Kayaking has become a popular sport for those wishing to quietly commune with nature in both sea and estuary settings. Both the Pacific and Caribbean coasts offer breathtaking locations to paddle along miles of shoreline, putting into quiet estuaries and mangroves where numerous species of wildlife make their home.
On a good day of sea kayaking, it’s possible to spot dolphins, manta rays and even sea turtles and it’s highly likely to be surprised by a troop of monkeys out on their morning forage while slipping quietly through the smooth waters of an estuary. Good physical condition helps in this sport, but kayaks are quite stable, so as long as no one minds getting wet, even people traveling with children can often head to the water in a “two-man” craft.
Nearly every coastal area has a number of operators who can rent equipment, and often it’s possible to find an experienced naturalist guide to join you as well.