5 Great Paddleboarding Spots in California

By Carly Zinderman

5 Great Paddleboarding Spots in California

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California’s lakes, rivers, and coastline all make for beautiful spots to enjoy paddleboarding. Some of the best spots to stand up and take notice are in California’s bays, where you can get a view of the coast and enjoy smooth waters while you get an intense core workout. Don’t lose your balance while you gaze at the majesty of the Pacific Ocean. Here are five great paddleboarding spots in the Golden State. 

1. San Diego Bay, San Diego, CA

There are many places where you can find a paddleboard rental in the San Diego Bay area. As one of California’s most scenic beaches, it’s an experience not to be missed. You can rent boards by the hour or day, so that you can spend as much time on the water as you want. Be sure to wear sunscreen and check for Groupons that are offered by some companies. If you know when and where you want to rent, you can also book your paddleboard online in advance of your visit. 

2. Catalina Island

Catalina Island is largely uninhabited beyond the harbors. To explore the island from a different point of view, you can rent a paddleboard from providers on the island, including the town of Avalon as well as the campground on the other side. Paddleboarding gives you a different viewpoint from the usual camping activity and you can enjoy the coves that surround the island.

3. Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary, Monterey Bay, CA

You can rent a paddleboard or take a class to explore the natural wonders of the Monterey Bay area. Home to sea otters and marine life, Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary is a great place to enjoy ecotourism and how to best preserve the famous aquatic region. You can rent a paddleboard or take a guided class to learn more about the area wildlife.

4. Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara has several spots where you can rent a paddleboard and explore some of the most beautiful waters in the world. Some providers offer classes and tours, including paddleboard yoga so that you can really engage and balance. You can sign up for multiple rentals or just show up to take out a paddleboard for as long as you want. 

5. Lake Tahoe

Learn more about Lake Tahoe by taking a guided tour with the experts. You can see stunning snow-capped mountains from the water and learn the best paddling techniques if it’s your first time. If you’re in town for a while, consider a season pass that allows you multiple trips out on the water. You can bring your own group or join a tour and then spend time on the water on your own. 

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