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“Best Day on the Water”
Review of Gulf Coast Kayak

Gulf Coast Kayak
Ranked #2 of 9 Tours in Matlacha
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Gulf Coast Kayak in Matlacha, FL offers Kayak and Stand Up Paddle Board Eco Tours, Guided Kayak Fishing Trips, Events, Lessons, Rentals & Sales. Looking to buy a kayak or stand up paddle board or need some accessories for your paddle craft? Check out our shop and we'll serve all your paddling needs! We have beautiful water access and we launch right behind our shop! Come on out & find yourself some solitude...explore our world! Since 1992 Gulf Coast Kayak has been the local favorite paddling outfitter!
Orlando, Florida
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3 reviews
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“Best Day on the Water”
Reviewed 19 May 2014

We had a fabulous time on this Kayak tour! Our guide Jim was fantastic! We learned more from Jim about paddling in 3 hours than we ever have from any other kayak guide. He was very knowledgeable of the area, it's history, and its ecosystem! Jim was well equipped with a water camera (he took a ton of great shots of us out in the mangroves,) and he even shared his snacks! We saw tons of birds, fish and even stingray. We highly recommend taking a tour with Gulf Coast Kayak...I promise you won't regret it!

Visited May 2014
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Bryan S, Owner at Gulf Coast Kayak, responded to this review, 29 August 2014
Thanks for the feedback...we are lucky to have Jim as one of our guides!!
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Chapel Hill, North Carolina
2 reviews
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“Fantastic kayak tour”
Reviewed 11 May 2014

I went on a sunrise kayak tour with Bryan, and it was wonderful. He is a great guy, providing lots of fascinating information and good conversation as we paddled through the mangrove forests. Going on a guided tour turned out to be a great idea rather than just renting a kayak and exploring on my own (though, you could probably do that later, if you wanted). Having someone that is knowledgeable about the local flora and fauna allowed for a much more complete experience. We were also able to go pretty deep into the mangrove forest (which might be tough w/o Bryan's help) and saw some interesting wildlife, including a few stingrays, a baby shark, and some birds and fish. Overall, I highly recommend kayaking around this area, which is absolutely beautiful and pristine, and choosing Gulf Coast Kayak.

Visited May 2014
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Bryan S, Owner at Gulf Coast Kayak, responded to this review, 29 August 2014
Thank you for your kind words and positive feedback.
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Delmont, Pa.
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75 reviews
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“Great company”
Reviewed 31 March 2014 via mobile

Brian the owner was a very nice and informative man. We had a double kayak and had a great 4 hours kayaking around the mangroves.

Visited March 2014
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Bryan S, Owner at Gulf Coast Kayak, responded to this review, 29 August 2014
Thank you so much for your feedback! we're glad you had a great time.

Bryan
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Dublin, Ireland
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163 attraction reviews
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“Really nice knowledgable trip”
Reviewed 30 March 2014

I'd booked the sunrise tour, but with the wind whipping up, they wisely rescheduled to sunset.

Bryan was the guide, and he was excellent - mixing information with the opportunity to enjoy the trip in silent moments too, and helping when needed, as was occasionally as water levels were quite low.

After doing the tour, it would give confidence to hire a kayak for a longer period of time and explore more of the area by water.

Visited March 2014
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Diana G, Owner at Gulf Coast Kayak, responded to this review, 31 March 2014
Thanks for much for the kind words! We're glad to hear that you enjoyed the Guided Kayak Eco Tour. Pine Island Sound and Matlacha Preserve offers some of the best kayaking in south west Florida! Hope you get a chance to come back and see us next time you're in town so you can do some more exploring!

Best regards,

Diana
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Clifton Springs, New York, United States
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“Great service in Kayakers paradise”
Reviewed 26 March 2014

We rented a place in Pineland and needed yaks to complete our vacation.
Went to Gulf Coast Kayaks-chose a couple of fishing kayaks and they were delivered on time by Bryan along with good fishing advice! We did manage to catch our dinner and enjoyed fresh fish tacos with the Sea Trout we caught!

Would encourage anyone who wants to get on the water to contact these folks for everything they need to enjoy one of the best places in all of Florida to explore nature by Kayak or canoe. You will not soon forget everything you will see. Two Thumbs Up!

Visited March 2014
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Thank Joe B
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Diana G, Owner at Gulf Coast Kayak, responded to this review, 31 March 2014
Hey Joe!

Really glad to hear you all had such a great time and enjoyed kayaking and fishing on the sound! Kayaking and fishing are my two favorite things but when you can bring home your catch and make a tasty meal, it's even more satisfying! Thanks again for your help with the yaks, I don't think I could've put them on the truck during that rain storm if it wasn't for your help! Fortunately you had pretty good weather during your stay though and that's what counts! We really appreciate your business and hope to see you all again soon!

Bryan
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