St Augustine Kayak Tour – Downtown Bayfront History/Eco Tour
Travel back in time with our St Augustine downtown kayak tour. This kayak tour is a history & Eco experience, along the bayfront of the oldest city. Indulge yourself with some extraordinary true stories and 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 experienced 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, Stingrays and all kinds of Marsh Birds, including the Great Blue Heron and the Roseate Spoonbills. We will kayak by Bird Island, which received its local name for a reason. You may, as an option also have lunch on Bird Island with one of the best views of Downtown St Augustine from the water
Our kayak guides will intrigue with storytelling, 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.
We operate by online reservations only
Prublic Group Tour :
Public Tour Price – $60.00 per person. We operate this tour with Solo/Single kayaks only. Currents and wind can be chalanging. No kids on this tour, eighteen years of age or older please.
We require a minimum of 4 people signed up for our tours to go out. If you have less than four 4 people in your group, you may still reserve. In the rare event the minimum number of reservations is not met, you will be notified 24 hours prior to your tour time, at which time you have the option to reschedule or a full refund.
Our guides are great, please don’t forget them! Gratuity is not included in the price. Just let us know at the end of the tour if you would like to add a tip to your credit card.
We also offer this tour as a private tour.
Private Tour Price – $65.00 per person – 4 person minimum.
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: 9:00 a.m.
Paddle Rating – Easy to moderate. Tidal currents can be a bit swift. No kids due to the difficulty of paddling tidal currents and open water winds.
Duration – About 2 hours
Distance – About 2 miles
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, 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 $40.00 per person as an add on.
Reservations can be made before 5:00 pm, 1- day prior… online 7 days a week or by phone 8-7. 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.