Kayak the South Lido Mangrove Tunnels

Florida South Lido Mangrove Tunnels

Added by Courtney Clemmons

Kayak and SUP rentals availableGreat for all skill levels and agesSee manatees and dolphinsExplore mazes of mangrove tunnels

Before entering South Lido County Park, take a left turn on Taft Drive for the kayak launch area. Parking is available at the end of the road. Multiple companies offer kayak and stand up paddle (SUP) rentals and tours at the launch site, but feel free to bring your own. Launch your kayak or SUP between mangroves into Sarasota Bay and continue South along the mangrove tunnels. Visit this website for a detailed map of the trails.

Pack List

  • Bottle of water
  • Sunscreen
  • Hat
  • Sunglasses
  • Snacks or picnic items
  • Waterproof camera (or ziplock bag to carry camera)
  • Towel
  • Flip flops
  • Bathing suit
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Activities:

Chillin, Kayaking, Stand Up Paddle, Swimming

Skill Level:

Beginner

Season:

Year Round

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Features:

Bathrooms
Beach
Easy Parking
Family Friendly
Groups
Picnic Area
Scenic
Swimming Hole
Wildlife

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10 months ago

Awesome

Really cool mangrove tunnels. They made the whole trip worth it. Make sure to bring bug spray too, took a wrong turn and got attacked.

10 months ago

11 months ago

Amazing

Had a wonderful time in the mangrove tunnels. Fun, sun, and salt.

11 months ago

over 1 year ago

Awesome Kayaking & SUP

The Mangrove Tunnels are very scenic to paddle through, you can bring your own kayak, or reserve through rental companies who meet you at the launch. They also have SUP rentals to take through the tunnels as well. Once you are going through the tunnels look up at the trees overhead and you will see tiny little crabs called Mangrove Tree Crabs. They are fun to watch skitter around and don't pose a threat to you so no worries. Once you've gone through the maze of tunnels head out into the inter-coastal waterway and there's a very good chance manatees will make their way to the surface to greet you!

over 1 year ago

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