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Gulf Coast Kayak

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4120 Pine Island Rd NW, Matlacha, FL 33993-9716
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Wonderful paddling!

This is a great place to kayak. Really nice team running the business with new equipment... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Richard and Car... B
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Saw a ton of wildlife

We went on the 9am Mangrove Maze guided tour and really enjoyed it! We saw a ton of wildlife... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Brian L
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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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4120 Pine Island Rd NW, Matlacha, FL 33993-9716
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is a great place to kayak. Really nice team running the business with new equipment. Mangroves, open water and lots of wildlife — fish, dolphins, stingrays. No manatee sittings the day we were there but our local friends say they are abundant.More

Thank Richard and Car... B
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Diana G, Owner at Gulf Coast Kayak, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Hi Richard! Thank you so much for your kind words! So glad you had such a great experience paddling with GCK and that you saw so much wildlife! Manatees are starting to move out from our area as the water begins to warm up however...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We went on the 9am Mangrove Maze guided tour and really enjoyed it! We saw a ton of wildlife including birds, fish, dolphins, and stingrays. Our guide Bryan was very knowledgeable and made sure everyone had a great time. Highly recommend.More

Thank Brian L
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Bryan S, Owner at Gulf Coast Kayak, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Hi Brian! Thank you so much for your feedback! Sounds like you had quite the adventure on the water :) How cool that you saw so much wildlife on your tour! Bryan is very knowledgeable and has such a keen eye for spotting wildlife :)...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We found this kayak outfitter and were not disappointed. They have great kayaks, friendly and helpful staff, and reasonable prices. We enjoyed a two hour paddle around several mangrove islands. A little open water to get to the islands, but then very protected. We will...More

Thank Susan L
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Bryan S, Owner at Gulf Coast Kayak, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Hi Susan, Glad to hear you had an enjoyable paddle through the mangroves :) The mangrove Islands in Matlacha Pass and Pine Island Sound definitely serve as a protective barrier from wind and tide and make for a very scenic and beautiful paddle! We generally...More

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Reviewed 16 April 2018 via mobile

We had a very amazing sunset Kayak Tour. Jim was a fantastic guide, he gave us many information about birds and other animals. Oh so we had very strong winds, he guided us safely and made this tour a fantastic adventure.More

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Bryan S, Owner at Gulf Coast Kayak, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Hi Claudia, Thank you for your feedback! So glad to hear you had a fantastic adventure on your guided kayak sunset tour! Sunsets are so beautiful over the water especially when you experience them from a kayak here in Matlacha! Sorry to hear you had...More

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Reviewed 9 April 2018 via mobile

Went today on spur of the moment for our 13 and 17 year olds to kayak. The guys there were lovely and helpful. Girls had lovely time and I got to have a go too. We could have gone further and for longer if we’d...More

Thank Emma B
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Bryan S, Owner at Gulf Coast Kayak, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Hi Emma, So glad to hear you and your 13 and 17 year old girls had a lovely time kayaking with us! April is such great month to get on the water; the temperature is warm, the water is calm and clear and there's lots...More

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Reviewed 3 April 2018

Amazing experience from start to finish. Can't recommend this enough. Get off the roads, out of the shops and away from the restaurant for a couple hours and get out and explore the mangroves, experience the tide and wind with an expert guide like Jim...More

Thank TroyBest
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Bryan S, Owner at Gulf Coast Kayak, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Hi Troy, So glad you and your family had a relaxing and delightful kayak trip! Jim is very passionate about teaching and guiding and is committed to the concept of life long learning and loves to pass on any new skills and knowledge to all...More

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Reviewed 1 April 2018

This was my second time booking with Gulf Coast Kayak. There were 3 of us that went out with Jim as our guide. He couldn't have been more accomidating! I had a problem with my kayak seat and he had the staff bring out another...More

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Bryan S, Owner at Gulf Coast Kayak, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Hi Jim, So glad to hear your guided kayak eco tour was so memorable! Jim is a great instructor and makes sure everyone feels at ease while on the water no mater what the conditions! As a Level 2 ACA Certified Kayak and Paddle Board...More

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Reviewed 20 March 2018

My adult son and I took the mangrove tour with Jim Niehaus. Quite an enjoyable experience. Jim is an interesting and knowledgeable guide,,did a great job spotting wildlife we would have missed. Equipment was excellent (and clean). Even provided water shoes and extra sunscreen at...More

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Bryan S, Owner at Gulf Coast Kayak, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Hi lwcook1414, Thank you very much for your kind words! We definitely work very hard to ensure our guests feel welcomed, safe and comfortable while on the water which is why keeping our kayaks, paddle boards and gear in top shape is so very important...More

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Reviewed 18 March 2018

I rented a fishing kayak for a week. They dropped it off and picked it up for me at the place where I was staying nearby and it was easily done. Reasonable rates and I really liked the kayak they gave me. They were very...More

Thank fishheadmark
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Bryan S, Owner at Gulf Coast Kayak, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Hi Fishheadmark, Thank you very much for the great review and recommendation, we really do appreciate it! So glad to hear you enjoyed your stay, fishing kayak rental and guided kayak fishing trip with Forrest with 2 R's, yes that's right :) He's a great...More

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Reviewed 17 March 2018

Our experience was 110% perfect! Our guide Jim was very educated with the terrain as well as friendly and kind. His patience and knowledge made us feel safe which allowed us to explore new territory! Would recommend this experience to anyone!More

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Thank Tiffany M
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Diana G, Owner at Gulf Coast Kayak, responded to this reviewResponded 20 March 2018

Hi Tiffany! Thanks for your kind words! So glad to hear that your guided kayak eco tour was absolutely amazing! Jim is very patient, knowledgeable and safety conscious and ensures all his guests are always comfortable on the water! We really appreciate the recommendation and...More

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lisadZ1419JU
16 April 2017|
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Response from Diana G | Property representative |
Hi typically we do sunset tours Mon, Weds & Fridays. This time of year at 5pm. If you'd like to book a tour please call us at 239-283-1125.
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purplemustreign
11 April 2017|
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Response from Bryan S | Property representative |
It's a very common question. We are located in an estuary which contains both fresh and salt water. Alligators prefer fresh water but can Tolerate some salinity. However the salinity volume in our waters are too high for... More
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