Snorkeling in Port St. Joe Florida

Snorkeling in Port St. Joe Florida via @FieldTripswSue
Snorkeling Port St. Joe Florida via @FieldTripswSue
Our first mate Cassie shows off a sea urchin .

By Sue Rodman
The seahorse wrapped his tail around my finger as I swam to the boat. The scallops angrily chomped open and closed with a snap as I studied its sapphire blue eyes, so many tiny little dots. The puffer fish was slimy, yet it’s spikes hard. I followed one through the sea grasses, as it darted to and fro trying to lose me.

Snorkeling in Port St. Joe Florida
This was just part of my morning snorkeling with Capt. Gary Heist aboard the Seahorse Water Safari Boat Tours. It’s an activity tops on my list when I bring my boys, 16, 14 and 10 back to Gulf County, Florida. Teens may be hard to impress, but I know between the boat ride out into the Gulf where we spotted dolphins, sting rays and even a sea turtle swimming, snorkeling in the see-thru greenish-blue water, and the discovery of sea creatures under our feet, something would click, even with a moody, difficult to please teen.

Snorkeling Port St. Joe Florida via @FieldTripswSue
I chased a puffer fish like this one through the sea grass.

About Seahorse Water Safari Boat Tours
Capt. Gary is a reel-in from Ohio. Reel-in is what the locals call folks who come for a visit, but find themselves assimilating into the local culture. His company, Seahorse Charters does snorkeling, fishing, and scallop trips, in addition to sunset cruises. I’d forgo the scallop trip in favor of the snorkeling. We found enough scallops, but also so much more, something Capt. Gary makes sure of on each trip.

After anchoring, Capt. Gary shows us a few of the sea creatures we can expect to see and how to find them. Then, he sends us off with snorkel gear they provide. Our first mate Cassie stayed in the boat to collect our treasures, while Gary joined us in the water, making sure we had a diverse and plentiful collection for show and tell.

After about and hour and a half in the water, just enough to get adjusted to the scenery and really start noticing the sea life, we piled back onto the boat where Cassie and Gary explained our catch, allowing kids to hold the star fish and feel the puffer before we returned everything to the sea. See our other posts for more information about a vacation to Gulf County Florida.

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Sunset Cruises Port St. Joe Florida via @FieldTripswSue
Gorgeous Sunset over Port St. Joe.

About Sue Rodman 174 Articles
Sue Rodman is the mom of 3 boys and publishes Field Trips with Sue, an award winning family travel blog about the Southeast and fun places to visit from the Southeast, covering outings, day trips, weekend getaways and family vacations. Field Trips with Sue is a Nickelodeon Parent’s Pick Winner, a Red Tricycle Best Family Travel Blog and a best blog nominee. Sue has been interviewed on Family Travel in the Atlanta Journal Constitution, The Northside Neighbor, Publix Magazine, and on all three major networks. For four years, Sue produced a Field Trips with Sue travel segment for CBS Better Mornings Atlanta, and has filled in for the host of WXIA Friday Freebies. Sue offers inside information about must-see Atlanta attractions and more in her popular book “100+ Free Things to do in Atlanta.”

1 Comment on Snorkeling in Port St. Joe Florida

  1. Just wanted to let you know that I really enjoyed your article. I live in Florida and spend as much time as possible on the water, either fishing in my kayak, or surfing the waves of Melbourne Beach. Keep up the great work!

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