The stand up paddle boarding trend, also known as SUP, is taking over Miami. And why wouldn’t it? With its calm, pristine waters, Miami is the perfect playground for SUP boarders.

Grab a board and get paddling! Boards and paddles can be rented cheaply at one of Miami’s many surf shops. A wide board of 30 inches or more gives a good starting point for a beginners. What’s better, SUP is an incredible way to work your core while having fun. Take in the views as you glide along the water’s surface, and don’t forget to look down for an amazing close-up of the water life below. Remember when posting your pics to Instagram use #WherePlayHappen!

WPH has put together a list of incredible spots for paddle boarding in Miami.

South Beach

Start close to home, just blocks from WPH. Miami’s most beautiful beach is a great spot for paddle boarding. Jump in and join the other SUP and kayak lovers who are addicted to riding the waves. Don’t be afraid, the calm water is made for SUP boarding. Paddle in, relax and enjoy the views and clear water. Make sure to keep an eye out for the manatees and dolphins! For those who feel a lesson is in order, there are loads of instructors on the beach that offer SUP classes for total beginners and up. SoBe Surf offers good priced lessons and board rentals.

Biscayne Bay

Take a relaxing paddle in one of Miami’s most beautiful bays. The views of the city are some of the best. It’s a great spot when you want to take a break and reflect on the beauty of life… or recover from partying last night. The waters are calm making it one of the most popular spots to paddle board. While it is beautiful anytime, WPH recommends heading down at sunset to catch the amazing views as the city skyline lights up. For great tours in Biscayne Bay check out IPaddle Maimi.

Sunset Islands

Sunset Islands is a beginner’s paddle boarding heaven! The island provides the shelter needed to test the board, gain balance and get confident like a pro. The water is protected and calm, making it ideal for getting started but also fun for more experienced boarders. Paddle alongside dolphins and manatees as you take in the spectacular views and Mediterranean haciendas.

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