Amazing Places to Paddle in Florida
With the most popular brands, YOLO and BOTE, housed along our emerald shores, a SUP is a staple in most beachside households.
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Florida has many beautiful waterways where you can immerse yourself in nature. Here are a few that are perfectly suited for SUP:
Coastal Dune Lakes Want to paddle the Gulf and see sharks and turtles, or explore lakes with alligators and bass? Accomplish both in one trip at coastal dune lakes in South Walton. After gliding through lakes, carry your board across 50 feet of sand, and voilà! — you’re in saltwater.
Destin Harbor Tranquil waters make Destin Harbor and nearby canals perfect for learning the sport of SUP. The harbor is also alive with wildlife, including stingrays, flounder and pelicans.
St. Augustine The coolest way to explore this historic city is via paddleboard. Cruise by the Castillo de San Marcos and listen for the firing of cannons and muskets. For an epic water voyage, the Full Moon Pub Crawl visits local hot spots.
New Smyrna For a heart-stopping adventure, “hang ten” paddleboard-style at the jetties. Compared to surfboards, paddleboards offer a superior view of incoming “sets.”
Naples Beach Calm waters attract dolphins every day, making Naples an idyllic place for beginners to learn and capture exceptional memories.
Blowing Rocks Preserve Once you’re up at this Jupiter Island preserve, you’ll spot sea turtles, sharks and an amazing reef. Too windy for you? Cross the street to the Intracoastal Waterway.
Islamorada Push off at mile marker 77.5 and cruise into Indian Key Historic State Park to survey an old wrecking colony, then coast through mangroves and catch a glimpse of baby sharks and crocodiles.
Bahia Honda State Park Circumnavigate the park; at times, you’ll find yourself blissfully alone. As the sun drops, perhaps you’ll witness the natural phenomenon known as the “Green Flash.”
Stock Island Find balance in picturesque Key West. Paddle through a beautiful mangrove forest, where such creatures as crabs, sea stars and plenty of colorful tropical fish abound.
Source: Visit Florida
Prime Panhandle Paddling
Looking for a new place to SUP and chill? We asked YOLO Board Founder Jeff Archer and BOTE Board Co-founder Corey Cooper for their best recommendations. Here’s the list:
- Destin Harbor A great place to bar hop and enjoy waterfront restaurants
- Morrison Springs in Ponce De Leon
- Apalachicola River (Corey’s pick for a radical four-day expedition via paddleboard!)
- Cessna Landing on County Road 393/Hogtown Bayou
- Crab Island
- Sandestin’s Baytowne Marina Beach (Jeff’s pick for awesome YOLO Board Adventures!)
- Grayton Beach State Park/Western Lake
- Gulf of Mexico
Source: Visit Florida