If you are alright with chilly temperatures, Salmon bay, Seattle is a great choice. It is not very touristy meaning that you will be able to enjoy your solitude. It also offers excellent views on Olympic Mountains, Mt Rainier, Mt Baker, and downtown Seattle. The area is also great for surfing, with knee to chest high waves.
Even though Monterey is famous for golfing and as a tourist attraction, its breathtaking scenery makes it a great place for paddling too. You’ll be able to explore hidden gems of Carmel Bay, Monterey wharf and the Big Sur coast on your paddle board.
If Monterey is still too chilly for your taste, Lake Havasu in Arizona is another great destination to enjoy a warmer climate and massive lakes. In addition, nearby Lake Saguaro is suitable for beginners and offers a view of 28 miles of cactus-covered shoreline. The area is rich with impressive scenery, and another interesting thing to do would be paddling underneath the Hoover Dam.
San Diego coastline is not only the warmest city in California during the winter, but is considered to be a paddle board mecca. Water temperature doesn’t drop too low, meaning that you can get away with paddling without a wetsuit year-round. Mission Bay is wide enough to welcome many paddlers and water is nice and calm. La Jolla Shores is a great place for surfers, with gorgeous La Jolla reefs and caves worth exploring.
Key West in Florida is another destination for those who prefer a warmer climate. Since most of the area is a protected ecosystem, guided tours are organized to educate paddlers while enjoying the calm water. You’ll get to see mangrove forests and a coastline inhabited by horseshoe crabs, sea stars and cucumbers, upside down jellyfish, pelicans, manatees and much more.
Hawaii, with its lush vegetation and tropical fish swimming around SUPs, is considered to be a paddler’s paradise. Kona is the calmest spot to paddle, and North Shore, Hanalei is the best place for surfing and paddle surfing. Maui is another amazing place where you can go for whale watching on a SUP.
If you’re looking for a gorgeous fall scenery, St. Croix river on Minnesota-Wisconsin border is lined with cliffs and hills and a place to be. Its name means gentle river, which explains why so many paddlers head that way in fall.