One of the best things about living in Tampa is the weather.  When the sun is out, the first thing that comes to mind is...beach day!  But there is so much more to do in Tampa than layout in the sun and digging your toes in the sand.

Explore the waterways and rent kayaks in Tampa for an outdoor adventure that is both fun and healthy.  Finding the best places for kayak rentals can be challenging because you don't want to pay tourist prices, have long wait times or rent from an untrusted vendor, so we compiled a list for you.  Here are 813area's top choices for renting kayaks in Tampa:

Canoe Escape

Offering 6 self guided escapes along the Hillsborough River. Explore the 16,000 acre wilderness park while discovering the beauty of natural Florida like birds, turtles, gators and more.  This is your outdoor adventure that provides a good mix of sun and shaded kayaking locations.  Renting kayaks at Canoe Escape is perfect for the outdoors seeker or someone that wants to enjoy Tampa in it's natural beauty.

Bay Breeze Paddle Adventures

Bay Breeze Paddle Adventures offers Stand Up Paddle Board, Kayak, and Jet Ski rentals to people of all skill levels to explore the waters of Tampa Bay!  Bay Breeze is located at the Grand Hyatt Tampa Bay and Oystercathers in the Westshore area.  Offering one of the best places to rent kayaks in Tampa as they are located right on Old Tampa Bay between the Causeway and the Howard Franklin.

Urban Kai

Located on Tampa Bay by The Marriott Waterside in Downtown Tampa, Urban Kai Stand-Up Paddle Board Shop offers lessons, tours, fitness classes and sales for stand up paddle boarding along with their kayak rentals.  They also offer a service to bring the equipment to a designated location and schedule a pick up time for a delivery fee.

Tampa Bay SUP Stand-Up Paddleboarding and Kayaking 

Now open at the Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel and Marina, SUP offers so much more than just paddle-boarding and kayaking. Pedal boats, rentals, lessons and eco-tours are among the many services they provide. They even have team-building events, fun relay races, SUP YOGA and SUP Corporate Parties! What's fun about SUP is that they are mobile, meaning they can come to meet you or you can go to them! They have a few locations that they usually go to, like the Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel and Marina, Grand Hyatt Tampa Bay, Safety Harbor on North Tampa Bay and Clearwater Beach! 

Upper Tampa Bay Paddle Sports

Group tours, customized private tours exploring the real Florida, lessons and more. Upper Tampa Bay Paddle Sports prides itself in their experience, with over 25 years of exploring each little corner of the coastline. You can also celebrate things like your birthday with them, or maybe a bachelorette party, they even do retirement parties! 





There are so many different things you could do in WhatSup Paddle Sports! Retreats, Beach Yoga for $10 a class, excursions, fun team building, bike and kayak rentals, land paddling, and of course paddle board rentals and tours. They also have a fun summer camp which includes lots of fun activities like snorkeling, beach games, races, contests and more. 
We will continue to expand our guide for kayak rentals in Tampa and feel free to contact us or comment below with suggestions to include in this article.  To find even more fun ways to explore Tampa as a local and enjoy more than just the beaches, visit our things to do in Tampa.