No matter where you are in Florida, you’re surrounded by marine life and a perfect environment for a day of paddleboarding. But what are the best SUP destinations here in the Sunshine State? Let’s dive right in.
What are the Best Paddleboarding Destinations in Florida?
Paddleboarding is a relaxed sport that allows you to take in Florida’s scenery as you glide across fresh or saltwater. It offers a unique opportunity to explore the state’s waterways and enjoy what its natural attractions and colorful wildlife have to offer.
But with so many beautiful destinations across Florida, where should you go? Manta Racks has you covered with this list of the top destinations for paddle boarding in Florida. And when you need a good system to secure your paddleboards, choose from one of our paddleboard racks.
#1 – St. Augustine
Experience the oldest city in Florida while coasting across the Matanzas River. Located just outside of Jacksonville, St. Augustine has gentle waters that make it a perfect spot for paddleboarding. While on the water, you’ll be afforded a beautiful view of this historic city. If you head by the Castillo de San Marcos during the even, you can hear cannons and muskets firing.
#2 – Santa Rosa Beach
You’ll find white sand beaches and emerald waters at Santa Rosa Beach, located west of Panama City. Experience beautiful homes in Choctawhatchee Bay, or enjoy Florida’s natural beauty at Okaloosa Island.
#3 – The Florida Keys
If you want to see spectacular marine life, then your next destination is the Florida Keys. Skim your paddleboard across tranquil, clear waters that provide amazing views of marine life, coral gardens, and mangroves. Depending on when you visit and where you go, you may even spot dolphins and turtles during your adventure. Heading to the Keys is a bit of a journey for most people, but your paddleboards will stay safe and secure with our paddleboard racks. If you’re traveling in pairs, check out our S2 system, which securely transports two paddleboards at once. Now you can have all of your boards out of the way of your passengers, securely fastened to a rack system. No installation required.
#4 – Destin Harbor
Destin offers tranquil waters and beautiful wildlife, like stingrays, flounder, and pelicans. Crystal clear waters provide a perfect view into marine life. All these features make it the perfect destination in Northwest Florida for paddleboarders. You’ll enjoy Destin’s waterways no matter what level you’re at, as the waterways are calm to navigate.
#5 – Coastal Dune Lakes
Here is a destination for those who really enjoy wildlife. You can paddle along the Gulf for the opportunity to spot turtles and maybe even sharks if you’re up for it. Or, you can coast across the lakes to see alligators – of course, at a distance.
#6 – Miami Beach
Miami is a great location for an outdoor adventure. Here, you can experience the beautiful Miami skyline as you cruise along Biscayne Bay. This is a great destination throughout the year, but if you don’t like the crowd, you may want to wait for Spring breakers to leave before heading down. With our Paddleboard racks and SUP racks, your equipment will be safe and secure during the journey there and back.
#7 – St. Petersburg
Enjoy the Gulf on your adventure in St. Petersburg. This is another destination to experience marine life and amazing weather year-round. While in St. Petersburg, you have your choice of gliding through bays, beaches, and mangrove islands. Take your pick or choose them all. No matter what, you won’t be disappointed. Just make sure you have our Manta Racks paddleboard racks so your boards stay secure.
#8 – Crystal River
Enjoy clear, turquoise waters at Crystal River. Here, you can also experience the Three Sisters Springs, which is open to paddle boarders between April and November. If you’re lucky, you may even catch a manatee sighting, especially in November.
Stay Secure with Manta RacksNo matter where you travel in Florida, you’ll have a great adventure with your paddleboards.
Keep your equipment safe during the journey with the Manta Racks rack system. Our world revolves around water, which is why we offer products for all kinds of board sports. At our shop, you can find:
- Rack systems for paddleboards, wakeboards, kneeboards, other small boards, and kayaks
- Accessories (wall mounts, wall racks, fishing rod holders, and more)
- Gear (hats, insulated cups, and lip balms)
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