If you’re hoping to spot some dolphins during your trip to Panama City Beach, you’re in luck. There are plenty of excursions to swim and interact with dolphins, and you can often see them right off the beach. Here are a few of our favorite ways to see dolphins in Panama City Beach.
This is by far the easiest and most reliable way to see dolphins. Gulf World, located on Front Beach Road near the Calypso Resort, offers dolphin shows, interactions, and viewings. Last time we were there, a handful of our family members decided to do the dolphin interaction – they shook hands with and even got to kiss the dolphins! You can also opt to swim with the dolphins for an even more memorable experience.
If you want to take a trip to Shell Island to see the dolphins, there are several options for you. There are a variety of excursions on boats or jet skis. Our favorite is the Paradise Adventure’s sunset cruise. The cruise goes right by Shell Island, and we’ve seen dolphins in the water every time. The dolphins are friendly, and often swim up to and alongside the boat. It’s a great photo opportunity, especially with the beautiful Florida sunset in the background.
Believe it or not, sometimes you can even see the dolphins from your balcony at Calypso! You have to get up early to see them, though – the dolphins tend to swim by in the early mornings as the sun begins to rise. The best views are from the highest floors where you can look straight down into the crystal clear water. But on any floor, keep an eye out and you’ll spot them.
Dolphins are such beautiful and friendly creatures, and we love to see them while we’re in town. If you visit Gulf World, Shell Island, or see any dolphins from your balcony, send us your pictures! We would love to see and feature them!