Paddleboarding in Miami
Looking to go paddleboarding in Miami, FL for the weekend? Book it now, because with accessible travel, family-friendly beaches, amazing paddleboarding and cosmopolitan, bustling nightlife, this is the ideal place to base yourself for a trip. If, however, you would like to immerse yourself in exploring more of what Florida has to offer and really experience all elements of the sunshine state, you can simply jump onto one of the scenic highways running away from Miami. So if you find some spare time to venture out, where would be the best places to head to, and what can you do there? We’ve got you covered.
- Key Largo. Only an hour’s drive from Miami, Key Largo is a fantastic way to visit the tropics of Florida. The scenery is genuinely stunning enough to see without a plan or itinerary, as you can literally grab a drink and relax watching the sun go down. However, there is also a wide variety of activities to busy yourself with, from things you have always wanted to try to crazy adventures that you have never even heard of. Key Largo is the self-proclaimed dive capital of the world since it is home to the world’s most extensive artificial reef. The wildlife and sea life are so fantastic in this part of Florida that activities such as swimming with dolphins or nature walks are trendy. For something more unusual, Key Largo is surrounded by funky tiki bars, which you can pull up to on a boat. Since this is very different from your standard day of paddleboarding in Miami and a night out on the town, it makes the drive over the Overseas Highway worth it.
- Bimini, Bahamas. While you certainly won’t be able to drive here, the Bahamas is accessible from Miami. The easiest thing would be to jump on the ferry equipped with its own café, which drops you off right in Alice Town. The ferry runs once a day and takes two hours, leaving from Miami Port. Although the beaches in Florida are fantastic, there is nothing that quite compares to the quiet charm of the Bahamas, which genuinely makes you feel as if you are in your own world. The beach in Alice Town is full of barbecue grill restaurants, which are teeming with fresh seafood.
- Naples. While I am not referring to the Italian city, this part of the gulf side of Florida has all the charm to match it. Naples is a speedy hour and a half drive away from Miami and takes you away from many touristy and busy surrounding areas. Naples was once a winter hideout for wealthy east coasters but now has its own vibrant culture, delicious food, and incredible arts scene. The botanical garden here is always worth a visit, with 170 acres of exotic and tropical plants from around the world, focusing primarily on plants from Florida, Brazil, Asia, and the Caribbean.
- St Augustine. Otherwise known as ‘the ancient city,’ St Augustine is the longest continually inhabited European-founded city in the United States when founded in 1565. This makes St Augustine top of the bucket list for any history lovers or anyone keen to see some of the famous Spanish architecture that transports you back to its colonial period. Paddleboarding in Miami. However, St Augustine has a lot more than history on offer. You can hire a stand-up paddleboard and explore some of the ancient city's weird and exciting parts from the water. There are many tours and other options such as kayaking, surfing, windsurfing, and more. However, nothing quite offers the independence of grabbing your stand-up paddleboard and heading out. Some of the best places in St Augustine are Vilano beach, Anastasia Island, St John’s river, and the Matanzas inlet, all brimming with history and quirky stories.
- Islamorada. Another trip down the Overseas Highway, Islamorada is a small and gorgeous beach community on the Keys. The road here is stunning: 2 hours and 113 miles of throughway cutting across the glittering water which connects the Keys to the mainland, making the drive itself part of the excitement. Islamorada is known as the sport fishing capital of the world. Still, even if you aren’t too keen on fishing, it is famous for its high-end but small-town atmosphere, beautiful ocean views, quaint eateries, and independent shops. While Key Largo is well known for its extensive range of activities, Islamorada offers a more relaxing atmosphere for you to escape to and enjoy the surroundings.
- Fort Lauderdale. With 14 beaches to explore and enjoy, Fort Lauderdale is a vibrant and fun place to make a day trip if you're already paddleboarding in Miami as it's only 23 miles north. A massive draw to Fort Lauderdale is its clever and unique system of waterways and canals, which cut through the town and make you feel as though you are always connected to the water, wherever you are. In fact, with 165 miles of waterway, Fort Lauderdale has more water than Venice does, so maybe it could even save you a trip to Italy. These canals are used by everyone, and to get about, you can simply hop in a water taxi, even at night time.
- Biscayne National Park. Since it is close enough to view the city, Biscayne National Park is a must-see when paddleboarding in Miami and the surrounding area. The park stretches 173,000 acres and is home to tiny islands bustling with turtles, pelicans, and other rare wildlife species. The shipwrecks that lie on the ocean floor around this park have attracted the attention of divers, as well as the opportunities along the Maritime Heritage Trail. To enjoy the park from land, the walking trails around the lighthouse built in the 1930s, or the Dante Fascell Visitor Centre gallery and museum, are excellent to wander around and explore.
There you have it- your guide to paddleboarding in Miami.