Paddleboarding in the Outer Banks
Paddleboarding in the Outer Banks is a really relaxing adventure and a perfect family activity! Boasting a variety of stunning scenery and inviting waters, it’s no wonder paddleboarding is one of the OBX’s most popular activities. Outer Banks provides the perfect ocean backdrop for a day full of exploration and relaxation. Whether you’re a beginner or a seasoned pro, there’s something for everyone when it comes to paddleboarding in the Outer Banks.
Where to Go Paddleboarding in the Outer Banks
The Outer Banks is home to a variety of excellent locations for paddleboarding, both on ocean and “sound side”. From beautiful beaches to tranquil lagoons and even salt marshes, each destination provides its own unique experience. Below is a list of locations to go Paddleboarding in Outer Banks:
- Nags Head: While it can get a bit breezy, the waters are still typically very calm and perfect for an enjoyable afternoon. Just remember, this beach attracts kiteboarders from far and wide too so as you float around take a moment to be aware of your surroundings. If you’re feeling a little more daring, you can even attempt some of the smaller waves that make their way inland – just be prepared to battle against the wind on your journey back out! All in all, paddleboarding here is incredibly thrilling and a great way to explore the area.
- Roanoke Island: is a great place to spend a day paddleboarding. The calm waters of the area provide the perfect opportunity for beginners to figure out the basics and learn some new skills. The beachy vibe also makes it very inviting, whether you’re looking for a peaceful way to relax or want to get an intense workout on the water. You can paddle around solo or grab some family or friends and explore together. Paddleboarding in Roanoke is an accessible and enjoyable place to SUP with super nice locals!
- “New Inlet”: just a few miles from the Bonner Bridge, this is a truly spectacular route. Enjoy great birdwatching as you leisurely glide over the tranquil waters, taking in the surrounding beauty. Plus, since it’s off-the-beaten-path and not heavily populated, it’s guaranteed to be a peaceful ride with plenty of moments of solitude. What more could you ask for?
- Duck Town Park: this area is great for those learning to paddleboard as the wind speed rarely rises above 8 mph, creating a peaceful and secure atmosphere. The tranquil area of Duck Town Park allows everyone in your group to take full advantage of learning this thrilling aquatic sport, as well as admiring nature, with absolutely no need to worry about high-speed winds getting in the way. Whether you’re just starting out or you’re looking for an especially chill day of paddling, Duck Town Park should be your next SUP excursion.
- Ocracoke Island Beaches: provides plenty of options to get to the ocean, you can easily access your escape from almost anywhere on the NC HWY 12. As you paddle away in the calm waters, you are able to watch the tantalizingly beautiful ferries pass by. Adding to that, you can enjoy viewing dozens of small fishing boats bobbing up and down along the waters. Overall, it’s a pretty killer spot to board and easy to get to.
What to Bring When Going Paddleboarding in the Outer Banks
When paddling in the Outer Banks, it’s important to bring the right supplies and equipment for a safe and enjoyable experience. Here are some essential items to keep in mind:
• A personal flotation device Aka a Life Jacket is recommended.
• Sunscreen: The Outer Banks can be hot and sunny, so it’s important to bring sunscreen with SPF 30 or higher.
• Appropriate clothing: Dress appropriately for the conditions. Consider wearing a rash guard, shorts and/or swimsuit that covers your skin to protect you from the sun, wind and other elements.
• Waterproof bag: Bring a waterproof bag to store your personal belongings, sunscreen and other items.
• Camera: Don’t forget to bring your camera!!
Lessons, Rentals and Tours Available for Paddleboarding in the Outer Banks
After reading above and you’re sold on trying paddleboarding in the Outer Banks, you can take lessons, rent equipment or join a group tour. Lessons will teach you the basics and help you stay safe and know where to paddle. Renting equipment means that you don’t have to buy your own or haul it to OBX with you. A tour takes you around different places so that you can explore and see different things. We actually recommend a tour guide regardless of the experience-level, because they know all the great hotspots and give you a little background history along with it.
Enjoy the Waters of Outer Banks with Your Board!
Paddleboarding in the Outer Banks is a great way to explore the crystal waters and unspoiled landscape of this unique region. We really hope you enjoy your time out on the water and encourage you to browse our vacation rentals. A lot of our rentals are really close to the best spots to paddleboard and some right on the beach for instant access to the fun!