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

Your rental includes a life vest, paddle and basic instruction. Our goal is to create comfortable, happy paddlers on the water!

Pricing: 1 Hour Harbor Rental: $30 single / $50 double

2.5 Hour Ocean or Harbor Rental: $50 single / $70 double

Half Day (up to 4 hours): $65 single / $85 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 our 2.5 Hour or Half-Day Rental (up to 4 hours), you have more time to relax and enjoy the iconic views without a rush to get back to the dock! If conditions are right, you can leave the Santa Cruz Harbor and paddle into the Monterey Bay.  You’ll explore the kelp beds 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.

For the truly adventurous, a Half Day Rental can paddle past Seal Rock, along Westcliff and all the way to Natural Bridges State Park.

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

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.

2.5 Hour Ocean or Harbor Rental – Single Sit On Top Kayak

Feeling rushed by the one hour rental? This two and half-hour option allows you to relax and recharge without worrying so much about the clock. 

The Harbor’s protected waters make for a calm and enjoyable experience. Enjoy views of the Crows Nest, Twin Lakes Beach, the Walton Lighthouse, as well as curious harbor seals and lazy sea lions sunbathing on the Harbor docks. Our Single Sit on Top 2.5 Hour Rental is a great way to stay six feet apart, and catch up with friends and family. If the conditions are right, you can paddle out of the Harbor to explore ocean kelp beds and visit the Santa Cruz Pier with views of the Boardwalk and Steamer Lane.

2.5 Hour Ocean or Harbor Rental – Double Sit On Top Kayak

double sit on top kayak

Our stable double kayaks are perfect for families looking for a fun outdoor adventure. Kayaking in the Santa Cruz Harbor provides views of yachts, sailboats, the beach volleyball courts, and the Walton Lighthouse. 

We often have seals, sea lions and otters also enjoying the Harbor’s waters. When the ocean is calm, you can paddle out to the kelp beds and visit the Santa Cruz Pier with views of the Boardwalk and Steamer Lane.

Sightings of otters, dolphins and even whales are often reported!

2.5 Hour Harbor Rental – Paddleboard

If the one hour rental feels too quick, this two and half-hour option allows you to relax and recharge for a bit longer. The Harbor’s protected waters make for a calm and enjoyable experience without the stress of waves and ocean swell.

Enjoy views of the Crows Nest, Twin Lakes Beach and the Walton Lighthouse. 

Our 2.5 Hour Rental is a great way to physically distance while catching up with friends and family. If the conditions are right, you can paddle out of the Harbor to explore ocean kelp beds and visit the Santa Cruz Pier with views of the Boardwalk and Steamer Lane.

Half Day 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 for a longer period of time. Pack a lunch and enjoy the Santa Cruz Yacht Harbor.  If the conditions allow, paddle out of the Harbor and 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! 

Ocean Rentals are dependent upon weather and marine conditions.

Half Day (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 Santa Cruz Harbor for a fun half-day rental.  If the weather and swell is mellow, you can exit the Harbor and kayak into the Monterey 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!

Ocean Rentals are dependent upon weather and marine conditions.

Half Day (Up to 4 Hours) – Paddleboard

SUP rental santa cruz ocean

Spending extra time paddling makes for a strong core and a happy heart! If conditions are mellow, paddling into the Monterey 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. 

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

Hours of Operation
Open 7 Days a Week

10AM – 5PM*

(*may close early if we have all our renters off the water)

Get Directions

Scroll to Top