Best Shell Island Snorkeling

The 5th most popular snorkel dive spot in Florida Panhandle.

  Panama City Beaches, Florida Panhandle, USA


  November 19, 2016

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.

The Shell Island is located 3 miles east of Panama City Beach. 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).

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: when hiking on the island interior, keep in mind that there are alligators in the swamps.

Overall, Shell Island is the 5th most popular snorkel dive spot of all 16 snorkeling dives in Florida Panhandle. Several of the better snorkeling spots are nearby Shell Island including St Joseph Peninsula State Park, St Andrews Jetties and Mexico Beach.

Local Contacts:  St Andrews State Park (850) 233-5140; Florida Tourism (850) 488-5607.

Best Season:  Any

Reference Source:  click here

GPS:  30.118997, -85.729902

Date Published:  1/1/2012

Date Updated:  11/19/2016

ID:  23517

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