St. Augustine Kayaking
Standing on the shores and gazing out at the water stretching in front of you is undoubtedly pleasant; but there’s nothing quite like skimming along at a few feet above sea level, as the diverse, aquatic ecosystem lives and breathes beneath your kayak.
Kayak St. Augustine received the “Certificate of Excellence” in 2016 from TripAdvisor for their kayak tours. It’s clear that people are getting excited about the kayak eco tours offered here. They have tours that take you all over St. Augustine beach, along with all of the connected tributaries and rivers. All levels of experience are welcome, and they even offer classes for the truly uncomfortable. Additionally, they have stand up paddleboard rentals and classes available.
There are no promises, but possible aquatic encounters on a kayak eco tour include dolphins, manatees, sea turtles, bald eagles, egrets, herons, ospreys and roseate spoonbills. That’s just the start of what you may see on a Kayak St. Augustine tour.
St. Augustine Eco Tours
You’ll put your kayak in the water right in the heart of Historic Downtown St. Augustine for these tours. These are the same waters that the founders of the city – and eventually their adversaries – were boating in.
This two-hour long nature tour is welcome to all levels of paddlers. The instructors will get you started with a short clinic on basic kayak maneuvers and skills. It’s informative for beginners, and refreshing for experienced kayakers. The tour will eventually pass under the Bridge of Lions and the Spanish fort before paddling into the saltwater marshes of the mission grounds.
Ripple Effect Eco Tours
Ripple Effect Tours promises eco tours that allow you to witness the “real” Florida. The 77,000 acres of water that make up Guana Tolomato Matanzas National Estuarine Research Reserve (GTM-NERR, for short) are less traversed than many of the kayak tours in St. Augustine. These backwaters are brimming with wildlife, though. You can choose to rent a kayak and take your own St. Augustine FL Kayaking tour of the tributaries, sign up for a tour, or just go along for a lazy fish with friends.
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