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Paddle board in Florida with an adorable corgi as your guide
Posted on 23/02/2020

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We bet that you can't find a more adorable tour guide than this corgi!

Giving human tour guides a run for their money!

Giving human tour guides a run for their money!
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Following Airbnb's announcement earlier this year of the launch of their new animal experiences, SUP PUP Paddleboard Tour in Fort Lauderdale has proved popular with holidaymakers. This one-and-a-half hour paddleboard tour takes you through Florida's Las Olas canals with a cute corgi (as well as an experienced paddleboard instructor) as your guide for the trip.

The instructor, Natasha Baker, meets guests at Victoria Park with her trusty companion, Mr. Beaches. The tour then starts with a lesson on safety and paddling basics before you embark on your adventure up Florida's famous canals.

As well as spending some quality time with the tour's four-legged and furry navigator, you will also have the opportunity to get up close and personal with some of the canal's marine life. If you're lucky, you may even see a manatee!

The tour also takes you past some of Florida's most expensive real estate alongside the canal as well as the various yachts, sailing vessels, and catamarans bobbing in the water.

Baker will also customise the route you take in accordance to the weather conditions and the group's overall experience level so there's no need to worry if you're a total novice at paddleboarding.

Get your paddle on!

Get your paddle on!
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Pricing for taking a paddleboard trip with Mr. Beaches starts from 30 per person with several trips usually planned every day. The experience would also make the perfect present for any dog-lover heading to Florida sometime soon.

However, it is advised that those wanting to book the tour are in relatively healthy condition as the trip requires some physical exertion and involves inherent risk. You must also know how to swim (or wear a life vest if you don't) and feel comfortable in and around water: there's no guarantee that you won't get wet!

On the hunt for that perfect once-in-a-lifetime experience?

On the hunt for that perfect once-in-a-lifetime experience?
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The SUP PUP Paddleboard Tour is one of many experiences that are now on offer as part of Airbnb's new Animal Experiences program that allows animal-loving travelers to partake in more than "1,000 experiences co-hosted by over 300 species and their human advocates around the world." Yet the best part is that this new program has an emphasis on creating and promoting ethical animal experiences and Airbnb is continuing to work with World Animal Protection to ensure that those running the experiences are following all World Animal Protection guidelines.

If paddleboarding with a corgi doesn't really float your boat, then Airbnb also offers afternoon tea with a herd of sheep in Scotland, goat yoga, and alpaca walks. There are also some experiences listed as social impact experiences of which 100% of profits go to charitable organisations in conservation, animal rescue, and veterinary care.