to put his 15 years of experience to the test, in 2011 he moved to Ft. Lauderdale to start Gondolas West.


We have real wine glasses, plates, napkins and silverware so guests can bring wine and food. We offer complimentary soft drinks and water as well.

Our Friends

Bahia Mar Hotel and Marina

Enjoy stunning surroundings and 44 breathtaking acres along the Intracoastal Waterway at the Bahia Mar Fort Lauderdale Beach hotel- a DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel. Located near the International Swimming Hall of Fame, the Bahia Mar Fort Lauderdale Beach hotel is a water taxi ride away from the shops, restaurants and nightlife of Las Olas Boulevard. Stay active with water sports, indulge the option to sail away on a cruise or simply relax on the white sandy beach. Bahia Mar is only a short drive from the Fort Lauderdale International Airport and Port Everglades Cruise Terminal.

Florida Luxury Rentals

Florida Luxury Rentals proudly presents the finest collection of waterfront homes, condominiums and villas in South Florida. We are South Florida's Vacation Rental Specialists, offering Luxury short and long term rental homes, an accredited business offering an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau. We are licensed, insured and regulated by the Florida Real Estate Commission and we offer 24 hour emergency maintenance service. Our short term vacation rental homes offer our exclusive "Gold Seal of Approval", property inspection standards, successfully passing a 35 point inspection meeting with our stringent requirements and standards ensuring a completely satisfied rental experience.

Duffy Electric Boats

Founded in 1968, Duffy is the world's best-selling, zero emissions electric boat. We use two six-passenger 22' and 21' Duffy boats to power our tours at Gondolas West.

Treasure Trove

One review from Yelp: Nice to get away from the crowds on the beach blvd to this dive bar. We didn't go during a happy hour so we missed out on the good deals, but they had some good food. I had the tuna Philly cheesesteak which was really tasty and my girlfriend had the fish tacos that were excellent as well. I would recommend this to anyone looking for a good spot after being on the beach all day. Local vibe and low key. I hope we can make it again for one of their happy hours.

All About Food

This reviewer on Trip Advisor summed it up pretty well: “It is "ALL ABOUT THE FOOD"!” 5 of 5 starsReviewed December 3, 2014 I was against going into the establishment strictly for the name, but were tired from walking and hungry. WOW!! What a surprise of a reasonable place to get quick, good, and variety of choice food. Everything is fresh and prepared should you desire hot food right there. You also have the option either eat inside, outside on patio, or get it to go. Wonderful muffins!

Business Hours & Location

Bahia Mar Hotel Lobby

801 Seabreeze Boulevard Ft Lauderdale, FL 33304

Ph: (888)-893-5614

Everyday: 10am – 5:30pm

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