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10 Little-Known Facts About Panama City Beach

by Mary Melnick

Dec 19, 2022

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Take your family travels to Panama City Beach in 2023. The destination, situated where the Gulf of Mexico meets St. Andrews Bay, offers 27 miles of sugar-white-sand beaches and clear waters. With sunshine year-round and can’t-miss attractions, the destination is popular among travelers. For those who need a little push to visit, Visit Panama City Beach shines sunlight on 10 little-known facts about the destination to help encourage travelers to visit.


Keep reading for these 10 interesting facts:


  1. Lake Powell, at the west end of Panama City Beach, is the largest dune lake in Florida.
  2. Whitetail deer are adept enough in the water to cross from the mainland at St. Andrews State Park to Shell Island, often surprising boaters.
  3. Panama City Beach is home to 100 public beaches, including in St. Andrews State Park and Camp Helen State Park.
  4. The destination is home to one of the highest concentrations of Atlantic bottlenose dolphins, also a reflection of the region’s excellent water quality.
  5. The famous white sand resulted from quartz crystals washed down from the Appalachian Mountains centuries ago.
  6. Panama City Beach is known as the Wreck Capital of the South due to its many shipwrecks off the Gulf Coast.
  7. The best time to go diving in this region is April–September.
  8. St. Andrews State Park is ranked as one of the United States’ Top 10 Beaches.
  9. With hundreds of seafood restaurants, Panama City Beach is known as the Seafood Capital of the World.
  10. Beat the heat at Shipwreck Island, a favorite waterpark among visitors and locals alike.


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