Are you one of the millions of SUPers in the US? SUPers – stand up paddleboarders? Identified as having the most first-time participants, stand up paddle boarding originated in Hawaii and is now one of the fastest-growing water activities worldwide. Stand up paddleboarders, as the name suggests, stand on their boards and paddle as opposed to riding waves. Associated activities include racing, riding river rapids (whitewater SUP), paddleboard yoga and fishing.
If you’re looking for awesome places to paddleboard in Florida, check out these sites:
This ‘Clean Marina’ designated park is located in southern Florida and is known for being one of the best beaches in the state. This is also a ‘Green Flash’ area. According to Wikipedia, a distinct green spot is briefly visible above the upper rim of the sun’s disk near the moment of sunrise or sunset.
This area boasts several great paddleboarding areas including Salt Run at Anastasia State Park and Crescent Beach. You can go it alone or you can opt for guided tours. Consider paddling by the oldest masonry fort in the continental U.S., Castillo de San Marcos.
If you’re looking for wildlife, check out Coastal Dune Lakes. It is one of the few areas where lakes – three, in fact – lie just behind the sand dunes of the ocean. The Gulf side has sharks and turtles. The lakeside has alligators and a wide range of freshwater fish.
A quiet haven for those doing ‘Biketoberfest’ at Daytona Beach, New Smyrna offers a wide array of paddleboarding sites including Canaveral National Seashore, Ponce Inlet, and the Intercoastal Waterway. In 2012 National Geographic named New Smyrna one of the top 20 surf towns in the world.
If you’re looking for limestone, this is the place! Blocking Rocks Preserve is an environmental preserve on Jupiter Island in Hobe Sound, Martin County and it contains the largest Anastasia limestone outcropping on Florida’s east coast. Paddle gracefully along this unique rocky shoreline.
Islamorada is a village encompassing six of the Florida Keys, well-known for their coral reefs. This is where you can see baby sharks and crocodiles lazing in the mangroves, check out a quarry, a tropical rain forest, and Indian Key with ruins from the 1800s.
If you are a dolphin-seeker, Naples Beach is the place you want to be. The calm waters, which attract the universally loved aquatic mammals, are also ideal for beginner paddleboarders. Sugden Regional Park, the only freshwater lake public beach in Naples is a gem. Avalon Lake is well-known for water activities and is a must-see if you’re in the area.
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