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If you’re looking to explore the waters along the Central Coast, kayaks are a great vehicle to do so! Get up close and personal with our flippered-friends while kayaking or paddling along the Central Coast. The mild weather, scenic views, and lively sea life on the Central Coast make for an ideal kayak vacation. Kayaking in Pismo Beach, Morro Bay, Los Osos, and Avila Beach is perfect for both beginners and seasoned paddlers. The majority of the year, you can anticipate clear, glassy waters and incredible views. However, conditions can vary and you can expect more wind in the spring, some fog in the summer, and an occasional rain in the winter.

Be prepared to be in awe while paddling the local estuaries, bays, coastlines, sea caves and lakes. Common animals you will see while touring include sea otters, dolphins, harbor seals, sea lions, and hundreds of species of birds. Some people even fish kayak and surf kayak. When planning your water adventure, head out on a coastal kayaking tour or just rent a kayak and explore solo. Below is a list of kayak and paddleboard shops that offer rentals and kayak tours around the Central Coast.

Avila Beach Paddlesports, Avila Beach

Guided kayak tours of Fossil Point or Port San Luis with kayaks and stand-up paddleboards for rent. Beer and wine tasting is available after your paddle in the Port Harford Chandlery & Pub, housed in the same building.


Central Coast Kayaks, Shell Beach

Guided kayak tours, kayak lessons and rentals for exploring of the coves, caves and sea life around Pismo Beach, Shell Beach and Avila Beach.


Central Coast Outdoors, Los Osos

Guided half-day, sunset, and moonlight tours of the Morro Bay National Estuary.


Good Clean Fun Surf & Sport, Cayucos

Guided kayak tours along Cayucos’ coastline or the Morro Bay Estuary.

Kayak Horizons, Morro Bay

Kayaks and canoes to experience 15 miles of protected waters in beautiful Morro Bay Estuary and Bird Sanctuary.


Lake Nacimiento Resort, Paso Robles

Kayak rentals available for freshwater kayaking and kayak fishing.


Rock Kayak Co, Morro Bay

Guided tours and rentals for single and double kayaks plus stand up paddle boards to experience Morro Bay by water.


Sub Sea Tours & Kayaks, Morro Bay

Kayaks, canoes and stand-up paddleboards tours and rentals for exploring the bay, estuary and sand spit near Morro Rock.

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