Kayak—a  palindrome, a great activity to make one stay in shape, and an adventurous activity that slowly gains more supporters each year.

Below are some five of the best cities in different parts of the world to go kayaking. Prepare that paddle, put on some of that sunscreen, and get ready to have your most exciting kayaking adventure yet!

San Francisco (U.S.)

What many people don’t know about city kayaking is that it’s slowly becoming more and more popular. While it’s true that having a natural setting as your backdrop is one of the biggest contributing factors when kayaking, there is also something very exciting about seeing the wonderful cityscape while paddling.

San Francisco is one of the best places to go kayaking in the city. You will be able to see some of the city’s most important landmarks as you paddle: The Farmer’s Market, The Alcatraz, the Aquatic San Francisco, and of course the Golden Gate Bridge are just some of the most amazing stuff you’ll come across. Some of the best people to help you with this are the ones from City Kayak, a group offering different kinds of kayaking activities in the city. They are mainly located at the South Beach Harbor and they also have a shop in the Pier 40.

Boston, Massachusetts (U.S.)

This city is not just known for prestigious universities and institutions; it also boasts of activities for adventure-seekers, and kayaking is one of them. See the magnificent Charles River and the monumental buildings such as the Hancock buildings, and also get a glimpse of great riverside parks and the picturesque Boston skyline. This is definitely one way to see the city in a different light, so prepare that camera for you will certainly take lots of photos.

Hornstrandir (Iceland)

If it’s sea kayaking you’re looking for, Europe has some of the best spots to offer. Although more places in North America are more famous for kayaking, there are still lots of spots in this part of the world that offer magnificent views. For the experienced kayaker, Iceland is one of the best places to explore. Here, adventurers will see great fjords and amazing cliffsides that will surely pay off a tiring day of paddling.

Crete (Greece)

When it comes to great, historical views, Greece is always considered as one of the must-sees. The magnificent rocky coastline of Crete will give kayakers a great view of the of the Minoan period as well as the Frangokastello castle and the fortresses at Loutro.

Koh Phra Thong (Thailand)

Not only is Thailand famous for its sandy beaches; it is also a place explored by many adventure-seekers. The island of Koh Phra Thong offers a variety of kayaking adventures for all travelers. If you’re a beginner, the Koh Pling Islands is for you. Here, you can see the Golden Buddha Bay and could even go snorkeling. The more difficult route is around the Koh Ra, where you can visit isolated communities not to mention catch great views of the great waters of the Andaman Sea.

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