The Best Places to Go Kayaking in Miami

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Discover Where to Go Kayaking in Miami

As with snorkeling in Miami, you can kayak almost anywhere because the city is surrounded by water. Take an oar and go to the sea; there are adventures in the ocean, in the bay, and even in the Everglades. Bring plenty of sunscreen and bottled water (snacks too!) And prepare to explore the city by water rather than by land. Don't be surprised if you come across manatees, tropical fish, dolphins, and even sharks!

1. Matheson Hammock Park

You may not think of Coral Gables as a place to kayak, but in fact, Matheson Hammock Park is perfect for when you want to spend a day on the water. Located on Old Cutler Road, Matheson Hammock offers canoeists the opportunity to choose their own adventures. You can take a small self-guided tour if you wish. But you can also sign up for a two-hour kayak tour for $ 30 per person, it's just over 2 miles long, called the Matheson Mangrove Kayak Trek. Bring the kids, if they are 9 years old or older, and prepare to snorkel a mangrove. Bird watching is helpful here; watch out for brown pelicans, ospreys, herons, and other wildlife.

2. Crandon Park

Head to Crandon Park in Key Biscayne for all kinds of recreational activities, including tennis, barbecue, golf, and of course, canoeing. Rent a kayak or canoe at Crandon Marina and get ready to explore Biscayne Bay. Here you will find more mangroves, seagrass meadows, wooden coastal nets, and dunes. You also have the option of renting a kayak from the Rickenbacker Causeway if you want to paddle into the impressive Vizcaya Museum and Gardens. You can also try windsurfing and stand-up paddleboarding here.

3. Black Point Marina

If you've never been to Homestead's Black Point Marina, it's time to take a trip there. This secluded area has not only nature trails and picnic pavilions, but also a charming restaurant. Live bands play music several times a week, the perfect excuse to dance and drink piña colada. Take a kayak tour at Black Point Marina and paddle through mangrove estuaries for a unique perspective of Miami. There is a good chance that you will see some wild animals here as well. Remember, it is never a good idea to feed manatees or any other wild animals, so take pictures and say hello from a distance, but always respect your animal neighbors.

4. Oleta River State Park

Get a taste of Sunny Isles with a kayak tour of Oleta River State Park. This 1,000-acre green space along Biscayne Bay has 15 miles of mountain bike trails but is also great for kayaking among mangrove estuaries. The best thing about Oleta is that the park offers sunset kayaking rides every Friday, as well as full moon kayak trips once a month. Paddle out to Biscayne Bay with lamp posts in hand or a lighted kayak for an hour-long ride in one of the quietest and most serene parks. Prices and details vary, so check the Oleta River Outdoor Center website to reserve a spot on the tour of your choice.

5. Sunset Harbour

Sunset Harbor is an ideal place to take a kayak and go for a walk. With several great restaurants (Stiltsville, Pubbelly, Lucali, and more), you can stock up before or after kayaking. After all, it is an arm and shoulder exercise. Paddle through the Venetian islands with the South Beach kayak and see the multi-million dollar mansions. You can also stop at Flagler Monument Island, which is only accessible by water, for a swim before heading back to the mainland.

6. Biscayne National Park

Biscayne National Park is 95% water and you know what that means: more space for water sports and water activities. Kayaking here is like discovering a whole new world, as the park covers 172,971 acres of land and even includes Elliott Key. There are an abundance of mangroves to navigate, as well as the Florida Reef, one of the largest coral reefs in the world. Kayaking in Biscayne National Park allows you to explore the mangrove swamp, coral limestone cays, the Florida reef, and the shallow waters of the bay - four distinct ecosystems. here too!). It really doesn't get better than that, right?

7. The Everglades

The Everglades are a mandatory part of the city when you are in Miami, no matter how you decide to spend your time there. You can take an airboat ride or enjoy a meal of barbecued frog legs and alligator (some people consider this a delicacy). You can also explore the Everglades freshwater marshes and mangrove forests along canoe and kayak trails, which are part of Florida Bay's incredible 99 kilometers of canals, easily accessible by kayak, no matter the experience you have, either as a kayak. Bring plenty of sunscreens and insect repellent for this excursion; This area is known for its mosquitoes and insects, which live among the rest of the area's wildlife, including snakes, crocodiles, and more.

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