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“Wow! What an experience!”
Review of Gulf Coast Kayak

Gulf Coast Kayak
Ranked #1 of 13 Tours in Matlacha
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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!
Reviewed October 24, 2013 via mobile

What an awesome time on so many levels. The Eco tour was an opportunity to really experience and be close to the beauty of our world, the Florida waterways, mangroves and wild life.  Our trip included my husband, me and my 13D and 19S year olds. It was great exercise. We happened to go out on a particularly windy day, and as novices, it was a little challenging, but we took it all in stride, with great encouragement, patience and guidance from Diana. After we got the hang of things, we found ourselves racing to the finish line as we covered what felt like a great expanse of water, it was fun to let loose and try to race across all that choppy water. It was a blast, I can only imagine what a spectacle we looked like. Diana was also nice enough to capture some family pics for us. After our two hour tour, Brian and Diana recommended a great local restaurant, that was delicious and suggested some additional sites to take in while there. Which we did as well. Fantastic time and experience all around. It will be an annual vacation stop for us! Oh. We had 2 tandem kayaks. Wear lots of sunscreen and expect to get wet. The serenity in the mangroves is wonderful. 

Thank Omachall
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Diana G, Owner at Gulf Coast Kayak, responded to this reviewResponded December 20, 2013

Hey Guys,

Thanks again for coming out this past summer! Had such a fun time with you guys! You all did great & were such troopers! Despite the windy conditions that day I'm glad we were able to "get lost" in the mangroves and found some nice calm waters! That was fun winding around those narrow tunnels! Can't wait to see you all again next summer, maybe I can talk you into trying paddle boarding!

Best Wishes!

Diana

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Reviewed October 17, 2013

Bought 2 groupons for 1 lesson and 2 hour guided tour!! What an awesome experience. Diana and Brian were friendly and Diana was a great guide. Was so much fun!! We plan to do it again!!! Thanks for a great time!!!

Thank rolsen11fl
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Diana G, Owner at Gulf Coast Kayak, responded to this reviewResponded October 24, 2013

Hi R!

Thank you so much for the kind review! Really glad that you guys could come out on such a beautiful day! Happy to hear that you had so much fun! We got some great shots of you guys on the boards, thanks for letting me post those pics! I just love sharing that little hidden lagoon in the mangroves, it's my favorite place! You both did great out on the water and we definitely hope to see you again soon!

Diana

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Reviewed October 2, 2013

I took advantage of a Groupon deal for a 2 hour paddle board rental, lesson, and tour. Diana was a great instructor, was very patient with us 'newbies' and gave just the right level of instruction. She even took pics of each one in our group and promised to email them to us. It was a bit windy which made it more challenging for a first-timer like myself but still fun and a great workout. I would definitely use Gulf Coast Kayak for my next paddle board adventure.

Thank luvmyvacays
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Diana G, Owner at Gulf Coast Kayak, responded to this reviewResponded October 10, 2013

Hi guys,

Thanks so much for the nice review! I had such a fun and memorable time with you on the water and the pictures came out great! You both looked so comfortable on the boards, especially through some of those windy areas in the preserve! Hard to believe you've never paddle boarded before! Best of luck with everything and I hope to see you all again soon!

Diana

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Reviewed September 29, 2013

Diana and Brian were awesome! We were first timers and Diana was really knowledgable about the Eco preserve and gave an awesome tour! We can't wait to be regulars!

Thank Lisa T
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Diana G, Owner at Gulf Coast Kayak, responded to this reviewResponded October 1, 2013

Hi Lisa,

We're really glad to hear you enjoyed the Paddle Board Tour! Hard to believe you were first timers when you all looked like pros out there! Had a great time taking you guys out on the water and hope to see you all again soon!

Diana

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Reviewed August 5, 2013

What an amazing time we had! Brain was working that day and was very friendly and informative. He also recommended our awesome trip to Cayo Costa the following day! We ended up purchasing the tandem 1/2 day package which gave you plenty of time to see the beautiful mangroves and local islands. We saw a lot of wildlife, including a dolphin who was chasing fish a mere 10 ft from our boat! Be sure to wear a lot of sunscreen since you will be getting a lot of sun if the weather is nice. I would recommend this to anyone who wants to add a great adventure to their visit of the Ft. Meyers area.

Thank Matt A
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Diana G, Owner at Gulf Coast Kayak, responded to this reviewResponded August 22, 2013

Hi Matt,

Thank you very much for your review! We are so happy to hear you had such a great time out on the water! Matlacha Pass Aquatic Preserve is such a unique and beautiful place! It's always an experience kayaking in the preserve, especially when you encounter Dolphins so close to your kayak! There's no better way to experience wildlife! Thanks again for sharing your experience and your pictures with us, we LOVE the pictures! Hope to see you again soon!

Diana

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