Kayaking & Canoeing

By Shayne Benowitz | Updated | Jun 6, 2017
Kayaking and Canoeing in Miami on Biscayne Bay
Kayaking and Canoeing in Miami on Biscayne Bay

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

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. Crandon park also boasts various ecosystems including dunes, mangroves, coastal hardwood hammocks and seagrass beds. Feeling adventurous? Join a sea kayak and snorkle adventure or even watch the sunset as you paddle a kayak through a Miami mangrove forest from Crandon Marina.

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. If you want to try your hand at other watersports in Miami, Windsurfing and standup paddleboards are also available for rent, and Sailboards Miami even offers lessons for either sport.

Coral Gables

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. While you are here, take a nauturalist guided kayak tour of Biscayne Bay or a guided canoe trek adventure through mangroves rich with wading birds and sea life.

Homestead

Down in Homestead, Black Point Marina is a great recreational destination with picturesque kayak and canoe routes, 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.

While this eco-tourist friendly Miami park can be appreciated on land as well, the beauty of the natural outdoors is even more incredible when taking to the water and the many channels that weave through the mangroves on Oleta River. Water craft rentals and guided tours of Oleta Park offer Miami visitor's incredible experiences like a Sunset Kayak / SUP Tours every Friday evening and Full Moon Kayak Tours once a month. Keep your eyes peeled for tiny black crabs scurrying along mangrove roots, juvenile fish and wading birds, like herons, egrets and ibis.

South Beach

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 Miami Kayak & Canoe Trails

Biscayne National Park is 95% water and that makes it the perfect place for all kinds of water sports including canoeing and kayaking through the clearest Biscayne Bay waters you could ever hope to see.

The Deering Estate Canoe Tour, is another popular eco-tourist excursion with a stop on Chicken Key, a seven-acre mangrove island and bird rookery approximately about a mile off-shore. Morning canoe trips give you the chance to see local marine wildlife such as manatees and sea turtles, while Moonlight canoe tour-goers can enjoy a campfire with s'mores on Chicken Key. These tours occur monthly from September - May.

Everglades National Park boasts 99 miles of lush wilderness waterways hosting a variety of Miami canoe and kayak trails for all levels of experience.

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