10 Epic Paddle Board Destinations You Must See in Your Life

10 Epic Paddle Board Destinations You Must See in Your Life

When you go paddleboarding next time, why not against a jaw-dropping background? The best paddle board destinations in the globe have it all, from snow-capped mountains, mangrove forests, and alpine lakes to lagoons, emerald-green rivers, and tropical beaches! 

Stand up; paddleboard recently stole the spotlight. One explanation is that learning to ride a paddleboard is a breeze – almost everyone can do this 30 minutes after setting foot. Another is that it provides a lot of flexibility – you’re not limited to those water conditions, including surfing. 

To help you find your next inflatable paddleboard oasis, we have built a list of the most epic paddle board destinations in your lifetime

1. Neuseeland 

New Zealand is one of the most charming places on earth, culturally diverse, and boasting plenty of wildlife and habitats. It is a place on our list of various lakes, rivers, beaches, and bays surrounded by rocky mountains. 

Northland’s Bay of Islands is one of SUP’s best locations in New Zealand with its subtropical climate and warm water throughout the year. Not to mention that there could be a pot or two dolphins on the trip. Auckland and Raglan are popular SUP hotspots, the latter being considered as the quintessence of the surf city of New Zealand. If you want a real sense of adventure, head to Lake Wanaka, the fourth largest lake in New Zealand. 

2. Hawaii, Oahu 

The birthplace of stand-up paddleboarding – Hawaii – can never go wrong. Sunset Beach is famous for its wild wave surfing in winter on the north shore of Oahu. In the summer, the waves are smaller and more welcoming, ideal for paddling. If you are looking for a more significant challenge, you can paddle from Sunset Beach to Waimea Bay on a 4-mile ride. 

Sunny and warm Oahu has plenty of other worth visiting points like the Puaena Point, the Haleiwa, and the Lanikai Shore. Oahu typically has a pleasant water temperature of 80 ° F (27 ° C). 

3. Florida  Keys 

With nearly the entire state surrounded by water, it is not shocking that Florida’s SUP culture is thriving. The Florida Keys coral cay archipelago off the southern coast provides hundreds of places literally where you can launch your paddleboard

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The Florida Keys is a paradise on the island with rich marine life, including stingrays and manatees, mangrove trees, a diverse environment, and Caribbean waters. 

The trade winds can be used by paddleboarders to cover long distances. If there is no wind, the paddleboard can be used for fishing, SUP yoga, meditation, or just slow and laid back gliding. Back on property, Fort Lauderdale in Florida is sometimes referred to as ‘Eastern Venice.’ The winding canals emptying into the Atlantic make it one of the most beautiful SUP destinations in the United States. 

4. Mexico 

Mexico is one of the best-surfing destinations on earth, with over 9,000 miles (14,500 km) coastline, azure waters, and sandy beaches. The Pacific Coast and the Gulf of Mexico are waiting for quality surfing, and there is always a cold wave to catch year-round. 

Puerto Vallarta is a rich cultural city offering great possibilities for all levels of SUP. Here, with its humid, calm water, Banderas Bay is a Pacific refuge. Los Muertos beach is the most popular and active beach for water sports, and while paddling, you can look forward to seeing sea turtles, dolphins, and buck wheels. 

Sayulita’s tiny tropical town is considered Mexico’s SUP capital. Beginners and pros will be assured a good time as they will be welcome by a growing SUP culture. Cancun and Punta Mita are both fantastic places for the entire family. 

5. Slovenia 

A tiny country of only 2 million inhabitants, Slovenia is one of Europe’s most water-rich countries between the mighty Alps and the Adriatic Sea. Just one thing will mean it – a SUP paradise. Stand-up paddling in Slovenia is relatively fresh but has increased rapidly in recent years because of its pristine nature and numerous flat-water mountain lakes and gentle rivers. 

Stand-up paddleboarding in Slovenia is as diverse as the region. Here’s also metropolitan SUP. After all, what better way to discover Ljubljana’s picturesque Old Town than by paddling through? 

