Sure, stand up paddle boarding (SUP) was a little slow getting to Florida. Or the east coast for that matter. But in the last five years, it’s exploded. In many places, it’s out numbering surf boards and kayaks. And why not. It embraces the surfer vibe, a full body workout, a better view, and of course wicked fun. With the right board and introduction, it’s an easy learning curve. Like minutes instead of hours. Carve waves, tour flat water, take a leisure run, or practice your yoga – SUP does it all.
Florida might just be THEE place for SUP. There’s an endless variety of locations and conditions with something for every skill level. Tom Yosee of YOLO might have put it best. “Paddle Boarding is to Florida like skiing is to Colorado.” We at h2ostoked agree. So every now and then, we’ll highlight some fantastic spots to amp up your paddle. If you have a favorite, let us know. Here’s three.
Coastal Dune Lakes
Up in the panhandle. Explore bass and gators in the freshwater. Then carry your board 50 feet for sea turtles, dolphin, and rays in the salt. It’s beautiful. For more info: waltonoutdoors.com or yoloboard.com
Forts, fauna, or the fountain of youth. America’s oldest continuously inhabited city, has an incredible variety of paddle opportunities. Between its inlets, estuaries, channels, and chill surf, you’re covered. Even join the full moon pub crawl. Search for SUP St Augustine – you’ll be inundated with results.
Bahia Honda State Park
Cut loose in the Keys. At mile marker 37 in the Florida Keys sits the 500 acre treasure of Bahia Honda. Undeveloped with the rare and best beach in the keys. Camp if you want. Or circumnavigate the island by water. This place is truly special. bahiahondapark.com