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Karen's Kayaks

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Melbourne, FL, USA
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About Karen's Kayaks
Guided nature/wildlife kayak tours & rentals. Mobile outfitter- we bring the equipment to you at no extra charge. Over 15 years of paddling experience, American Canoe Assoc (ACA) trained, Florida Professional Paddle-Sports Assoc. Specializing in small intimate groups (2 to 6 avg) to ensure a personal connection with the guide and higher probability of wildlife encounters.
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Reviewed July 6, 2019

My girlfriend and I went in a tandem kayak on the fish camp route. It was really interesting learning about the flora and fauna of the region. We saw dolphins and a baby manatee. It was definitely HOT out, but was 110% worth it. Karen...More

Date of experience: July 2019
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Reviewed June 22, 2019 via mobile

We had a wonderful experience with Karen today on the Crane Creek Manatee Tour. We saw dolphins and manatees as well as lots of bird life and fish. Karen was very knowledgeable and made the trip both educational and fun! Highly recommended!

Date of experience: June 2019
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Reviewed June 19, 2019

I didn't know what to expect as the first time to kayak. It was much easier than I thought and our guide was both fun and knowledgeable. We definitely enjoyed seeing the dolphins and manatees up close and personal. We do not see these in...More

Date of experience: June 2019
Thank Mary V
Reviewed June 3, 2019

I don't think one could find someone more knowledgeable of the area and its wildlife than Karen. She clearly really loves her job. This is a no-nonsense tour and is conducted more like a classroom. Keep that in mind if you are considering teenagers or...More

Date of experience: May 2019
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Paddlelife, Owner at Karen's Kayaks, responded to this reviewResponded June 3, 2019

Thanks for taking the time for the review Craig. Sorry to hear the trip was too long I did notice your teens were bored but there were two others in the group to consider. We are having high heat (mid 90's ) early even for...More

Reviewed June 1, 2019 via mobile

My boyfriend and I have went kayaking with Karen 4 times in the past 2 years. Everytime we go we see something new, whether it's a different animal or just a new place to explore. Karen knows everything about the manatees and alligators and has...More

Date of experience: May 2019
Thank Holly L
Reviewed May 30, 2019 via mobile

My husband and I went on the Turkey Creek Sanctuary tour. We saw lots of manatees including one reaching way out of the water to get at greenery. Birds, turtles, fish and cool homes outside the sanctuary. Karen was great. Highly recommend this tour.More

Date of experience: May 2019
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Paddlelife, Owner at Karen's Kayaks, responded to this reviewResponded June 3, 2019

Thanks for taking the time to write this kind review. Glad you had a nice time, that was a quiet day and a joy for me to paddle with you while visiting Florida. Hope to see you next visit now that family is here and...More

Reviewed May 8, 2019 via mobile

This was the first time my friend or I had ever kayaked. Karen was patient and a great teacher. Her love for wildlife was evident on our trip. We had such a great time connecting with nature while learning to kayak. I highly recommend kayaking...More

Date of experience: April 2019
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Paddlelife, Owner at Karen's Kayaks, responded to this reviewResponded May 23, 2019

Pam, so glad you had a good time and enjoyed the trip. I especially love taking new paddlers out and opening a doorway to nature. Thanks for taking the time for the review. Hope you start paddling every chance you get. ~Karen M

Reviewed May 2, 2019

My wife and I had a great day kayaking at Silver Springs on April 16. Karen proved to be the perfect guide for two novice paddlers. She made sure we were well equipped for our adventure with the correct kayak, vest, and supplies. Karen’s expert...More

Date of experience: April 2019
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Paddlelife, Owner at Karen's Kayaks, responded to this reviewResponded May 23, 2019

Thanks for taking the time to write this review. Glad you enjoyed the paddle and the one of Florida's best spots. Karen M

Reviewed April 21, 2019 via mobile

Just returned to the UK after a week visiting relatives in Melbourne. One of our highlights of the trip was booking a last minute kayaking trip with Karen. She was absolutely brilliant and made us feel so safe and welcome. She is so well set...More

Date of experience: April 2019
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Paddlelife, Owner at Karen's Kayaks, responded to this reviewResponded May 23, 2019

Oli, thank you for the awesome review. Knowing when to paddle Turkey Creek ( weekday) is key to enjoying her magic. Look forward to seeing you guys on your next visit. "Cheer" :-) Karen M

Reviewed April 15, 2019 via mobile

Several of us were in town for a conference and were able to attend a kayaking tour with Karen. She taught the new kayakers in our group and they felt feel safe, and she was very informative about the animals in Turkey Creek. We saw...More

Date of experience: April 2019
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Paddlelife, Owner at Karen's Kayaks, responded to this reviewResponded May 23, 2019

Thanks for the taking the time to write this review. Your group was awesome and so engaged it was my pleasure and joy to paddle and share the beauty and wildlife. I love that you all make time to get outside and explore before your...More

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Response from JaneRussel | Reviewed this property |
Likely, if she is physically fit. If she is not, there are two-person kayaks, so she could be a passenger and not paddle. She would have to sit in the kayak for about 3 hours. There is no getting up and moving around. I... More
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