Kayaking in Palmetto


One- or Two-Hour Kayak or Paddleboard Rentals for One or Two at Watersports at Little Harbor (Up to 56% Off)

Watersports at Little Harbor

Little Harbor Resort

One- and two-seater kayaks; easy-to-navigate paddleboards; region teeming with dolphins, stingrays, and manatees

$25 $13

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Paddleboard or Kayak Rental or SUP Yoga from Lotto Boat (Up to 67% Off). Four Options Available.

Lotto Boat

St. Petersburg

Spend an afternoon piloting a standup paddleboard, kayak, or double kayak, or take in some aquatic yoga atop a paddleboard

$32 $14

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Paddleboard, Kayak, or Bike Rental for Two from Shoreline Surf & Skate Shop (50% Off)

Shoreline Surf & Skate Shop

Shoreline Surf & Skate Shop

Customers enjoy the great outdoors by land or by sea with paddleboard, kayak, and bike rentals

$40 $20

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Half-Day Kayak Rental for One or Two or Two-Hour Paddleboard Rental at Cove Cay Marina (Up to 50% Off)

Cove Cay Marina

Largo

Climb aboard a paddleboard, or a one-person or tandem kayak and drift past mangrove trees, red fish, and manatees

$30 $15

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One-Hour or Half-Day Paddleboard or Kayak Rentals for Two or Four at Sand Key Paddle Sports (Up to 57% Off)

Sand Key Paddle Sports

Sand Key Park

Explore the crystal-clear waters of Clearwater Harbor atop a paddleboard or kayak during one-hour or half-day rentals

$60 $29

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Two-Hour Woolverton Trails Kayak Tour for Two or Four from Seashore Eco Tours (Up to 52% Off)

Seashore Eco Tours

Seashore Eco Tours

Guide leads kayakers through mangrove-forest trails and Charlotte Harbor Aquatic Preserve while teaching them about the wildlife

$130 $69

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$25 for a $50 Gift Card Towards Kayak Rental at Belle Harbour Marina

Belle Harbour Marina

Pinellas County Park Department

Take a single or tandem kayak out for a spin on the Anclote RIver

$50 $25

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Four-Hour or Eight-Hour Rental of a Single or Tandem Kayak from Windsong Charters (Up to 57% Off)

Windsong Charters

Windsong Charters

Captains outfit clients for paddle amid the wildlife, hidden channels, and sunken boats of Florida’s coastline

$45 $21

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Kayak, or Paddleboard Day Trip for 1, 2, or 4, or Overnight Canoe Trip for 2, 4, or 8 (Up to 53% Off)

Santa Fe Canoe Outpost

High Springs

Paddle or swim along the banks of the Santa Fe River, where you can spy some of Florida’s famous springs

$40 $20

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Four-Hour Kayak Excursion for One, Two, or Four from FMB FlyBoard (Up to 57% Off)

FMB FlyBoard

Fort Myers Beach

Kayakers explore the natural wonders of Fort Myers Beach, paddling past pristine beaches, lush vegetation and beautiful coastal wildlife

$40 $19

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Kayak or Standup-Paddleboard Rental from Nature Recreation Management of Lee County, LLC-Lover's Key (Up to 57% Off)

Nature Recreation Management of Lee County, LLC-Lover's Key

Fort Myers Beach

Get up-close & personal with wildlife kayaking around Lover's Key in a 1- or 2-person vessel; test your balance on a standup paddleboard

$38 $19

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Three- or Six-Hour Single Kayak Rental for One or Two from Finseeker Guided Adventures in Naples, FL (Up to 57%)

Finseeker Guided Adventures

Multiple Locations

Kayakers explore southwest Florida’s coastal landscapes, catching glimpses of beautiful wildlife from stable, sit-on style 10-12 ft boats

