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Virginia Key Outdoor Center VKOC
3801 Rickenbacker Cswy, Miami, Florida 33149
Join us as we hunt down the Sun and catch ocean breezes in the process. We can stop on the beach or raft up and float as the sun sets behind Miami's amazing skyline.
What else can you see? Well, some bioluminescent action is likely. This year we're seeing more activity just after the sunset. No guarantees, those little buggers are alive and do move but it's sure worth a shot and so far we've been pretty spot on.
The sunsets are spectacular the nights divine. So come out and enjoy nature the way God intended — up close and personal.
It will be light when we launch now that it's daylight savings time but dark when we return. That means lights are required for the paddles. No lights, no paddle, it's the law.
BRING YOUR RECEIPT TO THE PARK ENTRANCE GATE FOR AFTER HOURS ACCESS.
This paddle is generally suitable for beginners. At times wind and tide may become challenging. Expect the best and be prepared for the rest.
TIME & PLACE:
Meet at Virginia Key Outdoor Center one hour before to the event start (launch) time. If you are late and miss the launch it is considered a no-show and non-refundable. Please arrive on time.
This paddle is suitable beginners. Conditions will determine length and final route. We will paddle at a leisurely pace.
Final destination and route are subject to weather. The lagoon is always sheltered and the creek is calm. We'll paddle to Norris Cut and either the beach side or the port. Both are spectacular at night. It will be dark so please, stay together.
Drinks, snacks, insect repellant, and lights are available from at the park store.
Kayaks, Paddleboards, and Surf Skis are available for rent through The Paddle House at Virginia Key Outdoor Center.
ALL Rentals include paddle and life jacket. lights are extra. You can rent one for $5 Each boat or Board must have a light. Coast Guard requirement for all crafts on water at night.
If you bring your own equipment you must have a Life Jacket and Light. They are required.
Questions? call Virginia Key Outdoor Center at 786.224.4777
****Advanced Reservations Required*****
$35 SUP/Stand Up Paddleboard or Single Kayak
$60 Double Kayak (2-people) (Additional child is $5 maximum 1)
$15 per person Own Boat or Board (per person) (Life Jacket and signal light are required)
Virginia Key Outdoor Center
3801 Rickenbacker Causeway
Miami, FL 33149
DIRECTIONS: From the mainland, head towards Key Biscayne on the Rickenbacker Causeway Go past the toll plaza and the the Powell Bridge (tall bridge) Continue past the light at MAST Academy Take your first left (there is NO light, just a turn lane) Look for a brown and gold sign on the fence Continue to gate and let them know you are here for the paddleboard demo Continue towards the right fork of the road for approx 1.25 mi. At the end of the road make a left and quick right Follow signs to Virginia Key Outdoor Center on your left, lagoon is on your right
PARKING Please park in the VKOC parking lot.
THE NITTY GRITTY:
This paddle is operated by Virginia Key Outdoor Center. We will stay together and share the evening. Each participant is responsible for his or her own equipment, safety and enjoyment. Bring a friendly attitude and you are sure to enjoy the evening.
WHAT TO BRING:
Your boat, your paddle, your PFD (which you will wear), lights for night paddling, drinks and snack food, bug spray is recommended just in case. Don't forget your camera and cheerful disposition.
See you on the water!