In our previous SUP blog, we spoke about why stand up paddle boarding is becoming more and more popular each year so we thought hey… why not write a blog about the best destinations around the world that offer all kinds of paddle boarding experiences. So here it is… enjoy, and once you’ve given it a read, let’s have a chat about the best places to paddle board in the world.
Now we don’t know about you guys, but we here at Awesome Outdoors think that Hawaii is a pretty nice place… or so we’ve heard… we could be wrong… if we are, let us know in the comments...anyway there is one particular spot in Hawaii that is a mecca for every stand up paddle boarder and this place is Sunset Beach on the north shore of Oahu.
It's famous for its big waves during the winter time, but during the summer these waves are a lot smaller and friendlier making them p-e-r-f-e-c-t for a paddle boarder. You can soak up the amazing views that Sunset Beach has to offer as you board in nice warm water, which no doubt features some kick ass marine life too.
If you’re paddle boarding in Mexico be sure to hit up Puerto Vallarta. This city has amazing SUP opportunities for all levels of experience paddle boarders. And if you’re looking for a nice quiet spot then you should look into visiting Banderas Bay! If you also want to hit up some other water sports whilst in Mexico, then Los Muertos Beach is really the place for you.
The icing on the cake when it comes to Mexico is Sayulita! It's known as the SUP capital of Mexico, where beginners and pros all mingle together and help each other out thanks to this amazing community.
That’s right, we went straight from Mexico to the much ‘warmer’ climate of Canada. The main hot spot for paddle boarding is British Columbia. This is mainly due to the copious amounts of lakes and rivers that run through it, and most are easily accessible. Popular spots include the b-e-a-u-t-i-f-u-l Tofino, Kalamalka Lake, Mucho Lake, Emerald Lake and of course, Whistler and Vancouver. All beautiful locations so you would be mad to miss out on visiting these stunning paddle boarding spots!
From coast views to mountainous views, you really are spoilt for choice when paddle boarding in BC… Go Canada!
We all know that Costa Rica is a surfing hot spot but it does have its places for stand up paddle boarding as well… yes it’s true, we’re not lying! Playa Danta, which is a secluded off-the-beaten track flat water way offers not just a flat bed of water to explore, but it is also filled to the brim with some freakin’ awesome marine life so be sure to bring your snorkeling gear too!
It’s because of this that Danta is known as the SUP mecca of Costa Rica...so what are you waiting for? Go check it out! Playa Danta isn’t just for fellow paddle boarders either, it also features zip lines and even ATV rides through its surrounding jungle...that’s pretty cool!!
New Zealand should be on every paddle boarder’s bucket list...with an abundance of lakes, rivers, beaches and bays, there are copious opportunities for paddle boarding here.
‘Bay of Islands’ in Northland is a great place to hit up, with it’s subtropical climate and warm waters the whole year round, it makes for perfect conditions and surroundings for paddle boarding! And if you’re super lucky, you may even get to experience a pod of dolphins swimming alongside with you as you board! Now what an incredible experience that would be!
And lastly we have California, more specifically Lake Tahoe. This lake is North America's largest alpine lake and it’s the most photographed SUP location in the whole wide world. From the clear blue waters, 72 miles of shoreline and the amazing views of coniferous trees and snow capped mountains, it is no surprise that it's a super popular place.
The best time to visit Lake Tahoe is in the morning or the evening due to the water's surface being at its calmest. This place is perfect for the beginner paddle boarder!
So there we have it, just some of the best places in the world for paddle boarding! So where’s your favourite place to paddle board? Have you been to any of these amazing destinations? Let us know about your experiences in the comments, and help inspire fellow paddle boarders to get out there and travel to new and different locations to participate in this awesome water sport!
Happy ‘boarding guys and gals!
Author: Shaun Johnson
Edited by: Gemma Johnson