Winter Travel

Best places for stand-up paddle boarding

It’s the perfect beginner’s alternative to surfing. Here, the top warm-weather destinations in the United States and internationally for trying it out.

Part of the sport’s popularity comes from the fact that, unlike surfing, you can do stand-up paddle boarding nearly anywhere: Rivers, lakes, or oceans all make suitable grounds for “SUP,” the acronym by which the sport has become known. But as fall gives way to winter and the Charles River turns icy, it’s tempting to find a more hospitable climate for paddling. Here are five experts’ picks on the best places to stand-up paddle.