Best spots for stand up paddle in Geneva

Want to have fun in the sun in the crystal clear waters of Lake Geneva while being surrounded by spectacular scenery? 

Stand up paddle boarding is one of the best ways to explore the natural beauty of the city and its surroundings from the peacefulness of the centre of the lake. 
Even if you don’t have your own boards, you can easily rent them everywhere and we’ve found this a great and affordable way to explore the different beaches around Lake Geneva.  We share some of our favourite spots for SUP. 

TROPICAL – on the lake

This popular spot on the Quai de Cologny is Geneva’s version of Hawaii, complete with palm trees and beach bars. It’s great for stand up paddlers and offers lessons for various levels and boards to rent. Afterwards, top up your tan or sip cocktails at one of the two lakeside bars, which also offer hamburgers, nachos and other light snacks.
We also loved the paddleboard yoga session we did early one morning – offered in conjunction with Yoga Shop Geneva – read our article about our session here. Great views on the Rade, the Jet d’Eau from here.
As beginners, we found the currents a bit trickier to navigate and wouldn’t recommend going out with young kids alone. The beach gets quite busy as the centre also offers wake boarding, windsurfing and other types of water sports.

Toilets, showers and two bars. Lockers are available too. Closest parking: Geneva Plage.

15 CHF per hour for children, 20 CHF for adults. You can also rent the boards for up to 12 hours or take out a seasonal membership

More info:  

5 quai de Cologny 1203 GENEVE

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LA PLAGE DU REPOSOIR – on the lake

This lovely beach on the Chambésy side of the lake is ideal for stand up paddlers of all levels. The beach is clean, the water is calm and wide open, allowing you to explore this side of the lake to your heart’s content. The SUP centre here is excellent, offering individual and group lessons throughout the season.
The centre has different types of boards for rent and you can lock your valuables in lockers while you’re out on the water.  
The water here is calm and you can paddle out quite far without worrying about currents. We spent hours on the water and loved it. This beach is ideal for beginner paddlers or families. They offer paddleboard yoga sessions.

The Facilities:
The beach offers a restaurant and buvette (with hot dogs, fries, paninis and the like) toilets, a shower and a lawned beach, as well as 50 parking spaces. It’s not Geneva’s most beautiful beach, to be honest, but it’s great for SUP!
If you’re coming by bus, take bus 1 and get off at Jardin Botanique, from where it’s a 10 minute walk.

From 15 CHF per hour for adults 10 CHF children.

SUP Genève : la Plage du Reposoir, 22 rte de Lausanne, 1292 Chambésy

More info:

plage du reposoire

Want to make a day of it? Plage de la Savonnière is a great spot to while away a summer’s day. A beautiful pebbly beach with enormous lawns behind it and many trees offering loads of shade on a scorching day.
We rented boards (20 CHF per hour for adults) from GE Paddle and the friendly instructor took his time to ensure we were safe (they offer private courses and teambuilding sessions too).

The buvette, also run by the GE Paddle team – was a real discovery. They offer fresh ‘écrevisses’ – crayfish fresh from the lake (during their crayfish festivals – for dates check out their Facebook page). Public toilets (closed from November-March), Buvette, shower, open air massage (enquire at GE Paddle), Play Park.

Chemin Armand-Dufaux 13, 1245 Collonge-Bellerive

Opening Hours: 8am-11pm (the buvette closes at 10pm)

Top Tip:
Take rubber shoes for the pebbly beach

Note: No dogs allowed

More info:
Check the #GE Paddle facebook page for more info about events, paddleboards and competitions etc.
Click here for website

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