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Whether your family is new to paddleboarding or you’re looking for a more relaxing experience…

…the calm water of the Choctawhatchee Bay is the perfect place. The bay gives you and your family the freedom to learn how to balance, paddle and maneuver on your own paddleboard. And once you’ve mastered the basics, you can paddle off to explore the banks, look for dolphins and have fun!

By the way–no need to lug around a ton of gear, some rental companies offer delivery!

Local Scout Tip

Some of the best places to paddle are off the beaten path and away from the hustle and bustle of boat traffic. Check out a list of parks you can launch your paddleboard.

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Find the expert that’s right for you

Kitty Hawk Kites

Located in HarborWalk Village, they offer hourly, daily or weekly kayak/paddleboard rentals. Their location is perfect for exploring the harbor and Bay.

SUP Express

Have paddleboard and kayak rentals delivered for free to your home, condo or local park. Be sure to ask about their sunrise/sunset guided paddle tours.


Wet Inc. offers hourly, daily and weekly paddleboard and surfboard rentals with convenient, free delivery to your home, condo or beach access.

Where to Stay

Salt Water Vacations

Salt Water Vacations have been around for 40+ years and have vacation homes, condos and cottages. They can help you find the right location for your family.

Manor on the Bay

Take your board out into the backyard at Manor on the Bay! This large, private waterfront home has direct access to the Bay.

Five Star Properties

Five Star Properties offers luxury vacation rentals in Holiday Isle, Crystal Beach, Dunes of Destin and more.

Food + Drink

Rick’s on the Island

Rick's on the Island is a family-owned seafood house and oyster bar located on Okaloosa Island right on the Choctawhatchee Bay.

The Gulf on Okaloosa Island

Enjoy beach-front dining and fresh Gulf-to-table seafood with space for the kids to play.

LJ Schooners Dockside Restaurant & Oyster Bar

Located at the Bluewater Bay Marina, LJ Schooners has a beach for kids, perfectly shaded outdoor seating and offers hook and cook for after your fishing trip.
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