Take a break from the beach bum life this summer and get your vitamin D with a side of exercise and adventure. Kayaking is a fun, low-impact way to improve cardiovascular fitness and full-body strength. Plus, you can come back with some really cool Instagram posts while you’re at it.
No kayak? No problem. Sarasota has plenty of options for kayak rentals, guided tours and excursions!
Almost Heaven Kayak Adventures
With options like dolphin hunts, historical stops and alligator encounters, Almost Heaven Kayak Adventures is a premier choice for a large group or an adventurous duo. The eco-tours start at $53 and include kayak rental, a guide and 2.5 hours of drift and paddle. For a full day’s trip, the Myakka River Tour offers nature lovers a 4-hour tour through Florida’s largest state park. If you’d rather forego the guide for the thrill of the unknown, Almost Heaven offers half-day and full-day kayak rentals starting at $35.
JM Snooky Charters
Maybe you’ve mastered casual kayaking and are looking to take it up a notch. JM Snooky Charters knows a thing or two about reeling in fun. Captain Jason Stock will take you on a kayak fishing trip around Anna Maria Island. More hands-on than a standard fishing boat trip, the kayaks give extra mobility and allow you to get within a paddle’s length of the honey hole. Rates start at $200 and include an experienced guide.
Sarasota Paddleboard Company
Okay, so this isn’t a kayak. But, don’t be fooled. Along with offering the highly-popular paddleboard excursions, Sarasota Paddleboard Company specializes in kayak rentals, tours, sales and lessons. Tours are segmented into Lido Key and Longboat Key. Lido offers a maze of mangrove tunnels as a solo tour for $35 or as a 2-hour guided tour for $55. Across the way, Longboat gives explorers the chance to traverse pristine backwaters via kayak or paddleboard, starting at $35 and $45 respectively.
Adventure Mode: On
There’s no excuse to stay inside this summer. Put on your swimsuit, crank up your new Toyota, and head outside for a boatload of fun!