As the owner/operator of Adventure Kayak Tours, and a kayaking enthusiast for most of my life, I love when someone wants to paddle one of my favorite spots. In fact, I recently received a call from a woman who wanted to check out Chesapeake’s Northwest River Natural Area Preserve and I proudly told her I refer to that route as the “Paddle of Paradise.”

Then she told me where she was visiting from… Alaska. I couldn’t help being intimidated. We’ve all seen pictures of the sprawling glacial vistas and untouched wilderness.

About an hour into her rental she gave me a call. 

“This place is amazing,” she said. “I don’t think I’ve booked a kayak long enough. Can I extend my rental?”

That call confirmed what I’ve known for years: Chesapeake’s beauty can hang in there with some of the most famous scenery in the world. I’ve lived here for more than a decade and the pristine, one-of-a-kind natural setting is a big part of what drew me to the area and inspired me to make kayaking my profession.

The routes I take my clients on in Chesapeake have no wind. No waves. No big boats forming wakes. In Chesapeake it’s just you, the kayak and lush scenery that hasn’t changed for hundreds of years.

Words can’t do it justice. Check out the pictures on the Adventure Kayak Tours Instagram to get a taste for yourself.

Beyond the beauty, kayaking is essentially cheap therapy. When you’re out on the water, completely removed from the hustle and bustle of the outside world, it clears your mind and helps you get perspective on the things that really matter.

It’s serenity. It’s peace and quiet. And if you’re in Chesapeake, you owe it to yourself to give it a try.

Adventure Kayak Tours is open 365 days a year. We do rentals, guided tours and groups – we’ve even expanded to offer stand up paddle boards. It’s a perfect activity for both locals and visitors who might want a break from the busy tourist areas. So check out our website and give us a call today. Let the moments begin.