$65 $29

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Select Local Merchants

When a family of five wanted to go on a kayak tour, they assumed their daughter with Down's syndrome couldn't come along. But Shan-T co-owner Michelle Thorpe assured them she could, and invited her along in her own tandem kayak. Once on the water, the girl immediately took charge, joyfully taking over paddling. Michelle and her husband Mark had always searched for a way to conduct fun, physical, outdoor activities that would accommodate people with special needs, including their daughter with Asperger's and their niece who is autistic. Taking advantage of the therapeutic nature of the area's calm waters, Shan-T provides a way for just about everyone to commune with nature. The couple operates their tours intimately, using no more than 15 boats per group so that wilderness smells and the sounds of lapping waves are prevalent throughout their adventures. The pair leads their tours through secluded, often shallow waterways and wildlife-rich areas aboard ocean-style kayaks with open tops for easy boarding and egress. They sometimes allow participants to use the boats as standup paddleboards on which participants can stretch their legs or reach up to scratch head itches with overhanging branches. On each tour, guides stress the fragility of the local ecosystem, highlighting issues such as baby fish growing up inside discarded soda cans and dolphins consuming floating plastic bags. In response, participants often pick up any refuse they see, with tours in the past becoming scavenger hunts to help clean the secluded waterways and to see who can find the most Gene Simmons solo albums. On many of these trips, kayakers have encountered manatees up close, sometimes when they brush up against the boats to scratch their backs and bellies.
5801 17th Street West
Palmetto,
FL
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Owner and operator Shawn can trace his family's roots in the local waterways back seven generations. His deep love of the water led him to launch Native Rentals, which conducts eco-friendly paddle tours, and create the Surfer Bus, a renovated school bus that brims with kayaks, surfboards, and any equipment needed for tours on the go. His eco-tours explore the Robinson Preserve, Neal Preserve, and the Anna Maria Sound aboard single or tandem kayaks, standup paddleboards, and bikes, all of which let guests test their muscles without the exorbitant fees of going through Poseidon's booking agent.
5418 Marina Drive
Holmes Beach,
FL
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The crew at Kayak Valet has one mission: to get more people out and enjoying the local waterways and scenery via kayaks or paddleboards. Since storing, hauling, unloading, reloading, and potty training their own kayaks can deter people from boating, the team sets up shop to cancel out such deterrents. They take care of nearly every task, bringing all equipment necessary for a leisurely paddle on puddles of all sizes right to the launch site. The crew will pick up and deliver equipment to popular launch sites within Hillsborough, Pinellas, and Manatee Counties. To keep the aquatic adventure accessible, the shop rents only kayaks and standup paddleboards that can be piloted by anyone, experienced or not. Additionally, they give visitors tips on paddling and safety techniques and sell new kayaks, paddleboards, and accessories.
2651 S Gulf Dr.
Bradenton Beach,
FL
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Yamaha VX110 Deluxe waverunners zip through the glittering waves of Sarasota Bay, Anna Maria Sound, and the intracoastal waterways. The speedy and maneuverable vessels are ideal for adventurous types, although the expansive rental fleet at H2O Watersportz accommodates boaters who prefer all different paces. Compact CraigCat catamarans allow pairs to recline as they coast over ripples, and pontoon boats that seat up to 14 come equipped with gear such as radios and nautical maps that identify where to find the bay of Kool Aid. For more structured journeys, clients can opt for chartered fishing trips helmed by expert guides or tours of the local waterways, with stops at landmarks such as Egmont Key and dolphin and manatee gathering places.
4110 127th St. West
Cortez,
FL
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The crew at Kayak Valet has one mission: to get more people out and enjoying the local waterways and scenery via kayaks or paddleboards. Since storing, hauling, unloading, reloading, and potty training their own kayaks can deter people from boating, the team sets up shop to cancel out such deterrents. They take care of nearly every task, bringing all equipment necessary for a leisurely paddle on puddles of all sizes right to the launch site. The crew will pick up and deliver equipment to popular launch sites within Hillsborough, Pinellas, and Manatee Counties. To keep the aquatic adventure accessible, the shop rents only kayaks and standup paddleboards that can be piloted by anyone, experienced or not. Additionally, they give visitors tips on paddling and safety techniques and sell new kayaks, paddleboards, and accessories.
46th Street
Holmes Beach,
FL
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The spindly branches of mangrove trees dip into Sarasota waters, often creating channels just wide enough to admit one kayak. But despite the narrow nature of these waterways, the guides of I Kayak Sarasota—all Sarasota natives—navigate them with ease. They do this while leading kayakers on tours that uncover different aspects of the bay’s natural splendor without revealing its real secret—that it’s actually a giant’s bathtub. One tour showcases the mangrove tunnels where tourists might see manatees and dolphins, and the other grants guests views of the sunset from the middle of the bay. In addition, I Kayak Sarasota offers standup-paddleboard lessons, which incorporate balance and core fitness into wave-top adventures.
200 John Ringling Boulevard
Sarasota,
FL
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