Santa Cruz Kayak & Paddleboard Rentals

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.

Kayak & Paddleboard Rental Information

Santa Cruz Harbor

santa cruz kayak rentalYour rental includes a PFD, paddle jacket, and paddle pants if desired. For those of you venturing out of the Harbor and into the Monterey Bay, we provide full, half or farmer-john style wetsuits without additional charge. 

Our goal is to create comfortable, happy paddlers on the water!

Pricing: Harbor Rental (1 hour): $30 single / $50 double

Ocean Rental (up to 4 hours): $50 single / $70 double

Duration:
Our Santa Cruz Harbor rental is a 1 hour rental, with views of the beautiful yacht harbor, the Chardonnay, the O’Neill Catamaran, curious harbor seals, the iconic Walton Lighthouse, beach volleyball courts and Twin Lakes Beach.

With a half-day rental (up to 4 hours) you’ll explore the kelp beds in the Bay and look for otters, dolphins, whales, sea lions and jellies. You will have views of Seabright Beach, The Beach Boardwalk, the Santa Cruz Wharf, Cowells’ Beach, the iconic Steamer Lane surf spot, and the Santa Cruz Surf Museum and Lighthouse.

Kayak & Paddleboard Rental Options

One Hour Harbor Rental - Single Sit on Top Kayak

harbor rental kayak

Explore the beautiful Santa Cruz Harbor, soak up the sun, and take in the wildlife for a quick jaunt on the water. Our stable, beginner friendly single Sit On Top Kayaks are easy to use and super maneuverable. 

Take in the sights of the iconic Walton lighthouse, Twin Lakes Beach and resident wildlife while enjoying the calm waters of the harbor. 

All necessary equipment is included, just bring a smile and some sunscreen!

One Hour Harbor Rental – Double Sit On Top Kayak

sit on top double kayak

Explore the beautiful Santa Cruz Harbor, soak up the sun, and take in the wildlife for a quick jaunt on the water. Our stable, beginner friendly Sit On Top Double Kayaks are easy to use and super maneuverable for adults and kids alike.

Take in the sights of the iconic Walton lighthouse, Twin Lakes Beach and resident wildlife while enjoying the calm waters of the Harbor.
All necessary equipment is included, just bring a smile and some sunscreen!

One Hour Harbor Rental – Paddleboard

santa cruz harbor sup rental

Renting a paddleboard in the Harbor for an hour is a great introduction to a fast growing sport in a beginner friendly environment. 

In addition to being a fabulous work out, it’s also a terrific way to see the sights of  Santa Cruz Harbor including Twin Lakes Beach and the Walton Lighthouse.

Ocean Rental (Up to 4 Hours) – Single Sit On Top Kayak

For those wanting a bit more adventure mixed in with their water time, we offer the option of renting a Sit On Top Single Kayak and heading out into the Bay. You can explore the kelp beds flush with wildlife such as sea otters, harbor seals and sea lions. You may even luck out and see dolphins or Humpback Whales! 

Wetsuits are included with rental.  Ocean Rentals are dependent upon weather and marine conditions.

Ocean Rental (Up to 4 Hours) – Double Sit On Top Kayak

ocean rental santa cruz double kayak

Rent a Sit On Top Double Kayak and explore the Bay. Our Sit On Top Double Kayaks are exceptionally stable and handle light wind-chop with ease. Right outside the Harbor entrance you can explore the kelp beds flush with wildlife such as sea otters, harbor seals and sea lions. You may even luck out and see dolphins, porpoises, Gray or Humpback Whales! 

Wetsuits are included with Rental.  Ocean Rentals are dependent upon weather and marine conditions.

Ocean Rental (Up to 4 Hours) – Paddleboard

SUP rental santa cruz ocean

Taking a paddleboard out on the Bay is rewarding and exhilarating. In addition to being a great work out, the elevated vantage point is perfect for looking down into the kelp beds and spotting wildlife. Watch curious sea lions scamper beneath you as you take in the sights of Santa Cruz from a totally different perspective. 

Wetsuits are included with Rental. Ocean Rentals are dependent upon weather and marine conditions.

Closed Deck/Touring Kayaks

We have a large selection of modern closed deck sea kayaks available for rent for the experienced sea kayaker in singles and doubles. A demonstrated knowledge of self rescue skills is required for Closed Deck Kayak rentals. 

All necessary gear is included. Ocean Rentals are dependent upon weather and marine conditions.

Not sure WHich ACTIVITY TO CHOOSE?

Just give us a call or send us a message and we’ll be happy to guide you through the different options.

Kayak Connection - Santa Cruz

413 Lake Avenue
Santa Cruz, CA 95062

Phone: 831-479-1121

Spring Hours
11AM – 5:30PM Wednesday – Sunday
10AM – 5:30 PM Saturday & Sunday

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