Panama City Beach, on the Gulf Coast, has one of the best beaches not only in the Florida Panhandle, but in the whole state. The beach is 17 miles long, so even during the peak summer period when students come here from all over the country, it never gets overcrowded. You can come here from your discount hotel in Panama City and always find a place to spread your blanket. The sand here is powder soft, and the water is usually a translucent emerald color. Please note that the town of Panama City itself is about eight miles inland.
This is a favorite spot for swimming, boating and parasailing. St. Andrew’s State Park at the south end of the beach is considered a Florida treasure. It has 1,260 acres of pinewoods, beaches and marshes. You can take a ferry to Shell Island and enjoy some of the best shelling in Florida. Shipwreck Island is a water park that is very popular with children. It has everything from fast slides to the slow moving Lazy River. Your budget hotel in Panama City is also close to the Museum of Man in the Sea. Here you can see diving equipment dating back to the 17th century, and fascinating shipwreck exhibits. At Gulf World, the local marine park, there is a tropical garden, a tropical bird theater, and otter and alligator exhibits. The children will enjoy performing sea lions and dolphins.
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