Big Sabine Point - Coastal Paddling

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Big Sabine near Pensacola Beach is a scenic spot with both calm areas and waves, great for both kiteboarders and paddle boarders.

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Abbie Mood


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Destination Distance From Downtown

81.4 miles


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Big Sabine has mostly calm and shallow water that is great for paddling, but if the winds kicks up there are some waves and it can be good for windsurfing.

Time To Complete

4 hours

You can spend anywhere from a couple hours to a full day enjoying the surf and sand.


All Seasons

The Gulf of Mexico region is lovely year round, but hurricane season towards the end of summer/beginning of fall could impact your plans.

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Big Sabine is on Santa Rosa Island between Navarre and Pensacola Beach, and is a scenic spot with both calm areas and some waves. Because it's not as wild as the open ocean, it's a great location for beginner kiteboarders and paddle boarders. The Big Sabine Bay is a calm and shallow estuary that is perfect for an easy day of kayaking or paddle boarding. There may be a little more wave action out towards Big Sabine Point, but overall, this spot is perfect for beginners.

What Makes It Great

Santa Rosa Island is a 40-mile barrier island in Florida, where you can find popular beach towns like Pensacola Beach, Navarre, and Big Sabine. This part of Santa Rosa Island is within the UWF Dune Preserve, and is near the Gulf Island National Seashore. 

Big Sabine has become popular for less experienced coastal paddle boarders and kiteboarders because of its quiet bay. This spot is also popular for bird watching, but out on the water, look for marine life such as crabs and rays. Big Sabine Bay is set in between sandy dunes, salt marshes, and pine groves, so paddle as long as you like and then relax on the beach for awhile. 

When the wind gets going, there is some decent kiteboarding near Big Sabine Point. Big Sabine is somewhat of a secret spot because it doesn't get the bigger waves, but it's still good for a fun day on the water.

Big Sabine is also a popular fishing area, and there is some camping around the Bob Sikes Bridge.

Who is Going to Love It

As mentioned above, Big Sabine is a wonderful spot for beginner paddlers or boarders. The water is calm and there is quite a bit of wildlife to look for.

This area is also great for families. Kids love exploring the dunes and the shallow bay, and it makes for a great day at the beach!

Directions, Parking, & Regulations

Big Sabine is located on Santa Rosa Island between Pensacola Beach and Navarre. You can park just outside the National Seashore gate, but it will be a bit of a walk from there.

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