Testimonials

We love hearing how your paddle board tour went, or what you thought of our fleet of kayaks, or how comfy was the beach lounge chair. We want to know! We look at every review and take the suggestions to heart, often times making changes off those recommendations. Was there something you thought we should change about our rentals or events? Is there an event you’d like to see more of? Let us know.

Apr 7, 2018
We recently purchased three one hour rentals for Paddle Boarding but when we got to the bay in Vero it was a very windy day, so not ideal conditions for Paddle Boarding. The young woman at the dock suggested we kayak and all three of us (Myself, and my wife and 11 year old) went out for an hour. Paddles By the Sea could not be more accommodating, great option for when you are visiting Vero Beach.

Apr 3, 2018
The place was a little hard to find but the guys working were extremely friendly and helpful. Definitely recommend for anyone who’s looking to kayak/paddle board.

Apr 1, 2018
We needed something to do with our teens and decided to rent kayaks. Very easy reservations on-line and super friendly staff. Provided us with advice on where to go. Affordable rates and easy to find- would definitely do this again!

Mar 25, 2018
This place is the best for renting kayaks or SUPs or getting a personalized tour! The website is also super user friendly for bookings.

Mar 20, 2018
Convenient location, great facilities, knowledgeable staff. Renting boards and taking a SUP Yoga class with Nicole or a tour with Chris is a must do when in Vero Beach.

Mar 14, 2018
Really easy to book online. Shows availability and actually works! The customer service was top notch! Very professional and followed up on every part of the experience. It was very refreshing to see a company that still cares about the customer. Great job!

Feb 28, 2018
We rented kayaks , had a great time,very personable and helped us They have a great kayak dock that makes getting in and out very easy.

Feb 11, 2018
Mary and I had kayaked before, but it was our first time in Vero Beach, so we decided to give it a try at Paddles by the Sea. We reserved an hour online and met Ben the next day at the end of the dock behind the Riverside Cafe. Our tandem kayak was easy to maneuver even against a headwind I guesstimated at around 10-15 mph (very large US flag blown straight out). A beautiful sunny day, we saw what we thought was an osprey nest high in a tree with the two flying about. The tour was easier on the way back to the dock with the wind. Great memories!

Jan 15, 2018
My husband and I went paddle boarding for the first time it was great. Something we would do again and we would recommend Paddles by the Sea my husband called to get this for my birthday and he was so impressed with the knowledge and caring he received from this company we will use them again.

Dec 27, 2017
Chris was a most gracious host and informative guide! My husband and I enjoyed a wonderful hour and a half paddle with Chris. Our visit to Vero Beach was just short of two weeks post hurricane Irma and we were both skeptical about continuing with our plans to visit Florida but nonetheless the need for a much needed break finalized our decision to stay with our plans in seeking Florida sunshine! Chris told us how the weather plays havoc with the river ecosystem and unfortunately we did not see any manatee but lucked out on a brief dolphin viewing. These river dolphins were swimming with a huge yacht heading south down the river and made for some pretty cool pictures!! Also, I want to mention that you do not need to be a seasoned paddler for this tour. You go at it depending on your skill (or lack of) which is totally fine! Chris will stress that you make this tour your own and go at whatever pace you are comfortable with. Any questions at all can be address with Chris prior to your excursion. He will inform you on appropriate attire etc. A few weeks after we returned home from Vero Beach, we received a video of our Paddles By the Sea excursion – a great bonus indeed! Looking towards a return visit and another river tour with Chris!!

Dec 21, 2017
Chris drove in from home to rent a tandem kayak to my daughter and I! It was after 5:00, I saw one of his signs and called him on a fluke. He was incredibly kind, emphasized that we were not a bother or putting him out at all and generally what every good business needs to look like! Chris provided us with life preservers, a waterproof case for the phone and had a locked storage box on the dock for our personal items (car keys, etc…). He even had sunscreen! Wear clothes you wouldn’t mind getting we just in case, but the kayaks are so stable you would have to work really hard to flip them. You will need POLARIZED sunglasses so that you can see into the water, a hat, a bottle of water and your cellphone or waterproof camera. We saw dolphins! We also got to see an amazing sunset while getting in a great upper body workout! Don’t worry though, this is only as strenuous as you want it to be. The equipment is excellent and he had a very slick set up for getting into and out of the water. No trying to balance the kayak while you climb in and hope you don’t fall in before you leave the dock! Trust me on this, this is the best set up I have ever seen! I can’t wait to go back and learn to paddle board from him and I cannot recommend his business enough!

Dec 5, 2017
This is such a great company! I strongly recommend this company to beginners and advanced paddlers alike! They helped me feel comfortable getting on the board and I have been there twice since! Super nice, clean and comforting.

Nov 16, 2017
The first thing on our list of “to-dos” in Vero Beach is sign up for paddle boarding. We regularly see dolphins and other wildlife. Chris, the owner, does an excellent job of staying up on all current conditions and provides top-quality equipment, all while being very accommodating. Absolutely the BEST!!

Nov 13, 2017
Chris of Paddles by the Sea gave us a relaxing, fun, and informative tour of the Indian River in the Vero Beach area. he gave us a lot of info on the history and the nature of the area. I don’t know whey we did not do this before!

Oct 15, 2017
Detailed instructions given, well organized, great location, amazing instructors (Thank you Nicole!). Overall a wonderful experience!

Oct 8, 2017
Easy to rent with good equipment. Very knowledgeable about the area. Would rent again and do recommend this service.

Sep 5, 2017
Chris was helpful with communication and setting up our kayaks. Took an hour long in the river. Overall a great experience, would recommend and visit again.

Aug 16, 2017
We booked with Paddles by the sea due to reviews on here and was not disappointed! Brent was our guide today and he was fantastic. He was very knowledgable about the area and coached us the whole way on hints and tips to get the best out of our trip/paddle boards. He took lots of photos for us and sent them to us within him a hour of finishing. We seen dolphins,stingrays and lots of fish. Amazing experience! Thanks again Brent!

Aug 16, 2017
We had a great time and the staff was awesome. Three adults and five teens. Glad we were there to be in your first drone video. The pictures and video were breathtaking.

May 26, 2017
A group of coworkers came out to paddle and had an amazing time. Both our guides were knowledgeable about our waterways and wildlife. They educated us on the how to’s before we headed out given it was our first paddle. Beautiful day out. Planning to do a family paddle soon and enjoy the water longer.

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