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“Mel The Guide has found his calling.” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Gulf Coast Kayak

Gulf Coast Kayak
Ranked #2 of 9 Tours in Matlacha
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Gulf Coast Kayak in Matlacha, FL offers Kayak and Stand Up Paddle Board Eco Tours, Guided Kayak Fishing Trips, Events, Lessons, Rentals & Sales. Looking to buy a kayak or stand up paddle board or need some accessories for your paddle craft? Check out our shop and we'll serve all your paddling needs! We have beautiful water access and we launch right behind our shop! Come on out & find yourself some solitude...explore our world! Since 1992 Gulf Coast Kayak has been the local favorite paddling outfitter!
Park Forest, IL
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3 reviews
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“Mel The Guide has found his calling.”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 21, 2012

Mel was charming, funny and knowledgable. He and his assistant, Matthew, gave us a feeling of confidence while they led us across the open waters near Matlacha, through mangrove forests and upstream in search of dolphines, stingrays, manatees and many water and shore birds.

The three hour guided tour was well planned and well attended.

We plan to return in 2013 to take the Sunset Tour where Mel has promised many bird sightings and well as a beautiful view of the bay.

Visited March 2012
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Punta Gorda, Florida
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3 reviews
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“great family outing with mel the guide”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 3, 2012

mel was our guide, he is a grand pa and is realy good with the kids. we saw manatees and a few dolphin what a daylots of birds

Visited March 2012
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Winnipeg
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36 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
“Lovely Sunset Tour”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 22, 2012

Mel was knowledgeable and passionate about wildlife and nature. This was a beautiful evening tour.

Visited February 2012
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Garrison, NY
2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Gulf Coast Kayak Tours - Best place to rent and take a tour”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 24, 2006

When we read that this company was recommended by the people at Lonely Planet, we knew we had to take their tour. Our cheerful and informative guide, Mel, took us on a nature tour of the mangroves in Matlacha Bay. He talked about the area's history and environment. You don't have to be an expert paddler, either. They will gear the speed of the tour depending on the group's experience. You can also rent a kayak yourself for a full or half day at very reasonable prices. Also, their boats are clean and there are plenty of styles to choose from. Definitely include Gulf Coast Kayaks on your list of activities!

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