Kayak vacations are so amazing, that it’s hard to even describe all the different reasons you’ll love taking them. Here’s my weak attempt:
In the most practical terms, kayak vacations are insanely inexpensive. And since you’re gonna be outdoors, you aren’t tempted to shop or spend unnecessary money. You just have to pay for food and somewhere to sleep. Or, bring a tent, and just plan your route to go by camping sites each night, so you can go even cheaper and have more of an adventurous experience.
Since kayaks are super quiet and smooth on the water, when you’re boating, you get to see wildlife that most tourists miss. You can float in the middle of a lagoon and watch the fish ripple past or paddle right up to the edge of an island to see a rare bird.
Kayaking as opposed to taking motor boats also gets you access to protected areas like national parks and wildlife reserves where motors are banned. So, you can take your vacation adventure wherever you want, while the lazy folks in the cruise ship can’t even get close to the coolest and most pristine sites.
When you take a kayak vacation, you’ll be staying active and getting in even better shape during your time off. One of the hardest parts of normal vacations where you completely let yourself go is the fact that you then have to try and get back on the wagon when your vacation is over. At least in the exercise department, you’ll be even better off when you get back than you were when you left!
So where should you take a kayak vacation? There are options just about anywhere. You could take the Thames through London, explore the Galapagos, or check out the coastal villages of Italy. Here are some of my favorite spots a little closer to home that are easy to get to, relatively inexpensive, and still lots of fun!
Channel Islands National Park
The Channel Islands National Park has to be one of the most underrated spots to take a vacation in America. It’s a series of islands off the coast of California, home to some of America’s most interesting wildlife. The islands abound with lots of seals, sea lions, dolphins, and tons of sea birds. There’s also the benefit of a low visitor rate, which means the park is rarely busy, and never crowded! I love all the different trails on the islands themselves: its great for paddling, picnicking, and then taking a hike for the day before heading back to the campsite. One other great selling point is that this is a national park, so big parts of it are protected from motorboats and fishing. It’s all pristine, and there for you to explore. I especilly recommend the caves around the edges of the islands, and the kelp forest that floats on the surface, which is home to lots of exotic wildlife.
If you’re in search of something a bit more quintessentially American, I recommend:
Congaree National Park
This one is also on the coast, but it’s an inland network of rivers, swamps, and creeks which are super fun to explore. It’s one of the oldest hardwood forests in the country, and it’s been carefully protected from hunting and trapping. There are lots of familiar animals like deer, otters, and raccoons, and turtles abound. Tours are offered as well as day passes, which is a good option for new kayakers. Congaree is a great stop for people who want an active adventure but don’t have the skills or gear to handle the open seas in CA.
Finally on my list is the ultimate choice for adventurers, Glacier National Park in Alaska!
Glacier National Park
Glacier National Park definitely has the most stunning scenery and sights of my Top Three places to visit with kayaks and it’s perfect for people who want to paddle around in true wilderness! There’s so much to see, from mountains, to lakes, to of course the glaciers. There’s moose, wolves, and even whales in the Park, and like with Congaree, you can sign up for guided tours. I don’t recommend Glacier for new kayakers, but it’s an amazing experience for people who are confident on the water.
You can find some more options here: http://www.active.com/outdoors/articles/5-destinations-for-epic-kayak-trips?page=2