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Address: 4120 Pine Island Road NW, Matlacha, FL 33993
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+1 239-283-1125
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Gulf Coast Kayak in Matlacha, FL offers Kayak and Stand Up Paddle Board Eco...

Gulf Coast Kayak in Matlacha, FL offers Kayak and Stand Up Paddle Board Eco Tours, Guided Kayak Fishing Trips, Events, Lessons, Rentals & Sales. Looking to buy a kayak or stand up paddle board or need some accessories for your paddle craft? Check out our shop and we'll serve all your paddling needs! We have beautiful water access and we launch right behind our shop! Come on out & find yourself some solitude...explore our world! Since 1992 Gulf Coast Kayak has been the local favorite paddling outfitter!

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After some extensive shore prep aimed at making our trip safe and fun, Jim, our guide headed out into the red mangroves. We had three adults and two boys, 10 and 12. We spotted... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 6 days ago
Larry C
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Fort Myers, Florida
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Fort Myers, Florida
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40 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

After some extensive shore prep aimed at making our trip safe and fun, Jim, our guide headed out into the red mangroves. We had three adults and two boys, 10 and 12. We spotted a racoon, yellow-crested night heron, lots of birds and many fish. We actually stopped at a sand bar and not only stretched our legs, but Jim... More 

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Diana G, Owner at Gulf Coast Kayak, responded to this review

Hi Larry, Thank you so much for your feedback! Very happy to hear you enjoyed your guided kayak eco tour with Jim! We've had quite a bit of bird sightings out here lately and the yellow crested night heron is one of the most beautiful birds you'll see :) So glad you found our eco tour fun and educational, Jim... More 

Durham, North Carolina
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2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We could have gone closet but drove an hour specifically for their mangrove guided tour. It exceeded all our expectations.

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Bryan S, Owner at Gulf Coast Kayak, responded to this review

Hi Ed, Thank you very much for your feedback! So glad to hear our mangrove guided eco tour exceeded your expectations! We are so very fortunate to have such a beautiful and pristine preserver right in our back yard and really do love sharing this special place with all our guests! Thanks again for choosing Gulf Coast Kayak and we... More 

Cicero, Indiana
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3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Just recently went on a guided tour with Brian from Gulf Coast Kayak in Matlasha Florida. It was a very enjoyable excursion. We were given the kayak we requested which fit us perfectly. Brian was patient with us and very knowledgeable about the area. We took a three hour tour which was perfect, not too long but not too short... More 

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Diana G, Owner at Gulf Coast Kayak, responded to this review

It was a pleasure Kayaking with you'll. I'm happy to hear that you had a great time. Look forward to Paddling with you'll again! Bryan More 

Michigan
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111 reviews
36 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 January 2017 via mobile

These guys aren't there to sell you a bunch of extra stuff. We arrived got our kayaks and headed out. They provide a suggested route but you can do what you want in the time allowed. We saw lots of birds like anahinga, ibis, great blue heron, green heron, terns, kingfisher, and raccoons along the mangrove islands. The raccoons were... More 

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Bryan S, Owner at Gulf Coast Kayak, responded to this review

Hi Nebraskatravler! Thanks so much for your kind words! How awesome you saw so much wildlife! Green herons and kingfisher are one of my favorites! And the raccoons as you say are super cute eating away at the oysters around the mangrove line! Some have actually been spotted sleeping above the canopy line, which is really cool! Thanks again for... More 

Miami, Florida
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6 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 December 2016

We rented a kayak for 1/2 day. It was easy to get to this location from Cape Coral where we were staying (no tolls!). I called ahead and made a reservation just in case. I would recommend going early in the day. They give you a laminated map to take with you but easy to navigate, shallow beautiful waters. There... More 

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Bryan S, Owner at Gulf Coast Kayak, responded to this review

Hi Lucy, We really appreciate your feedback! Very happy to hear you both enjoyed your experience kayaking with us and that your dog had a great time too! One of my favorite times to go out on the water is when it's really shallow as you can see so many cool things in the water and being able to get... More 

Brooklyn, New York
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 November 2016

We've paddled before and this was definitely the best experience and affordable too. Jim took us on an adventure into the mangroves. He was told us about the wildlife and the environment. He even brought water and snacks for the group. This was a perfect trip for people looking for something different and exciting.

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Diana G, Owner at Gulf Coast Kayak, responded to this review

Hi Singepeas, Thank you for your valuable feedback! Very glad to hear you had such an exciting and unique experience paddling with us :) Jim is an excellent guide and it's always an adventure when you're out on the water with him, you never know what you're going to see in and around the mangroves! Thanks again for choosing Gulf... More 

Chicago, Illinois, United States
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71 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 November 2016

My husband, 2 daughters ages 11 and 13 and I all arrived at Gulf Coast Kayak at 10 am. We were greeted by Jim, who was professional and polite. After the paperwork was done we got a history lesson of the area and looked over a map to decided the route we wanted to kayak. Jim gave us a great... More 

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Diana G, Owner at Gulf Coast Kayak, responded to this review

Hi Heather, Thank you so much for your feedback :) So glad to hear you were able to enjoy a family fun day on the water! The paddling trails on this part of The Great Calusa Blueway are so peaceful and relaxing that you can just lose yourself out on the water and forget where you are :) And the... More 

Palo Alto, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 103 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 November 2016

This is a nice rental spot for exploring the mangroves. The boats we rented were in pretty good condition. I had a brand-new paddle, but my kayak could have used some knee cushioning to brace my legs against. They seemed to have a mix of sit-in and sit-on-top kayaks, and both doubles and singles. When we were there, we didn't... More 

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Diana G, Owner at Gulf Coast Kayak, responded to this review

Hi Jenny from D.C.! Thank you for your valuable feedback :) It's important for us to meet all the needs of our guests and we will definitely look into outfitting our sit insides with additional and/or more comfortable fitting thigh braces. This season we've added all new new paddles to our fleet and are expecting a new shipment of kayaks... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 November 2016

We never kayaked before and were astonished at how peaceful it can be. Floating amidst mangrove forests and crossing inlets of water without any motor noise, just the subtle splash of your peddles, it certainly is an experience to remember. Jim, thanks for your guideness and rich stories on the way!

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Diana G, Owner at Gulf Coast Kayak, responded to this review

Hi there, We greatly appreciate your feedback and are very happy to hear you had such a memorable experience on one of our guided kayak eco tours with jim! Matlacha Pass Aquatic Preserve is such a beautiful and peaceful place to paddle and with so little boat traffic that sometimes as you say, you can just hear the subtle splash... More 

Saint Louis, Missouri
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 November 2016 via mobile

We rented paddle boards for 2 hours for $35 each. It was a windy day and it was hard to paddle board for newbies like us. We still had a great time. The people who work here were super helpful and friendly. Highly recommended!

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Diana G, Owner at Gulf Coast Kayak, responded to this review

Hi Kupcac, We really appreciate your feedback! Glad you enjoyed yourselves on the water despite having to brave some windy conditions :) Thanks again for choosing Gulf Coast Kayak and we hope to see you again soon! Diana More 

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