End Your Summer With a Splash: 6 Water Activities in Panama City Beach

row of paddleboards lined up along the beach with turquoise waves crashing to the shore
Aqua Travel Writer

It's no secret that Panama City Beach is a haven for water sports. Whether you're looking for a thrilling experience out on the Gulf of Mexico or you're in search of a relaxing pool to lounge around, PCB is the perfect vacation destination. Aqua Resort is located right along the shores of the Emerald Coast of Florida, offering access to the iconic beaches of Panama City Beach and the boundless activities available here. If you're looking for a destination to end your summer on a high note, book your stay at Aqua Resort in PCB Florida. 

Top Water Activities in Panama City Beach

1. Stand Up Paddleboarding & Kayaking

girl on paddleboard in the water

Stand-up paddleboarding and kayaking are peaceful and scenic ways to explore the calm waters of Panama City Beach and the entire Emerald Coast of Florida. Local vendors like PCB SUP and Coldwater Excursions 30A offer daily rentals and guided tours, and you can rent right from Aqua Resort.

A few of our favorite spots to paddleboard are St. Andrews State Park, Shell Island, Lake Huntington, Lake Powell, and Econfina Creek. Paddleboarding and kayaking are both great for newbies to water sports, and even the kiddos will love floating along the water on a board. Sit, kneel or stand on a paddleboard and explore the water of PCB from a whole new perspective. 

2. Boating & Fishing Charters

two kids and two adults on a boat with lifevests on

Get out on the waters that surround PCB on a boating or fishing charter. You have plenty of options to choose from depending on the time you want to spend on the water and the type of activity you want to do while you're out.

You'll find pontoon boat rentals, guided fishing excursions, and more at the many local providers in PCB. Captain Anderson's Marina has everything you could need for a day out on the water. If you're looking to cast a line, professional guides know the best places to look based on the time of day, season, and tide conditions. 

3. Dolphin Cruises

two dolphins jumping out of the air at sunset off of sanibel island

If you want to see a dolphin during your PCB vacation, you will have the best luck going on a dolphin cruise or tour. Panama City Beach is home to a large population of dolphins and most tour companies along the coast nearly guarantee a sighting while you're out!

You can choose from a variety of different tour lengths or even go out on a sunset cruise to catch dolphins swimming through the water as the sun goes down. 

4. Jet Skiing

man on yellow jet ski in turquoise water

Looking to go fast on the water? Jet skis are a favorite in Panama City Beach and there are plenty of spots to rent them along the beaches here.

Emerald Surf Water Sports, Easy E Water Sports, and Sunshine Water Sports all offer jet ski rentals, as well as plenty of other water toys, experiences, and tours. You can pay by the hour or half-hour and jet skis accommodate two people. 

5. Snorkeling

couple snorkeling under water with masks on their faces

Snorkeling is a popular activity at St. Andrews State Park and Shell Island where you'll find lots of fish, hermit crabs, and more. If you're new to the activity, go on a guided tour with local providers like Dolphin and Snorkel Tours Inc., Dolphin & Snorkeling Tours Panama City Beach, and Panama City Beach Paddleboard Rentals & Tours.   

6. Aqua Resort Pool

pool at aqua resort in panama city beach florida

You don't have to be out in the saltwater to enjoy splashing around Panama City Beach. Aqua Resort boasts a stunning resort pool right along the shores of the Gulf of Mexico.

You can lounge at the pool deck with a frozen drink (both kid-friendly and alcoholic) from the Aqua Cafe or even get some work done with the available WiFi. The pool deck features plenty of chairs, an indoor/outdoor pool, a whirlpool grotto, and a relaxation pool.  

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