From the Atlantic Ocean to the Biscayne Bay to the Miami River to the Intercoastal – so much of the magic of Miami can only be experienced by it’s breathtaking waterways. There are no doubt many water activities bringing this vantage point to locals and tourists alike, but perhaps the most scenic and tranquil way to experience the brilliant blue waters of Miami is by Stand Up Paddleboard (SUP).
There are dozens of places to rent Stand Up Paddleboards throughout Miami and Miami Beach, each delivering it’s own unique environment. Miami Happening recently had the opportunity to visit Liquid Tube Surf Shop in North Beach, tucked away in an unassuming location off of 71st street in Miami Beach. Here, those looking to escape the South Beach scene can access the calm waters of the intercoastal waterway via a hidden entrance among the unassuming waterfront bungalows of North Beach.
Rates are competitive; typically $25 per hour with a current special of $20 for the first hour. A quick search will reveal average rates throughout Miami Beach at about $30 per hour. At Liquid Tube, you can also rent a full day SUP for $69.99.
This shop is beginner-friendly, offering a brief private tutorial and access to the calm waters of the intercoastal. However, for those seeking hands-on guidance, a group class at another location may be better suited for you.
Entry to the intercoastal is just a short walk away- about 1 block. If you’d like the boards dropped off at a specific location off-premise, delivery ranges from $10 to $15.
What sets Liquid Tube apart is it’s peaceful location, ideal for those looking to escape crowded parks or traditional SUP classes. Paddleboarders can venture north (71st – 100th street) traveling alongside narrow intercoast waterways; West past Normandy Isle towards the more challenging waters of Biscayne Bay, or South for a unique tour of the mega-mansions of Mid-Beach. Just South of the launch point, you can also find a popular viewing point for Manatees and Dolphins.
The low-key vibe is part of the charm of Liquid Tube Shop. Be prepared to leave your flip flops on a rock near the launch point and any valuables will be stored in the backroom of the shop until your return. For those traveling by car, you’ll need to find street parking. Nearby lots can be found at 72nd Street or a short walk away in Normandy Isle.