Some people come to Miami to sit at the beach, while others come for the wild nightlife. But there’s also a large contingent of people who pass on all that and come to Miami to partake in water sports, among the most popular of which is kayaking. With all the waterways the Miami area has to offer, it’s easy to just slip your kayak in the water and paddle your way through spectacular scenery for hours on end. Whether you’re an experienced kayaker or someone who wants to give it a try, here are some of the best spots in Miami to go kayaking.
Key Biscayne is a barrier island south of the city of Miami and an incredible place to go kayaking. The whole island is full of beachfront parks that you can see and explore while paddling your kayak right off the coast. The water is relatively calm so you don’t have to be an expert kayaker to handle it and you don’t have to worry about drifting out to sea. If you like kayaking with freedom and without being confined to trails, the coast of Key Biscayne is the place to go. At the same time, the island does have plenty of beautiful harbors and picturesque estuaries to explore if you want to play it safe but still enjoy yourself.
Oleta River State Park
On the north side of Miami is Oleta River State Park, a haven for those who love kayaking and beautiful scenery. The park is on the shores of Biscayne Bay and is full of estuaries that are perfect for exploring via kayak, canoe, or any other type of self-propelled water vehicle. While you kayak your way around, you’ll be privy to the delightful sights of mangrove roots, small fish, and a wide variety of birds. If you’re a novice, it’s easy to rent kayaks inside the park, and once you’ve taken in all the scenery and tired yourself out from kayaking all day, you can relax at the Blue Marlin Fish House, a watering hole with fine food and drink located inside Oleta River State Park and the perfect place to finish off a day of kayaking.
Everglades National park
Finally, if you’re a kayaking enthusiast who’s up for a little road trip, you have to visit Everglades National Park. The Everglades has no shortage of trails for kayaks and canoes, and while not all of them are easy, they are a great way to see all the amazing scenery and wildlife that can be found in the Everglades. If you’re not a seasoned and serious kayaker, this may not be for you, but kayaking your way through the Everglades is a truly unique experience, and if you’re a kayaker in the city of Miami, it’s definitely worth the trip.