Some places are better when experienced from the water. A kayaking adventure is a great way to stay cool in the summer while being active, spending quality time with friends, and being as close as possible to nature. With a distinctive variety of paddling options, from glacial waters to tropical beaches, North America is home to world‐class kayaking destinations. Here are the top hotels close to some of the best kayaking spots in North America.
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Kayaking Kapalua in the summer, when the waves are smaller, will give you a whole new perspective of the island. The marine preserve at Honolua Bay makes for a great stopover, and snorkeling. This oceanfront hotel offers rooms with patios and kitchens, and is near a number of kayak rental places, as well as kayak tour operators.
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For those seeking to be near wildlife in the form of Orcas, eagles and seals, look no further than the San Juan Islands. Whether paddling from island to island, or just taking an afternoon to explore, this hotel has a cool vintage motel vibe, and a full spa onsite, to help you relax after your adventures.
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With over 650,000‐acres to explore, Kenai Fjords is home to whales, otters, sea lions and bald eagles. It’s important to note that the fjords are exposed to the Gulf of Alaska, and should not be explored without a guide, unless you have experience handling rough surf and strong breezes. There are a number of experienced guides and equipment rental places. The hotel offers spacious waterfront rooms, and is conveniently located a 3‐minute walk from the Alaska Sea Center and a 10‐minute walk from the Seward Waterfront Park.
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The Oregon coast offers some of the most breathtaking and daring paddling in the Northwest. With plenty of caves, towering sea cliffs, white water paddling, and secluded beaches, the coast is better explored by experienced paddlers or when accompanied by experienced operators. Offering beachfront suites, this pet‐friendly hotel has direct access to Nye Beach and is 100% smoke‐free.
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