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Kayaker’s Guide to Scenic Miami Paddling

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Surrounded by some of the nation’s best beaches and coastlines, Miami, Florida is a hot spot for kayaking, canoeing, standup paddleboarding and other watersports. Take advantage of the clear blue waters, white sand beaches and endless sunshine by paddling your way through the most scenic kayaking destinations in Miami.

Best Miami Kayaking & Canoeing Destinations

From thrilling ocean adventures to quiet mangrove forests, kayaking is one of the best ways to tour the Magic City. Here’s our pick for the most scenic kayaking destinations in Miami, Florida.

The Everglades

Miami, FL

No Miami kayaking destination list would be complete without the third largest wilderness area in the United States. In addition to being vital in the protection of the endangered manatee, American crocodile and Florida panther, Everglades National Park is also a paradise for paddlers. The Glades’ winding waterways can make a great kayaking or canoeing destination that lasts for a few hours or a few days. One of the most popular areas for paddlers is Flamingo Bay. It offers several trails of beautiful mangrove forests and grassy wetlands. Advanced paddlers looking for a unique and challenging paddle consider backcountry kayaking. The 99 miles of waterway have over 100,000 mini islands to explore.

Loxahatchee River

Palm Beach County, FL

Loxahatchee River is hands down the best river kayaking in Miami. Get an amazing experience paddling through 8.5 miles of rugged, untouched Florida beauty. There are twisty narrow passages, rushing waters and two parks to explore. Riverbend Park offers a peaceful paddle through ancient cypress forests and majestic mangroves. Where Jonathon Dickinson State Park offers a more thrilling paddle for advanced kayakers through the rushing waters that surround the historic site of Trapper Nelson’s Cabin.

Virginia Key

Biscayne Bay

A must-paddle way to tour Miami for water lovers, Virginia Key in Miami’s Biscayne Bay is a great paddle that offers gorgeous skyline views for an outdoor urban experience. The coastline paddle is great for all abilities. More experienced kayakers can paddle the six miles around the island of Key Biscayne. Everyone will enjoy spotting the hidden wildlife against the urban backdrop.

Matheson Hammock Park

Coral Gables

With sandy beaches, clear blue waters, Matheson Hammock Park is Miami’s hidden gem of a kayaking destination. The best of Miami is on full display at this man-made atoll. Kayakers can enjoy a quiet, relaxing paddle while exploring swamps, mangroves, tons of wildlife and the Biscayne Bay, all with skyline views.

Oleta River State Park

Biscayne Bay

A kayaker’s dream, Oleta River State Park has white sand beaches and a seemingly endless coastline. It’s a great destination for spotting wildlife in the mangroves and enjoying other natural landscapes. The park also offers a few programs just for paddlers, including sunset tours, paddleboard yoga and full moon tours.

Kayak Storage Racks for Miami, Florida

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