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  • Jordan Hinsch

15 Best Places to Paddleboard in Miami

Updated: Jan 13, 2021



The beauty of paddleboarding is versatility. You don't need to enter from a beach. Miami is lucky to have the Best Urban Paddleboarding Environment in the USA. From beaches, to mangroves, to skyscrapers, to endless wildlife, you're in for quite a treat.


Paddleboarding in Miami South Channel
Me!! Paddleboarding in Miami South Channel

I've created two maps of Miami featuring Launching Points (the spot where you enter the water with your board) and Destinations (recommended areas you can paddle to).



Paddleboarding Safety Tips:


  • While crossing channels, watch for boats and jet skis. It sounds obvious, but they might not see you, so it's up to you to avoid them.

  • Sharks are commonly seen while paddleboarding in the ocean and very rarely on the inter-coastal waterways. Don't freak out if you see one. The chances of it being a shark which can harm you is very slim.

  • It is wise to bring a life-jacket.

  • Learn how to properly fall off of a paddleboard to prevent injuries.

  • Check the wind and do not enter the water if it's windy. Strong wind will make it difficult to exit the water and difficult to remain standing on your board.

  • If the wind is calm and consistently blowing in one direction, paddle into the wind first so you're not tired and struggling on the way back.

  • Be careful when entering the water from ladders. Don't hurt yourself or your board.

  • Have a paddleboard buddy with you!

  • If you decide to paddle in the ocean, KNOW YOUR LIMITS. This can happen if you're feeling overly confident.

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Be Careful!

Update - October 29th, 2020: COVID-19 has resulted in a dramatic spike in the number of active paddleboarders in Miami! Most launching points are currently open and if they're confirmed to be open, it is noted below in GREEN.




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Best Paddleboard Launching Points in Miami, Florida


Miami Paddleboard Launching Points
Miami Paddleboard Launching Points






1. Pelican Harbor Marina - North Bay Village - Miami, Florida

  • Launch Type: Ramp

  • Parking: Open Lot

  • Status: OPEN


2. Margaret Pace Park - Edgewater - Miami, Florida

  • Launch Type: Ladder/Shore

  • Parking: Street

  • Status: OPEN


3. 18th & Purdy Ave - Miami Beach, Florida

  • Launch Type: Ramp

  • Parking: Street

  • Pro Tip: Walk very slowly down the ramp. it's covered in moss and seaweed and is very slippery!

  • Status: OPEN


4. The Grand Venetian Condominium - Venetian Islands - Miami Beach, Florida

  • Launch Type: Ladder

  • Parking: Street

  • Status: OPEN



5. South Pointe Beach - SoFi - Miami Beach, Florida

  • Launch Type: Shore

  • Parking: Street or Parking Garage - Street parking is FREE before 8am!

  • Pro Tip: Only paddleboard in the ocean if you're experienced.

  • Status: OPEN


6. First Presbyterian Church - Brickell - Miami, Florida

  • Launch Type: Ladder

  • Parking: Open Lot

  • Status: OPEN


7. Brickell Key - Miami, Florida

  • Launch Type: Ladder

  • Parking: Residence Parking

  • Status: OPEN


8. Miami River - Brickell - Miami, Florida

  • Launch Type: Ladder

  • Parking: Street

  • Status: OPEN


9. Hobie Island Beach Park North - Miami, Florida

  • Launch Type: Shore

  • Parking: Open Lot - $ Sunpass Toll

  • Status: OPEN


10. Hobie Island Beach Park South - Miami, Florida

  • Launch Type: Shore

  • Parking: Open Lot - $ Sunpass Toll

  • Pro Tip: Don't have your own paddleboard? Don't worry, there are rentals here!

  • Status: OPEN


11. Virginia Key Outdoor Center - Miami, Florida

  • Launch Type: Shore

  • Parking: Open Lot - $ Sunpass Toll & $6 Fee

  • Pro Tip: Don't have your own paddleboard? Don't worry, there are rentals here!

  • Status: OPEN



12. Crossbridge Church - Key Biscayne, Florida

  • Launch Type: Ramp/Dock

  • Parking: Open Lot - $ Sunpass Toll

  • Pro Tip: Park your car in the lot, and then head around the church towards the water. Enter through the gate in the fence, walk 100 feet across the grass and you'll find a natural ramp to the water. If the gate between the parking lot and water access is closed, enter through Key Biscayne Yacht Club next door. Be sure to stay to the left and use the Weaver property to enter the water near the very small sailboats, not the main boat ramp. If you're talking to a security guard at the main entrance, you're too far to the right.

  • Status: OPEN


13. Bill Baggs State Park - Key Biscayne, Florida

  • Launch Type: Shore