Last December, during a press trip to Key West, Florida, one activity I was looking forward to was kayaking. Exploring cities through kayaking offers a unique perspective on the destination and a chance to connect with nature.
As a devoted dog lover and rescuer, I looked forward to supporting Lazy Dog based on its inspiring backstory. After winning Executive of the Year for an international footwear company in 1997, founder Sue Cooper chose to take an unconventional path, leaving the corporate world to establish Lazy Dog in Key West in 1998. Initially focused on kayaks and tees, the company expanded its offerings to include paddle boards in 2007, eventually having the largest fleet on the island by 2009. The commitment to authenticity led Lazy Dog on a nationwide journey, engaging in races, classes, and certifications to bring paddle boarding to Key West. Sue’s vision of fostering an outdoor, water-centric work culture materialized with the publication of the book “Millionaire in Flip Flops” in 2012. The cohesive and adventurous Lazy Dog crew extends their passion beyond water experiences to a nationally recognized merchandise line featuring designs inspired by their daily canine companions. Presently, the company provides kayak and paddle board tours, lessons, PaddleFit, and PaddleYoga, delivering thrilling adventures and acclaimed merchandise.
Our kayaking adventure began with Lazy Dog picking us up from our hotel off Duval Street and driving us to their dock in Stock Island. The two-hour guided kayaking eco-tour allowed us to explore the shallow, blue-green waters and mangrove tunnels of the Key West backcountry at a relaxing pace for those seeking the perfect blend of relaxation and adventure. With experienced guides, we gained insights into the unique ecosystem, making frequent stops to observe wildlife, touch jellyfish, pass by Jimmy Buffet’s house, and learn about the marine environment.
My experience with Lazy Dog was so enjoyable that I returned a few days later with my husband. I loved the up-close and personal experience with marine wildlife in the winding mangrove creeks. It felt like hiking in kayaks.
The combination of relaxation, adventure, and an eco-friendly approach made Lazy Dog’s kayaking tour a standout experience in Key West. Whether you’re a nature enthusiast or seeking a unique way to explore, Lazy Dog provides a memorable and immersive kayaking adventure.
Rachel K. Belkin, M.Ed is a journalist and syndicated freelance writer of travel, business, health, education, and local Austin, Texas events with publications in HuffPost, Hometalk, Matador Network, AP News, MSN.com, and her websites Rachel K. Belkin, Elkin Bay, and Probe the Globe.
Rachel loves to experience cultures, customs, foods, activities, and nature. She studied abroad in Spain, volunteered and studied in Costa Rica, and spent a summer in Israel as a volunteer English teacher at a kids' camp.
Rachel has over 15 years of experience in writing, social media marketing, digital content creation, and search engine optimization. She founded and sold a site, brand, and community centered around health, education, parenting, travel, and lifestyle topics.
Rachel is also an experienced public speaker and has been on TV segments for Fox 7 Austin, KXAN, and CBS Austin and is a professional speaker at conferences and networking meetings for business owners and cancer survivors.