30A Snorkeling

In a picturesque locale like 30A and South Walton along what is known as the Emerald Coast, you’d be hard-pressed not to enjoy an immersive underwater experience like snorkeling. Take a look at our recommendations below, then give 30A Florida snorkeling in our crystalline waters a whirl for yourself!

Tips for Snorkeling in 30A Florida

Depending on the level of experience that you have in snorkeling, you may want to try 30A snorkeling lessons, a guided tour, or a self-guided adventure. You can literally pick up some gear and head out into the water from any beach, if you want!


Grayton Beach Scuba Co., based in Grayton Beach, has equipment rental and sales for masks, snorkels, and fins. Additionally, they also offer guided snorkel tours for $75.00, with the option of recording your excursion on video for a total of $110.00 combined. Their tour takes you through the artificial reef system of Grayton Beach that has turned into a sanctuary for animals. Equipment is provided on guided tours, and reservations are required.


Nearby, Grayton Beach State Park has fantastic 30A Florida snorkeling on Western Lake. As the second largest coastal dune lake and home to a unique array of wildlife, Western Lake is ideal for snorkelers. Afterwards, you can hike and explore the rest of the park, then grab a bite to eat from one of Grayton Beach’s mouthwatering local restaurants, such as The Red Bar.


Near Dune Allen Beach, Topsail Hill Preserve State Park is another popular place for snorkeling in 30A Florida. Head out from the beach, or explore one of the many coastal dune lakes nearby, such as Campbell Lake, Morris Lake, Stallworth Lake, Allen Lake, or Oyster Lake.


Deer Lake State Park, home to the coastal dune lake of Camp Creek Lake, also allows snorkeling and swimming in its waters. You’ll find the park east of Seagrove Beach, right on Alys Beach.


No matter where you snorkel, you’ll want to be cautious of motorized boats and rent or purchase a diver’s float marker to tow behind you, marking your position so that boats can avoid colliding with you. Float markers can be found at sporting goods stores that sell snorkeling and diving equipment, such as swimming areas are not generally marked with buoys along the Emerald Coast.