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Spring into SUP – Stand Up Paddleboard Cocoa Beach

stand up paddle boarding adventure fun tour with supecoadventures minutes from cocoa beach vero beach and melbourne beach in central floridas space coast indian river lag (43)

stand up paddle boarding adventure fun tour with supecoadventures minutes from cocoa beach vero beach and melbourne beach in central floridas space coast indian river lag (43)

Cocoa Beach is known for space shuttles, spring break, beaches, surfing, and now Stand Up Paddle boarding. Cocoa Beach is quickly becoming a hot spot for SUP with both locals and visitors alike. With many paddling options – ranging from the surf of the Atlantic ocean, to the mangrove lined Indian and Banana Rivers, it is a stand up paddleboarding paradise. Many tourists to Cocoa Beach have observed people “Walking on water” and are hoping to experience this fun new sport while vacationing in Florida. A great way to learn the basics, see amazing scenery, experience cool Florida wildlife (think dolphins and manatee!), and have some amazing photos to share when you return home is to take a tour with SUP Eco Adventures (www.supecoadventures.com). A beautiful drive south on A1A takes you away from the hustle and bustle of Cocoa Beach and brings you to a nature lover’s paradise. SUP Eco Adventures launches from a historic site that truly takes you back to old Florida. With few people and numerous wildlife, the calm waters of Mullet Creek in the Indian River Lagoon is a great place to experience stand up paddle boarding!


Florida’s Indian River Lagoon Dolphins

Dolphin fin seen while on a stand up paddle boarding adventure tour with supecoadventures minutes from cocoa beach vero beach and melbourne beach in central floridas space coast

Dolphins seen while on a stand up paddle boarding adventure tour with supecoadventures minutes from cocoa beach vero beach and melbourne beach in central florida east coast (41)

Dolphins seen while on a stand up paddle boarding adventure tour with supecoadventures minutes from cocoa beach vero beach and melbourne beach in central florida east coast (41)

With the winter months here in Melbourne Beach, Cocoa Beach and the Central East coast of Florida, we have an abundance of our local host—the dolphin. Although we can’t guarantee seeing dolphins during our paddle boarding tours, we do tend to see these amazing creatures just about every day when we are out on the water. Although, SUP Eco Adventures post photos and discussions about these dolphins, but we thought we would post a few fun facts about our friends.
Our river dolphins are Atlantic Bottlenose Dolphins, but they spend their entire live in the Indian River Lagoon.

So, if you would like the opertunity to see these amazing creatures, give SUP Eco Adventures a call at 321-507-6058 or drop us an email at supecoadventures@gmail.com. All our tours are by resevation only, to ensure we keep our groups nice and small and limit our footprint when we visit our local wildlife.

They are adapted to swim, fish and survive in the different waters of the Indian River Lagoon. For example, the waters of the Indian River Lagoon average only 3 or 4 feet deep. The dolphins have adapted to the swallow waters and can easily maneuver in the area.

When baby dolphins are first born, they actually have a small amount of fur, which they lose as they grow older.

Dolphins are found in temperate, tropical and subtropical water

On average can swim 2-4 mph, but can reach speeds of up to 20 mph

Dolphin fin seen while on a stand up paddle boarding adventure tour with supecoadventures minutes from cocoa beach vero beach and melbourne beach in central floridas space coast

Dolphin fin seen while on a stand up paddle boarding adventure tour with supecoadventures minutes from cocoa beach vero beach and melbourne beach in central floridas space coast


