Ride & Paddle Siesta Key Kayak Tours and Rentals

By Laurén Ettinger

No trip to Sarasota, Florida is complete without a day spent on the calm water of Little Sarasota Bay or the Gulf of Mexico. One of the best ways to experience nature up close and personal is with a kayak tour or rental from Ride & Paddle by Siesta Sports Rentals

Kayaking through the mangroves on a guided kayak tour in Siesta Key, Florida. Must Do Visitor Guides | MustDo.com
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Siesta Key Guided Kayak Tours

For those looking for a professionally guided experience, check out a two-and-a-half-hour kayak tour. Guides provide excellent information about the ecology, history, and wildlife of the area. Kayakers launch from the Turtle Beach Public Boat Ramp which has ample and convenient free parking. Your paddle will begin through the Blind Pass Lagoon to the Jim Neville Marine Preserve to see some of Florida’s most pristine nature. Next, you’ll paddle through mangroves and flat water in Little Sarasota Bay before stopping at secluded Midnight Pass Beach. Once at the beach, visitors can swim in the beautiful clear waters of the Gulf of Mexico, search for shells in the white sand, or relax on the beach. During your kayak tour you may even have the opportunity to see manatees, dolphins, osprey, herons, and many other species that call Sarasota, Florida home. Tours depart at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. and have a four-person minimum. 

Rent a kayak or paddle through mangroves & Little Sarasota Bay before stopping at a secluded Gulf of Mexico Beach on a guided kayak tour in Siesta Key, Florida with Ride and Paddle.
Photo courtesy Ride & Paddle
Rent a kayak or paddle through mangroves & Little Sarasota Bay before stopping at a secluded Gulf of Mexico Beach on a guided kayak tour in Siesta Key, Florida with Ride and Paddle.
Photo courtesy Ride & Paddle
Rent a kayak or paddle through mangroves & Little Sarasota Bay before stopping at a secluded Gulf of Mexico Beach on a guided kayak tour in Siesta Key, Florida with Ride and Paddle.
Photo courtesy Ride & Paddle
Secluded white sand beach at Midnight Pass in Siesta Key, Florida. Photo by Nita Ettinger. Must Do Visitor Guides | MustDo.com
Photo credit Nita Ettinger

Kayak Rentals in Siesta Key, Florida

If you’d like to rent a kayak while you are visiting the area, Ride & Paddle offers both single and double kayak rentals. Spend as little as four hours or up to one week with each rental kayak. All rental equipment can be delivered to your location or picked up from locations on the Gulf of Mexico or Little Sarasota Bay. Delivery is free for locations on Siesta Key, fees range for delivery to other areas. If you are interested in a sunset paddle, stop by the shop between 3 – 4 p.m. for a sunset special rental. Overnight kayak rentals will only be charged the four-hour rental fee! 

Whether you choose to enjoy a guided kayak tour or rent your own kayak during your vacation, experiencing Sarasota, Florida from the water is an experience not to be missed. 

Rent a kayak or take a guided kayak tour in Siesta Key, Florida with Ride & Paddle! Must Do Visitor Guides.
Photos courtesy Ride & Paddle

Written by: Laurén Ettinger | Author Website

Laurén Ettinger runs the travel and vanlife blog Flit Float Fly Away where she shares travel tips and stories from life on the road with her dog. She is the Assistant Editor at Siesta Publications for Must Do Visitor Guides where she manages social media, writes blog articles, and assists in editing print and online copy. Laurén also works as a freelance copy editor and proofreader. She holds a M.S. in Conflict Analysis and Resolution from George Mason University's School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution and a B.A. in Anthropology and a B.A. in Global Studies from Appalachian State University. Follow her adventures on instagram or her blog www.flitfloatflyaway.com

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