My Unique Experience on an Orange Beach Cat Boat
When I think of Orange Beach, Alabama, I immediately think of two things: sand and sun.
One of my favorite Alabama beaches, Orange Beach has become one of the top destinations my family wants to visit year in and year out. Occasionally, I get to sneak away with girlfriends, and I’ve also been privileged enough to visit a time or two for work.
Just What is a Cat Boat?
Most recently, my visit during the shoulder season (the time of year between summer and winter) brought me a unique experience with Orange Beach Cat Boat Tours. What is a “Cat Boat” exactly? Well, it’s somewhere between a paddle boat and a larger, motorized boat. Each boat seats two passengers, but only one can drive. On their website, the tour company calls it a “compact powerboat,” and I believe that is an accurate description.
A fellow travel writer experiencing the tour with me graciously agreed to drive us. I was a bit nervous handling a motorized vehicle out on the water, but I felt safe with her expert driving skills. If you’re a bit nervous about driving a boat, don’t worry! No boating experience is necessary, and they give you a driving lesson before you set sail.