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Kayaks have enjoyed a renaissance of late. COVID-19 has brought socially-distanced outdoor hobbies into the limelight. When not biking, hiking, or otherwise exploring, people are looking for new and exciting ways to get out of the house and into the world. Kayaking is among the best ways to get fresh air and sun.

Here in Miami, you might think that you can just grab your kayak and hop out at the nearest beach. If you do this, you’d probably miss out on some of the best spots to explore the waters of Miami.

Biscayne Bay

Key Biscayne is one of the most popular sites for kayaking, simply because of the nearby Crandon Park. The very well-located water sports park rents out kayaks and canoes for exploring the beautiful Biscayne Bay. The park also had a number of smaller ecosystems to explore, such as mangroves and seagrass beds.

Homestead

Black Point Marina, in Homestead, is a destination with incredibly picturesque kayak and canoe routes. The adorable little marina offers access to three different routes that you can explore through the thick mangrove estuaries. You might be surprised at the natural wonders just a little bit inland.

South Beach

Sough beach’s trendy Sunset Harbour neighborhood is among the most beautiful places to live in the city. It should be little surprise that the dramatic view of the city provides wonderful kayaking opportunities. The Biscayne Bay is just around the corner, or you can paddle around the Venetian Islands and see the Flagler Memorial Island.

The Deering Estate

A 7-acre mangrove island and bird rookery lays about a mile off-shore. This is the Deering Estate, which is a popular eco-tourist spot on the Chicken Key. During the day, you can see enjoy the wildlife, seeing manatees, sea turtles, and countless avian wildlife. The estate also offers Moonlight kayak Tours, allowing for a new view of the estate, alongside a unique camping experience with s’mores on Chicken Key.

Florida is entwined with veins of water-ways, rivers, mangroves, and more. Though you want to make sure that the area you are exploring is safe, there are countless areas just begging for exploration, photography, or just listless wandering. Kayaking can be what you want—make it yours.