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Holiday Boat Parade Paddle

Join us as we paddle the southwest part of Matlacha Pass Aquatic Preserve and gather up in front of Berts Bar to catch the Matlacha Yacht Club host their annual Holiday Boat Parade! Watch as local Mariners go all out and decorate their Boats in the spirit of the holidays!!! As always there is an opportunity to observe manatee migrating, birds roosting in the mangroves & dolphin feeding at dusk! Our experienced & knowledgeable Guides are Coastal Systems Naturalists skilled at spotting local wildlife!

Skill Level: Novices are welcome but should be comfortable on the water :)

What to bring: Water shoes, long breathable clothing, bug spray, water and/or choice of beverage & snack to share :) ***Proper Lights and Safety Gear if you are bringing your own kayak***

Launch Time: There will be a quick safety briefing and we will launch promptly at 4:30pm. 

Duration: This is approximately a 2hr paddle. We will arrive back to our beach launch to light refreshments and some cool tunes! Feel free to bring your choice of beverage & snack to share :)

Cost: Normally $65, but for our Meetupers, we are offering it for $35 per person with your choice of a single or tandem kayak complete with seatbacks, life vests and paddles. We will also provide some festive lights for our kayaks!

***Free for those who bring their own kayak but donations are welcome :)***

Reservations Required: Yes! RSVP through Meetup or by contacting us at[masked]-1125. Let me know if you need a kayak or will be bringing your own! We accept same day reservations (if spots are available).

Payment: We will collect payment on the day of the event. Cash is King!!!


Inclement Weather Policy: We go rain or shine but If there is threat of thunderstorms, lightning, high winds or other severe weather, we will contact you ONE HOUR prior to our scheduled departure time and reschedule our tour.

Since 1992 Gulf Coast Kayak has been considered the local favorite kayaking outfitter! We look forward to meeting you!!

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  • Jacqueline C.

    Thanks for the photos

    December 18, 2013

  • Lyon

    PS: GREAT PICS Leo and Jim!!

    December 18, 2013

  • Lyon

    What a great evening! Finally got some stills extracted (and posted) from that video I took. Enjoyed meeting everybody...great gang! Thanks to the hosts...Diana and Jim and Bryan. If anyone wants a copy of the video let me know and bring a thumb drive to the next event...

    1 · December 18, 2013

  • Jim N.

    Enjoyed everyone's company. Great way to get into the holiday spirit with Xmas a mere 10 days away!

    1 · December 15, 2013

    • Diana

      Thanks again Jim!

      December 16, 2013

  • Don

    This was a great group and a great evening kayak!

    1 · December 15, 2013

    • Diana

      Glad you could come out Don! Hope to see you at the next one!

      December 16, 2013

  • Don

    Jim,
    Thanks for a wonderful kayak trip.
    Looking forward to the next event.

    1 · December 16, 2013

  • Leo M.

    It's BEFORE the bridge over the Matlacha Pass waterway. Look for Island Decor store on the left and then Gulf Coast Kayaks will be on your right. When I went past yesterday there was a rack of kayaks on the grass outside.

    December 14, 2013

    • Jacqueline C.

      Thanks Leo... see you in a little bit.

      December 14, 2013

    • Diana

      Thanks again Leo for posting such great pics! Hope to see you again soon!

      December 15, 2013

  • Jacqueline C.

    lovely evening with nice people thanks

    1 · December 14, 2013

    • Diana

      Thanks Jackie! We are so glad you were able to join us and hope to see you at future events!

      December 15, 2013

  • Jacqueline C.

    Hello, I am looking forward to the paddle this evening but I am not sure where the put in/boat ramp is? Is there a landmark I can use? Thank you so much,
    Jacqueline

    December 14, 2013

  • Jacqueline C.

    Hi, I am bringing a friend and we both have our own yaks. Thanks, looking forward to meeting everyone.

    December 10, 2013

  • Lyon

    I'll bring my own kayak, thanks!

    December 10, 2013

  • Don

    Sorry I missed the last moon rise paddle, attended the NASCAR race in Homestead. Looking forward to this paddle and I will bring a guest as well.

    November 25, 2013

    • Bryan S.

      No Worries Don! I bet that NASCAR race was a good time! Great to hear you're gonna make it to this event! See you next month!

      November 27, 2013

  • Leo M.

    Single or double kayak please (don't mind sharing)!

    November 22, 2013

    • Bryan S.

      Sounds good! We'll see you in December Leo!

      November 23, 2013

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  • Diana
    L2 ACA Certified SUP Instructor, Co-Organizer,
    Event Host
  • Bryan S.
    L2 ACA Certified Kayak Instructor & Avid Fisherman, Organizer
  • Jim N.
    Lead Guide/ACA Certified Kayak & SUP Instructor, Assistant Organizer
  • Don

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Refunds are not offered for this Meetup.

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