As mentioned in our free Florida paddle boarding guide, it’s a well-known fact that the beautiful Sunshine State is a SUP hotspot. The Tampa area, in particular, is a fantastic place in Florida to do some paddling!
Located on Tampa Bay near the Gulf of Mexico on Florida’s west coast, Tampa has been ranked as one of America’s best outdoor cities by Forbes Magazine. The wonderful climate and many options for outdoor activities make it a fun city for those who enjoy an active, outdoors lifestyle.
Tampa Bay flows into the Gulf of Mexico, and it’s bordered by Hillsborough Bay and Old Tampa Bay. These two bodies of water combine to form Tampa Bay, and the Hillsborough River is actually the source of the majority of Tampa’s fresh water.
Tampa closely resembles a tropical climate, although it is located along the lower area of the humid subtropical climate zone. The summer climate in Tampa is hot, and there are typically an abundance of afternoon thunderstorms during this time. If you’re planning to do some summertime paddling in the Tampa Bay area, be aware that it’s been dubbed the “Lightning Capital of North America”.
As far as winters in Tampa, Florida go, they’re very pleasant with temperatures in the the low to mid 70s during the day and the low to mid 50s at night. Hard freezes are a rarity.
Paddle Boarding in Tampa
Tampa Bay’s gentle waters are great for stand up paddle boarding, and the areas surrounding Tampa offer a wide variety of excellent SUP options. From State Parks to gorgeous lakes, the area offers something for everyone.
Also, there are plenty of shops in the Tampa area for paddle board rentals, SUP tours, lessons, and SUP fitness classes. The area hosts races and other events, and it’s a super fun place to rent a boat for a day.
Lastly, Tampa’s close proximity to the cities of Clearwater and St. Petersburg opens up even more amazing paddle boarding locations, making the area one of the most diverse in the state. If you’re willing to drive just 45 minutes to an hour from downtown Tampa, there are literally an endless variety of options.