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Paddling around the world: The best stand up paddle board spots in the world

Written by Fiona

July 31 2019

Are you looking to take your paddle boarding on the road? If so, read on to learn about the best stand up paddle board spots in the world.

Where to go with a paddle board

More and more people are discovering the fun of stand up paddle boarding. This sport is easy to learn and it can be as challenging as you want it to be.

If you’re a paddle board fan, you’ll be keen to know about the best locations for paddle boarding around the world. In this article, we take a look at a few of the top spots.

Santa Cruz, California

If you’re looking for the ideal paddle-boarding spot in California, we suggest heading to Santa Cruz.

The water here can be a tad on the chilly side, but don’t let that stop you. Simply grab your wet suit and jump in.

Both the wharf and Santa Cruz Harbour are perfect locations for both water sports and watching wildlife.

And don’t forget about Streamer Lane, which has something for every skill level. 

Perth, Australia

Serious paddle board enthusiasts know that it’s hard to beat the big waves of New South Wales

Swan River is a paradise you won’t want to miss, with gorgeous, flat waters that will seduce you and keep you returning year after year. 

Another option is Cottesloe Beach, with gentle waves that provide a laid back experience perfect for beginners. 

Key West, Florida

Florida has long been a destination favoured by those who want to enjoy life to the fullest. After all, the Keys offer everything you could ask for when it comes to sun and fun, as well as some of the most awesome beaches.

The waters of Key West were made for paddle-boarding. The atmosphere onshore is relaxed, and when the sun goes down it’s certainly not hard to find a party. So come for the water, enjoy a cool drink and stay for the lifestyle.

Sunset Beach, Oahu

It should come to no surprise to anyone who loves sun and fun that Sunset Beach in Oahu, Hawaii would make the list of the best paddle board destinations. After all, Hawaii is legendary in the surf world.

Sunset Beach is located on the north shore and hosts many of the biggest surfing competitions on the planet every year.

When it comes to perfect weather and even better water, Sunset Beach is hard to beat.


These islands feature nearly endless shoreline. The weather is enchanting, and the water provides the ideal environment for anyone with a paddle board and the desire to soak up the sun.

The Bahamas are rich with marine life, and the locals will greet you with a smile and fruity drinks. Nassau or Abacos are hotspot destinations.

Seattle, Washington

Seattle might not be the first place you think of when it comes to seeking paddle board destinations, and yet it should be near the top of your list.

After all, Seattle is surrounded by a gorgeous body of water. Puget Sound is unique because it’s fed by freshwater from Lake Washington to the east, and the Pacific Ocean to the west.

And let’s not forget about the scenery. With the Cascade and the Olympic Mountains in the background, this is truly a nature lover’s paradise.

Seattle has an amazing skyline and is the perfect city to enjoy a latte in the morning, and then treat yourself to an afternoon with your paddle board in the crisp water of the Sound. We promise there are plenty of far worse ways to spend your day.


Fiji is the kind of place that most people dream of when they dream about escaping the hustle and bustle of city life and running away to paradise. Well, this is as close to heaven on earth as you are likely to find.

With perfect waters, immaculate beaches, and warm tropical breezes that bathe you in the aroma of amazing food and drink, once you’ve visited Fiji you’ll be spoiled forever.

Namotu Island is a perfect example of everything Fiji has to offer. The resorts here are breathtaking, and the conditions are ideal for spending long days adrift on the water. 

If you’re looking for the best inflatable paddle board, here is a resource where you can find out more information.

Amsterdam, Netherlands

Here is a totally different kind of destination that you should include on your paddle board list. Amsterdam might not be a tropical paradise, but that doesn’t make it any less gorgeous or lacking in picturesque bodies of water.

With 165 canals that combine for nearly 60 miles, you can wind your way on a leisurely journey through the city. Amsterdam is like a place straight out of a dream, filled with historical architecture, amazing shopping, and friendly people.


With so many inland loch, a long coast with plenty of sheltered bays, islands and also a canal system, Scotland offers numerous great spots for paddle boarding. Hotspots include the Outer Hebrides, the Glasgow to Edinburgh canal, Loch Lomond and Loch Tay.

With summer’s warmer weather, now is the time to chose your next stand up paddle boarding destination.

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