SoCal Adventures-Paddle Boarding in Lido Island

We try to enjoy the outdoors all year round since living in Southern California pretty much guarantees constant sunshine. Even with El Nino weather this year, the rain has not prevented us from the outdoors. We decided to go paddle boarding on Lido Island a couple of weekends ago. This was a request made by my friend Azrina before she went back to the “real” winter in Boston. Lido Island is a manmade island located in the harbor of Newport Beach, CA. Since only Louis and I had our own paddle boards, our friends found a good deal for a 2-hr paddle board rental at Wayward Captain Watersports for $10. The weather was partially sunny with very light breeze, which turned out to be perfect paddle boarding climate. One thing to watch out for is the wind when paddle boarding, it can be quite a workout fighting against the wind!

Good to know:

  • Wayward Captain Watersports is located at 2406 Newport Blvd, Newport Beach, CA. They are located on the dock behind the American Junkie restaurant. Their hours of operation are from 10AM-6PM.
  • Parking is tight on Lido Island, it is especially chaotic on the weekends. Valet parking is available in front of the restaurant for $12 or street parking is available if you don’t mind walking a bit further.
  • Once you launch your paddle board, watch for boat traffic in this area- it’s a harbor for small boats coming in and out of the Pacific Ocean.

We ended up paddling around the perimeter of Lido Island for the afternoon


Paddling around Lido Island


Alpana in her “winter” attire while paddle boarding


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