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Stand-up paddleboarding is more than just a full-body workout to Miamians. For locals (and tourists), SUP is another way to explore and appreciate our beautiful city. From the shores of South Beach to the Biscayne Bay, there are plenty of places to see from your paddleboard. Here are the best ones.
South Beach’s Sunset Islands is an ideal spot for stand-up paddleboarding in Miami, not only because it’s a protected bay with calm waters, but this spot has some of the most breathtaking views the city has to offer. So, put your paddleboard in and cruise among the islands along Sunset Lake with the Miami skyline to guide you. If you get lucky, you might see some manatees along the way.
Though it’s a bit of a drive, the trek down south to charming Kay Largo in the Florida Keys is well worth it. Sure, you could kayak or boat around the island, but stand-up paddleboarding will give you a whole new perspective of this tropical paradise. Complete with crisp blue water, picturesque mangroves, and a high likelihood of dolphin sightings, this outdoor oasis may just be one of the best places in the world for SUP, let alone Miami.
While this spot may not have picture perfect, crystal blue waterways, Oleta River State Park, is perfect for those looking for a more peaceful paddleboard experience. Just 30 minutes from downtown, think of this place as your nature-filled escape from the buzz of city life. You can leisurely paddle along tranquil waters while surrounded by hardwood hammocks, mangroves, all sorts of other greenery hugging the river. And when you need to take a rest, there are picnic areas where you can relax and unwind.
Just across the Miami South Channel, you’ll find this outdoor oasis. Home to beaches, parks, and trails, Virginia Key is made for exploring — and there’s no better way to see the area than by way of your stand-up paddleboard. Head to the east side of the island and you’ll find the Virginia Key Outdoor Center, which will provide everything you need for your adventure. If you’re new to the game, they can also set you up with a guided tour. But if you’ve got well-trained sea legs, put your paddleboard in at this idyllic lagoon and get ready to cruise along placid waters and past white sands.
One of the most popular places in Miami to go stand-up paddleboarding is hands-down Biscayne Bay. Being one of the most central spots to grab your board and hit the water, this spot is where you’ll see it all — a beautiful shoreline with crisp blue waters and up close and personal views of the city skyline. Take a tour with or round up your crew and make a day of it. Either way, you’re in for a fun-filled day and at least a little sweat.
South Beach is one of those places where you could pretty much grab your board, pick a spot, and jump in literally anywhere. And with shops all up and down the coastline, stand-up paddleboard rentals are not hard to come by. The hardest part? Deciding which picturesque view of Miami you want to take in while paddleboarding your way through the bright blue waters.
If you’ve heard of Miami, then you’ve heard of Miami Beach. What can we say? It’s kind of a staple out here. And watersport junkies line the shores of this hot spot because of its clear waters, insane views, and camaraderie among the swimmers, paddleboarders, surfers, that frequent the area. One thing’s for sure, whether you head out on your own or join a tour group, you certainly will not be disappointed.