Kayaking in Narragansett

Narragansett Bay has an ideal coastline for kayaking extending over 250 miles.  If you’re planning a Rhode Island beach vacation, kayaking in Narragansett is a great way to infuse some exercise into your trip. This unique way to take in the local scenery can give you a new perspective on your surroundings and introduce you to local wildlife including dolphins, sea turtles and more.  Keep reading to discover how to plan a smooth Narragansett kayaking adventure during your next New England vacation.

Self Guided Kayaking or Tours?

Experienced Kayaker cutting through the waterThere are two very different ways to enjoy kayaking during a trip to Rhode Island. Some experienced kayaking enthusiasts choose to hit the water independently.  If you are driving, you might consider bringing your own kayak, but otherwise you can rent from a number of local services and retailers.

The other option is to sign up for a kayak tour. Not only do these local tours provide all the equipment you need, but they also provide expert local guides. Interested in seeing dolphins? Guides will know where to look. Searching for the best sunset views? These experts can point your tour in the right direction.

Kayaking Safety

You are going to want to give some thought to safety in advance of kayaking in Narragansett. Even on a cool cloudy day you’ll want to pack plenty of sunscreen. Be sure to also a good amount of bottled water and remember sunglasses to protect your eyes from glare off the water. Even if you are an experienced kayaker, it is a good idea to wear a flotation device and never kayak alone. Also remember to stay up to date on weather advisories as weather can change suddenly. If you choose to go on a tour, your guide will be an expert on kayaking safety, making this a great choice for families with children.

Kayaking Skill Levels

Some people might not think that there’s much skill in kayaking, but this isn’t actually the case. Not only are there skills that can be mastered, but sea kayaking in particular often offers much more challenges than kayaking on a river or lake. If you are worried about taking on the seas, you might want first try kayaking on the local rivers. Narrow River Kayaks is a tour company that offers kayaking options on the Narrow River, starting just one mile from the ocean. One of the most popular tours here is the sunset tour, where you can work on your beginning kayak skills while admiring the sunset.

Kayak Season

Kayaking peak season is typically during the summer months of June, July, and Kayaking at sunsetAugust, but it is not unheard of for people to get out on the water from mid-May and go through September into early October. This means that you can plan a kayaking trip during the summer months when temperatures are at their warmest, or you can plan a trip to avoid the summer heat. Just keep in mind that weather and temperature can sometimes effect how long you want to spend kayaking.

Whenever you decide to take your kayak out, plan your Narragansett vacation in advance and plan to have fun while getting some exercise out in the beautiful New England nature.

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