3 unique Snorkeling excursions in St. Pete, FL

Imagine diving in a saltwater aquarium and swimming with the fish.  That’s exactly what you can expect when snorkeling at St. Pete Beach and surrounding areas on Pass-a-Grille.

Snorkeling is a sport for all ages.  Plus, it doesn’t cost much and requires little to no training.  Just strap on fins, pull on a mask and snorkel (which can be purchased at tons of area stores or rented) and prepare to be amazed.  You may see dozens of varieties of tropical fish, as well as conch, sand dollars, crabs, scallops, sea turtles, starfish, sting rays and manatees.  There are several areas that are consistently ranked as the best snorkeling spots in St. Pete Beach.

Egmont Key State Park Photo: Courtesy of Visit St. Petersburg Clearwater Florida

Egmont Key State Park is a popular hotspot for snorkeling, exploring and soaking in history.    The water is shallow and clear, making this a 328-acre island a great spot to see the treasures beneath the water’s surface.

The island and the surrounding waters are part of a National Wildlife Refuge which houses the most substantial sea turtle breeding grounds in Pinellas County. The ruins of Fort Dade (built during the Spanish-American War in 1898) and a working lighthouse that’s more than 150 years old also call this island home. To get there, you can take the Egmont Key Ferry from the Bay Pier inside Fort De Soto Park to the island or reserve a spot on one of several charter boats that offer tours of the area.

Shell Key Island Photo: Courtesy of Visit St. Petersburg Clearwater Florida

Shell Key Preserve is also a favorite for snorkeling fans.  This 1,800-acre island is known for having the largest sand dollar population in the entire state of Florida. The warm, calm waters make snorkeling here some of the best in Florida. Catch the Shell Key Shuttle from Pass-a-Grille or one of many private excursions for a short ride to the island.

Shell Key Island Photo: Courtesy of Visit Florida Florida

Fort De Soto Park is another gem for snorkelers and is easy to drive to via the Pinellas Bayway.  With its turquoise water and sparkling sand, you’ll see why it was named one of the Best Beaches in America by TripAdvisor.  North Beach is the most popular area to snorkel as it’s water is calm, clear and shallow.  There is also plenty of parking and space to spread out.


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