Why Choose Everglades Kayak Company
What we have to offer for your Kayak Rentals and Kayak Nature Tours in the Everglades;
- Over twelve years in business serving Southwest Florida and The Florida Everglades.
- Actual touring kayaks and touring fishing kayaks available aside form basic recreational kayak rentals
- Located in the Everglades National Park, minutes from Big Cypress National Preserve and the Picayune Strand State Forest and right down Everglades Airport
Our location in the in Everglades City is open 365 days a year and specializes in kayaking rentals (recreational kayaks, touring kayaks, fishing kayaks) but includes services such as shuttle drops both by boat or vehicle and guided tours both for nature and for fishing. There is a full service marina including a place to buy live bait and tackle. Feel free to ask about fishing tips and locations. Camping in the Everglades is some of the best in the country. We have a small selection of camping gear available to rent and a good amount of information on what is involved and how to go about it by yourself or with a group. We have employees with years of experience and a passion for the Glades.
Check out a few pictures from just a small sampling of the many awesome adventures to be had out in the amazing Florida Everglades below.
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Fires – Fires are allowed only at beach sites along that Gulf Coast, below the storm surge line near the high tide line, using only downed wood. No fires are allowed at ground or chickee sites.
Trash – Trash must be packed out. Included in trash should be food scraps and used toilet paper; leave sites cleaner than you find them.
Human Waste – Use toilets where provided. At sites without facilities, bury human waste in a hole at least 6″ deep. Pack used paper out with garbage.
Food – Remove all food particles from dishes before washing. Do not dump food scraps in water; pack out with trash. Use bio-degradable soap.
Designated Site – You must stay at the site listed on the permit unless safety factors require you to stay elsewhere.
Pets – Pets are not permitted in Everglades National Park.
Weapons & Fireworks – Use or possession of either is prohibited.
Noise – Be considerate of other visitors. Quiet hours are 10pm to 6am. Loud machinery such as generators, chainsaws and bug sprayers is prohibited.
Fishing – State fishing license and regulations apply. You are responsible for following the size and daily bag limits for Everglades National Park.
Wildlife – DO NOT feed or harass alligators or other wildlife. Animals that are habituated to human food can be dangerous.
Boating – The use of personal watercraft and water skiing are prohibited. You are responsible for following the parks boating regulations.
Leave No Trace – While not regulations, these principles will help preserve the park’s wilderness values: 1.) Plan ahead and prepare 2.) Camp in designated sites only 3.) Dispose of waste properly 4.) Leave what you find 5.) Minimize Campfire impacts 6.) Respect wildlife 7.) Be considerate of other visitors
Recommended Safety Tips
Nautical Charts & Compass – Are strongly recommended for all routes. Do not rely entirely on GPS units.
Weather – Weather conditions change rapidly in the summer. Be prepared for intense sun, rain, and strong winds. Be prepared for lightning; do not stay in open water during storms, move near land staying low in your boat.
Wind/Tides – Take a tide chart and check conditions before you depart. Carry a weather radio if possible.
Mosquitoes – Mosquitoes and no-see-ums can be numerous and aggressive. Insect repellent, bug jackets, or long pants and long sleeved shirts are recommended.
Raccoons – Raccoons will do nearly anything to get food and water. Store both in hard sided containers or aboard a boat.
Water – One gallon per person per day is the minimum recommendation. No fresh water is available.
Preservation – Plants, animals and artifacts are protected in the national park. Collecting is prohibited.
Be realistic – Tides and winds can make paddling difficult. Most experienced paddlers plan to travel between 8-12 miles per day. If this is your first trip, choose a short trip and travel well marked routes.
Be Prepared – Boating in Everglades National Park is challenging. Safely exploring this area requires the ability to “read the water”, as the shallow areas are not usually marked. Knowing the draft (depth) and limits of your boat is critical, as is the ability to read and utilize nautical charts.
Numbers To Call For Information – Flamingo (239) 695-2945 Gulf Coast (239) 695-3311
Search and Rescue – File a trip plan with a friend or relative before leaving. If you do not return home on time, that person should contact Everglades National Park 24hr dispatch at (305)242-7740. In the park, dial #NPS from your cell phone.
Here are some commonly asked questions about our Guided Kayak Nature Tours
- Is it common to give a gratuity to my guide? It is certainly customary in the United States to give a gratuity to service personnel who have done a good job, just as you would at any other venue. Remember that your tour guide is checking the weather and tide, loading and unloading the kayaks or boards and working hard to find wildlife on your kayak tour or SUP tour. All of this is in addition to the significant investment in training and equipment that our professional guides have put forth.
- Are there alligators? There are alligators in Florida. We don’t provide tours in areas that normally would have any significant population of gators. Remember also that gators really just want to eat, sleep and make more gators. They usually eat things like fish and turtles.
- What should I wear? Ideally you should protect your skin from the sun, either with sun block or sun protective clothing. Sun protective hats and clothing are available in our retail store, Naples Outfitters, at 2360 Shadowlawn Drive in Naples. NaplesOutfitters.com
- Do you have single and double kayaks? We have both. When you book your tour the booking software will ask you if you would like singles or doubles.
- Are life jackets provided? Always. In fact, on nature tours our guide will require you to wear one.
- What if we have never paddled before? Our guides are also instructors. Your tour will be a beginner lesson and a tour!
- What if it rains? There are quite a few months in SW Florida that getting rained on can be just wonderful. However, you guide has been checking the weather carefully in an attempt to avoid lightning. If we can’t go for safety reasons, or if it will be just too wet then we will gladly refund your money or reschedule your tour, as you wish