There are many kayaking opportunities in Boca Grande and the surrounding area. Charlotte Harbor offers over 750,000 acres of pristine marine habitat. Kayaking is a progressing sport that will continue to gain popularity in years to come. One could be in their teenage years kayaking for the first time, or be in their mid 60′s kayaking the advanced trails. The majority of kayakers run from the ages of 40 to 70 years old, but the activity appeals to all ages. The waters around Boca Grande provide kayaking routes for the beginner to the most advanced kayaker. Paddling through the waters of Boca Grande, one will find a variety of trails and many neighboring island destinations. One can view the exotic birds, plus experience great fishing, and photograph beautiful scenery that makes for a peaceful and relaxing vacation. Explore the land of the Great Calusa Blueway from the same visual perspective!
There are several convenient places to launch a kayak along the bay or beach where there is public access. You can paddle the popular Charlotte Blue Way Trails and Woolverton Trails. All trails can either be guided or self-guided. Kayaking in Boca Grande is something the whole family can enjoy year-round! Grande Tours Kayaking is located to the right of the first traffic light after the Boca Grande Causeway Bridge. Grande Tours Kayaking provides guided tours and kayaking lessons as well as rentals. On Boca Grande there is Boca Boat Rental at Uncle Henry’s Marina. They offer single and tandem kayaks with single rates at $10.00/hr. min. 2 hours or $50.00/day and tandem for $15.00/hr. min. 2 hours or $60.00/day. You must be 21 years of age to rent.
It is important to know what conditions are safe for your Boca Grande kayaking adventure. In late June our rainy season begins. When the afternoon sea breezes kick in, watch out for thunderstorms from the east that follow. In the winter months, cold fronts bring potentially strong winds. Watch for strong tides the few days before and after a full or new moon. It is strongly advised to avoid paddling through Boca Grande Pass on the south end of the island. Even the most advanced kayaker is recommended to take a different route. It is wise to stay in the mangrove trails when winds are exceeding ten miles an hour. Work up wind when you are fresh, and let the breeze help you on your return.
The following is a list of important equipment one should bring on their Boca Grande kayaking adventure:
- Flotation Gear (Florida Law)
- First Aid Kit
- Sun Screen
- Insect Repellent
- Cold drinks and snacks
You will find the scenic view from your kayak to be picture perfect. Kayaking in Boca Grande is a wonderful activity that is both fun and fitness. Feel at peace in the waters of Boca Grande with new places to explore. Enjoy bird-watching from your kayak or small game fishing along the surf or back waters. Kayaking in Boca Grande is more than a paddling experience, but rather an experience with nature.