Miami's Great Kayaking & Canoeing

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Grab a paddle and get on the water

With Miami's shallow, calm waters and unique marine ecosystem, kayaking and canoeing are a natural way to enjoy a day in Mother Nature.

Crandon Park
Crandon Park's calm waters are good for paddling sports.

Key Biscayne

Key Biscayne is a haven for water sports and Crandon Park, with its two-mile-long beach, is a great place to get started. Visitors can rent kayaks and canoes here to explore beautiful Biscayne Bay. Crandon Park also boasts a number of different ecosystems including dunes, mangroves, coastal hardwood hammocks and seagrass beds. Feeling adventurous? Join a sea kayak adventure as you paddle a kayak through a mangrove forest from Crandon Marina.

Coral Gables

Matheson Hammock Park in Coral Gables is located directly on Key Biscayne. The Coral Gables Waterway is a designed system of canals that added 40 miles of waterfront to Coral Gables from Biscayne Bay. Take a guided, 3.5-mile Coral Gables Waterway Canoe tour to explore the area. Or, try a naturalist-guided kayak tour of Biscayne Bay or a guided canoe trek adventure through mangroves with wading birds and other native animals and sea life


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

Kayaking at Oleta River State Park
Kayaking at Oleta River State Park

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 a prime spot to explore the mangrove estuaries by water through the many channels that weave through the mangroves on the Oleta River. Watercraft rentals and guided tours of Oleta River State Park offer Miami visitors incredible experiences such as sunset kayak tours 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, such as 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 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.

Biscayne National Park
Biscayne National Park is a watersports paradise.

Additional Miami Kayak & Canoe Trails

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

The Deering Estate's Moonlight Kayak Tour is another popular nature excursion with a stop on Chicken Key, a seven-acre mangrove island and bird rookery about a mile off-shore. These tours 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. 

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

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