It’s true that Panama City Beach is well known for its 27 miles of sugar-white beaches. St. Andrews State Park, part of Shell Island, has been named the #2 beach in America by TripAdvisor. But these beaches would be nothing without the tranquil waters of the Gulf of Mexico. Well known for its signature color, the shores of the Gulf have been nicknamed the emerald coast. It’s the reflection of the sunlight off the sandy bottom that gives the waters their characteristic green color.
There are no swell-type waves or pounding surf along the beaches of Panama City, making it the perfect vacation spot for people who enjoy water sports. With an average water temperature of 70 F, there’s plenty of reasons to enjoy the emerald green waters in the month of March!
St. Andrews Bay is teaming with a wide variety of underwater sea life. Known as the Shipwreck Capital of the South due to the number of ships that have run aground or been scuttled, there is plenty of habitat for the brightly colored marine life. From tropical fish to sea turtles and even sport fish, large and small, the Gulf is thriving. Many visitors enjoy donning snorkeling gear to explore the underwater world. With one of the largest concentrations of wild bottlenose dolphins living off Shell Island, don’t be surprised if one of these friendly and curious marine mammals joins you in your exploration.
Sport fishing, both inshore and deep-sea is also a favorite pastime in Panama City. With fishing available from the beaches, piers, and boats, anglers from all over enjoy dropping a line. Fill your cooler with the day’s limit of red snapper, pompano, or flounder. Drop a line off the pier and catch some Spanish mackerel or bonito. Or charter a boat to head out into deeper waters for grouper, sailfish, or even the occasional shark!
Want to stay closer to shore? Why not gather the whole group for a banana boat ride? Conveniently leaving from and returning to the beach, inflatable banana boats are pulled behind power waverunners. There’s nothing like bouncing out through the waves, then zooming across the crystal clear waters, the wind blowing through your hair and the ocean splashing up around you. Whether you want a tame ride for the little ones or a monster adrenaline rush, there’s nothing like enjoying the Gulf of Mexico from a banana boat.
But you don’t have to stay grounded to enjoy the emerald green waters. How about seeing them from a bird’s eye view flying through the air under the canopy of a parasail? From the waverunners and pontoon boats skimming along the surface to the people relaxing on the most scenic beaches to the abundant wildlife of coastal birds, sea turtles and bottlenose dolphins, you’ll see it all.
Of course if you’re looking for something a little more relaxing, you can always enjoy the Gulf of Mexico aboard a sailboat or from a paddleboard. But however you choose to enjoy these emerald green waters, be sure to turn to Aquatic Adventures. We’ve got just the right adventure for individuals, couples or groups. Give us a call or use our convenient calendar to book your water adventure online. There’s nothing like the experiencing a true bit o’green on the emerald coast during the month of March.