Unforgettable Places To Go Paddleboarding In The Bay Area

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© Visit St. Pete/Clearwater/Flickr
Photo of Susan Blick
13 December 2016

Although stand up paddleboarding (or SUP) is relatively new to the mainstream watersports world, it is by no means a passing trend. Not only does it allow you to see some of the most secluded coastlines and wildlife, but paddleboarding is also an incredible core workout that will get you in shape in no time. With paddleboard rentals available all over the Bay Area, all you need to bring on your next adventure is sunscreen and a swimsuit (just in case you fall in).

McCovey Cove

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McCovey Cove during a Giant’s game
McCovey Cove during a Giant’s game | © randychiu/Flickr
If you’re into paddleboarding and baseball, head to City Kayak to rent a board and paddle over to McCovey Cove. This inlet sits in the shadow of the San Francisco Giant’s AT&T Park and is a great place to take in the action on a sunny day. You may not have a great view of the field, but you’ll have a great time with other boaters and kayakers that are hanging out in the cove.

Tomales Bay

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A quiet morning out on Tomales Bay
A quiet morning out on Tomales Bay | © Kai Schreiber/Flickr
Although Tomales Bay is known for its oysters, it also has some fantastic paddleboarding spots that will fuel your thirst for adventure. For organized kayaking trips and rentals, head to Blue Waters Kayaking, an outdoor activity shop that offers tons of classes and trips. For the summer, check out the shop’s amazing moonlit bioluminescence trips to see the light show put on by local marine plankton, officially known as dinoflagellates.

Crown Beach

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A confident paddleboarder enjoys the water
A confident paddleboarder enjoys the water | © VSPYCC/Flickr
This great spot is a must-visit in the Bay Area for your paddleboarding bucket list. The beach is relatively isolated and has a scenic view of the San Francisco skyline. The water is shallow and calm, but make sure to stay closer to the coast to avoid winds and rough currents.

Carquinez Strait Regional Shoreline

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Enjoying the sunshine paddleboard style
Enjoying the sunshine paddleboard style | © Oleg Shpykro/Flickr
Farther north in Benicia, the Carquinez Strait is an awesome spot for both paddleboarding and kayaking. On a clear day, paddling along the coastline will give you beautiful views of the rolling hills on either side of the strait. For rentals and lessons, head to Benicia Kite and Paddle Sports, a shop that has been helping people get the most out of the Bay since 2012.