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.
On the opposite eastern shore, there is also good snorkeling off the jetty on Shell Island. To get to Shell Island, you'll either need a private boat or you can use the Shell Island Shuttle (850) 233-0504 (see their website for a discount coupon).
The St Andrews State Park is located 3 miles east of Panama City Beach. The jetties are at the west end of Shell Island.
After a long day of snorkeling off Panama City Beach, grab a cold drink at Schooners Beach Club Restaurant, the last local beach club in Panama City. To reach the snorkeling off the panhandle of Florida by air, you will need to fly into either Destin Fort Walton Beach Airport (VPS) or Northwest Florida Beaches Airport (ECP) north of Panama City.
Note: Snorkelers at St Andrews State Park are required to use a dive flag.
Overall, St Andrews Jetties is the 9th most popular snorkel dive spot of all 11 snorkeling dives in Florida Panhandle.