By: Shayne Benowitz
Grab a paddle and get on the water.
With Miami’s shallow, flat calm waters and unique marine ecosystem, kayaking and canoeing are a natural (and positively sublime) way to enjoy a day in Mother Nature.
Key Biscayne is a haven for water sports and Crandon Park is a great place to get started. Offering everything from a beach, tennis center, marina and golf course, you can rent kayaks and canoes to explore beautiful Biscayne Bay. It’s also one of Miami’s most popular sites for kiteboarding.
Located en route to Key Biscayne directly on the scenic Rickenbacker Causeway, Sailboards Miami is a one stop shop for a whole host of water sport activities. Rent kayaks and paddle your way towards the historic Vizcaya Museum & Gardens, Twin Sisters Sandbar and a tangle of mangrove estuaries. Windsurfing and standup paddleboards are also available for rent, and Sailboards offers brief lessons for those new to either sport.
Just a little further down the road from Crandon Park, you’ll reach Historic Virginia Key Beach Park and the Virginia Key Outdoor Center. Here, you can rent kayaks and paddleboards and even participate in a standup paddleboard yoga class. There are nature trails for hiking and a tranquil lagoon beach for swimming. You can even go fishing aboard a kayak here.
A haven for kite surfers and swimmers alike, Matheson Hammock Park in Coral Gables is located directly on Key Biscayne with a tranquil atoll beach and plenty of hiking trails. Here, Eco Adventures offers kayak and standup paddleboard rentals, as well as kiteboarding lessons for the adventurous water baby.
Down in Homestead, Black Point Marina is a great recreational destination with kayak and canoe rentals, as well as nature trails and picnic pavilions. You’ll paddle through mangrove estuaries and see a side of Miami only possible from the water. You might even spot manatees and dolphins, so be on the lookout!
Sunny Isles Beach
Enjoy the natural splendors of Oleta River State Park, a 1,000-acre green space set against Biscayne Bay near Sunny Isles Beach. It’s popular for its 15 miles of mountain biking trails, and it’s also a prime spot to explore the mangrove estuaries by water.
Blue Moon Outdoor Center is located within the park where you can rent kayaks, canoes and standup paddleboards. Keep your eyes peeled for tiny black crabs scurrying along mangrove roots, juvenile fish and wading birds, like herons, egrets and ibis. Afterwards, refuel at Blue Marlin Fish House, located within the park, with a smoked fish sandwich and a local craft beer.
Located in South Beach’s trendy Sunset Harbour neighborhood, South Beach Kayak is a family run operation offering kayak and standup paddleboard rentals in Biscayne Bay. Paddle around the Venetian Islands and take a dip at Flagler Memorial Island for a fun-filled afternoon on the water.
Additional Kayak & Canoe trails within these great neighborhoods
Biscayne National Park - https://www.nps.gov/bisc/planyourvisit/canoeing-and-kayaking.htm
Deering Estate - http://www.deeringestate.org/deering-adventures
Everglades National Park - https://www.nps.gov/ever/planyourvisit/canoe-and-kayak-trails.htm
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