Paddleboarding in South Florida

Man on a Stand Up Paddleboard in FloridaPaddleboarding has been recognized as the fastest growing water sport in the country, and the craze has taken to the shores of South Florida. Even though it’s relatively new to the East Coast, South Florida has some of the best and most beautiful waterways to learn and enjoy paddleboarding. The tranquil but exciting water sport is easy to master, plus it’s a great workout. Plus, while you glide across the water, you’ll catch glimpses of Florida’s wildlife both above and below the water! So if you’re looking for an insider’s guide to stand up paddleboarding, we have everything you need to know from the best locations to ways of getting in touch with other paddleboard enthusiasts in South Florida.

Palm Beach

Paddleboarding on Singer Island BeachPhoto Credit: Cássia Afini

Down in Palm Beach County, the MacArthur State Park on Singer Island has ideal conditions for beginners and children because the calm waters are boat-free. While you can rent paddle boards all over Singer Island, paddleboarding in this state park will give you the special opportunity to explore hammock mangrove forests, and experience more marine life first hand than anywhere else. And depending on what time of year you visit, you could be just feet away from a pod of dolphins swimming by, or see a spotted eagle ray gracefully gliding through the water!

Hollywood Beach

Stand Up Paddleboarding in Hollywood BeachPhoto Credit: Bob B. Brown

The Hollywood Beach/Fort Lauderdale area is one of the top destinations to participate in this water sport in South Florida. The warm weather conditions of the region make it perfect for beginner and expert paddleboarders alike. The Intracoastal Waterway offers a great alternative to regular surfing that’s just as exciting. Check out the South Florida Paddle Boards and Water Sports Association here for more information on paddleboarding in the Fort Lauderdale area.

Naples

LEP_Naples-PBPhoto Credit: Nestor Ferraro

Atlantic beaches aren’t the only place for renting paddle boards! Southwest Florida has some of the most stunning and serene places to go paddleboarding. Explore the numerous wildlife preserves in the area by going on an eco-adventure paddleboarding tour for a unique and memorable experience! Though the waters are calm enough for beginners, experts use this to their advantage and participate in paddleboarding yoga, which is known to be challenging, calming, and empowering to those doing the exercise.

Florida Keys

Bahia Honda State Park in South Florida KeysOur last spot is hidden away in the Florida Keys on an island called Bahia Honda. This virtually uninhabited island is known for it’s breathtaking sunsets and blue waters. The island is also home to the Bahia Honda State Park, which features an incredible aquatic and wildlife setting. And with beautiful clear blue water, the paddleboard eco-adventurers visiting this state park have a great time finding coral reefs and spotting marine life while navigating around the island via paddle board.

South Florida has exhilarating water sport activities you can participate in all year-round. If you enjoyed our guide to the best paddleboarding areas, make sure to check back next week for our last segment in our three-part water sports’ series: The Insider’s Guide to South Florida Kiteboarding. For the latest information on South Florida, follow the Luxury Estates Plus Facebook, Twitter, and blog pages.

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