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Panama City Beach Basics

Panama City Beach

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Panama City Beach is located in northwest Florida, just 98 miles southwest of the state capital of Tallahassee and 297 miles southwest of Atlanta, Georgia. Here, you can expect sunshine for a whopping 320 days out of the year. And the beaches on the Emerald Coast of Florida are so pristine and powder-like that they are truly some the best in the world. 

Legend has it that the pure white sand of Panama City Beach came partially from quartz crystals flowing down from the Appalachian Mountains centuries ago. Along their journey, the crystals were bleached, ground, smoothed and polished by nature and then mixed in with the surf and tides of the Gulf of Mexico as it deposited millions of grains of sugar-white sand onto the pristine shoreline. 

In addition to the beautiful beaches, the warm waters of the Gulf of Mexico are a huge draw for fisherman, snorkelers and scuba divers alike. There are more than 50 artificial reefs in these Gulf waters that teem with all kinds of sea life, from beautiful tropical fish to giant manta rays. Panama City Beach’s waters are also home to one of the highest concentrations of bottlenose dolphins in the world. 

And while there is plenty to do under and on the water, there is also a lot to see and do on land as well. Panama City Beach’s Pier Park is home to great shopping, a restored amusement park and some of the best seafood restaurants and bars in town. You can definitely spend more than a day exploring all Pier Park has to offer. If you can ever tear yourself away from the beach, that is.

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