4 Best Destinations for a Kayaking Vacation in Central and South America

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Kayaking is one of the best activities you can do on an outdoorsy vacation. Not only is it a chance to get close to nature and connect with friends, but it’s also a great aerobic exercise. Central America and South America’s wild and diverse landscape makes it one of the best destinations for kayaking and paddling vacations. Here are some of the best spots around the continent to do so.

San Blas Island, Panama

The shallow, clear, coral-filled Caribbean waters of the San Blas archipelago make it the perfect kayaking destination. You can paddle to and from 365 tiny islets and relax on some unspoiled secluded beaches along the way.

Chiloé , Chile

This Chiloe National Park offers some amazing wildlife watching. Paddle on the eastern shore of the main island to see Humboldt penguins and sea lions, or hop from island to island to spot hundreds of UNESCO World Heritage wooden churches.

Galapagos Islands, Ecuador

Paddling your way around the Galapagos Islands will allow you a much closer and more intimate look at the area’s rich wildlife. Steer through coves, into caves, to empty beaches, and watch out for the whales that are often seen on the kayaking routes.


As home to the second-largest coral reef in the world, Belize is famous for being one of the best diving and snorkeling destinations in the world, and what’s better than combining that with paddling?