The World’s Best Places To Go SUP Paddling According To SUP Paddlers

What makes it an incredible place for this activity is the beautiful scenery combined with the relatively calm and crystal-clear waters particularly on the northern shore of the lake in places such as Incline Village, Nevada.
The World’s Best Places To Go SUP Paddling According To SUP Paddlers


Lake Tahoe

What makes it an incredible place for this activity is the beautiful scenery combined with the relatively calm and crystal-clear waters particularly on the northern shore of the lake in places such as Incline Village, Nevada.

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I’ve personally done SUP paddling around Lake Tahoe and had a great time. I would recommend this activity to anybody who plans a visit to Lake Tahoe.

The majestic Canadian Rockies

Stand up paddleboarding in the majestic Canadian Rockies is an unforgettable experience. Banff, Jasper and Yoho National Parks have plenty of easily accessible lakes. Moraine Lake, Lake Louise and Lake Minnewanka are most popular in the Banff area. They are best early in the morning to have calm waters but not suitable for beginners. They are cold glacial lakes which wouldn't make the experience enjoyable if you fall.

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To enjoy the solitude away from the popular lakes with stunning mountain views, I love paddling on Emerald Lake in Yoho National Park with surrounding glacial views. You can drive up to the lake if you don't want to carry your SUP. Another favourite is Horseshoe Lake, a little hidden gem in Jasper National Park. It's sheltered from the wind and surrounded by cliffs, making a perfect paddle any time of the day. Vermilion Lakes in Banff National Park never disappoint with panoramic mountain views. Due to their shallow and warm waters, they're perfect for beginners.

Maya is an adventure athlete and world traveler. After her trip around the world, she returned to the Canadian Rockies. Apart from adventure sports, she loves traveling to places beyond the beaten path which are not often visited. She shares her travel stories and comprehensive adventure travel guides on her blog Travel with the Smile.

Crystal River in Florida

Hands down, without a doubt it's the Crystal River in Florida. I've been many times and explored the area by kayak, paddleboard and boat.

The Crystal is best known for swimming with manatees. The Crystal River is the only place in America where it is legal to swim with manatees.

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Deceiving as it’s title is, it’s not a river. The Crystal River is an area that is a combination of an estuary, freshwater springs, and brackish water leading to the west coast ocean. All accessible once you launch into Kings Head Bay.

Kings Head Bay alone puts you in the heart of traditional old Florida on calm inland waters. The real treasure is the access to the springs, the guaranteed wildlife combined with predictably warm water. Paddleboarding here is suitable for any level, advanced or beginner alike. In the bay, the water is calm and if you crave wake it's an easy paddle out to the bay.

On the contrary, I've had many disappointing examples like the Evergaldes - which I don't think are suited to SUP. And, inland Fort Lauderdale. A specific example is some beds of water are either too brackish or too populated. The Everglades far too brackish to be comfortable and Fort Lauderdale exceptionally overpopulated with boats making any inland SUP experience practically unenjoyable. Too much wake. Too many gawkers and a need to be exceptionally cool. And, not only do you need to be cool, if you are going to use a SUP in Fort Lauderdale you better be in shape - it's an unspoken competitive need.

Nikki Webster is a travel writer who covers how to travel while grinding a day job, how to travel without breaking the bank, hotels, cruising, and off-the-beaten-track experiences. She is particularly fond of Florida and writes extensively about the state. She flies around 60,000 miles per year and has visited 54 countries, 50 states, and six continents.

Equatorial Guinea

SUP in Equatorial Guinea: The coast of sipopo is one of those magical places for any paddle surf lover. It is an unexplored territory, totally virgin and with calm waters perfect for the practice of this sport.

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Personally, I started in these waters being a total beginner. Gradually, I have been gaining confidence and thanks to the absence of waves, I am now able to get into rivers and explore further and further.

It is definitely a dream place, yet to be explored.

Hector Nguema Ondo, Founder of Rumbo Malabo, first 100% local tour operator in Equatorial Guinea

Crested Butte, Colorado or Bend, OR

*Crested Butte, Colorado*

Crested Butte is nestled high up in the Rocky Mountains in central Colorado, only a 4-hour drive from Denver, but feels a world away from the city.

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Crested Butte is home to spectacular hiking, incredible mountain biking and many high alpine lakes and winding rivers that are perfect for kayaking and SUPing. Paddle Emerald Lake in the Gothic Valley - a high alpine lake that mesmerizes visitors with it's deep green color. Relax with dinner and drinks at any number of fantastic restaurants in historic downtown, and browse the eclectic shops on your off days!

*Bend, OR*

While Bend is known for its many tasty breweries, there is more to this small city than just their incredible beer. Bend is blessed with an incredible location along the eastern edge of the Cascade Range on the Deschutes River.

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It is surrounded by mountains, rivers and lakes, making it the perfect destination for scenic paddleboarding. The options are endless, but we highly recommend a kayak or SUP trip down the Deschutes River, biking the famous Bend singletrack, and wrapping it all up with craft brewery tours and outdoor live music.

Julie Singh and her husband Reet left their corporate careers in 2017 in pursuit of their passion for the outdoors. They have been traveling full-time in their RV with their cat Juke ever since, finding the best outdoor adventures and local shops to feature on their hand curated platform, TripOutside.com. The goal of TripOutside is to get more people outdoors and make booking outdoor adventures simple.






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