Central Coast Kayaks
Central Coast Kayaks
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Adrenaline & Extreme ToursBike ToursEco ToursPrivate ToursKayaking & Canoeing
9:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
About
Your full-service adventure shop on the Central Coast. Join us for our guided kayak, e-bike Tours, and surfing lessons or check out our Rentals of kayak, e-bikes, surf boards, and boogie boards. We also offer Pickleball sales and rentals! Let's have an Adventure on the Central Coast.
Pismo Beach, California

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Travelers' Choice
2024

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Bea
Palo Alto, CA1 contribution
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020 • Family
I did a cave excursion with my two teen aged kids on 8/4/20. Our tour guides were Christian & Kristin and they did an amazing job with us and our entire group. The taught us how to kayak, demonstrated what to do if we fall out and provided interesting history of the caves and about the marine life and birds we saw on the tour. We had a little break and they served light refreshments. The best part was that they took photos of us and the group to capture the awesome experience and shared the link after so we can have the photos to keep.

I would highly recommend this experience to family and friends who were visiting this area with company. We all left happy and a new great memory for our family.
Written August 6, 2020
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YakFisherman
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2020 • Family
My family and I recently took a week vacation to Pismo Beach, and decided to try kayaking together while we were there. Central Coast had great reviews so we figured we'd give them a shot. The cost for the Naturalist tour was not cheap, but it was actually a great value. They provided all the necessary safety equipment, simple instructions, and all the support needed to have a great paddle. John and Sandy were super helpful during our trip, and kept everyone safe and supported. Sandy even had to tow a couple of people who were struggling during the paddle, which I thought was very considerate and kind.

My wife ended up becoming sea sick about half way through when we landed on a beach for a break. They radioed the shop and had a truck come to pick her and a couple of other people up to take them back so they didn't have to paddle back. They hauled the kayaks up a nasty set of stairs up the cliff and everything. It was quite heroic.

On the paddle back, my son and I got to paddle through one of the large caves as a little bonus adventure. My son had a blast, and he's not an outdoorsy kid at all. He was right behind our guide the whole time and paddled like a bawss!

If you're in the area and looking for an adventure that's compliant with current covid-19 restrictions, it's pretty hard to beat a kayak tour with Central Coast.

I also rented a solo fishing kayak with them and had a blast out there fishing for a half day. I wish there had been some more instruction on the specifics of the way the seat worked on that kayak as I was a bit too high up and felt like I was on the verge of tipping several times. Other than that, it was an epic adventure. I caught about a dozen fish, most of them Gopher cod, and came back feeling successful.
Written July 27, 2020
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ncr548
Brooklyn, NY1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2021
11/16/21 • Highly recommend Central Coast Kayaks - everyone was friendly and helpful from the booking through the tour. We did the Cave Tour - definitely worth it if you're comfortable with some basic kayak maneuvering and don't mind some waves. Our guide Evan was clear and guiding throughout, making sure we never entered a cave at the wrong time, etc. Great way to spend a morning.
Written November 23, 2021
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j0rmand1
Rochester, NY2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021
The entire experience was fantastic! The staff there were really helpful and nice. The equipment was well maintained and the outfits provided were of high quality. The coast line and scenery was magnificent and we saw sea lions, otters and many cool birds. Our guide Andrew was the best, he gave clear helpful instructions prior to our excursion, and many helpful hints along the way to get the most out trip. He not only pointed out the wild life and natural wonders of the cave, but shared a lot of interesting information too. We took the cave tours, and he guided us in and out of the caves, teaching us how to negotiate the waves and currents safely and at the level of adventure we were comfortable with, and it was a blast. I highly recommend Central Coast Kayaks for anyone looking for a fun adventure. Also, I believe the price was more than reasonable, and they even provided snacks and water and they gave us a full 3 hours of fun!
Written July 29, 2021
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mikeb92361
Grover Beach, CA3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2020
Everything went well. For one price CCK provided the clothing & gear, the tour, and the pictures (I've been on outdoor adventures that charge an expensive, additional fee for pictures). I like that we didn't waste a lot of valuable time on front end BS (most of us were experienced kayakers). I like that we spent a lot of quality time on the water (that's what I paid for). The tour leaders were very good.
Written June 30, 2020
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Thanks for paddling with us and thank you for the review. Hope to paddle with you again -Team CCK
Written July 8, 2020
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Jane S
Redondo Beach, CA1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020 • Family
My Family and I went on a sea cave tour with central coast kayaks. My kids are 12 and 15. Our guides, Ryan and Christian, were funny, attentive, and informative,. We explored the beautiful sea caves with excitement and ease! The staff overall took social distancing measures Seriously throughout our check in and check out process. The check in process was a little bit slower because of these rules, but we appreciate it. This tour is a must if you were in this area. We will come back again. Thank you!
Written August 5, 2020
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Scott R
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2021
Last week Thursday we experienced an absolutely wonderful ocean kayak adventure with CCK. We had booked a private guided sea cave adventure which I would highly recommend as the cost is not significantly more for the private. There were 3 of us along with our guide, Tom, who also happened to be the owner of the business. We have been kayaking inland lakes and rivers for 30 yrs so this was a new experience for my wife and I and for the 3rd member of our group, who is a novice paddler. Tom is very knowledgeable and we learned much about ecosystem in which we were fortunate to be playing. Wildlife viewing was superb and as the wind was up a bit the paddling was challenging and exciting but not overwhelming even for our novice paddler. Equipment/gear was more than adequate for this type of adventure. We all were very pleased with the experience.
Written June 14, 2021
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amie172
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2020
Our company had been trying to get a team building exercise planned for years. So when we planned this excursion, we were over the moon excited! We had a great time with our guides Christian and Kristen. They were funny, interactive, and well versed in where they took us and what they knew about the wildlife and tides. Our boss had to leave early so one of the guides actually gave her a swift ride back to shore! What service! We'll definitely be watching this place for future business excursions!
Written July 28, 2020
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142233613
San Jose, CA3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2021
Tom was very helpful in setting up the reservation. We were a group of 4, all with kayak experience though skill levels varied and only one or two had a bit of rock gardening experience. Andrew gave us a great cave tour, customized to our skill and adventure levels. He explained the path through the pour-overs and caves, always gave us the option to go around, stepped in to help when needed. He did a very good job of starting with less challenging obstacles and building until we had all the adventure we wanted. It was great fun and a great learning experience.
Written April 16, 2021
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bslai
Fremont, CA2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2021
Central Coast Kayaking provided a complete kayaking experience our 3 couples. We were provided with all the gears (helmets, wetsuits, rash guard, outer jacket and rubber shoes), transportation to the beach to launch off, and water and snacks during break. We were taken out to water with an experienced guide, Evan, who briefed us with instructions and assured us of our safety. We were guided out to the open ocean seeing wild life and going into the caves. 2 of the 3 couples were not very experienced in kayaking but had the most exhilarating time! By the end of the trip, we were picked up at the beach and shuttled back to the shop where we left our car. Central Coast also provided a link to all the photos that our guide took and shared it with our group with no additional charge to rates. We highly recommend Central Coast Kayaking if you want a safe and exciting kayaking experience
Written September 27, 2021
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