Located in Florida Panhandle, the snorkeling in Panama City Beaches is known for four scenic snorkel dive spots. The best Panama City Beaches snorkeling based on popularity are considered to be Shell Island, St Joseph Peninsula State Park, St Andrews Jetties, and Mexico Beach. For a detailed dive site description and printable snorkel dive map, just select a Panama City Beaches snorkeling dive below.
Southwest of Panama City and southeast of Panama City Beach, the snorkeling at Shell Island is popular for the chance to see bottlenose dolphins. The slack tides are best for current and visibility. The best snorkeling is around the west end jetty. The sea grass beds provide habitat to starfish and pipefish.
West of Port St Joe on Cape San Blas, the St Joseph Peninsula State Park is popular for snorkeling. The snorkeling in St Joseph Bay is good for beginners where the seasgrass shallows make good habitat for horseshoe crabs, sea turtles, lobsters and crab.
Southwest of Panama City and southeast of Panama City Beach, the snorkeling at St Andrews Jetties in St Andrews State Park is known for the easy diving. The water visibility is excellent for the region and you can expect to find diverse marine life. The jetty rocks provide habitat for colorful reef fish in 3 to 15 feet of water. While snorkeling in St Andrews State Park, keep on the watch for bottlenose dolphins. The slack tides are best for current and visibility.
Southeast of Panama City, the snorkeling at Bell Shoals off Mexico Beach is known for its artificial reef system. The water depth is roughly 20 feet deep at Bell Shoals and the artificial reef structures are 8 feet tall off the bottom. The challenge is picking a day when the visibility is good -- try after prolonged periods without rain on windless days.