COVID-19 Update

Kayak Connection is following the amended Shelter In Place orders for Santa Cruz County and Monterey County and we are open for rentals and private tours on a limited basis.

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Kayak Connection is Monterey Bay’s favorite outfitter for sea kayaking and paddleboarding rentals, sales, lessons and tours.

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Rent a Kayak

Spend the day exploring with friends or relaxing on your own. From our private docks paddle the iconic Santa Cruz Harbor and Monterey Bay or explore the protected waters of the Elkhorn Slough with unparalleled wildlife encounters.

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Go on a Tour

Discover all the hidden wonders you might have paddled right by without our naturalist guides leading your adventure. Make the most of your experience by taking a guided tour customized for you and your group.

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Rent a Paddleboard

This beginner friendly area has all the scenery to catch that Santa Cruz stoke, or provide a challenge for the experienced paddler who wants to venture out to sea. Views of the iconic yacht harbor will wow and re-energize you.

Take a Class

We offer quality sea kayaking instruction taught by highly trained ACA instructors. Let us prepare you for that multi-day kayak camping trip, or geek out on perfecting your forward stroke technique.

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Santa Cruz Harbor Location

Come to our Santa Cruz Harbor location to experience over a mile of calm protected waters – perfect for beginning kayakers or paddleboarding enthusiasts. 

For the more adventurous, head out into the Monterey Bay for open ocean exploration. See the iconic Santa Cruz sights including the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, the Santa Cruz Wharf and experience the surf stoke at Steamer Lane.

Elkhorn Slough LOCATION

Elkhorn Slough is one of the top ten wildlife viewing destinations in North America. The Elkhorn Slough at Moss Landing boasts the largest remaining raft of southern sea otters on the planet. 

Come paddle with these amazing endangered creatures, as well as sea lions, harbor seals, beautiful floating jelllies and migrating sea birds. 



Our team is our greatest asset.  Kayak Connection is proud to introduce you to our extended family of kooky paddlers. We take no greater joy than kayaking together, and helping you discover the adventure and magic the ocean delivers. 


Had an absolutely amazing time in the Slough with KC. Knowledged and passionate staff made the experience so great. We saw lots of really cool wildlife and were blown away by the cleanliness and natural beauty of this area, despite the highway and power plant being there as well. Highly recommend the experience.
Madalyn Lejeune
Madalyn Lejeune
18:27 04 Sep 19
Great time with family. Good exercise too. Get off the couch and go do something. Learn about sea otters and explore their world.
Arnold Patterson
Arnold Patterson
13:08 21 Aug 19
Highly recommend this company and this experience. Kayaking up the Elkhorn Slough was such a delight – loved watching all of the seals and sea otters up close and personal from our kayaks. A not-to-miss experience.Kayak Connection’s equipment is really well taken care of, and their staff is incredibly knowledgeable. You’ll get a quick lesson from the crew, but the kayaks are pretty easy to control. I’d recommend checking the tide schedule before you go, but the staff are also pretty knowledgeable about the tide and are happy to answer questions.Overall – such a great experience!
Austin Bean
Austin Bean
05:04 13 Aug 19
Good place to rent a kayak. They give you all equipment and waterproof clothing to use. Nice staff.
Margot Flynn
Margot Flynn
06:59 22 Jul 19



Fall in love with kayaking the Central Coast. Rent a kayak or paddleboard, take a class, or book a tour with our local guides to experience a magical outdoor adventure. 
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