PANAMA CITY BEACH, Florida: If you're looking to shake things up on your next trip to the beach we have a great idea that is sure to get the whole family excited! We will give you a hint... It involves swimming with dolphins in Panama City Beach, Florida. You heard it here first, folks! Flipper and friends are coming to a beach near you! Seriously. [readmore]
But before you rush out to the wake to meet your new Delphinoidean friends there are a few things you ought to know. At the end of the day dolphins are wild animals and you are guests on their turf. So do yourself and take a gander at our do's and don'ts to ensure a safe, and enjoyable occasion for yourself and those around you.
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Do's and Don'ts When Swimming with Dolphins in Panama City Beach
DO: Visit Shell Island
Shell Island is 7 miles of incredible beach bliss. Located across the water from Saint Andrew's Park, this natural wonder is one of your best bets for finding and swimming with dolphins in Panama City Beach. In addition to being a dolphin congregation hotspot, you can also find Sea Shells (it's right there in the name), take a hike, or have a family picnic in the sand minus the buzz of the congested beaches on land. Better yet, book a Shell Island tour or shuttle and easily get your family from point A to point B in no time!
DO: Bring a Camera
Swimming with the dolphins is a can't-miss event, and no matter how many times you do it it will still give you goosebumps (Do dolphins get goosebumps? Would they be called dolphin bumps?). As such, be sure that you, your friends, or family members bring a waterproof camera to capture the magic and maybe even share some snaps with us on Facebook! We look forward to seeing your best shots!
DO: Go Out in the Morning or Early Evening
The best time to see and swim with dolphins is in the early part of the morning when they are feeding. You might also go out later in the day before the sun sets. You can spot dolphins at any time of day, really, but less traffic makes them easier to spot. Fewer folks in the surf also makes them more likely to explore the waters close to shore.
DO: Be Patient and Have Fun
Savor your time out in the surf while you are waiting for the dolphins to show. Dolphins or not, a gathering of family and friends ought to be a good time. Enjoy some sand dollar exploration or throw the frisbee while you wait because it probably won't be too long! In fact, the success rate for professionally-led dolphin tours in Panama City is above 90 percent. So hang tight, relax, and definitely don't forget the sunblock!