The unbelievably picturesque Lake Bled is one of the highlights, an alpine lake that contains the only island in Slovenia. The emerald-green Soča River and Savica River and Lake Cerknica are paddling down. 

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6. Canada, British Columbia 

It might not be the first destination to think about SUP, but British Columbia (B.C.) has several surprises to bring. After all, this mecca is a popular destination for outdoor fans and canoeing enthusiasts. Why does stand-up paddleboarding fall behind? 

No wonder B.C, with the lakes, rivers, a labyrinth of waterways along the robust central coast. Has a flourishing SUP culture. There are so many great places to paddle; it would be hard to mention all of them. We’ll only list what we think are the best: Tofino’s coastal waters, Kalamalka Lake at Vernon, Muncho Lake, Emerald Lake, Whistler, and Vancouver’s western side are the place for a picturesque adventure in Supers. 

7. Islands of Turks and Caicos 

The Turks and Caicos Islands are an archipelago of 40 coral islands surrounded by turquoise water. Enjoy the mangrove swamps and reefs abounding in sea turtles and colorful fish schools while watching herons and nursing sharks swim under your board

The Turks and Caicos Islands are averaging 80 ° F (27 ° C) and see the bulk of visitors from December to March. There is no better way than on a SUP to discover the untouched wetlands and secret turquoise rivers of the islands. Grace Bay is a paddleboarding paradise with its calm waters and white sandy beaches. Another picturesque place to paddle is Chalk Sound National Park and its landlocked lagoon. 

8. Portugal 

Portugal is sometimes referred to as the stand-up European paddleboarding city. It provides a wide selection of waters. There are tremendous opportunities for surfing, SUP, and other watersports at 1,115 miles (1,794 km) of the coastline. Even better, there are lots of top-class SUPs within easy reach of the capital of the country. One of them is Ericeira’s famous seaside resort. 

Paddle the magnificent Rio Tejo into the Lisbon Atlantic, where you can SUP around an 800-year-old Knights Templar castle; there are not many padle board destinations in the world. 

Luiz Saldanha Marine Park in southern Lisbon provides a rare experience – a paddle in an aquarium of over 1.000 species with impressive visibility of up to 70 feet (21 m). The turquoise waters here are home to a variety of bottlenose dolphins. Take a SUP trip in the Benagil Cave in the Algarve for a change of landscape. 

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9. Costa Rica 

Costa Rica is no doubt a beach mecca on everybody’s bucket list. But I’m here to tell you that paddleboarding on the tropical coast is taking on the severe ground. Tourists who don’t like to waste days in a row learning how to catch a wave now have the ideal paddle board destinations. 

Playa Danta is an isolated flat-water bay in the Guanacaste region, abounding in exotic sea life. It is also one of the top SUP spots in the area. 

Playa Danta is more than surfing and paddling. Adventure seekers will try the zip lines, and ATV drives in the jungle. And please make sure you take your snorkeling equipment with you. Costa Rica is truly a paradise, with water temperatures ranging from 86 ° F (30 ° C) throughout the year. 

10. California’s Lake Tahoe 

The largest alpine lake in North America is probably the most photographed paddle board destinations in the world. And for useful purpose – with its fascinating blue water, its 115 km (72 miles) of shoreline, and the snow-covered Sierra Nevada Mountains in the background, it makes it a perfect destination for a range of outdoor entertainment. How to enjoy this natural beauty better than in a comfortable paddleboarding session? 

Lake Tahoe’s crystal clear waters give excellent visibility of up to 70 feet (21 m) in the morning. Conditions vary from late spring to early autumn, and the best time to paddle is in the morning or early evening. That’s when the surface is calmer, and the breeze is warm and intimate. These are also perfect if you are a beginner. 

Lake Tahoe hosts the annual Tahoe SUP & Paddleboard inflatable Race Series, an event that is worthwhile to watch, if not to take part in. 

Do you want to take your stand-up paddleboard worldwide? You now know where to go for an unforgettable SUP break! Need to rent it? Find a paddle board rental near you 😉

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