Cool Water Sports in Palm Beach County
Fall is officially here, but it's still hot enough to enjoy our beaches and many water activities on the sunny South Florida coast. From a relaxing kayak paddle on the river to swimming with sharks in the deep blue, there's something for every water-lover in Palm Beach County.
1. Go kayaking at one of these parks
Kayaking is one of the most tranquil activities to experience on the water. You can go tandem with a friend in a two-seater or you can go alone and listen to some tunes on a bluetooth speaker. Kayaking puts you super close to the water's surface, so you can see manatees, dolphins and turtles swim right up next to you. Some of the best places to rent a vessel and take a refreshing paddle include Peanut Island, Okeeheelee Park, Jonathan Dickinson State Park, the Loxahatchee River, John D. MacArthur Beach State Park, Snook Islands, and the Boynton Beach Instracoastal.
2. Follow the snorkel trail
The water in the Palm Beach Inlet is home to an incredible abundance of marine life thanks to multiple artificial reefs in the area. The spot also has clean, clear water 24/7 so all you have to do is check for high tide and park your car at the Phil Foster Park. There, you can follow the snorkeling trail of artificial reefs, including cement sculptures of sharks and a sunken speed boat. You'll see schools of jack and sheepshead, maybe a sea turtle or ray, and starfish, octopus and sea horses. Right across the way is Peanut Island, which also has some cool reefs in shallow water.
3. Hang ten
Looks like there might be a swell this weekend which makes it a great time to pick up a board a go surfing. If you haven't before but always wanted to try, take a free lesson from Island Water Sports in Deerfield Beach- they host them every Saturday morning. If you already shred, some popular surf spots to know about include the south side of the Juno Beach Pier which has a lengthy left break, Marcinski which is just north of the pier, Coral Cove Park in Tequesta, Hobe Sound Beach, and Chastain Beach up in Stuart. Check out some photos of big waves from the Palm Beach Post here.
4. Find balance on a paddle board
Paddle boarding is all about balance and coordination- which is good focus for both the mind and body. There are lots of people who even enjoy doing yoga on paddle boards, for both a challenge and some peace on the water. Check out this list of 9 spots to paddle board with rental sites and rates.
5. Surf the sky
Ready for a challenge? Try kiteboarding! The wind will take you high over the waves so you can do some fun acrobatics while flying a massive kite. Find rentals, lessons, photos and videos from Delray Beach Kiteboarding on Facebook.
6. Dive with sharks
If you like adrenaline and risk-taking, try scuba diving with sharks. Ryan Walton of Ryan Walton Wildlife Excursions will take you diving wherever you want to go and he'll make sure you find some sharks, dolphins and big rays for an experience not many are brave enough to do. If shark diving is on your bucket list, book an excursion for an encounter of a lifetime. If you don't yet have your scuba certification, Ryan can help with that too. Check out his site here.
7. Practice patience while fishing
Maybe you don't want to be in the water, rather just unfold a lawn chair on the sand, crack open a cold one and wait for a snook to bite. That's always a fun time too! Spending time outdoors is super important and fishing is one of the most popular activities among Floridians. You can pretty much fish anywhere around town- just depends on what type of fishing you're doing and what you want to catch. Get involved in a fishing club like the Boynton Beach Fishing Club, where members spend quality time fishing and doing other things out in the community.
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