When you come to Miami, of course you are going to want to spend time at the beach. It is a time-honored tradition that requires at least one dedicated day on your vacation. Local waterways offer other ways to get wet while engaging with the beautiful flora and fauna that the area has to offer. Take one of the guided tours, or create your own paddling experience.
1.Whether exploring on your own or following a guided tour, kayaking is a very relaxing activity.
2.It is exercise, and a pleasant form of it that isn’t going to overtax your body.
3.Natural areas are not always visible from hiking trails or cars. To truly see the beauty as it once was, you have to be on the water.
4.You’re more engaged with nature as you are sitting on the water. Get up close and personal to the local flora and fauna.
5.It can be hot in Florida, especially in the summer! Kayaking is a great way to stay cool during your adventures.
So, where are some of the best places to go kayaking?
Miami Eco Adventures
Miami Eco Adventures is designed for a true water experience in the Miami area. They currently feature three specific tours to get you out on the water.
The Key Biscayne Kayak Adventure takes you along the natural shorelines of Key Biscayne. View coastal birds and marine life in their natural habitat. Touch base with history as you see the summer fishing villages of the Tequesta. Indulge in childhood fantasies as you discover pirate shipwrecks off the shore.
The Fossil Reef Snorkel Adventure allows you to also traverse sea-grass beds and sand flats as you pass an ancient fossilized reef to get to the mangrove forests.
Snorkel along the reef to see the tropical fish up close and explore the Bear Cut Preserve on the Sea Kayak & Snorkel Adventure.
Or, you can contact them to create your own personalized adventure for your group.
Matheson Hammock Park
Adventure Sports Miami provides kayak and standup paddleboard rentals for exploring Matheson Hammock Park. Some people even like to go kiteboarding here. You can check out a manmade atoll that is naturally flushed by the tide. Enjoy your ride along the Gables waterways as you look upon the Biscayne Bay and skyline of Miami.
Oleta River State Park
Oleta River State Park is a mere 20 minutes from downtown Miami. This preserved land is best viewed from a kayak and gives you an historic glimpse into what the area was like before civilization took over. Weave through the mangrove estuaries and check out the hardwood hammocks either on your own or through a guided tour by Blue Moon Outdoor Center.
Other Small Trips
People also love to go paddling near Chicken Key, which is a small island near the Deering Estate. The Coral Gables Waterway is several miles long, taking you through a beautiful neighborhood.
Where are your favorite paddling destinations? Let us know in the comments section!