Are a white, almost deserted, eternally sandy beach, clean, crystal-clear, turquoise water and a surprising, diverse flora and fauna worth writing your own post ? No ?, What’s about swimming with dolphins ? Yeah ? ?
A random Google search result took us to Florida unplanned, more specifically to the panhandle of Florida. Most of you know places like Miami, Key West or Orlando, all south of the Panhandle’s and mostly decorate the travel posters of Florida. The panhandle is still an “insider tip” for the international traveller.
So what brings us to Florida and especially to the panhandle? Simple answer: dolphins. Rather, swim with you. To avoid misunderstandings: The dolphins are not in a zoo, but live free and you usually have to be lucky to catch them. Not here in Panama City Beach. They live here in large families and are very outgoing. Only 15 minutes by boat in front of Shell Island to an incredible beautiful, sheltered island. Just jump into the water and wait ?
Swimming with Dolphins
Since the tour costs a lot of money, Nina has experienced this adventure alone. With a smile on her face (which i saw for a few days) and many stories of dolphins, sharks and colorful fish, she came back from this half-day excursion. Although I advised her not to use the camera too often to fully enjoy the experience, she still took a few snapshots for you (and me :-)).
We camped for five days at St. Andrew’s State Park on Panama City Beach, a peninsula off Panama City. The State Park has interesting Spots, which are in the middle of the forest / swamp / beach location and had enough privacy to make us homey. The cleanest and most beautiful beach we’ve ever seen on our travels was also in the state park waiting to be experienced by us. Snorkeling with rays that swam playfully in the surf, dolphins just a few feet away, fish as big as my forearm and sitting in our beach chairs surrounded by turquoise waters that breaks into the snow-white powder beach. Sounds heavenly – it is ;-).
Our journey continues to the next state – Georgia.
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