Manatee facts

Manatee visit during one of our stand up paddle boarding tours

Manatee visit during one of our stand up paddle boarding tours

Manatee visit during one of our stand up paddle boarding tours

Everyone wants to see our local manatee, but most people to really know much about them. We are very lucky here at SUP Eco Adventures, because we get to start our day off by paddling in a beautiful area with these gentle creatures. But here are a few facts which might give you a little insight into our local icons. So, if you would like the opportunity to stand up paddle board in a beautiful area where manatee frequent, give us a call at SUP Eco Adventures.com to join us.
closest relative: no it’s not the cow, it’s the elephant. They are mammals, which mean they must breathe air, just like us.
Danger zone: When the water temperature drops below 68 degrees, the manatees are in real danger of going into shock.
Why 68 degrees: Although they look like they have huge layers of fat, they really don’t have the huge insulation layer of fat like a seal or whale. They have a ribcage which runs the length of their body and protects their vital organs such as lungs.
Biggest danger: Yep, boats. Not just boat propellers which will cut deep into the manatee, but also a boat strike which can easily break a rib and puncture a lung (very bad news for the manatee).
Manatee visit during one of our stand up paddle boarding tours

Manatee visit during one of our stand up paddle boarding tours


Dolphin Visit

stand up paddle boarding adventure tour with supecoadventures minutes from cocoa beach vero beach and melbourne beach in central florida east coast (41)

stand up paddle boarding adventure tour with supecoadventures minutes from cocoa beach vero beach and melbourne beach in central florida east coast (41)

stand up paddle boarding adventure tour with supecoadventures minutes from cocoa beach vero beach and melbourne beach in central florida east coast (41)

Winter time in central Florida is a beautiful time of year on the East Coast. Although, our temperatures are very pleasant 75ish degrees, sometimes our water temps drop a little. This has two affects, one our local manatee population leave for a few months to find warmer water, but it also seems as though our local Indian River Lagoon Bottlenose dolphins become more active.
Although, we cannot guarantee dolphin on our stand up paddle board tour, we do tend to see dolphins on an almost daily basis. It is an amazing site to be able to sit or stand on a board only feet from dolphin swimming nearby. We here at SUP Eco Adventures also make it a priority never to disturb the local dolphins. We found we sit back and just watch, and many times the dolphins will get curious and decide to take a closer look at us. As I said, we sit back and watch, never chase our awesome local dolphins. We watch as mama’s with little ones, swim by us as she teaches them to swim. Take a look at some of our host, who let us join them in their beautiful amazing habitat.


Photo of the Day

stand up paddle boarding adventure tour with supecoadventures minutes from cocoa beach melbourne beach and vero beach in central floridas east coast (19)

stand up paddle boarding adventure tour with supecoadventures minutes from cocoa beach melbourne beach and vero beach in central floridas east coast

stand up paddle boarding adventure tour with supecoadventures minutes from cocoa beach melbourne beach and vero beach in central floridas east coast

Here is another great shot from one of our stand up paddle boarding Eco Tours.


Manatee in Our Area

stand up paddle boarding with the manatee

stand up paddle boarding with the manatee--sup eco adventures

The Mullet Creek area of the Indian River Lagoon has been teeming with Manatee this winter. With the warmer than average winter temperatures here in Central Florida, the water temperature in this area of the lagoon has stayed above 70 degrees, keeping a manatee population in the area to enjoy. Fernando Ontiveros, owner and guide for SUP Eco Adventures, the stand up paddle board company in Melbourne Beach, FL, says that seasoned stand up paddlers and first time guests on the eco tour have been thrilled with the abundance of both manatee and dolphin in the area. Stand Up Paddle boarding, is a great eco-friendly way to enjoy the natural environment that we have here on the Space Coast and allows visitors to experience manatee and dolphin in their natural state without disturbing the wildlife. Ontiveros states that many of the guests on his Eco tours are from Vero Beach and cocoa beach and are amazed at the relative solitude and unspoiled beauty of this area. Many visitors enjoy the nightlife and restaurants of Cocoa Beach, but are thrilled to find that just a short drive south allows them to paddle in an area that is much less congested than the tourist town. They are thrilled to be able to enjoy the manatee population without having to share the experience with dozens of others are without having to worry about boaters scaring them away. Dolphins swimming, jumping, and fishing alongside manatees nibbling on the mangroves is truly a reason to spend time on the waterways in sunny Central Florida. No need to wait for summer….it’s all here to enjoy right now this winter!


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