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Garl's Coastal Kayaking Everglades

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Key Largo, FL, USA
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About Garl's Coastal Kayaking Everglades
Garl's Coastal Kayaking is the ultimate tour service of the Everglades. We are the first and original kayaking/slogging tour in the Everglades with the most experienced guides.We offer kayaking, hiking, and fishing in pristine, often unexplored areas of south Florida, and the Everglades We offer a variety of tours and trips 7 days a week and can customize any of our trips. Please note: We are located in Homestead, Florida out of Robert is Here at 19200 SW 344th st, Homestead, FL.
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Enjoy the Florida Everglades on a full-day adventure of kayaking and slogging (walking through water). Navigate through mangrove forests and past alligators on your kayak to soak in the surrounding nature. The salty waters of Florida Bay are home to a variety of marine life such as sawfish, manatees, dolphins and even sharks, many of which you may see, depending on the season and day.
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Stephen L wrote a review 2 May
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We had the pleasure of a private trip with Garl! Words can’t express how awesome this trek was, but I’ll try. First, Garl is an amazing guide! He takes a personal interest in making it “your day”. His knowledge and experience (20+ years) and love of his “job” make it a truly amazing day. We slogged, kayaked, and took an inadvertent swim in Nine Mile Pond with Croczilla. We saw gators, snakes, crocs, birds, and manatees. It was without a doubt the best adventure ever! Don’t waste your time on the airboats and alligator shows! This is the Everglades at its finest!
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Date of experience: April 2021
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Scott E wrote a review Apr 2021
Denver, Colorado228 contributions35 helpful votes
No cell phone coverage. No people. Just the swampy ecosystem in the Everglades. And when Garl says we are going into the swamps it is literal! A full day with Garl was an incredible experience- walking, wading and kayaking around some incredible sights. Very unique, very entertaining, very educational and a really cool dude (thanks Garl)! Seriously highly recommended. and also- the photo is of "Croczilla"
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Date of experience: April 2021
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Michael O wrote a review Apr 2021
New York City, New York5 contributions4 helpful votes
Although all of the guides who run Garl's tours are excellent and hired under very high standards, my wife and I had the great fortune of getting a private full day tour from Garl himself after another group cancelled. Garl is "the guy" when it comes to the Everglades. His knowledge knows no bounds, and his passion and professionalism can put even the most hesitant of trekkers at ease. He is very good at putting worries to rest, as he has done and seen it all over his 20+ years in the glades. After all, we did slog to alligator holes and kayak over gators and crocs! Be advised, you most likely will see large reptiles and come close to them. However, Garl never put us in any unsafe positions or situations we were uncomfortable with. He makes it certain that his guests leave Everglades National Park on a positive note, and with a little piece of his immense love for its incredible beauty. Garl also took beautiful pictures throughout, so my wife and I could take in the landscape and its wonderful inhabitants without constantly stopping to fiddle with a camera (look for some of his photos/video footage on Nat Geo and BBC!). Garl, thank you for an adventure we'll never forget, and for showing us up close and personal the beauty of Everglades National Park!
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Date of experience: April 2021
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BrianM wrote a review Apr 2021
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We spent the day with Mike and want to say he everything you could want in a guide. Relaxed, informative, friendly and completely at home in the Everglades. The wild-life was frankly way beyond expectations. Our hike through cypress forest, through the knee deep water was serene and pleasant. Our freshwater kayaking was just as idyllic. We encountered a terrific variety of birds as well as the expected and frequent alligators. We unhesitatingly recommend For anyone who is interested is getting off the beaten path and away from typical or rote tours, we unhesitatingly recommend Garl's.
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Date of experience: April 2021
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Victoria L wrote a review Mar 2021
Bainbridge, Indiana, United States51 contributions9 helpful votes
Quote from skeptical teen: “ I don’t know what I expected, but that was amazing.” We got to hang out with Garl for the day. After the drive to the starting point, we were right into it. Started with the slog. It was really wet and the water was very clear. It was more challenging that we expected, mostly because of the high water. It is usually dry by now, but it has been a wet season. Off to the freshwater kayaking. We saw Croczilla. Learned about the plants and saw an alligator back in the mangroves. Headed to the saltwater kayak hoping for break in the weather. Saw manatees, crocodile, alligators, sawfish (2), spoonbills, lemon shark, and lots of other birds. As a not-fit, mushy adult, I was spent by the end of the day. The teen was fine. We learned a lot in a relaxing environment.
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Date of experience: March 2021
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