SAN DIEGO, California - 2020 sure put a damper on our travel plans and has given us a major itch to travel. Hopefully travel restrictions ease up soon and we can get the much needed vacation in. If you're lucky enough to get one in this year we’ve compiled a few places where you’re bound to have a blast at with beautiful scenery surrounding you. Check it out:
Places to Travel for Standup Paddle Boarding 2021
- Bangkok, Thailand
- Bali, Indonesia
- San Diego, California
- Seville, Spain
- Gunnison, Colorado
A beautiful day of paddling in Thailand. | Photo: Shutterstock
Thailand has always been a sought-after destination for paddlers in search of adventure and enhanced well-being. While the Thai capital, Bangkok, may not sport the same level of natural beauty and tranquillity as seen in popular SUP locations such as Koh Samui and Phuket, it does hold a definite appeal to the SUP community. Not only does world-renowned board manufacturer Starboard have their headquarters just outside of Bangkok, but the nearby lakes, beaches and islands also offer superb conditions for eager paddlers.
Surfing is very popular in Bali. | Photo: Shutterstock
Bali is commonly associated with the zen-like relaxation of Hindu-inspired temples and lush beaches, but an exhilarating water sports industry hides just beneath the surface. According to the Times of India, Bali’s water tourism industry is located around some wild areas that appear largely untouched by the hordes of beach and bar going tourists that visit ever year. A fresh location for SUP, Bali has a few key characteristics that make it a great option.
San Diego, California
Aerial view of Coronado Island in San Diego. | Photo: Shutterstock
With constant sunshine, ocean views, and an abundance of flat-water locales, San Diego is a fantastic SUP city. With a gorgeous coastline and expansive bays to explore San Diego has something for every paddler no matter the age, skill, or type of paddling you're interested in. The APP (Association of Paddling Professionals) is even set to host a event in San Diego in 2021 that will bring the world's best standup paddlers to its waterways.
A view of the gorgeous Sevilla, Spain. | Photo: Shutterstock
Seville, Spain was voted ´Best City in the world to travel to in 2018´ by The Lonely Planet and for a very good reason! Sevilla encapsulates all of the wondrous joys that Spain has to offer in one magnificent and beautiful Spanish city. 300 days of sunshine. Yep, it's that consistent! This is a year-round destination and every season brings its distinct beauty: from the winter with the stunning orange trees laden with fruit through to the endless summer where you can experience the intense vibrant Spanish sun for over 14 hours every day. So, if you long for an adventure in nature, Sevilla could be the perfect choice for you!
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If you’re looking for the best place to SUP in the mountains, look no further than Colorado’s Western Slope. Nestled high up in the Rockies, Gunnison offers endless opportunities to get out on the water whether you’re looking for the thrill of a fast paced mountain river, or the serenity of an alpine lake. Stand-up paddle boarding has taken Gunnison by storm over the last few years as one of the most popular outdoor recreation activities during the summer for locals and visitors. This doesn’t come as a surprise, as the Gunnison Valley is home to dozens of gorgeous water features that offer paddlers an impressive variety of SUP experiences. Whether you love surfing whitewater, exploring secluded bays, or relaxing with some SUP yoga, Gunnison has the perfect setting to make your adventure happen.
As you're planning your vacations for the year and need some inspiration on where to go where you can also take your paddle board, let these five locations be on your radar as they will definitely show you a good time.
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