9 of the Dreamiest SUP Destinations in the World
If you’re anything like us, you have a SUP bucket list a mile long of places you dream of someday paddling. With countless lakes, rivers, and stunning expanses of ocean across the globe, there are so many places to choose from. Here, we’ve rounded up nine of our favorite places to paddle—all that’s left for you to do it book a ticket.
Dana Point, California
Home to the biggest race in the sport of standup paddling, the Pacific Paddle Games, Dana Point is a popular SUP destination. Featuring a beautiful stretch of coastline and a calm harbor, the city offers options for both SUP surfers and first time paddlers. With mild weather year-round and a number of SUP outfitters, Dana Point is a no brainer to add to your SUP bucket list.
Caye Caulker, Belize
A small, Caribbean island off the coast of Belize, Caye Caulker offers mangrove forests, crystal clear waters, diverse birdlife, and the north end of the island is protected by a forest reserve. The small island is home to just 2,000 people and their motto is “go slow,” making it the perfect place to unwind and soak in the sites.
When it comes to Hawaii, there is no wrong choice for the best island to paddle, but Oahu offers a little bit of everything. Protected harbors, pumping surf, and calm rivers, Oahu has something for paddlers of all levels and experience levels. The most popular spot to visit is Waikiki, which typically offers small waves and the chance to glimpse Hawaiian green sea turtles.
Nosara, Costa Rica
Located on the Nicoya Peninsula, Nosara is best known for surfing and yoga, but it’s a perfect SUP destination as well. If you’re a fan of SUP surfing, paddle out to the lineup or, if you prefer calm waters, paddle down the Nosara or Montana River—just keep your eyes peeled for crocodiles.
Iceland may not be the first place that comes to mind when you’re brainstorming places to paddle. However, Iceland is home to breathtaking views and magical, remote locations that only the lucky have the opportunity to paddle. Favorite SUP trips are to the Forgotten Fjord, around the Snaefellsnes Peninsula, and around Reykjavil City—just be sure and dress warm.
Abaco Islands, Bahamas
Located in the northern Bahamas, the Abaco Islands are situated 180 miles off the south Florida coast and are comprised of Great Abaco, Little Abaco, and a few small barrier cays. The aquiline waters are teaming with life and when you paddle, you’ll have the chance to spot colorful coral reefs, turtles, eagle rays, and sharks.
Key West, Florida
A part of the Florida Keys archipelago, Key West is Florida’s southernmost point, lying approximately 90 miles north of Cuba. Known for its stunning reefs, the Keys have paddle opportunities aplenty—navigate the calm waters or explore the mangrove forest. Rent a board and go it alone or sign up for a tour with one of the many local outfitters.
Tucked in the hills overlooking the ocean, Lisbon is Portugal’s capital city and offers stunning views from both the land and the water. Portugal is home to a number of breathtaking lakes and rivers as well as a beautiful stretch of coastline, all of which are perfect for paddling.
Bora Bora, Tahiti
Home to postcard worthy white sand beaches and turquoise waters, our list would not be complete without Bora Bora. The south Pacific island features a picturesque lagoon protected by a coral reef that is teaming with life. Standup paddle atop the calm water and then don a mask and explore beneath the surface.
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