Panama City Beach Pontoon Rentals

Want to captain your own pontoon boat and explore Panama City Beach at your own pace? At Heritage Excursions, we’ll assist you in reserving your very own pontoon boat to tour the Panama City Beach waters and visit nearby Shell Island.

Explore Shell Island Like a Local!

Skip the organized tours and be your own guide by renting a pontoon boat for the day. You’ll have the freedom to explore all of Panama City Beach and find your own private piece of paradise on Shell Island.

Bring a Friend, Bring a Group!

Captaining your own pontoon boat doesn’t have to be a solo endeavor. Our Panama City Beach pontoon rentals have room for your friends or family members, too. Bring up to 12 passengers to accompany you on your self-guided boat tour!

4 Hour Pontoon Rental

8 Hour Pontoon Rental

Safe, High-Quality Pontoon Boats & Equipment

Our fleet consists of all brand new, 24-foot pontoon boats powered by a 115HP motor. We provide high-quality equipment that undergoes a thorough vessel maintenance inspection each day to guarantee you have a stress-free trip to Shell Island.

Each vessel will be equipped with all required safety gear, as well as a swim ladder and anchor. The fuel is also included in the rental price. All you have to do is bring your beach gear and go!

Trip Features

✓ Suits up to 12 Passengers
✓ Fun for All Ages
✓ Fuel Included
✓ Easy to Operate
✓ Swim Ladder
✓ No Experience Required
✓ Safety Equipment Provided

Heritage Excursions is committed to keeping our boats in like-new condition so you can have the best boat rental experience possible. We ensure that all of our pontoon rentals are clean and in good working order for every customer. We can’t wait to meet you!


Who can rent a pontoon?

Pontoon Boats are easy to operate and require no prior experience. However, you must be at least 21 years of age in order to rent a pontoon boat. Florida Law requires vessel operators who were born after January 1, 1988, to provide a boaters license or complete an online temporary boaters safety course. We will send you the website to take the test prior to your arrival to eliminate any delays on the day of your reservation.

Do I need to have previous boating experience in order to operate a pontoon?

No. Pontoons are easy to operate, even if you don’t have any prior experience. Plus, our bays are very easy to navigate, even for beginners. Our team will give you a thorough orientation to teach you how to operate the boat, plus a map to guide you through the surrounding waters. Of course, if you have any additional questions, don’t hesitate to ask!

How many people can your pontoon boats hold?

All of our pontoon boats can hold up to 12 people. This makes them a great option for your entire group to spend the day exploring all of Shell Island together. If you have more than 12 people, consider renting two boats or more.

What’s included with my pontoon boat rental?

All boats are equipped with safety equipment, swim ladders, an anchor, insurance and fuel. We will also provide you with a map of the area and make sure you are comfortable navigating our local waters.

What can I bring on my pontoon boat?

You must bring your own snorkeling gear and a cooler stocked with food or refreshments you would like for the day. You can also bring a grill and camp out for the day at Shell Island. We also suggest bringing floats, chairs, umbrellas, shades, sunscreen, water guns, a bag for seashells, and a camera!

Do we need to bring our own life jackets?

No. We will provide life vests for everyone, including children and infants.

Where can I take my pontoon boat?

You will be limited within the waters of St. Andrews Bay, pontoon boat rentals are NOT allowed to enter the Gulf of Mexico. Our boats are equipped with GPS tracking devices for safety purposes.  Pets are allowed with a $20.00 cleaning fee.  You will be able to access Shell Island from St. Andrews bay to anchor the boat and enjoy the beach.

Again you will not be able to take the vessel into the Gulf of Mexico, but will be able to access Shell Island via St. Andrews bay. We will provide a map of the area. Rest assured that our waters are easy to navigate!

What is your cancellation policy?

We require 48 hour notice for cancellations on your behalf. If we are unable to operate due to weather during your scheduled time we will contact you to reschedule or receive a full refund.

If you are booking for same day you cannot cancel on the same day.

Don’t see the rental you want available? Give us a call at (850) 387-6265 for other tour options.

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