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Island Style Watersports

2433 N Tamiami Trl, Sarasota, FL 34234-5807
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Excellent nature experience kayaking off Lido Key in the mangroves. Laurel is an excellent Guide... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Dougie0591
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Dover, New Hampshire
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Exactly what we were looking for

Went out with Laurel with our young kids in doubles on a slightly windy day. 95% of time was spent... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
garibaldi_joe
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Island Style Watersports is the top kayak tour operator and water sports company in Sarasota, Florida. Our kayak eco tours through the exotic mangrove forests of Sarasota show you and your family and friends the natural beauty of Florida's wildlife including dolphins and manatees. Our friendly and knowledgeable Florida Master Naturalist-certified guides specialize in small kayak tours. You get personal attention and a safe kayak experience at times to suit you. We also offer world-class windsurfing and kiteboarding instruction as well and SUP (Stand Up Paddle) rentals and sales. Call us today to book your kayak tours, lessons and rentals. We'll see you on the water soon!
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2433 N Tamiami Trl, Sarasota, FL 34234-5807
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Excellent nature experience kayaking off Lido Key in the mangroves. Laurel is an excellent Guide with vast knowledge and experience. The whole family had a great time! I highly recommend! Doug W

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Went out with Laurel with our young kids in doubles on a slightly windy day. 95% of time was spent in the shaded, calm mangrove tunnels, and the rest was totally fine. Our young kids, who have fairly short attention spans, LOVED it. Laurel is...More

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Reviewed February 21, 2018 via mobile

My wife and I kayaked with Laurel late in the day when most of the large guided trips had left. No crowds made it a great 4:00 PM adventure thru the mangrove swamps (no bugs that day) and across the calm bay. Laurel gave a...More

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Reviewed February 19, 2018

What a great afternoon! Laurel took us on the best tour of the waterways and mangrove tunnels around Sarasota. Not only did we have fun, but I always felt safe in her care and I learned so much! Who knew?? Laurel did! There are a...More

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Reviewed January 1, 2018

Laurel was incredibly accommodating helping us get the best experience for our money. She was incredibly knowledgeable about the environment (water, weather, temperature) to recommend a beautiful kayak trip through the mangroves at sunset. She also couldn't have been friendlier. Thanks, Laurel! -Paul

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Reviewed April 16, 2017 via mobile

My wife and I had a fantastic date paddleboarding for a couple of hours around Sarasota Bay! We came across manatees in a lagoon and ended our date with lunch across the pass before heading back home. Laurel's setup is SUPer easy and accommodating. We'll...More

Thank Patrick K
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Reviewed March 31, 2017 via mobile

I highly recommend this organization and tour for the inquisitive person wishing to learn more about Florida's natural water settings. Laurel, owner and guide, is passionate in her desire to preserve Florida's natural ecosystem and pass along her vast knowledge to others. Our intimate group...More

Thank Jennifer C
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Reviewed November 23, 2016

Laurel led our tour and it was a totally wonderful experience. Once she assessed our level of experience at kayaking and our interest in the nature and history of the area, she made sure the tour was a perfect fit for us. She is so...More

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Reviewed March 1, 2016

Being curious about kayaking, my husband and I had an excellent first-time experience with Island Style Watersports. It started with meeting Laurel and Bjorn at Lido Park where Laurel gave us a great introductory instruction to the sport. Laurel and Bjorn then took us on...More

2  Thank Jim Z
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Reviewed February 1, 2016

Even starting out with the booking, my family & I had a poor experience with Island Style. It went from bad to worse after we arrived. There were a handful of miscommunications, things that they said they would do and did not, payment quarrels. The...More

3  Thank Ashley J
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Laurel K, Owner at Island Style Watersports, responded to this reviewResponded February 19, 2016

OH NO! That's not good. I'm Laurel Kaiser, the owner of Island Style Watersports. Our policy is -- complete customer satisfaction or we make it right. I wish I'd known much sooner, that the tour experience Ashley had was less than desirable. A full refund...More

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