Best Kayaking Experience in Southwest Florida: Views, island beaches, dolphins, manatees, turtles, lots of water and smiles

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Two dolphins appear in front of our kayak
Two dolphins appear in front of our kayak

Late one Saturday afternoon, a privately run and owned kayaking service at Stump Pass Beach State Park told us they’d be open from 9am-4pm the next day and invited us for a fun kayaking trip.

One of the beaches we visited after landing in our kayak
One of the beaches we visited after landing in our kayak



When we arrived to the beach on Sunday morning, we waited 25 minutes to get into the parking lot and expected to jump right into a kayak. The rangers at Stump Pass Beach were incredibly nice and helpful. We loved them! Everyone was excited.

Unfortunately, the privately run kayak service was unmanned. We called the company’s other kayaking location and asked why no one was there during the time they told us to come. They said “First of all, we don’t take reservations, and if no one’s there, it means our employee didn’t show up.” Yikes! We asked for a call back once they figured out the situation and schedule. They were unapologetic and never called us back.

We had to find a way to save our day’s plans.

Enter Allure Boat Rentals, just one mile away. They saved our our day and made it a million times better than we could have ever expected. We called them from Stump Pass Beach, hoping they’d be open. Their owner and operator, Michael Stipp, answered the phone in a jovial mood. When we explained the situation, he said he’d deliver kayaks right to us but the other guys (who weren’t even there) had the exclusive right to provide kayaks at Stump Pass Beach. Bummer!

So we all got back into the van and drove up to Allure Boat Rentals.

Upon arriving to Allure Boat Rentals, they already had their kayaks prepared with life jackets for everyone. They gave us a bunch of cold water bottles, a rundown on where we could go to find dolphins, beaches, islands, manatees, and wake-free paddling paths, and even provided a laminated full color detailed map of the area. They even adjusted and added seats in kayaks as necessary.

Six sun soaked hours later, we returned. Well hydrated but sunburned and happy as could be. We showered on location, hosed down the swimming gear we brought with us, and hopped back into our van to find some food (we’ll write on that in another article)!

A wild dolphin played with two other dolphins in front of, around, and under our kayak.
A wild dolphin played with two other dolphins in front of, around, and under our kayak.



As for the kayaking trip with Allure Boat Rentals, let these pictures speak for themselves! Two of the highlights included spending a lot of time with dolphins who would even swim right under our kayaks and stop to check out our paddles, and we also enjoyed the most serene and beautiful island beaches you could imagine finding.



If you ever make it out to Southwest Florida, be sure to find Allure Boat Rentals. Michael and his team will make sure you’ll have the best time ever. And, most important of all, they’ll be there and greet you with a lot of Southwest Florida cheer and hospitality!


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