Kayaking and canoeing on Long Island offers a surprising bounty of natural beauty, wildlife, and waterways that range from serene rivers, inlets and harbors to challenging ocean and bay courses.

At 118 miles long and 20 miles wide, and surrounded by four main water bodies, including the Atlantic Ocean, the Long Island Sound, Great South Bay and Peconic Bay, and bisected by numerous rivers, you’re bound to find your own favorite retreat.

Bring your own or rent kayaks near your favorite Long Island launch. While here stay overnight in charming accommodations in a harbor front village after dining on the catch of the day at a local seafood shack or other local restaurant.

Or relax after a day of kayaking at an upscale waterfront spa facility where expert treatments will sooth your tired muscles.