One of the best ways to see the incredible outdoor scenery that St. Augustine has to offer is to get right out on the water.
Luckily, there are several rental options that you can choose from to explore kayaking in St. Augustine. From guided tours to self-guided trips and extended kayak rentals —there’s an option for everyone.
Kayak St. Augustine
This company gives some of the best eco tours in all of Florida. St. Augustine is home to tons of different wildlife, and while in a kayak you can encounter dolphins, manatees, sea turtles,
bald eagles, ospreys, herons, and more.
There are several different tours you can choose from at this provider, including the “St. Augustine Bayfront History Tour.”
This tour takes you paddling back in time along the bay while you hear stories from history about the Castillo de San Marcos as you float right by it.
You’ll also go by the Fountain of Youth and the Great Cross, which marks the landing of the Spanish and influence of Christianity in the New World.
The wildlife of St. Augustine is one of the biggest draws to the area and outdoor attractions, and the “Dancing Dolphins” Tour will lead you right to playful dolphins among other creatures.
This tour is great for all ages and gives you beautiful views of the St. Augustine Lighthouse while cruising by popular dolphin or manatee “hangouts.”
All rentals are by reservation only. Contact the crew at 904-315-8442 to reserve a trip.
St. Augustine Eco Tours
St. Augustine Eco Tours offers several tours that are suited for people of all abilities. Right in Historic Downtown St. Augustine, this company has its own specialized kayak slip to make it easy to get the boats in and out of the water.
Lessons are provided on how to use the kayaks when needed. Tandem kayaks are also available with rudders to make steering easier for beginners.
The options here include a Salt Marsh kayak trip. The tour starts with a brief instructional to get you used to paddling the kayaks and then you’re off.
Your guide can take you under the Bridge of Lions, past the Spanish Fort, and into the saltwater marshes that are in the historic mission grounds. Call for booking at (904) 377-7245.
With Ripple Effect, you can choose from one of their guided eco-tours or rent a kayak and take it out on your own.
Professional guides can take you on a tour through just a few of the tens of thousands of acres of wetlands that make up the Guano Tolomato Matanzas Nation Estuarine Research Preserve.
You can also choose to rent your own kayak. With so many options for great places to explore, having your own kayak allows you to tailor the experience to exactly what you want to do. It’s recommended to only choose this option if you are an experienced kayaker of course.
Ripple Effect will launch you into the Preserve’s watery wetlands, and give you a basic overview of the area before sending you on your way. Kayak rentals are $40 or $50 for up to 4 hours. Reserve your rentals by calling (904) 347-1565.
If you have any other questions about great kayaking tours, or if you would prefer to rent your own and want some suggestions on where to take them, just give us a quick call at (800)-398-5980 and we can help you out!
Also, if you want any information on what kind of St. Augustine resort would be most suitable for you and your family and the options that we have for accommodations we would be more than happy to help as well. Call us anytime at (800)-398-5980.