Water Activities in Panama City Beach

Situated along the Gulf of Mexico and home to 27 miles of sugar-white coastline and two state parks, Panama City Beach is a year-round oasis for water lovers searching for a thrill.

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Cruises, Boating, and Fishing

One of the best ways to explore the Gulf and surrounding St. Andrews Bay and Grand Lagoon is on the water’s surface. Wine and dine on the Champagne Lady for brunch or sunset. Cruise the waterways in the Panama City Beach Sea Screamer or on a dolphin tour to Shell Island. Rent a boat and enjoy a day on the water with your family and friends. Go on a deep-sea fishing charter, or find a spot along a pier and enjoy the beach and Gulf views. The options are endless.



Diving & Snorkeling

With clear waters and diverse marine life, Panama City Beach is a must-see diving and snorkeling destination along the Gulf Coast. A few miles into the Gulf, you’ll find over 50 artificial reefs, sunken ships, and natural limestone reefs on your diving trip. St. Andrews State Park and Shell Island are popular snorkeling destinations with clear visibility, which gets even better in the fall. Elevate your outdoor adventure with local outfitters, including Panama City Dive Center and Dolphin and Snorkel Tours, which provide gear, tours, and more. 


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Jet Skiing

For a thrilling adventure above the water’s surface, try jet skiing. Whether you’re a beginner or pro, you’ll find it easy to navigate the local waterways. PCB has plenty of launch points if you plan on bringing a Jet Ski to town. If you don’t have your own, plenty of local companies, including Aquatic Adventures, offer Jet Ski rentals and tours to help you make the most of your water adventure on the Gulf and around Shell Island. 




Enjoy a leisurely excursion on the Gulf and around St. Andrews Bay and the Grand Lagoon on a paddleboard. Choose between a kayak, canoe, or stand-up paddleboard and go at your own pace as you pass through beautiful landscapes and spot local wildlife, like rays, sea turtles, and dolphins. Paddleboard rentals are available at state parks, resorts, and local vendors, which provide paddleboard tours. Other ways to enjoy paddleboarding include kayak fishing and stand-up paddleboard yoga classes with Namaste A Mermaid's Oasis.




Soar high above the shimmering waters and soft white sand beaches of PCB with a friend or two. Parasailing is a high-flying adventure offering panoramic views of the Gulf Coast. Various local companies offer parasailing excursions, providing a thrilling bird’s-eye view to thrill-seekers.

Where the Gulf meets the shore, make Panama City Beach your next destination, and add plenty of water fun to your itinerary

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