Key West is one of the hottest destinations in Florida, and this stunning area is a prime location for stand up paddle boarding. Just 106 miles north-northeast of Havana, Cuba, the city of Key West is 7.4 square miles, with 1.5 square miles of that being water.
With the Gulf of Mexico to the west, the Bahamas to the east, Cuba to the south, and the Florida mainland to the north, the warm, crystal clear water of Key West is typically gentle and smooth, making for some outstanding SUP conditions.
There are plenty of amazing paddling spots located throughout Key West. A few of the more popular SUP spots in Key West are:
- Fort Zachary Taylor State Park
- Smathers Beach
- Simonton Street Beach
- Higgs Beach
- Sugar Loaf Key
Of course, you’ll also have an opportunity to explore the mangrove forest and paddle through the magnificent mangrove tunnels.
Paddle boarding in Key West is the perfect way to take in the breathtaking scenery of the area, and the diverse marine life is also a big highlight to look forward to. You’ll see manatees, tropical fish, stingrays, barracuda, herons, pelicans, and more.
To learn more about the amazing paddle boarding scene in the Sunshine State, be sure to download our free Florida Paddle Boarding Guide. This 65 page .pdf ebook highlights 20 of the top locations in Florida to paddle board, and it’s the perfect guide for planning your next vacation.
Some Key West SUP Inspiration…