Panama City Beach is one of the most visited destinations in Florida for its incredible kayaking.
From sea kayaking the Saltwater Paddle Trail, to tours of the beautiful Econfina Creek, Holmes Creek and more, there are endless opportunities for both calm and leisurely and challenging kayaking.
Kayaking is more popular than ever because of its minimal environmental impact and how truly easy it is to learn.
Kayaking tours are also a great opportunity for you to meet new people and get up close to the wildlife of any area, seeing a variety of different landscapes and ecosystems, local fish, turtles, marine mammals and more.
This sport is popular with both locals and tourists alike, and you will find several providers right in Panama City Beach for your convenience. Here are a few top kayak tour providers in Panama City Beach to set you on the right path to touring the area.
Coldwater Excursions Kayak Tours
If you are looking for the ultimate kayaking experience, consider Coldwater Excursions, a top provider in the area.
Their kayak tours cover several of the top nearby opportunities, including Econfina Creek, Holmes Creek as well as Dune Lakes. A unique aspect about Coldwater Excursions is that they are genuinely inspired by ecology, and their service appeals to people of all ages.
On the Econfina Creek kayak tour you’ll get the chance to view a huge variety of wildlife and natural vegetation including white oak, tupelo and cypress trees.
You’ll paddle through a pristine ecosystem that has hardly been touched by humans. It’s a full day tour where you’ll get to paddle along a six mile stretch and see many of the 11 springs that feed the creek.
The Cypress Spring tour takes you to one of the most scenic cold water springs in Florida, just a short distance from Panama City Beach.
The trip to the spring takes about 20 minutes and once you arrive you can choose to jump in the spring with snorkeling gear and a SeaDoo underwater scooter or you can simply enjoy the views.
You’re provided with all the gear you need for the day including lunch, drinks, cameras, towels and more. For all these tours, you will get a safety briefing before you set out exploring the various routes.
Kayaking On Your Own
If you’re an experienced kayaker, it can be rewarding to head out on your own, either kayaking the surrounding waters around PCB or renting a kayak and heading out to the incredibly clear, spring fed waters of Econfina Creek or Holmes Creek.
There are several kayak launches and rental providers near Dunes of Panama including right next to us in St. Andrews State Park.
Shell Island Shuttle
Shell Island Shuttle at St. Andrews State Park offers fun self-guided kayak tours that start with a shuttle ride to Shell Island where you can then pick up your kayak and start exploring.
As just a short ride from St. Andrews State Park, Shell Island is beautiful, undeveloped, and offers a calm relaxing kayak experience where you can enjoy views of local wildlife ranging from osprey, deer, heron, rays and of course plenty of dolphins, which the island is known for.
Bay Point Water Sports
Also nearby at 5709 N. Lagoon Dr., Bay Point Water Sports offers self-guided kayak tours of Shell Island, which is about 20 minutes from their location. They offer very reasonable prices for half day or full day Hobie kayak rentals, with both single and tandem kayaks being the same price.
Panama City Paddleboards
Also as a convenient option, Panama City Paddleboards will delivery kayaks or paddleboards right to your vacation rental and they also offer some of the best rates that you will find, including weekly rates.
This can be a great choice if you want to simply rent a kayak for the week and head out on your own to Econfina Creek, Shell Island, Holmes Creek and some of the other incredible kayaking destinations in our area.
Peddle Paddle Surf Shop
The Peddle Paddle Surf Shop is located at 15010 Front Beach Rd and will also deliver right to you, including surf boards, kayaks, paddle boards and bicycles.
Just rent a kayak, choose a destination here in PCB or nearby, and enjoy some of the most thrilling kayaking anywhere!
Come See Us
For more about planning a kayak adventure in Panama City Beach and find Last Minute Deals for top vacation rentals, contact us today.