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No island getaway would be complete without a jaunt on a Jet Ski, and though Manhattan is hardly a Caribbean gem, let us not forget that it is indeed an isle. Tearing up the Hudson on the back of a Kawasaki is a rare activity in these busy waters (thank difficult-to-get permits and high insurance rates), but it’s possible if you book a private guided Jet Skiing tour with Jetty Jumpers (917-734-9919, jettyjumpers.com; $275 per Jet Ski plus $75 for an additional passenger)
. The four-hour trip begins at a Coney Island marina and speeds under the Verrazano and Brooklyn bridges, coasts alongside the Belt Parkway, zips past the South Street Seaport and pulls up close to the Statue of Liberty before making a stop at Jersey City’s Sandbar for fuel in the form of burgers and ice pops. For an extra $50, a videographer and photographer will document the whole thing, although the experience promises to be plenty memorable on its own—enough even to justify the hefty price tag.