Panama City Beach Florida

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Think of Panama Beach and you will picture sugary, white-sand beaches and clear, emerald waters of the Gulf of Mexico and St. Andrews Bay. Located in Northwest Florida, in the panhandle, Panama City Beach boasts over 27 miles of award-winning beaches and is a part of Bay County. The soft sand is actually quartz crystals that have been broken, bleached, polished over the years, and deposited on the shoreline. Panama City Beach is the ultimate vacation destination with opportunities for swimming, parasailing, and jet skiing, sailing, fishing, boating, or simply sunbathing.

Panama City Beach was officially founded in 1936 though there was settlement and development much earlier. A few years later, the neighboring cities of West Panama City Beach, Long Beach and Edgewater merged with it to form a single chartered government. The new city kept the name of Panama City Beach. The City is still growing and has a diverse population. There are several good schools, various recreational facilities for all ages, golf courses, a fishing pier, a branch of the Bay County library, and good medical facilities. The City has churches of many denominations.

There are activities for all ages in Panama Beach City from miniature golf, a wonderful zoo, amusement parks, museums, racetrack, to swimming with the dolphins at the Gulf World Marine Park, and Shipwreck Island Water Park. It is popular choice for winter golfers and has one public and four semi-private golf courses offering a wide range of difficulty. The natural, historical, and artificial reefs in the waters provide a variety of dive sites and Panama City Beach is known as the "Wreck Capital of the South." There are 50 artificial reef sites, exotic sea life and numerous wrecks available for exciting dives.

St. Andrews State Recreation Area at the east end of the city is a 1,260-acre park with thick forests, sand dunes covered with sea oats, fresh and saltwater marshes, a lagoon swimming area, fishing jetties, hiking trails. It includes 1.5 miles of beach and two campgrounds. Enjoy swimming, snorkeling, and fishing from here. There are two fishing piers, jetties and a convenient boat ramp. It was part of the St. Andrews Sound Military Reservation during World War II, and circular cannon platforms are still in place near the jetties. St. Andrews State Recreation Area is also home to an authentic turpentine still. Picnic sites are available in several locations on the Gulf beach and Grand Lagoon. A nature trail through local flora may provide glimpses of wading birds, alligators and many small animals.

Panama City Beach, known as the "Seafood Capital of the World,” boasts of numerous restaurants serving some excellent seafood dishes. Panama City Beach offers other options from award winning steakhouses to barbecue restaurants to country/seafood buffets to open air beach bars. The beach bars are local favorites for relaxing with a cold drink or frozen daiquiri while listening to some of the southeast's best live bands. The world famous Club La Vela is local nightclub with nine different dance clubs under one roof, hosting live bands and concert events.

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