I retired to Florida, but can't keep my feet still, or my pen full of ink. Find me eating, playing, traveling, and then telling the world about it.
Published June 3rd 2014
The tony shops and restaurants of Villages of Venetian Bay at Naples, Florida overlook an expanse of peaceful water that is ideal for a lazy few hours of kayaking or paddle boarding. Sooth your soul by renting a colorful kayak or SUP (stand-up paddle board) at The Marina at Venetian Bay.
The kayak and SUP rental concession is blissfully open every day except Christmas and New Year's, beginning at 8am. Parking is conveniently right alongside the floating dock where numerous yellow or red kayaks and paddle boards are lined up for rental. No private launches are allowed, however. A minimum of two timorous beginners can hire a guide, if desired. To add to the convenience, reservations are not necessary. Major credit cards are also honored, in addition to cash.
The waters themselves run north and south and are called Doctors Bay. Although you may feel the current of incoming or outgoing tides, the pull is gentle and the depths anywhere are no more than about five meters/fifteen feet. A moderate paddle speed will take you round trip around the Bay in about two hours.
A map is available, but navigation is easy and the course is contained on all sides by luxurious homes with private docks that will keep you gaping at each unique property. At any time of day, it is likely that you will be accompanied at some point by a curious dolphin. They glide through the waters, sometimes fishing, but always showing their dorsal fins as they dive and circle.