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Five Great SUP Trips for Your Next Vacation

Jul 1, 2012
  • SUP
  • Mexico
  • Great Lakes
  • North Shore
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If you've been getting into the Stand Up Paddle scene over the last few years you've probably realized it's a really great way to explore previously unsurfed areas, as well as your local waterways. Now you may be ready to take your skills on the road and explore someplace new. Are you yearning to embark on your own paddleboard travel adventure, but don’t know where to start?
Here’s a list of five exceptional and unique SUP getaway destinations and accommodations. So just sit back, relax and start dreaming about your next SUP trip.

Punta Mita, Nayarit, Mexico

Punta Mita
Gerry Lopez taking off on a clean wall somewhere near Punta Mita, Mexico.


Check out the best surf front rentals in Mexico

The Waikiki of Mexico, this laid back and tourist-friendly area is only 20 minutes from the airport in Puerto Vallarta and SUP is taking off in a big way down there. From the point break in funky Sayulita, to the rolling waves of Anclote, or the downwinders along the sparkling coast, this gorgeous peninsula is set up perfectly for stand up paddle fun.
When you go, check out the beachfront Cinco Hotel. This upscale hotel is doing a fabulous job of catering to the SUP community. The owner has teamed up with the Pipe Master himself, Gerry Lopez, to offer SUP and yoga camps. Not only does the hotel have SUP boards on site for guest use, but the rooms also look directly onto the Anclote surf break—known as one of the best beginner waves in Mexico.

Dana Point, California, USA

Dana Point
View from the Dana Shores Condo. The Strand surf break down below and the Ritz-Carlton on the next point.

Dana Point is a picturesque beachside community and a SUP hotspot. In the heart of Dana Point you’ll find Doheny Beach, home to the annual Battle of the Paddle and other SUP races throughout the year. Around the corner is Baby Beach, a wide sandy beach that serves as a meeting place and entry point for flat water paddling in the harbor.

Slickrock Adventures, Long Caye, Belize

SlickRock Adventures
SUP surfing a green wave at Glover’s Reef, Slickrock Adventure Resort in Belize

This small island on the Glover’s Reef Atoll is a true paddle paradise with endless miles of turquoise water dotted with tiny cays and islands to explore. The private island hosts only about 2 dozen guests at a time who enjoy almost every water sport imaginable including diving, fishing, SUP, kayak, kite boarding and surfing. During your week-long stay all meals are included. You’ll be delighted with the menu prepared from freshly caught fish, hand picked coconuts and other ingredients fresh from the land and sea. After dinner the ocean will lull you to sleep in your rustic beachfront cabana.

Sauble Lake, Lake Huron, Ontario, Canada

Great Lakes
Yes, there is good SUP and sometimes waves and "warm" water in the Great Lakes.

This popular Canadian summer retreat boasts warm weather, sandy beaches and miles of paddling. Lake Huron, which appears just as endless as the ocean, dominates the landscape. You could paddle for days up and down the coastline and even surf small waves most of the summer. Grab a friend and paddle from the beach up the river to Sauble Falls Park and enjoy the natural waterfalls. Cottage rentals are the lodging of choice in Sauble Beach. Try the Sandpiper and Seagull cottages built in 1937. These simple and rustic beachfront cabins offer rates starting at $145 USD per night.
Sauble Lake
Enjoy a rustic cabin in the woods across the path from miles of SUP opportunities


North Shore, Oahu, Hawaii, USA

North Shore
Turtle Bay Resort offers an incredible surf front location perfect for surfers, paddleboarders and families

Hawaii’s North Shore has one of the most concentrated stretches of surf breaks in the world. Summer visitors will enjoy clear waters and calm conditions while each winter the North Shore comes alive with huge swells. Many of the surf breaks here are best suited for expert surfers, but there are some wonderful spots for stand up paddling, even if you're a beginner. Try the scenic paddle up Haleiwa River or the beaches surrounding Turtle Bay which have played host to many SUP events. Located on a picturesque point, the Turtle Bay Resort offers SUP lessons and rentals and has plenty of turtle filled lagoons to explore as well as world class waves. The hotel offers incredible ocean views or choose one of the Ocean Villas and stay just steps from the water's edge.

More Exciting SUP Destinations

  1. Playa Guiones, Costa Rica - Where jungle meets the sea. Sunrise paddle in the waves with howler monkeys calling in the distance.
  2. Waikiki, Oahu, Hawaii, USA - SUP paddlers playground. Gentle waves and calm waters are ideal for first time wave riders.
  3. Surfer's Point, Barbados - Blue water and a forgiving point break make this a popular spot for SUP.
  4. Tofino, British Columbia, Canada - Breathtaking—and not because of the cold water. Temperate rainforest meets an unspoiled coastline with unlimited paddling choices.
  5. Treasure Cay, Bahamas - All women SUP camps with clear water, white sand, unexplored islands and small waves.


  • SUP
  • Mexico
  • Great Lakes
  • North Shore