The calm, azure waters of the Caribbean are ideal for one of the hottest new watersports that is sweeping the globe: stand-up paddleboarding. Combining the action of surfing with the workout of kayaking and the serenity of a relaxing float on the ocean, stand-up paddleboarding (“SUP”) has been rapidly rising in popularity since its rebirth in Hawai‘i in the early parts of the 21st century. Utilizing a large, highly buoyant board (think a surfboard on steroids) and a carved wooden paddle, riders can glide across the water and enjoy spirited rides on the small waves that gently descend on the beautiful pink and white sand beaches of Harbour Island and Eleuthera. Perfect for all ages, the inviting waters of the Bahamas are the best place to hone your skills – or to simply enjoy a day on the water beneath the warm Caribbean sun. Read on to learn more about paddle boarding in the Bahamas!
Measuring over 14’ in length, chances are you didn’t bring your SUP board with you on your whirlwind adventure in traveling to Harbour Island or Eleuthera. Fortunately, local watersport vendors offer rentals, tours, and lessons. Edwin’s Turtle Lake Marine Reserve takes beginning SUPpers to the protected waters of Turtle Lake on Eleuthera. Here you can practice your balance and paddling techniques in the safe confines of a natural paradise. Keep your eyes open for frequent sightings of green sea turtles (they come here to nest) and seabirds while you explore the mangroves that line the shores. Located just three miles from Governor’s Harbour on Eleuthera.
Harbour Water Adventures in Governor’s Harbour offers daily and weekly rentals of inflatable SUP’s, a convenient (and equally durable) alternative to the bulkier fiberglass boards. Your board includes an automatic pump, a paddle, and a leash – everything you need to explore the calm waterways around Harbour Island, Current, and other seaside havens in this beautiful corner of the Bahamas while enjoying one of our favorite Bahamas activities. Check out the beautiful beaches around Eleuthera like Tay Bay Beach in the north (scenic views and pink sand), Club Med Beach in the ease (more pink sand and the chance to SUP with wild dolphins while they come inshore to rest), and Coco DiMama Beach in the west (protected and great for kids; non-SUPpers will enjoy fantastic beachcombing with plenty of sand dollars and star fish). Or, take your gear and head back to the protected stretches of sun, sea, and sand on Harbour Island or Spanish Wells.
If you’re ready to enjoy some paddle boarding in the Bahamas, contact Island Real Estate today to plan your stay in one of our amazing Harbour Island vacation rentals! With plenty of exciting Bahamas activities to enjoy, you’ll always have something to look forward to during your stay.