This is THE best paddling eco-tour in Sarasota. The highlight of the tour is paddling through the winding tunnels cut through the mangroves. The mangrove tunnels at Ted Sperling Park are a very special place. Wildlife abounds on this paddle with interesting birds, fish, invertebrates, and even marine mammals. Many people say this tour was the best and most memorable part of their Sarasota vacation and for good reason!
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Feel like exploring on your own? We have limited daily kayak and paddleboard rentals at Ted Sperling Park. This launch site is the closest to the Lido Mangrove tunnels and gives you easy access to this amazing area. We provide a map and will give you some pointers about the area before you head out on your own.
Turtle Beach is a great place to paddle! We start on the intercostal and paddle down a short canal to the Bay. We paddle around the mangrove islands of Jim Neville Marine Preserve and then to a “secret” beach. This beach is only accessible by boat so we may have it to ourselves. Such a beautiful place for a quick swim or just stopping for a few moments to relax.
As transplants from Hawaii, we have decades of experience on the water and are happy to bring that knowledge and experience to our current home in beautiful Sarasota, Florida. We are proud to be one of the first companies to participate in the Sarasota County Certified Tour Operator program, giving us the ability to launch from Ted Sperling Park and Turtle Beach.
Paddling a kayak or a stand up paddleboard is a must-do while visiting the area. The famous Lido mangrove tunnels is one of our favorite locations to paddle and we offer three tours daily. Our Siesta Key tour is also excellent, guiding you through a bird rookery and to a private and secret beach. If you would prefer to explore on your own, we offer kayak and stand up paddleboard rentals daily at both locations. Our kids stand-up paddleboard and surf camps are very popular and fill up each summer. Our guides and coaches are trained lifeguards and certified SUP instructors by the Association for Surfing Professionals. We want your experience out on the water to be safe, comfortable and fun.
We are going into our NINTH year of operating in Sarasota and feel so grateful that our passion has become our livelihood. We love sharing this beautiful place with you!
Hope to see you out on the water!
Karla and Aaron