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4 Best Wind-Sheltered Paddling Spots... Map, Photos

The Florida Keys stretch for 90+ miles of mostly open water, subject to relentless wind and tide. Paddling for long distances in the Keys is for properly equipped sea kayakers only. For visitors, this is best done in groups with an experienced guide. For more laid-back recreational kayaking, here we focus on paddling locations that typically offer some shelter from the wind. These are good places to paddle and explore some relatively calm nooks and crannies that are uniquely Keys. All locations offer on-site kayak rentals; see individual pages for details.

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Upper Florida Keys Kayaking...

 

Pennekamp State Park John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park... 2.5 mile mangrove-lined designated trail, with additional side creeks to explore. Rentals on-site (view details...)

 

Middle Florida Keys Kayaking...

 

Long Key State Park Long Key State Park... 1.5 mile paddling trail within a shallow lagoon dotted with mangrove islands. Additional paddling to Long Key Bight. Rentals on-site. (view details...)

 

Lower Florida Keys Kayaking...

Bahia Honda State Park Bahia Honda State Park...Paddle on the ocean or Gulf side or both. Historic old Bahia Honda Bridge sets the scene. Some of the best views in Keys. Rentals on-site (view details...)


Sugarloaf Key, Florida Sugarloaf Key... Launch at private marina in small cove. Paddle to mangrove islands with channels and tunnels. Near Key West. Rentals on-site (view details...)


In addition to the sheltered paddling destinations reported on here, there are a number of outfitters and guides throughout the Florida Keys who lead popular group kayaking tours.


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