Panama City Beach is a city in Bay County, Florida, United States.
The city is often referred to under the umbrella term of „Panama City“, despite being a distinct municipality from the older and larger inland Panama City to the east, making Panama City and Panama City Beach two separate cities. Panama City Beach’s slogan is „The World’s Most Beautiful Beaches“ due to the unique, sugar-white sandy beaches of northwest Florida.
Overlooking the Gulf of Mexico, Panama City Beach is located in the Northwest region of Florida. Panama City Beach averages an elevation of 13 feet above sea level. Located 98 miles southwest of Tallahassee, Panama City Beach is a part of Bay County. Bay County boasts an average population of 150,000. Approximately 9,500 of these citizens reside in Panama City Beach.
Panama City Beach and the surrounding areas maintain 37 parks that offer swimming, fishing and boating, nature trails for hiking and biking, picnicking, golf and tennis. St. Andrews Bay surrounds much of Panama City Beach, providing it with a natural, protected harbor. Several charter boats are available from the harbor for deep-sea fishing.
Panama City Beach has been a popular vacation destination, especially among people in the Southern United States. The city is also a very popular spring break destination, due to the popularity of the beach and its close proximity to most of the Southern United States, and relative proximity as a drive destination for the Midwest. Panama City Beach has 27-miles of beautiful beaches to choose from, and you’ll find a different experience at each stop along the way. Whether it’s water sports, shopping, eco excursions or nightlife you enjoy, you can find your favorite activity aplenty in Panama City Beach.