By Daniela Ortega, Contributing Reporter
MIAMI BEACH, FLORIDA – Paddleboarding, or standup paddleboarding (SUP) is a great sport that combines fitness and serenity, as one sits or stands on a floating platform and propels themselves with a paddle along the water – and some of the most appealing water in the world surrounds Miami Beach.
Records of early forms of paddleboarding have been found as early as 1,000 B.C. with iterations spanning over such wide regions as China, Israel, Italy and Peru, however its current form and popularity originated in Hawaii in the 1900s.
There are several places to rent paddleboarding equipment on Miami Beach, however, two of them standout for their locations and easy access for tourists and locals alike, welcoming all beginners and experts.
Located in the heart of South Beach, perfect for guests who love the busy and popular beach spots, Miami Beach Paddleboard at 2400 Collins Avenue, offers many different options when it comes to choosing your own paddleboarding adventure.They offer a single hour for $30, and two hours for $50.
However, for the more advanced, or simply daring, they offer the Sunset Neon Glow Paddle Tours, and the Full Moon Tour. The Sunset Neon Glow lasts 90 minutes, and guests use an LED illuminated board as they paddle into the sunset, for $65 per person. The light illuminates five feet underwater and 15 feet around.
Guests rate the experience five stars on Tripadvisor, one in particular saying “What an amazing experience. They were vey helpful and it was a beautiful setting and great experience.” Sunset Neon Tours are available every day at 7:20 PM, while Full Moon Tours are not scheduled for this upcoming month.
Although currently closed due to some construction at the Sunset Harbour Marina, South Beach Kayak, at 1800 Sunset Harbor Drive, has always been a local favorite. They offer group guided tours on Tuesdays and Thursday, and rentals everyday.
One hour of paddleboarding is $30, two hours $50 and up to four hours, $80 per person. Their Guided Sunset Paddleboard Tour is $120 for a private one-person tour, and $85 per person for two people, and $75 per person for groups of more than three or more, departs 90 minutes before sunset.
Outside Miami Beach, but just a short drive away is one of the most famous places to practice many outdoor activities and sports, including Paddle-boarding, is Oleta River State Park, known as one of Florida’s largest Urban parks, located at 3400 NE 163rd St., in North Miami beach.
Entrance is $8 per car, and it is “home to an expansive network of waterways through mangrove forests with a variety of birds and animals.”
Oleta River State Park offers guests the possibility of renting paddleboarding equipment (paddle, board and safety jacket), for $40 for every hour and a half through their Oleta River Outdoor Center, operated by ROAM.
Stephanie Romanach, Communications and PR spokesperson from ROAM, commented, “They also have intro to paddlebaording classes every Saturday at 9AM, where participants receive professional instruction that emphasizes safety and fun while learning to paddleboard for $40 per person.”
Additional rentals can be made at the waterfront bar and eatery, Blue Martin Fish House. In addition, they offer “SUP Yoga” or paddlebaording Yoga, Sundays at 10:30 AM for $30 per person. The next SUP yoga events will be on October 20th and 27th.
This October 18th they will host a Night of the Dead-themed Halloween Block Party, with a costume contest and food and drinks specials for guests 18 years and older at the Blue Martin Fish House as well.