Paddle back in time with a Historic Kayaking Tour along the bay-front of the oldest city of St Augustine. Hear some extraordinary stories and true history of the city as you paddle by the Castillo de San Marcos/Old Fort, and get a feeling of what the enemies of the fort experience being shot at with cannon balls in the open channel like sitting ducks. The kayak tour will also take you by the fountain of youth and the Mission of Nombre de dios and the great cross which designates the landing of the Spanish and Christianity to the new world. This kayak Eco tour engages in some of the natural environments, as we paddle up Hospital Creek along the salt marsh. Possible wildlife sightings include Dolphins, Manatees, Sea Turtles, Sting Rays and all kinds of Marsh Birds, including the Great Blue Heron and the Roseate Spoonbills. We will kayak by Bird Island, which received it’s local name for a reason. You may, as an option have lunch on Bird Island with one of the best views of Downtown St Augustine from the water
Our kayak guides will intrigue with story telling, a bubbling personality and the knowledge to explore the beautiful aquatic downtown landscape of St Augustine. This is a great way to get off the streets and the beaten path and enjoy real Florida while learning about our oldest city.
Public Group Tour
Tour Location – This group tour begins at the Vilano boat ramp located on the south west side of the bridge on A1A . The address is 101 Vilano Causeway St Augustine 32084 click for google maps
Tour Time: Winter hours for this tour are Thursdays & Sundays at 10:00 a.m by reservation only through February. Beginnings March 1st, this tour will resume daily.
Paddle Rating – Easy to moderate. Tidal currents can be a bit swift.
Duration – About 2 hours
Distance – About 3 miles
Public Tour Prices – We operate this tour with tandem/2 person kayaks, and the price is $50.00 per person. We also offer, as an option Solo/Single kayaks for this tour if you would prefer not to paddle a tandem or if you have an odd # group. The price for this solo kayak option is $60.00 per person/kayak + tax. Please be sure and check this option if you book online or tell us if you RSVP by phone. We do not recommend this tour for kids under 13 due to the tidal currents. Our guides are great! Please don’t forget them. Tax & gratuity are not included in the price.
Private Tour price – $65.00 per person + tax.4 person minimum .
A 15% gratuity will be added to all private tours.
Tour Includes: Paddle clinic instruction, Paddle, kayak,PFD/life preserver, dry bag, and a UF certified naturalist and licensed downtown tour guide, also trained in CPR and first aid and will posses a smart phone and marine radio incase of an emergency and to keep track of any approaching weather.
What to Bring – Wet shoes or shoes that can get wet, Hat, Sun Block, snacks, camera, extra change of clothes, additional bottled water, and a happy face. We will supply one bottle of water per person.
Picnic on Bird Island
This is an additional hour for lunch. Get some sun and enjoy a white sandy beach picnic while enjoying beautiful views of downtown St Augustine, the Fort and the Mission Cross. Catered lunch includes one additional hour of tour time on Bird Island and a Huge sandwich, chips and bottled water. Price is $30.00 per person add on.
Reservations can be made before 7:00 pm, 1- day prior… on line or by phone 7 days a week. Mornings are best and with less chance of wind and weather tour cancellations. Getting on the water early, makes for a much more pleasurable paddle with calmer conditions most of the time.
We offer discounts for groups of 10 or more.
For private tours – please call us for reservations (904) 315-8442