Stand up Paddle Boarding in the California Bay Area

Bay Area Paddle Board Rental

Whether you are a longtime enthusiast or just a newbie in the sport, the Bay Area is home to a tremendous variety of spots to get paddling. Here are 5 best paddle boarding locations around the Bay Area.

Monterey Bay

Monterey Bay paddle board rental

It's difficult to picture a paddling experience that is more richly Californian than that in Monterey Bay: otters, seals, and sea lions romping in the water, runners and cyclists cruising along the coastal trail, and the sights of Cannery Row. Quite a lot of guided trips are accessible, featuring nighttime paddles and bird-watching. Whether you go solo or with a guide, remember that the next couple of months are a perfect time to visit, with calmer waters during the summer time, and then sunnier weather and less number of crowds in fall.

Half Moon Bay

The coastal destination noted for many of the biggest swells in the world also presents an incredibly serene environment for paddling. A sheltered harbor, the opportunity to see seals and several other wildlife, and an irresistible variety of nearby eateries and watering holes for your relaxation all make Half Moon Bay a perfect destination for beginner kayakers and those new to SUP.

Point Reyes

Point Reyes is among the most famous spots for paddling in the Bay Area, and that means you are unlikely to have the place to yourself. And that makes a difference for the wildlife, as well—Tomales Bay, a tranquil waterway that ultimately leads to the Pacific Ocean, having pelicans, bat rays, sea osprey, harbor seals, and various other creatures. This magical sensation manifests when there is no moon.  The local rental shops tend to book out months in advance during the summer, but you never have to worry about that with


Paddle through the floating houses of Sausilito

Ensure you bring along a waterproof camera casing to this location because even the natives couldn't resist oohing at unsurpassed sights of the Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz, along with the city’s stunning skyline. If you are renting a SUP for a self-guided expedition, remember the fact that afternoon winds in the Marin Headlands often makes the return trip to Richardson Bay more challenging.


Experience an enthralling urban paddle around the Oakland Estuary and Oakland Harbor, a waterway bounded by the cities of Oakland and Alameda. After venturing out of the waters, check out the commercial area of Oakland, going by manmade parks, cranes, warehouses, and other structures—just be mindful of heavy boat traffic. For a more smooth paddle, go south via the Oakland Estuary en route for San Leandro then go over Coast Guard Island. And before returning to Jack London Square, you can take time out for a picnic at Union Point Park.

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