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Carmen’s Kayaks

Kayak some of the most beautiful waterways southwest Florida has to offer.

Whether you enjoy kayak fishing, watching sunrise/sunsets, birding, exploring the mangrove trails, or just combing the beaches, Carmen’s Kays is just the place for you to begin your tropical paddling adventure.

Carmen’s Kayaks paddles all around Pine Island and Matlacha, on the Calusa Blueway Paddling Trail, finding the perfect locations for your paddling needs! We offer kayak fishing trips, eco-friendly kayak tours, kayak rentals, moonlit tours, sunrise/sunset tours, and custom guided trips.

Leading Kayak Tours for Over 17 Years!

About Carmen

Being on the water and fishing has long been a passion of my family…it has long been a passion of mine!

For as long as I can remember, I have lived on the water, and held a rod in my hand.  To me, there was nothing better as a child, than feeling that familiar twitch that tells you, “FISH ON!”  

At the age of four, my passion for fishing began in freshwater ponds and streams, with my father and brother.  From bass, crappie, blue gill, and perch fishing in Indiana, to salmon fishing in Michigan, to walleye fishing in Minnesota, we fished everywhere there was water.  After eventually moving out west, it wasn’t long before we were fishing the lakes and rivers of Colorado, Nevada, and California.  

I was also, at a very young age, introduced to offshore and inshore saltwater fishing by my grandparents. (We all get it honestly!)  Living on Ft. Myers Beach, and owning 7 boats, they were very avid fisher people!  Grandpa and grandma taught me a lot about saltwater fishing!  They still do! 

I now focus my attention on in-shore saltwater fishing, and I can’t get enough of it!   

Seventeen years ago I was introduced to kayaking.  It took one time out, and I was hooked!  My passion for exploring the estuaries and waterways began.  Witnessing nature up close and personal was simply amazing!  Bringing my two passions together, was only a matter of time. 

I have been a kayak fishing and eco-tour guide for over 17 years now. Having the ability to share my passion with so many others, is why I love doing what I do.  I am fortunate to have the opportunities I do, and I only hope to be able to share them all with you!

Plan Your Perfect Trip With Us


Call or contact today to have an experience of a lifetime!

Kayak Fishing Charters

  • Snook
  • Redfish
  • Mangrove Snapper
  • Spotted Sea Trout

ECO Tours

  • Manatees
  • Bald Eagles
  • Dolphins
  • Stingrays

Birding Tours

  • Egrets
  • Osprey
  • Pelicans
  • Roseate Spoonbills

Custom Adventures

  • Sunrise / Sunset
  • Full Day & Half Day
  • Let Us Create Your Tour



The Great Calusa Blueway Paddling Trail is a 190-mile marked kayak trail that meanders through the coastal waters and inland tributaries of Lee County, Florida.

Captain Brad Jones

He works with me chartering boat tours for clients who like to tarpon fish and kayak fish on other days.  He is also connected with Captain Cathy and Captain Jack for overnight excursions to Useppa.

Music with a Mission

Captain Cathy’s house on Useppa island.

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I've never kayaked before... do I need experience?

We start all our tours with a short paddle lesson and continue to make sure everyone is comfortable throughout their journey with us. Your happiness is key. Majority of what we kayak through is shallow however, we do venture out to the deeper waters to look for wildlife. The bay is a protected body of water and an easy paddle.

What if it rains?

The safety of our guests comes first. We constantly assess weather conditions. If it is light rain, we still go out for our adventure. But, if there is thunder and lightning we will wait for the storm to pass before we head out. If we need to cancel we will try to reschedule you to later in the day or another day.

Will we see manatee or dolphin?

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Are small coolers allowed?


Kayak some of the most beautiful waterways southwest Florida has to offer.

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What Our Clients Say

Carmen is amazing and super knowledgeable. We planned a Kayak Fishing Tour and had the best time and caught a few fish. This was an experience we will always treasure.

– The Browns

Carmen made our whole trip amazing. We booked a half day tour and had the BEST time. Thank you Carmen for an awesome day.

– Ray C.

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