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Address: 12575 Placida Rd, Placida, FL 33946-2135
Phone Number: +1 941-697-8825

Coast silently through a canopy of mangrove tunnels, "The Woolverton...

Coast silently through a canopy of mangrove tunnels, "The Woolverton Trails", around islands teeming with birds, or paddle up to a sandy beach with gently breaking waves and fantastic shelling. If you're lucky, a dolphin or manatee will drift by with a silent greeting.Take a guided tour or by using one of our maps of Charlotte Harbor Aquatic Preserve you can create your own adventure. We use certified Florida Master Naturalist Guides, ACA certified kayak instructors and certified SUP (Stand Up Paddleboards) instructors. Safety and having fun has always been our policy!!Since 1989 Grande Tours Kayak Center has offered exciting, fun and educational adventures for all ages.Grande Tours Kayak Center has partnered with the area's finest providers to offer you some very unique experiences and adventures. We will help you make memories!There is something for the kids, the fishermen/women, the photographer, the eco-minded and those that just want to sit back and take a relaxed tour. Boca Grande is the tarpon capital of the world.Grande Tours Kayak Center is in Placida, Florida at the entrance to Boca Grande/Gasparilla Island, The "Tarpon Capitol of the World". Our waterside facility is located between Sarasota and Ft. Myers, Florida.We offer convenient day trips for all of southwest Florida, including Port Charlotte, Englewood, Cape Coral, Naples, Sarasota, Bradenton. We are only 2 hours from the Tampa Bay, St. Petersburg, Clearwater, Florida area.

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I live right down the road from this place and they have CLOSED!!! It was a great place I learned how to kayak from them and everyone was real nice. I was very sad to see them... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 14 April 2014
Placida, Florida
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Placida, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 April 2014 via mobile

I live right down the road from this place and they have CLOSED!!! It was a great place I learned how to kayak from them and everyone was real nice. I was very sad to see them close.

9 Thank Tbblackbelt
North Port, Florida
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 November 2013 via mobile

Marion and crew are top notch all around. Kayak, Stand up, they got it all. Beginner or expert this is the place to go.

1 Thank Ross S
Englewood, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 October 2013

We took our two grandchildren (12 & 14) on their first kayak adventure and all had a great time. It was a 2.5 hr tour and our guide was excellent. We all learned a lot! The mangroves were really interesting to go thru. I would recommend this tour to all that can paddle easily for a couple of hours. Oh... More 

1 Thank beachgirl-711-12
Elyria, Ohio
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 August 2013

At first I was a little unsure of our guide Ashlee. She is a young lady, well kept but with wild hair. I wasn't sure what we had gotten into. Contrary to initial feelings, she made us feel at ease right away. Really taking her time with us, she remembered everyone in our group's names and was a wealth of... More 

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Indianapolis, Indiana
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 July 2013

We rented 2 double Kayaks from Grande Tours. We logged about a mile away and they delivered the Kayaks to us the next day. The conditions of the Kayaks were excellent. The facility is very nice. After asking if they would a little lower price from a rental place down the street they said absolutely yes because we rented for... More 

1 Thank MARCUS024
South Florida
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53 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 July 2013

Rented a 2 person Kayak for the day. It was 60 bucks. The owner was very friendly. Right away that set off a great impression. He put the kayak on top of my SUV for me and secured it. I was provided with 2 paddles and 2 life vests. I mentioned that I was taking my 4 year old son... More 

1 Thank filo74
Greeley, colorado
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 June 2013

My family and I took the 2 hour guided trip through the mangroves and absolutely loved it. You don't need to be a skilled kayaker, but you do need to be able to paddle for the 2 hours ( some against the current). On our tour day it was windy and pretty tiring. My dad and 12 yr old son... More 

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Gladstone, Michigan
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 March 2013

We went out from Grande Tours today and had a great time. The kayaks are excellent. The location is convenient also and easy to find. Manatees and dolphins can be seen and the water is easy to handle for those new to paddling.

Thank Supercommuter
Southwest Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 January 2013

My friends & I recently got into the sport of kayaking. After going on two escorted tours, we ventured out on our own. Capt Marion & the staff are wonderful there. They have a huge selection of sit in & sit on top Kayaks & the prices are reasonable. They're not sticklers for going 15 minutes over your time either.... More 

1 Thank Jeanniemol1
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 January 2013 via mobile

Had a great time at grand tours. Kayaking was great fun and the service was wonderful. Will definitely come back here!!!

1 Thank tllipira

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