The Ultimate SUP Vacation | Where to Go & How to Do It

The Ultimate SUP Vacation | Where to Go & How to Do It

Feeling the travel itch? Time to pack up your stand-up paddleboard and hit the road (or even the skies)! But first, where do you want to go? The beauty of stand-up paddle boarding is that your adventures can take you anywhere from within the states to across the globe for an unforgettable vacation.

Want to bring your beloved board along? We’ve got you covered with tips, tricks, and checklists so you can have an unforgettable experience atop your Smooth inflatable paddle board.

Places to Visit

Freshwater 

freshwater SUP

Southeast

French Broad River: North Carolina

Not Just for tubing, the French Broad River in North Carolina is an excellent option if you want to make a multi-day camping trip out of your paddleboard vacation. You can venture along a 55-mile stretch of river from Hap Simpson Park to Woodfin Park and end your trip in one of Asheville’s breweries. The bright-colored leaves are worth braving the chilly water in the fall!

 

Lake Guntersville: Alabama

Are you looking to combine your paddleboard vacation with a fishing trip? Lake Guntersville is rated one of the top bass fishing lakes in the country. Surrounded by rolling hills and sandstone cliffs, the scenery isn’t bad either! Plus, it connects to the Tennessee River for more scenic excursions. 

West

Lake Tahoe, California

You don’t need a snowboard and fresh powder to enjoy Lake Tahoe. In the summertime, bring your SUP board to Lake Tahoe’s crystal-clear waters. Paddleboarding along Lake Tahoe is the perfect way to enjoy the beauty of California. Be prepared for wildlife sightings and encounters with fish, bears, and beavers, all while enjoying a backdrop of the snow-capped Sierra Nevada Mountains—an incredible experience for sure!

 

Mountains

SUP vacation with Smooth inflatable board

 

Big Soda Lake, Colorado

Just a short 20-minute drive from Denver, Big Soda Lake is a popular option to cool down in the summer. Paddleboard through calm waters under Colorado’s bright blue skies. End your day playing on the volleyball courts or eating under the many picnic shelters provided. You can see the famous Red Rocks Amphitheater from here, too!

 

Saltwater

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Southeast 

Florida Keys

Turquoise waters, fascinating marine life, white sandy beaches—what more could you ask for? Stand-up paddleboarding in the Florida Keys makes for an amazing adventure. Paddle to your heart's content, then hop in the crystal-clear water to snorkel or fish among the mangrove forests. End your day beneath an umbrella on a sugar-white beach.

West 

Waikiki, Hawaii

Want to ride some waves? Head to the island where paddleboarding was born! Waikiki Beach is famous for a good reason. The water is a beautiful blue, and the waves here don’t get too large, so it’s perfect for beginner and intermediate paddleboarders to catch some waves. Another bonus: the waves here often provide extra-long rides. You can paddle out to the surf and potentially catch one wave all the way back to the beach. Then rinse and repeat! 

 

Santa Barbara Harbor, California

SUPing doesn’t require waves, so if you’re looking for some salty fun without the surf, check out Santa Barbara Harbor in California. This is a great place to learn and practice SUP in calm waters and build your way up from there.

 

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What You’ll Need: Your SUP Vacation Checklist

Gear Essentials: 

  1. Stand up paddleboard
  2. SUP paddle
  3. Board bag
  4. Lifejacket or personal flotation device
  5. Pump (for inflatable SUP)
  6. SUP leash
  7. Rescue whistle
  8. Headlamp (for safety if going at sunset)

Clothing:

  1. Rashguard
  2. Swimsuit
  3. Water shoes
  4. Hat
  5. Sunglasses
  6. Wetsuit and other cold-weather gear (for cold water)

Personal Items:

  1. Sunscreen
  2. Water bottle (hydration reservoir/backpack)
  3. Snacks/Lunch
  4. Cellphone and waterproof bag
  5. Towel
  6. Small first aid kit

Other Miscellaneous Gear:

  1. Camera
  2. Small board repair kit
  3. Fishing gear
  4. Board transportation gear (if driving)

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How to Travel With Your SUP Board

Inflatable SUP Boards

When it comes to traveling with your SUP board, inflatable SUP boards will be your easiest and most versatile option; there’s just no competition. There’s no need for a roof rack or truck if you’re driving to your destination, and you won’t even need to check your board as special oversized luggage if you’re flying.

If you’re looking for a versatile inflatable SUP board, check out Smooth’s inflatable stand-up paddleboards. Smooth boards fold up to the size of a large sleeping bag and can be easily stored away in the board bag along with its collapsible paddle. Check out our website for more info. 

Paddle Your Way around the World

No matter where your next adventure takes you, Smooth’s inflatable stand up paddle boards make it easy and convenient to hop on and explore wherever you want.

Now that you know how to travel with your SUP board, what are you waiting for? SUP adventures await!