Get out of town! : Laguna Beach Kayak Tours with Laguna Ethos
Sea kayaking has long been a popular activity for Southern Californians, but jumping in a kayak and heading out to the ocean can be quite intimidating for those of us who live inland and don’t know the coastal areas. Knowing how to navigate in coves and canals, past breaking waves, is vital.
We headed to Laguna Beach for a kayaking adventure and had an amazing time with the guides from Laguna Ethos. As we don’t know this area at all, it made sense to book a guided tour. For $ 75 per person, we easily got out of breaks at Fisherman’s Cove with our guide’s instructions and cruised between large boulders to reach the ocean along the north side of Laguna Beach.
For 90 minutes, owner / operator Justin Behrendsen leads kayakers on an easy paddle along the coast. We heard a fascinating story about Crescent Bay, Emerald Bay, and Cameo Cove on this trip. We were greeted by sea lions and harbor seals. We bathed in the quiet peace of the ocean. Behrendsen’s in-depth knowledge of the Laguna Beach area and marine life is impressive.
While our particular August adventure started with a light rain, the drizzle stopped by the time we started. Although the marine layer was in effect and reminded of June Gloom, the 9:00 am tour was perfect. Not too hot or sunny, no real wind to speak of. For beginner kayakers, the mornings are easier before the wind picks up, which often happens later in the day.
The kayakers just need to know how to swim. All ages and skill levels are welcome. Laguna Ethos supplies the tandem kayaks, paddles and life jackets. Be prepared to get wet, at least from the waist up, when entering and exiting the kayak a few feet from shore in the crashing waves.
Needless to say, don’t take anything you don’t mind losing in the ocean and be prepared for your kayak to tip over. Guides will lock key chains and other valuables in their truck for the duration of the paddle.
Laguna Ethos kayaks are easily navigable and require minimal effort, especially with two people paddling. Ninety minutes passed quickly for us. We also enjoyed the positive, laid-back California vibes Justin and his co-guide Scott provided.
While we thought of kayaking as a summer activity, in Southern California it’s year round. Of course, it gets a bit cooler during the winter months. Laguna Ethos operates year round, but will cancel trips depending on weather and surf conditions.
After our amazing paddle, we had lunch along the main drag of Laguna Beach and strolled through the cluster of shops and art galleries the beach town is known for.
For those looking for an amazing way to enjoy our beautiful Southern California coast and ocean, we encourage Burbankers to Get out of town with Laguna Ethos kayak tours. Justin also gives surf, board and wetsuit lessons, and guided hikes in the Laguna Beach area.
Get more information and book tours online at lagunaethos.com.
Editor’s Note: While there’s always a lot going on in Burbank, the song “Get Out Of Town!” From myBurbank highlights some of our favorite activities and events outside of city borders.