Season Hours

June 15 - September
Daily Open 9:00 - 5:00
Tours meet at 8am
Tours, Classes, and morning Rentals available with Advanced Booking.
Call 805.773.3500 during regular hours or call/text 805.748.2120 during non-business hours for reservations, information, and retail help.

Central Coast Kayaks

Paddle. Enjoy. Explore the magnificent waters of the Central Coast

Welcome to Central Coast Kayaks! We are a full service kayak shop offering Tours of the Central Coast from Avila to Pismo, Classes to help make you a better paddler, and Rentals if you'd prefer to do your own thing. Central Coast Kayaks has everything you need to get out on the water. We carry products by Necky, Ocean Kayaks, Old Town, Jackson Kayak, Aquabound, and Werner. As an NRS dealer we supply a wide variety of accessories.Need to transport your boat? Central Coast Kayaks carries the full line of Thule and Yakima car racks and accessories. We are located half way between LA and San Francisco. Ten miles south of San Luis Obispo in Shell Beach, just off highway 101 and only a block up from the ocean.

Spring Paddling Conditions

Our Spring weather patterns are here. Spring weather means breezy days along the coast with light winds in the morning giving way to heavier winds in the after noon. This pattern is pretty consistent through the end of June.

During spring morning fog indicates gentler winds and typically better paddling conditions. Clear skies usually mean strong winds are close behind.

Paddle Early

Paddling early will maximize your time and pleasure on the water with the best sea conditions and more visible wildlife. Early morning is the ideal time for paddling! Make a reservation to paddle before noon.

Special Rental Deals

Check out our Midweek Special. Rent a Kayak after 2pm Monday and return it by Noon on Thursday and pay for only three hours! Subject to availability.


Congratulations to John Bonaventure who is now an official member of Jackson Kayak's Exploration Team! We are lucky to have his experience and expertise here on the Central Coast