SUP Into Spring: Destination List

Dreaming of crystal blue waters, tropical beaches or paddling with manatees? Stop drooling over dreamy Instagram pictures and plan your own Spring SUP Getaway! Sure, there might be snow on the ground but now’s the time to turn those dreams into reality. We’ve lined up four amazing destinations to stoke the Spring Break fires!

1. PUNTA MITA

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Whether you want to surf SUP, paddle to the Marietas Islands, go for a sunset session or just cruise around the coast line, Punta Mita offers unique conditions to SUP with family and friends! With its spectacular views, great waves and incredible wildlife encounters, Punta Mita is a Stand-Up Paddle Paradise! Book a room with our friends at Hotel CINCO for all the fun, farm-to-table goodness, surf and SUP lessons and yoga you can handle. (Book at http://cincopuntamita.com/)

2. SOUTH KONA COAST

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Kona is the Big Island capital when it comes to outdoor activities. It is almost always sunny and access to activities is easy in Kona. Up the road about 30 minutes, Mauna Kea Beach ranks right up at the top of great beaches in the world. The beach is long. The sand is golden. Water entry here is very simple. Known for its shimmering sunsets, pristine waters and optimum conditions for ocean activities, this beach is a must during your time on the islands! Renting from beach side concessions is convenient but expensive (usually $50 per hour). Consider taking an inflatable. Visit Stand on Liquid to peruse their huge selection of inflatables.

3. DANA POINT

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Dana Point is one of the world’s paddling epicenters. It captures the essence of the Golden State: good surf; beautiful beaches; the harbor; really good food; and great people. Cruise by Baby Beach, stop by the sand bar adjacent to the Ocean Institute, paddle down the jetty to view thriving sea life amongst the rocks, view the bustle of the harbor restaurants, and the beautiful yachts docked within the harbor. Whether with a group or paddling alone, Dana Point is not to be ignored by locals or missed by visitors. The Harbor is now a haven for paddlers of all abilities from elite locals to first-time standup paddlers.

4. CRYSTAL RIVER, FL

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Crystal River is host to one of the largest manatee populations in the world. During the winter and early spring months hundreds of manatees congregate in the springs on the river and you can’t beat viewing these amazing animals from a stand up paddle board. The water temperature in the springs of Kings Bay, the headwaters of Crystal River, remains a constant 72 degree temperature causing 400 manatees to migrate to Crystal River to seek refuge from the cold Gulf waters. Having the chance to encounter these curious, gentle giants in their natural habitat is a SUP adventure that you will never forget!

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